By Cailey Rizzo
November 14, 2018
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Justin Trudeau has a secret button that he can press whenever he wants to be dragged away from a meeting, according to Canada’s fountain of knowledge, Alex Trebek.

In an interview with Vulture, the host of “Jeopardy!” claimed that the Canadian Prime Minister wears a button under his shirt that he can press whenever he wants to be taken away from a meeting.

Trebek recounted one meeting with Trudeau during which he noticed something peculiar. “I noticed at one point, after about 45 minutes, that Justin did something like this [scratches under his shirt],” Trebek said in the interview, “and about ten seconds later, there was a knock on the door and one of his assistants came in and said, “Mr. Prime Minister, you have a meeting.”

Sean Craig, a Canadian journalist, decided to follow up on Trebek’s claim and asked the Prime Minister’s office if the button actually existed. According to Craig’s reporting, the office said that the button’s existence is false.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that other world leaders in other parts of the world don’t have magic escape buttons. In 2011, a royal historian revealed that Queen Elizabeth had a button underneath her desk in Buckingham Palace. The button would signal to staff when she would like them to open the door to her office and escort her guest off the premises.

Imagine if during bad dates, pointless meetings or uncomfortable small talk, you could press a button and someone would come along to say “we must be going” and you could make a polite and regretful goodbye before jetting off to another important meeting or whatever you would, honestly, much rather be doing (like laying in bed with a new TV show and a bucket of popcorn chicken).

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