Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Six-thousand episodes later, "Wheel of Fortune" is the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States. With such longevity, you've probably tried to solve a few puzzles yourself and maybe even had one of the video games.
But even if you're an avid fan, you might have missed a bit of the weird history of this American television institution. Without further ado, five facts you didn't know about "Wheel of Fortune," including a bonus round in honor of the show's format: Pat Sajak and Vanna White were often "drunk" while hosting the early seasons.
When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things. We had a different show then. Vanna and I would I had a great time. I have no idea if the shows were any good, but no one said anything, so I guess I did okay. Sajak went on to say that he and White would average four margaritas at a Mexican restaurant across the street called Los Arcos. Vanna White's favorite 'Wheel of Fortune' fail is a masturbation joke.
To celebrate the show's 6,th episode, earlier in , Parade magazine had a long interview with Vanna White in which she was asked about the contestants flubs that end up in viral YouTube videos. White admitted that one puzzle solve, where the contestant guessed the answer had to do with masturbation, especially made her and Sajak laugh.
Trebek's co-host was Lesly Brown , who has been married to Sajak since Trebek's show, "Jeopardy," has traditionally been paired with "Wheel of Fortune" in the same hour television slot, although the order varies by region. It wasn't the first time Trebek had hosted. He filled in for Chuck Woolery in the show's very early days, and once before helmed the wheel in place of Sajak in White told Parade that they received many toasters from fans of the show, which they ultimately sent back.
Despite many taping locations, there is only one wheel and it weighs 2, pounds. According to ABC News , the wheel also has lights that can make two million colors and the noise comes from 73 stainless steel pins hitting three rubber "flippers. Apparently the show travels with about 1 million pounds of equipment.
Traveling to Hawaii can be particularly tricky. Everyone on the staff comes up with the puzzles, including Vanna White and Pat Sajak.
Although the original link to the Great Falls Tribune interview has been lost, according to Disney's Babble , Harry Friedman, the executive producer of the show since , said that although the process is "very scientific" the puzzles come from "everybody on the staff" and that it's a "group effort.
On one of her first days, White asked Sajak where she thought they'd be in 10 years. In celebration of the th episode , White recalled a moment she shared with Sajak in her early days with the show: Can you believe it? I remember sitting in the makeup chair when I first started. The wheel of fortune keeps on turning. All images Getty unless otherwise noted.