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** In the ''DonaldDuck'' story "The Crazy Quiz Show" by Creator/CarlBarks, Donald and his nephews participate in a television quiz, hoping to win a (literal) barrel of money. The nephews each successfully answer their question, but to Donald's dismay they pick a new bicycle instead of the cash. When it's finally his turn, the quizmaster decides that since Donald has been such a JerkAss throughout the show, he gets the most difficult question ever: how many drops per hour fall from the Niagara falls? [[spoiler:He knows the answer! But the stress of reciting it causes him to go mad and ''also'' pick the bicycle as his prize.]]

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** In the ''DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' story "The Crazy Quiz Show" by Creator/CarlBarks, Donald and his nephews participate in a television quiz, hoping to win a (literal) barrel of money. The nephews each successfully answer their question, but to Donald's dismay they pick a new bicycle instead of the cash. When it's finally his turn, the quizmaster decides that since Donald has been such a JerkAss throughout the show, he gets the most difficult question ever: how How many drops per hour fall from the Niagara falls? [[spoiler:He knows the answer! But the stress of reciting it causes him to go mad and ''also'' pick the bicycle as his prize.]]



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** Parodied. John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?
** Another Python sketch had a British television host a game show with the leading figures of Communism: Creator/KarlMarx, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, and UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Marx, Che, and Lenin are shot down with obscure English Premier Football questions and to name the Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr song which won at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest. ("Sing Little Birdie."), to which Mao unexpectedly knows the answer. In the ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl'' version this last question is changed to naming "Great Balls Of Fire" by Music/JerryLeeLewis.
*** In a case of TimeMarchesOn one of the questions was "In what year did Coventry City win the FA Cup?". At the time it was correctly identified as a trick question "Coventry City have never won the FA Cup". That changed in 1987.

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** Parodied. John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which philosophy: "Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . unextended?" When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What "What do penguins eat?
eat?"
** Another Python sketch had a British television host a game show with the leading figures of Communism: Creator/KarlMarx, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, and UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Marx, Che, and Lenin are shot down with obscure English Premier Football questions and to name the Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr song which won at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest. Contest ("Sing Little Birdie."), Birdie"), to which Mao unexpectedly knows the answer. In the ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl'' version this last question is changed to naming "Great Balls Of Fire" by Music/JerryLeeLewis.
*** In a case of TimeMarchesOn one of the questions was "In what year did Coventry City win the FA Cup?". Cup?" At the time it was correctly identified as a trick question question; "Coventry City have never won the FA Cup". Cup." That changed in 1987.



* ''Series/LateNight'''s "Wheel of Game Shows" combined this with a MoonLogicPuzzle: the game "Find the Red Tissue" had the red tissue be on the ''bottom'' of the box instead of inside it, and then on a rebus puzzle, the contestant's seemingly correct guess "[[DoubleEntendre Tickle my balls]]" was rejected in favor of "Play my sports"

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* ''Series/LateNight'''s ''Series/LateNight''[='=]s "Wheel of Game Shows" combined this with a MoonLogicPuzzle: the game "Find the Red Tissue" had the red tissue be on the ''bottom'' of the box instead of inside it, and then on a rebus puzzle, the contestant's seemingly correct guess "[[DoubleEntendre Tickle my balls]]" was rejected in favor of "Play my sports"



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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld: Situation: Comedy'', where you have to win "Who's Never Going to Be a Millionaire?". The questions are just as ridiculously arcane as you'd expect with a title like that. [[spoiler:To win, you have to switch the question cards with questions (actually song lyrics) that are insanely simple.]]

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld: Situation: Comedy'', where you have to win "Who's Never Going to Be a Millionaire?". Millionaire?" The questions are just as ridiculously arcane as you'd expect with a title like that. [[spoiler:To win, you have to switch the question cards with questions (actually song lyrics) that are insanely simple.]]



