This college student is the worst ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant ever

He's so close to winning $1 million, yet so far away. 


Austin Powell

Internet Culture

Published Apr 12, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 11:58 am CDT

Even if you guess every letter on Wheel of Fortune, you’re not out of the clear yet: You still have to correctly pronounce the puzzle.

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No one has ever butchered such an attempt like this poor lad from Indiana University.  

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Julian was one (of several) steps closer to winning $1 million on the show recently. All he had to do was say, “Mythological hero Achilles.” Sounds easy, right?

Apparently, Julian has never taken a course in Greek mythology (or anatomy for that matter). He seriously would’ve been better off sneezing mid-word. But it gets worse. Later in the show, with a car miraculously on the line, he whiffs it again—then once more in the final round.

He’s clearly the type of guy that takes nine shots in putt-putt golf.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a contestant has botched a million-dollar opportunity. In late September, Paul Atkinson slipped up when trying to pronounce the tongue-twisting “corner curio cabinet,” an incident that sparked some mild controversy online.

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Hopefully it’s not too late to enroll in summer school. 

H/T Digg | Screengrab via YouTube

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*First Published: Apr 12, 2014, 11:59 am CDT