History WhatAnIdiot / WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire

21st May '17 4:56:32 PM nombretomado
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* From Millionaire Hot Seat, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYnxz1MySU this particular contestant]] has just been passed a question for $1,000. "Discovered to the west of Bendigo in Victoria in 1869 was the large gold nugget known as 'Welcome' what?" A. Digger, B. Battler, C. Stranger, D. [[WelcomeBackKotter Back Kotter]].

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* From Millionaire Hot Seat, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYnxz1MySU this particular contestant]] has just been passed a question for $1,000. "Discovered to the west of Bendigo in Victoria in 1869 was the large gold nugget known as 'Welcome' what?" A. Digger, B. Battler, C. Stranger, D. [[WelcomeBackKotter [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Back Kotter]].
20th May '17 2:39:14 PM Trialman
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3do7tVls7w This contestant]] enters the studio, and spends the pre-game banter talking about how much she loves Christmas. Her first question is "In the holiday song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", what type of weather does Santa Claus encounter on Christmas Eve?" with the answers of A. Windy, B. Frosty, C. Sleety, D. Foggy.
** '''You'd Expect''': Someone so in love with Christmas to easily remember that the song says 'Foggy', or at least work out that would be the weather condition which a shiny nose would be practical for.
** '''Instead''': She decides that since it's a Christmas song, it must involve snow, and gives the final answer of 'Frosty', leading to a complete failure of the question that should have been a gift for her.
8th Apr '17 11:42:23 PM jameygamer
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* In general, anyone who gets the first question wrong, which is often insanely easy and typically general-knowledge. Several contestants have whiffed the first question, including the first two $0 losers in the history of the American version (originally $100, then $500 for the 2009-10 season), which usually had a blatantly-incorrect gag answer for "D".

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* In general, anyone who gets the first question wrong, which is often insanely easy and typically general-knowledge. Several contestants have whiffed the first question, contestants, including the first two $0 losers in the history of the American version version, have whiffed the first question (originally $100, then $500 for the 2009-10 season), which usually had a blatantly-incorrect gag answer for "D".
25th Feb '17 6:27:38 PM lalalei2001
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** Even better, ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' discussed this in one of their magazines shortly after this episode aired... and listed the wrong answer as well. (They were notorious for being sarcastic in the letters section during this time period). The contestant who got the $500,000 ''Pokémon'' question returned for a "Champions" episode months later, and was visibly embarrassed by not knowing that question and having become a ''Pokémon'' fan in the meantime; he lampshaded this that night.

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** Even better, ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' discussed this in one of their magazines shortly after this episode aired... and [[http://videogamemagazineletters.tumblr.com/post/136344264754/pokemon-for-dollars listed the wrong answer answer]] as well. (They were notorious for being sarcastic in the letters section during this time period). The contestant who got the $500,000 ''Pokémon'' question returned for a "Champions" episode months later, and was visibly embarrassed by not knowing that question and having become a ''Pokémon'' fan in the meantime; he lampshaded this that night.
16th Oct '16 6:21:16 PM jameygamer
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* Early in the US series, a guy was asked, for $500,000, "Which of these is not a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}?" Now, since he was an older man and admittedly had no idea what ''Pokémon'' was, he could be forgiven for walking away, especially as he had no Lifelines left... except that B was '''''[[TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]]'''''. Even Regis said afterwards, "Every child in America is screaming at their TV right now..."
** Even better, ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' discussed this in one of their magazines shortly after this episode aired... and listed the wrong answer as well. (They were notorious for being sarcastic in the letters section during this time period.)

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* Early in the US series, on the episode before John Carpenter's $1,000,000 win, a guy was asked, for $500,000, "Which of these is not a Franchise/{{Pokemon}}?" Now, since he was an older man and admittedly had no idea what ''Pokémon'' was, he could be forgiven for walking away, especially as he had no Lifelines left... except that B was '''''[[TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]]'''''. Even Regis said afterwards, "Every child in America is screaming at their TV right now..."
** Even better, ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' discussed this in one of their magazines shortly after this episode aired... and listed the wrong answer as well. (They were notorious for being sarcastic in the letters section during this time period.)period). The contestant who got the $500,000 ''Pokémon'' question returned for a "Champions" episode months later, and was visibly embarrassed by not knowing that question and having become a ''Pokémon'' fan in the meantime; he lampshaded this that night.



** '''Instead''': They say something like "I think it's either A or B, I'll use my 50-50," and the the computer "randomly" removes C and D, giving them no help at all.