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* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'', Daffy is the host of a radio game show (a parody of ''TruthOrConsequences''), and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws quite a few of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera from a ''single note'' ("C-C-Cavalleriana Rusticana?" "Audience?" "''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''"). Porky gets even after winning the $26,000,000.03 (...yep) cash prize and buying the radio station with it, giving Daffy the same treatment Porky got after the question "At what latitude and longitude did the wreck of the Hesperus occur?"
* The first episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had a segment where Garfield goes on a gameshow hosted by Binky The Clown to win a birthday gift for Jon. One of the increasingly ridiculous challenges is "Name That Fish", with Garfield given a selection of fish species to choose from. The fish's name? "Walter", an option that ''wasnt even on the board!'' The bizarre nature of the show is eventually justified when it turns it was AllJustADream.
** The challenge before that is even worse, Garfield has to answer the question "What did Christopher Columbus have for breakfast the day he discovered America?" The answer? "He didnt have breakfast that day". The question also has a ridiculously low time limit, something like three seconds tops.
--> '''Garfield''': Just as well, seeing as how I cant talk.

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* In the The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDucksters'':
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Daffy is the host of a radio game show (a parody of ''TruthOrConsequences''), ''TruthOrConsequences'' and Porky is the hapless contestant. Daffy throws quite a few several of these at Porky throughout the cartoon, including asking for the maiden name of Cleopatra's aunt, or asking him to name an opera from a ''single note'' ("C-C-Cavalleriana Rusticana?" "Audience?" "''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''"). Porky gets even after based on hearing ''a single note''.
--> '''Porky:''' ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalleria_rusticana C-C-Cavalleria Rusticana]]''?\\
'''Daffy:''' Audience?\\
'''Audience:''' ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}!''.
** After
winning the a cash jackpot of exactly $26,000,000.03 (...yep) cash prize and yep), Porky gets even by buying the radio station with it, giving it. Daffy begins receiving the same sadistic treatment Porky got immediately after the question being asked by Porky, "At what latitude and longitude did the wreck of the Hesperus ''Hesperus'' occur?"
* The first episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had a segment where Garfield goes on a gameshow hosted by Binky The the Clown to win a birthday gift for Jon. One of the increasingly ridiculous challenges is "Name That Fish", with Garfield given a selection of fish species to choose from. The fish's name? "Walter", an option that ''wasnt ''wasn't even on the board!'' The bizarre nature of the show is eventually justified when it turns it was AllJustADream.
** The challenge before that is even worse, Garfield has to answer the question "What did Christopher Columbus have for breakfast the day he discovered America?" The answer? "He didnt have breakfast that day". day." The question also has a ridiculously low time limit, something like three seconds tops.
--> '''Garfield''': '''Garfield:''' Just as well, seeing as how I cant can't talk.



* Both ''Series/{{Debt}}'' and ''Idiot Savants'' made use of categories based on a contestant's selected field of pop culture expertise. During each game's bonus round, questions would come from these categories, but would be extremely obscure to anyone but absolute experts. For example, one ''Debt'' question about ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' asked who gave the voices for the adult Pebbles[[note]]([[Series/AllInTheFamily Sally Strutters]])[[/note]]; an ''Idiot Savants'' question about the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series involved the ''exact time'' Marty woke up when he returned to 1985.

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* Both ''Series/{{Debt}}'' and ''Idiot Savants'' made use of categories based on a contestant's selected field of pop culture expertise. During each game's bonus round, questions would come from these categories, but would be extremely obscure to anyone but absolute experts. For example, one ''Debt'' question about ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' asked who gave the voices for the adult Pebbles[[note]]([[Series/AllInTheFamily Sally Strutters]])[[/note]]; Sally]] [[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Struthers]])[[/note]]; an ''Idiot Savants'' question about the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series involved the ''exact time'' Marty woke up when he returned to 1985.
30th May '17 7:06:31 PM nombretomado
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* A sketch in ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' had special guest Fred Willard host a "Wheel of Willard" game, functioning as WheelOfFortune where the puzzles were quotes of his. The categories were "Lines from my movies", "Things I've said to myself while by myself in a soundproof room", and "Things I have said at some point in my entire life". One of the contestants, self-proclaimed as Fred's biggest fan, gets all of them correct. The final one was guessed without any clues, and was a fifty-plus word ramble about getting bananas from the grocery store.

