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23rd Feb '18 5:03:08 PM Danny2002
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* In the Turkish version, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TqBne9CExnI&feature=youtu.be this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "On what grounds are kerling, hockey and skate sports?" with the answers of A. Ice, B. Grass, C. Sand, D. Soil. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 91% of them picking "A", with 4% picking "B", 3% picking "C", and 2% picking "D".
** '''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
** '''Instead''': He ignores the audience and goes 50/50, which eliminates "B" and "C".
** '''You'd Then Expect''': For the contestant to pick "A", since only 2% in the audience chose "C".
** '''Instead''': He ignores the audience again and chose "D".
** '''And Of Course''': The 91% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''

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* In *In the Turkish version, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TqBne9CExnI&feature=youtu.be this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "On what grounds are kerling, hockey and skate sports?" with the answers of A. Ice, B. Grass, C. Sand, D. Soil. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 91% of them picking "A", with 4% picking "B", 3% picking "C", and 2% picking "D".
** '''You'd **'''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
** '''Instead''': **'''Instead''': He ignores the audience and goes 50/50, 50:50, which eliminates "B" and "C".
** '''You'd **'''You'd Then Expect''': For the contestant to pick "A", since only 2% in the audience chose "C".
** '''And **'''And Of Course''': The 91% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''

* In a similar vein as the above, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xMIsIZMivhM this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "What is sweet dessert made by putting melted chocolate, cream sauce, fresh fruit dragee on fried dough?" with the answers of A. Waffle, B. Tiramisu, C. Magnolia, D. Puff Pastry. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 88% of them picking "A", with 2% picking "B", 5% picking "C", and 5% picking "D".
** '''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
** '''Instead''': He ignores the audience and chose "D".
** '''And Of Course''': The 88% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''

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* In *In a similar vein as the above, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xMIsIZMivhM this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "What is sweet dessert made by putting melted chocolate, cream sauce, fresh fruit dragee on fried dough?" with the answers of A. Waffle, B. Tiramisu, C. Magnolia, D. Puff Pastry. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 88% of them picking "A", with 2% picking "B", 5% picking "C", and 5% picking "D".
** '''You'd **'''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
** '''And **'''And Of Course''': The 88% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''

* In the Venezuelan version, there were a few fails.
** [[https://youtu.be/LRzCaDy98Bo This contestant]] used Ask the Audience on a question "It's a sporadic dance: "... step" with the answers of A. Simple, B. Double, C. Quadruple, D. Quintuple. 100% of the audience voted for the answer "B", but wasted the 50:50, which eliminates "A" and "C", and now goes with "B" and gets it right.
** Juan Humberto Vivas, in the third question he was asked to complete the chorus of the popular Mexican song El Rey: I do not have a throne or a queen, or anyone who understands me, but I'm still the ... his options were A: Papirruqui, B: Papa de los helado, C: King, D: Soul of the party. When he did not know the answer, he used the wild card 50:50, leaving options B and C; his choice was option B: Dad of ice cream. Once the conductor was selected, Eladio Lárez asked the present audience to sing the complete chorus of the song and thus the contestant was able to realize his mistake.
** Nixon Becerra used the first lifeline in the first question about general culture. For the second question had to decipher the riddle: In the bathrooms I usually stay, although I come from the sea, the options were A: The sponge, B: The mirror, C: The outlet, D: The paper. Not being sure of the answer used the 50:50, which were options A and C. He was forced to use his last available lifeline to call an ex-teacher, which to the surprise of the assistants assured him that the correct option was C: The socket. Without thinking twice he hurried to indicate option C, even at the insistence of Eladio who recommended him to think well the answer.

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* In *In the Venezuelan version, there were a few fails.
** [[https://youtu.**[[https://youtu.be/LRzCaDy98Bo This contestant]] used Ask the Audience on a question "It's a sporadic dance: "... step" with the answers of A. Simple, B. Double, C. Quadruple, D. Quintuple. 100% of the audience voted for the answer "B", but wasted the 50:50, which eliminates "A" and "C", and now goes with "B" and gets it right.
** Juan **Juan Humberto Vivas, in the third question he was asked to complete the chorus of the popular Mexican song El Rey: I do not have a throne or a queen, or anyone who understands me, but I'm still the ... his options were A: Papirruqui, B: Papa de los helado, C: King, D: Soul of the party. When he did not know the answer, he used the wild card 50:50, leaving options B and C; his choice was option B: Dad of ice cream. Once the conductor was selected, Eladio Lárez asked the present audience to sing the complete chorus of the song and thus the contestant was able to realize his mistake.
** Nixon **Nixon Becerra used the first lifeline in the first question about general culture. For the second question had to decipher the riddle: In the bathrooms I usually stay, although I come from the sea, the options were A: The sponge, B: The mirror, C: The outlet, D: The paper. Not being sure of the answer used the 50:50, which were options A and C. He was forced to use his last available lifeline to call an ex-teacher, which to the surprise of the assistants assured him that the correct option was C: The socket. Without thinking twice he hurried to indicate option C, even at the insistence of Eladio who recommended him to think well the answer.
23rd Feb '18 5:01:59 PM Danny2002
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* Another one from Hot Seat (Australia), [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6FCWX2h-2p8 This contestant]] knew the answer to the question for \$20,000, but, wasted an extra \$1,000 by using the Ask A Friend lifeline to tell his friend that he is going to win \$20,000. He did that because he thinks it’s cool. He got the answer right and won the \$20,000 without an extra \$1,000.

