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Dankey Kang refers to a two-pane image that consists of a Jeopardy! question describing Sonic the Hedgehog and a screenshot of a contestant erroneously answering "Dankey Kang," a misspelling of Nintendo"s iconic gorilla character Donkey Kong. Though it was subsequently debunked as a photoshopped hoax, the image went viral on Twitter anyway, wrongly labeled as an example of FAIL humor.

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On May 31st, 2010, YouTuber geminitech uploaded a video clip of the Final Jeopardy round on the television game show Jeopardy!, in which the contestant Jen McFann answers "What is Berkeley?" in response to a clue about the only United States city to share a name with an element from the periodic table (shown below).

On January 8th, 2014, cartoonist Mike Rosenthal tweeted a photoshopped screenshot of the Jeopardy! clip with the answer "Who is Dankey Kang?" written as a response to a clue about the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. Within the first week, the tweet gained over 1,300 retweets and 1,000 favorites. According to the Jeopardy! Archive,<4> the Sonic the Hedgehog clue has never been used on the game show.

For Final Jeopardy: This Video Game character is blue, collects rings, and goes fast! pic.twitter.com/Dtk539MGeC

— Mike Rosenthal (
VectorBelly) January 9, 2014

Immediately after, Rosenthal tweeted another screenshot of a Jeopardy! contestant whose answer had been photoshopped to read "Who is Princess Zorldo," a misspelling of Princess Zelda from the Nintendo action-adventure game series Legend of Zelda.


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Also on January 8th, 2014, Redditor lividd3ad submitted a link to Rosenthal"s tweet to the /r/gamegrumps<1> subreddit, where it garnered more than 150 up votes and 20 comments in the following week. On January 9th, Rosenthal tweeted a screenshot of his Twitter interface displaying the hashtag "#DankeyKang" as a trending topic in the United States.

whaaaat #DankeyKang is trendign pic.twitter.com/z8Bjn7u8h7

— Mike Rosenthal (
VectorBelly) January 9, 2014

On January 11th, the image was reposted to the /r/funny<8> subreddit, gathering upwards of 26,000 views and 900 comments. On the same day, DeviantArtist<2> Kevin Bolk uploaded several illustrations of a blue gorilla named "Dankey Kang," who bears many similarities to the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog (shown below, left).

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Also on January 11th, the Jeopardy! image was reposted by blogger Tyler Oakley on his Tumblr blog.<7> On January 12th, NeoGAF Forums<5> member Vanillalite posted the Dankey Kang screen capture in a thread titled “Who is Dankey Kang?" On January 14th, an eBay<3> listing was created for a shirt with the phrase "Who is Dankey Kang?" screen printed on the front (shown below).

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<1> Reddit – Reading this in Jons voice makes like a lot better

<2> DeviantArt – Kevin Bolk

<3> eBay (via Wayback Machine) – Who is Dankey Kang?

<4> Jeopardy – J Archive

<5> NeoGAF – Who is Dankey Kang?

<6> Reddit – Who is Dankey Kang?

<7> Tyler Oakley – So close

<8> Reddit – Nailed It

<9> Twitter – Final Jeopardy


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