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Wikipedia: The Price is Right

The October 24 episode of the American game show The Price Is Right cited Wikipedia by name in descriptions of three products offered in one of the two showcases at the end of the show. Announcer Rich Fields explained that he had "lost" his product descriptions, and asked the show's models to give a description of the products. The descriptions for the first two products, a television and a washing machine, took short passages verbatim from the respective articles. For the third product, a boat, the model did not quote Wikipedia; instead, looking confused, and in a possible play on vandalism, offered the explanation that "Well, when Jack Ocean invented the water, he needed a way to get around, so he invented this."

Video of the entire episode is available on, though it might not be available in some or most countries outside the United States.


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