** '''Conclusion''': "No, it's not the final answer, you just lost a lot of money... It's Fresca! ([[LosingHorns \$1,000,000 Lost]]) Fresca!"

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** '''Conclusion''': "No, it's not the final answer, you just lost a lot of money... It's Fresca! ([[LosingHorns \$1,000,000 Lost]]) Fresca!"Fresca!"
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*In the Turkish version, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TqBne9CExnI&feature=youtu.be this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "On what grounds are kerling, hockey and skate sports?" with the answers of A. Ice, B. Grass, C. Sand, D. Soil. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 91% of them picking "A", with 4% picking "B", 3% picking "C", and 2% picking "D".
**'''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
**'''Instead''': He ignores the audience and goes 50/50, which eliminates "B" and "C".
**'''You'd Then Expect''': For the contestant to pick "A", since only 2% in the audience chose "C".
**'''Instead''': He ignores the audience again and chose "D".
**'''And Of Course''': The 91% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''
----
*In a similar vein as the above, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xMIsIZMivhM this contestant]], got this question for 5,000 TL which is "What is sweet dessert made by putting melted chocolate, cream sauce, fresh fruit dragee on fried dough?" with the answers of A. Waffle, B. Tiramisu, C. Magnolia, D. Puff Pastry. He chooses to Ask the Audience, resulting in 88% of them picking "A", with 2% picking "B", 5% picking "C", and 5% picking "D".
**'''You'd Expect''': The contestant to trust the audience and pick "A".
**'''Instead''': He ignores the audience and chose "D".
**'''And Of Course''': The 88% that said "A"...'''''were right!'''''
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*In the Venezuelan version, there were a few fails.
**[[https://youtu.be/LRzCaDy98Bo This contestant]] used Ask the Audience on a question "It's a sporadic dance: "... step" with the answers of A. Simple, B. Double, C. Quadruple, D. Quintuple. 100% of the audience voted for the answer "B", but wasted the 50:50, which eliminates "A" and "C", and now goes with "B" and gets it right.
**Juan Humberto Vivas, in the third question he was asked to complete the chorus of the popular Mexican song El Rey: I do not have a throne or a queen, or anyone who understands me, but I'm still the ... his options were A: Papirruqui, B: Papa de los helado, C: King, D: Soul of the party. When he did not know the answer, he used the wild card 50:50, leaving options B and C; his choice was option B: Dad of ice cream. Once the conductor was selected, Eladio Lárez asked the present audience to sing the complete chorus of the song and thus the contestant was able to realize his mistake.
**Nixon Becerra used the first lifeline in the first question about general culture. For the second question had to decipher the riddle: In the bathrooms I usually stay, although I come from the sea, the options were A: The sponge, B: The mirror, C: The outlet, D: The paper. Not being sure of the answer used the 50:50, which were options A and C. He was forced to use his last available lifeline to call an ex-teacher, which to the surprise of the assistants assured him that the correct option was C: The socket. Without thinking twice he hurried to indicate option C, even at the insistence of Eladio who recommended him to think well the answer.
7th Feb '18 9:21:46 PM AlexTropesFisher
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** '''Conclusion''': Regis: "No, it's not the final answer, you just lost a lot of money... It's Fresca! ([[LosingHorns \$1,000,000 Lose Music]]) Fresca!"

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** '''Conclusion''': Regis: "No, it's not the final answer, you just lost a lot of money... It's Fresca! ([[LosingHorns \$1,000,000 Lose Music]]) Lost]]) Fresca!"
7th Feb '18 9:16:49 PM AlexTropesFisher
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** '''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.

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** '''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.her.
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* There were several cases in the show's history when contestants were able to reach final question and ''get their final answers wrong'', losing lots of money in the process.
** One infamous instance occured during the 10th Anniversary Special of the US version of Millionaire. Ken Basin was the last contestant left, but that doesn't stopped him to get to the \$1 Million question: "For ordering his favorite beverages on demand, LBJ had four buttons installed in the Oval Office labeled "coffee," "tea," "Coke" and what?" ''A: Fresca. B: V8. C: Yoo-hoo. D: A&W.'' He uses Ask the Audience to confirm his hunch for the "Yoo-hoo" (40% of the audience thought that).
** '''You'd Expect''': Ken would understand that the risk to trust the audience on the final question is extreme, and he could walk away with \$500,000 in the pocket.
** '''Instead''': He decides to trust his instincts anyway, locks his final answer at "C: Yoo-hoo" and [[TemptingFate cockily demands that Regis would give him a Million]].
** '''Conclusion''': Regis: "No, it's not the final answer, you just lost a lot of money... It's Fresca! ([[LosingHorns \$1,000,000 Lose Music]]) Fresca!"
10th Jan '18 10:06:56 PM KoopaKid17
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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]]).

