11 Things You Didn't Know About Wheel of Fortune

When a show airs for more than 30 years, the behind-the-scenes action is bound to be epic.

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Wheel of Fortune is one of the longest running game shows in U.S. history. Apparently, there's just something about watching people compete to win cash and prizes using a giant, spinning carnival wheel and yelling "big money!" And while everyone can agree that Pat Sajak and Vanna White are the best game hosting duo of our time, here are a few other tidbits that we bet didn't make your radar.

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1 Vanna White has never worn the same dress twice.
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The game show hit 6,000 episodes back in April 2014, so White has worn thousands of dresses throughout the show's entirety and none of them have been repeated. Though unfortunately, White says that she doesn't get to keep any of the swanky, formal wear.

2 Pat Sajak spent two years away from the wheel.
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Sajak hosted the show for eight years before trying his luck hosting his own TV show from 1989-1990. While he was away, his spot at the wheel was filled by Bob Goen, who would later go on to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Of course, Sajak came back and hasn't left the wheel since.

3 The hosting pair like to coordinate.
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We don't know what's sweeter, the fact that Sajak and White have hosted the show together for decades, or the fact that he matches his ties to her dresses.

4 The biggest prize ever won was over $1 million.

Autumn Ernhard won herself $1,030,340 back in May 2013 when she guessed the phrase "tough workout" with only four letters on the board. We're not sure how she did it, but the show was celebrating 30 years, and it was May 30, so maybe it was fate.

5 Sajak was almost too local to host the show.
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When Wheel of Fortune creator, Merv Griffin, asked Sajak if he wanted to host the show, Fred Silverman, then President and CEO of NBC, rejected his hiring claiming he was "too local." Luckily for us, Silverman was soon after dismissed and Sajak was able to accept his new position.

6 White has clapped almost 4 million times on the show.
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It's not surprising that White's job landed her a world record. The Guinness Book of World Records includes her as "Television's Most Frequent Clapper." She averages more than 600 claps per show, which comes out to 3.7 million over the past 32 seasons.

7 White doesn't just sit around the puzzle board when she's off-camera.
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When she's not turning letters, White spends time signing photos, answering fan mail, and engaging in her favorite pastime — crocheting. She owns her own line of yarn called "" and donates a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

8 Sajak was a DJ before becoming one of America's most recognizable TV hosts.
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Yup, apparently Sajak knows a thing or two about music. He was a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio and even DJ'd for a Kentucky radio station back in the day. We would have loved to see (and hear) that!

9 The price of a vowel hasn't been adjusted for inflation for over 30 years.
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It still costs $250 today. Dairy industry, take note!

10 Sajak and White used to host the show a little tipsy.
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When Dan Le Batard interviewed Sajak in 2012 for his ESPN2 show Highly Questionable, he asked the host if he'd ever been drunk while taping the show. Sajak's response: "Vanna and I would ... have two or three or six [drinks] and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet. 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." It's okay, Pat, we forgive you.

11 There's only one famous wheel.
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Since there is only one wheel of fortune, it has to be broken down and put back together whenever the show goes on the road, meaning the show travels with more than 1 million pounds of equipment to tape across the country.

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