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* A sketch in ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' had special guest Fred Willard host a "Wheel of Willard" game, functioning as WheelOfFortune ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' where the puzzles were quotes of his. The categories were "Lines from my movies", "Things I've said to myself while by myself in a soundproof room", and "Things I have said at some point in my entire life". One of the contestants, self-proclaimed as Fred's biggest fan, gets all of them correct. The final one was guessed without any clues, and was a fifty-plus word ramble about getting bananas from the grocery store.
25th May '17 1:57:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played for laughs in the "Bridge of Death" segment of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. The page quote has part of this exchange. Ultimately, the trope gets inverted when Arthur's third question requires him to know [[CallBack the airspeed of an unladen swallow]]. He doesn't know, since it wasn't covered in the SeinfeldianConversation about swallows earlier in the movie, so he asks whether the question is about African or European swallows. Since the bridgekeeper doesn't know the difference, ''he'' gets tossed off the bridge.

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** Played for laughs in the "Bridge of Death" segment of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
*** The page quote has part of this exchange. Ultimately, the trope gets inverted when Arthur's third question requires him to know [[CallBack the airspeed of an unladen swallow]]. He doesn't know, since it wasn't covered in the SeinfeldianConversation about swallows earlier in the movie, so he asks whether the question is about African or European swallows. Since the bridgekeeper doesn't know the difference, ''he'' gets tossed off the bridge.
25th May '17 1:55:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' where John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?

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* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' where ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** Parodied.
John Cleese's game show host asks a housewife (played by Terry Jones) a very obscure question about philosophy ("Which great opponent of Cartesian Dualism resists the reduction of psychological phenomena to a physical state and insists there is no point of contact between the the extended and the unextended?") . When she protests she has no idea, Cleese nudges her to take a guess, which she does, correctly guessing Henri Bergson (despite never having heard of him). She has more difficulty with the second question, What do penguins eat?
25th May '17 1:53:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one of the stories in ''Joker's Asylum'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker takes over a game show and presents the contestants with ridiculously difficult questions. To their surprise and relief, failure to answer correctly results in harmless joke penalties rather than the expected lethal ones � the ''real'' target of the joke is the show's executives, who are [[IfItBleedsItLeads cynically exploiting the incident for ratings]] (in a control booth bugged by the Joker).

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* In one of the stories in ''Joker's Asylum'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker takes over a game show and presents the contestants with ridiculously difficult questions. To their surprise and relief, failure to answer correctly results in harmless joke penalties rather than the expected lethal ones -- the ''real'' target of the joke is the show's executives, who are [[IfItBleedsItLeads cynically exploiting the incident for ratings]] (in a control booth bugged by the Joker).



* Played for drama in the episode "Quiz Show" of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. A traditional Quiz Bowl-type game show is revamped in order to [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit appeal to youngsters]] by ditching their acadamia-themed questions for pop culture and "stupid question-stupid answer" type questions � much to Feeny's dismay. Naturally, this made goofballs Cory and Shawn (and the not-so-goofy-but-still-on-the-team Topanga) popular returning champions. When the executives wanted Cory and Shawn out of the game, they brought back the academia to force the team to lose (bordering the line of what caused the quiz show scandals), including one question that Feeny answered in a ChekhovsLecture earlier in the episode, which the team wasn't able to answer.

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* Played for drama in the episode "Quiz Show" of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. A traditional Quiz Bowl-type game show is revamped in order to [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit appeal to youngsters]] by ditching their acadamia-themed questions for pop culture and "stupid question-stupid answer" type questions -- much to Feeny's dismay. Naturally, this made goofballs Cory and Shawn (and the not-so-goofy-but-still-on-the-team Topanga) popular returning champions. When the executives wanted Cory and Shawn out of the game, they brought back the academia to force the team to lose (bordering the line of what caused the quiz show scandals), including one question that Feeny answered in a ChekhovsLecture earlier in the episode, which the team wasn't able to answer.



** Played straight in the second game, where Sam must [[ItMakesSenseInContext answer an employee questionnaire to gain access to an executive washroom key]]. The questions range from easy to impossible-to-answer-wrong, except for the last one, where Sam is asked a difficult economics question. Once again, all four answers are variants of "I don't know." The secret is to locate [[ItMakesSenseInContext a friendly carrot who has been studying economic theory]], and bring him to the question. He answers the question for you, making the next MacGuffin reachable and teaching the player what Giffen's Paradox is. [[note]](Situations in which people consume more of a good, the higher it is priced, in apparent contradiction to the usual dictates of supply and demand. The classic, though apocryphal, example is potatoes during Ireland's Great Famine � as the price of potatoes {the basic staple of the Irish diet} rose, families could no longer supplement their diets with even more expensive meat or bread. Therefore, they began buying and consuming even more of the pricier, but still relatively affordable, potatoes.)[[/note]]