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** '''Instead''': They say something like "I think it's either A or B, I'll use my 50-50," and the the computer "randomly" removes C and D, giving them no help at all. This was subverted humorously with one instance where the contestant said "I think it's either A or B, I'll use my 50-50," only for the lifeline to remove A '''and''' B, prompting an outburst and mocking from Regis before she used her last lifeline ([[spoiler:she got the question right and won $125,000]]).
16th Oct '16 6:14:05 PM jameygamer
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** August 22, 1999: The first contestant who whiffed the $100, Robby Roseman (also the first contestant to leave with $0), got a question that may have been on the tougher side for $100, and probably more off a $1,000 question: "Hannibal crossed the Alps using what animals?" He used his 50/50 to eliminate "Chihuahuas" and "[[PerplexingPlurals Rhinoceri]]", then of the two remaining ("Elephants" and "Llamas"), answered the latter. This led to the FanNickname of "Llama" every time someone whiffs on the first tier.

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** August 22, 1999: The first contestant who whiffed the $100, Robby Roseman (also the first contestant to leave with $0), got a question that may have been on the tougher side for $100, and probably more off a $1,000 question: "Hannibal crossed the Alps using what animals?" He used his 50/50 to eliminate "Chihuahuas" and "[[PerplexingPlurals Rhinoceri]]", then of the two remaining ("Elephants" and "Llamas"), answered the latter. This led to the FanNickname of "Llama" every time someone whiffs on the first tier. Roseman allegedly was wearing "lucky shorts" that night, which prompted a snark from Regis about burning those shorts after he blew the question.
16th Oct '16 6:12:02 PM jameygamer
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* In general, anyone who gets the first question wrong, which is often insanely easy and typically general-knowledge. Several contestants have whiffed the first question (originally $100, then $500 for the 2009-10 season), which usually had a blatantly-incorrect gag answer for "D".

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* In general, anyone who gets the first question wrong, which is often insanely easy and typically general-knowledge. Several contestants have whiffed the first question question, including the first two $0 losers in the history of the American version (originally $100, then $500 for the 2009-10 season), which usually had a blatantly-incorrect gag answer for "D".



** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): A contestant misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of plum.
** October 27, 2006: A college kid came on and revealed that he hadn't slept in a long while due to the ride to the show, and pretty much had coffee flowing through his veins. He then proceeded to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkK8K8Q6o50 miss the $100 question]] by saying that the purpose of a surge protector is to protect against water. Is it any wonder why teachers tell you to ''sleep well before test day''?

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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): A contestant Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of plum.
plum. Also the second contestant to end up with $0 on the lowest scoring episode of Regis Philbin's version of ''Millionaire'', at least up to that point (only $3,000 total was given away across 4 contestants, with Fodera being the "llama" among them). Fodera returned as part of the "$0 Winners" episodes and later won $16,000.
** October 27, 2006: A college kid came on and revealed that he hadn't slept in a long while due to the ride to the show, and pretty much had coffee flowing through his veins. He then proceeded to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkK8K8Q6o50 miss the $100 question]] by saying that the purpose of a surge protector is to protect against water. He realized his goof and gave an OhCrap look right after saying, "Final Answer". Is it any wonder why teachers tell you to ''sleep well before test day''?



** May 15, 2009: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6AnWkVwbgI This lady]] blows a $300 question by thinking Mainezoil is a brand of gasoline instead of Pennzoil.

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** May 15, 2009: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6AnWkVwbgI This lady]] blows a $300 question by thinking Mainezoil is a brand of gasoline instead of Pennzoil. Cue an OhCrap when she realizes the mistake.



** January 19, 2010: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcq8M0bmRhg The first question]] (for $500) is lost because the contestant thought an owl squirts ink.

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** January 19, 2010: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcq8M0bmRhg The first question]] (for $500) is lost because the contestant thought an owl squirts ink. Again, an OhCrap occurs once said contestant, Lovi Yu, realizes her goof.
25th Jun '16 9:40:16 AM KoopaKid17
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** May 29, 2013: A contestant is asked what a person would uncontrollably do when looking at the sun if they suffered from "Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst[s]", and was all but told that the acronym (ACHOO) was a clue. He responded with ''hiccup.'' To be fair, he instantly realized his mistake as soon as he said "final answer".

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** May 29, 2013: A contestant is asked what a person would uncontrollably do when looking at the sun if they suffered from "Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst[s]", and was all but told that the acronym (ACHOO) was a clue. He responded with ''hiccup.'' To be fair, he instantly ''hiccup'' and only realized his mistake as soon as he said "final answer".



** '''To Be Fair''': Large majorities of the audience have been wrong about certain questions before.
1st Apr '16 5:52:54 PM HoursGoneBy
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Stupid answers and {{Game Show}}s go hand-in-hand you can't have one without getting the other at some point. ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', having been on sinece 1998, has had more than a few.

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Stupid answers and {{Game Show}}s go hand-in-hand you can't have one without getting the other at some point. ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', having been on sinece since 1998, has had more than a few.
21st Feb '16 11:09:21 AM HowlingSnail
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Stupid answers and {{Game Show}}s go hand-in-hand you can't have one without getting the other at some point. ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', having been on for over a decade in the United States alone, has had more than a few.

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Stupid answers and {{Game Show}}s go hand-in-hand you can't have one without getting the other at some point. ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', having been on for over a decade in the United States alone, sinece 1998, has had more than a few.
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