We Celebrate This Jeopardy! Contestant Who Only Likes to Knit and Pet Cats

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The worst question, by far, is, “What do you do for fun?” You can rack your brain looking for answers that make you sound cool (Fire-eating? Sword swallowing? Homemade stick and poke tattoos?), or you can own it. The internet is rightly celebrating Jeopardy! contestant Margaret Miles for doing the latter.

Miles is a librarian from Wilmington, North Carolina. On Thursday night, she was leading mid-show with $7,600 when Alex Trebek paused to ask about her hobbies.

“What do you do for fun?” he asked.

Miles paused. “What do I do for fun?” She smiled. She made the internal calculation we all have to consider at moments like these, and then she became a legend.


“Knit,” she replied, with a half-smile. “And pet cats. I’m hopelessly stereotypical.”

Trebek also complimented her Thursday night on her nerves of steel: “You have the demeanor of a librarian,” he told her, admiringly. “You’re very calm.”

Miles followed up her legendary comments by winning the game, leaving with a little over $40,000; she’ll return Friday night.


Reached for comment by the Huffington Post, Miles was as nonplussed as you might expect of a normal person suddenly touching viral fame.

“I’m either flattered and bemused, or bemused and flattered,” she told HuffPo. “The feelings keep trading places.”


Understandably. Not that you need us to tell you this, Margaret, but in times like these, it’s really best to go and pet some cats.

Screenshot via NBC

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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Holy moly, do I HATE the interviews on Jeopardy. I was telling my wife the other day about my fantasy of how that would go down if I was ever on the show:

Alex: “So Memorykid9! I hear you proposed to your wife in a very humorous way!”

Me (acting like this purely a bunch of eye-rolling drudgery): “Nope! I just made that stuff up to get onto the show! Can we get to the trivia please? Nobody cares!”

Alex: (moves onto the next guest shame-facedly)