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** Played straight in the second game, where Sam must [[ItMakesSenseInContext answer an employee questionnaire to gain access to an executive washroom key]]. The questions range from easy to impossible-to-answer-wrong, except for the last one, where Sam is asked a difficult economics question. Once again, all four answers are variants of "I don't know." The secret is to locate [[ItMakesSenseInContext a friendly carrot who has been studying economic theory]], and bring him to the question. He answers the question for you, making the next MacGuffin reachable and teaching the player what Giffen's Paradox is. [[note]](Situations in which people consume more of a good, the higher it is priced, in apparent contradiction to the usual dictates of supply and demand. The classic, though apocryphal, example is potatoes during Ireland's Great Famine -- as the price of potatoes {the basic staple of the Irish diet} rose, families could no longer supplement their diets with even more expensive meat or bread. Therefore, they began buying and consuming even more of the pricier, but still relatively affordable, potatoes.)[[/note]]



* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals � if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.

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* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals -- if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.



* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA this]] clip shows � the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.

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* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA this]] clip shows -- the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.
25th May '17 1:45:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one of the stories in ''Joker's Asylum'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker takes over a game show and presents the contestants with ridiculously difficult questions. To their surprise and relief, failure to answer correctly results in harmless joke penalties rather than the expected lethal ones the ''real'' target of the joke is the show's executives, who are [[IfItBleedsItLeads cynically exploiting the incident for ratings]] (in a control booth bugged by the Joker).
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* In one of the stories in ''Joker's Asylum'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker takes over a game show and presents the contestants with ridiculously difficult questions. To their surprise and relief, failure to answer correctly results in harmless joke penalties rather than the expected lethal ones the ''real'' target of the joke is the show's executives, who are [[IfItBleedsItLeads cynically exploiting the incident for ratings]] (in a control booth bugged by the Joker).
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* Played for drama in the episode "Quiz Show" of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. A traditional Quiz Bowl-type game show is revamped in order to [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit appeal to youngsters]] by ditching their acadamia-themed questions for pop culture and "stupid question-stupid answer" type questions much to Feeny's dismay. Naturally, this made goofballs Cory and Shawn (and the not-so-goofy-but-still-on-the-team Topanga) popular returning champions. When the executives wanted Cory and Shawn out of the game, they brought back the academia to force the team to lose (bordering the line of what caused the quiz show scandals), including one question that Feeny answered in a ChekhovsLecture earlier in the episode, which the team wasn't able to answer.

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* Played for drama in the episode "Quiz Show" of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. A traditional Quiz Bowl-type game show is revamped in order to [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit appeal to youngsters]] by ditching their acadamia-themed questions for pop culture and "stupid question-stupid answer" type questions much to Feeny's dismay. Naturally, this made goofballs Cory and Shawn (and the not-so-goofy-but-still-on-the-team Topanga) popular returning champions. When the executives wanted Cory and Shawn out of the game, they brought back the academia to force the team to lose (bordering the line of what caused the quiz show scandals), including one question that Feeny answered in a ChekhovsLecture earlier in the episode, which the team wasn't able to answer.



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** Played straight in the second game, where Sam must [[ItMakesSenseInContext answer an employee questionnaire to gain access to an executive washroom key]]. The questions range from easy to impossible-to-answer-wrong, except for the last one, where Sam is asked a difficult economics question. Once again, all four answers are variants of "I don't know." The secret is to locate [[ItMakesSenseInContext a friendly carrot who has been studying economic theory]], and bring him to the question. He answers the question for you, making the next MacGuffin reachable and teaching the player what Giffen's Paradox is. [[note]](Situations in which people consume more of a good, the higher it is priced, in apparent contradiction to the usual dictates of supply and demand. The classic, though apocryphal, example is potatoes during Ireland's Great Famine as the price of potatoes {the basic staple of the Irish diet} rose, families could no longer supplement their diets with even more expensive meat or bread. Therefore, they began buying and consuming even more of the pricier, but still relatively affordable, potatoes.)[[/note]]

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** Played straight in the second game, where Sam must [[ItMakesSenseInContext answer an employee questionnaire to gain access to an executive washroom key]]. The questions range from easy to impossible-to-answer-wrong, except for the last one, where Sam is asked a difficult economics question. Once again, all four answers are variants of "I don't know." The secret is to locate [[ItMakesSenseInContext a friendly carrot who has been studying economic theory]], and bring him to the question. He answers the question for you, making the next MacGuffin reachable and teaching the player what Giffen's Paradox is. [[note]](Situations in which people consume more of a good, the higher it is priced, in apparent contradiction to the usual dictates of supply and demand. The classic, though apocryphal, example is potatoes during Ireland's Great Famine as the price of potatoes {the basic staple of the Irish diet} rose, families could no longer supplement their diets with even more expensive meat or bread. Therefore, they began buying and consuming even more of the pricier, but still relatively affordable, potatoes.)[[/note]]



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* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.

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* Done deliberately in the late 1950s thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, and hence part of the reason for the quiz show scandals if contestants weren't given answers in advance or told to take a dive, but the execs wanted them gone anyway for whatever reason (''especially'' if the contestant said ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules), the show would feed answers to their opponent(s) and/or go this route.



* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA this]] clip shows the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.

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* This is the MO of the PhoneInGameShows that went through a brief amount of popularity amongst the television money-men from 2005-10, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZu9Sdj_OjA this]] clip shows the host isn't even able to ''pronounce'' the big answer.



** For one team, the final question required them to correctly identify which happened first: the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, or that of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. [[note]](Charles and Di were married on 29 July 1981, whereas Ozzy and Sharon were married on 4 July 1982.)[[/note]] They got it wrong, losing £525,000.

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** For one team, the final question required them to correctly identify which happened first: the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, or that of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. [[note]](Charles and Di were married on 29 July 1981, whereas Ozzy and Sharon were married on 4 July 1982.)[[/note]] They got it wrong, losing £525,000.



* The French quiz show Burger Quizz always contained a segment where contestants had to choose between three sets of questions : two which were rather normal (for example, questions about then-current president Jacques Chirac, Star Wars, or pop rock) and a final one which was extremely difficult and based around a particularly obscure subject (examples include "the county of Côte d'Or during the years 1870s" or [[OverlyLongName "chemistry so complicated, that even Nobel Prize winners would have trouble answering those questions"]]). Needless to say, the first two sets of questions were always picked.

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* The French quiz show Burger Quizz always contained a segment where contestants had to choose between three sets of questions : two which were rather normal (for example, questions about then-current president Jacques Chirac, Star Wars, or pop rock) and a final one which was extremely difficult and based around a particularly obscure subject (examples include "the county of Côte d'Or during the years 1870s" or [[OverlyLongName "chemistry so complicated, that even Nobel Prize winners would have trouble answering those questions"]]). Needless to say, the first two sets of questions were always picked.


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* In an omake of Manga/BinboGamiGa, Momiji hosts a quiz show. One of the questions is the full, formal name of the Thai capital Bangkok [[note]] Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit[[/note]]. Even the host herself quipped how creepy it was that one of the contestants knew it!
13th May '17 3:55:35 PM nombretomado
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* Played with on {{MTV}}'s ''Series/RemoteControl'' with the "Public Television" channel/category, which consisted entirely of obscure scientific facts, etc. One contestant selected the channel and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPi2GMMbzTE got the question right]], however, leading to a MomentOfAwesome.

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* Played with on {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Series/RemoteControl'' with the "Public Television" channel/category, which consisted entirely of obscure scientific facts, etc. One contestant selected the channel and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPi2GMMbzTE got the question right]], however, leading to a MomentOfAwesome.
8th May '17 10:38:04 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' short "One Minute Till Three," Granny quizzes each student with a ridiculous-sounding question, with Plucky as Granny's last student and dreading every second of it, hoping for the clock to reach 3:00 so he can leave and not have to answer. Granny DOES gets to Plucky, however, and tells him, "Using Faustic's Method of bifractal computation, give me the minimum number of quantified pixels needed on a bilateral view screen." (This is complete gibberish, for the record.) After a bit of stalling, Plucky tells her, "But Granny! It's two-fifty-nine!" regarding the time--which turns out to be the correct answer of 259.
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