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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]]).
10th Jan '18 10:05:15 PM KoopaKid17
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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.

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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 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.

*** It has been established in a few places that the 50/50 does deliberately leave the correct answer and the most-likely-to-be-guessed wrong answer. In some regions such as France, this led to an investigation and a legal order to make it random.

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*** It has been established in a few places that the 50/50 50:50 does deliberately leave the correct answer and the most-likely-to-be-guessed wrong answer. In some regions such as France, this led to an investigation and a legal order to make it random.

* When a contestant is torn between two choices, they might use the 50/50 lifeline to get rid of two wrong answers. It's supposedly random, but no one verified this.

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* When a contestant is torn between two choices, they might use the 50/50 50:50 lifeline to get rid of two wrong answers. It's supposedly random, but no one verified this.

** '''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]]).

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** '''Instead''': They say something like "I think it's either A or B, I'll use my 50-50," 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," 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]]).

** '''Instead''': He ignores the audience and goes 50/50, which eliminates "B" and "D".

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** '''Instead''': He ignores the audience and goes 50/50, 50:50, which eliminates "B" and "D".
8th Jan '18 5:31:33 AM TroperNo9001
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* A young contestant on the Italian version was caught off guard by the question "Which of these animal would you see on a perch?", with the possible answers of "A) A parrot; B) A hamster; C) A pig; D) A turtle"... ''because she didn't know what a perch was.'' Instead of using the "Ask the audience" lifeline (something the host openly suggested her to do), she stubbornly refused and tried to use logic to solve the enigma. In the end, she came to the conclusion that, in her own words, "the perch could be another name to call the hamster wheel, and since parrots usually stay on a pirate's shoulder, it must be the hamster."

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* A young contestant on the Italian version was caught off guard by the question "Which of these animal animals would you see on a perch?", with the possible answers of "A) A parrot; B) A hamster; C) A pig; D) A turtle"... ''because she didn't know what a perch was.'' Instead of using the "Ask the audience" lifeline (something the host openly suggested her to do), she stubbornly refused and tried to use logic to solve the enigma. In the end, she came to the conclusion that, in her own words, "the perch could be another name to call the hamster wheel, and since parrots usually stay on a pirate's shoulder, it must be the hamster."
24th Dec '17 12:14:14 PM BobbyZ4
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** '''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.
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* In addition to the actual examples given above, an [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/gameshows/millionaire.asp online urban legend]] circulated in 2007, where a contestant purportedly was asked "Which of the following is the largest?" as her \$100 question. The four choices were peanut, elephant, moon and tennis ball. The contestant, so the story goes, proceeds to blow all three of her lifelines, not convinced that the largest – moon – is the correct answer. Her answer: Elephant. (An elephant is the larger to the naked eye when compared to the moon, but the question was going for the largest in physical size and mass, for which moon was the appropriate answer). The actual frame was from the British version of ''Millionaire?'', where the contestant in question did rather well.
** '''Even worse''': The contestant, prior to using her 50/50 lifeline, was leaning toward either peanut or tennis ball (the two choices that were wiped out upon the 50/50). At this point, according to the urban legend, host Meredith Vieira has a look of disbelief on her face.

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** '''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.
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* In addition to the actual examples given above, an [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/gameshows/millionaire.asp online urban legend]] circulated in 2007, where a contestant purportedly was asked "Which of the following is the largest?" as her \$100 question. The four choices were peanut, elephant, moon and tennis ball. The contestant, so the story goes, proceeds to blow all three of her lifelines, not convinced that the largest – moon – is the correct answer. Her answer: Elephant. (An elephant is the larger to the naked eye when compared to the moon, but the question was going for the largest in physical size and mass, for which moon was the appropriate answer). The actual frame was from the British version of ''Millionaire?'', where the contestant in question did rather well.
** '''Even worse''': The contestant, prior to using her 50/50 lifeline, was leaning toward either peanut or tennis ball (the two choices that were wiped out upon the 50/50). At this point, according to the urban legend, host Meredith Vieira has a look of disbelief on her face.
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26th Nov '17 11:43:09 AM PandaXclone2
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* A young contestant on the Italian version was cought off guard by the question "Which of these animal would you see on a perch?", with the possible answers of "A) A parrot; B) A hamster; C) A pig; D) A turtle"... ''because she didn't knew what a perch was.'' Instead of using the "Ask the audience" lifeline (something the host openly suggested her to do), she stubbornly refused and tried to use logic to solve the enigma. In the end, she came to the conclusion that, in her own words, "the perch could be another name to call the hamster wheel, and since parrots usually stay on a pirate's shoulder, it must be the hamster."

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* A young contestant on the Italian version was cought caught off guard by the question "Which of these animal would you see on a perch?", with the possible answers of "A) A parrot; B) A hamster; C) A pig; D) A turtle"... ''because she didn't knew know what a perch was.'' Instead of using the "Ask the audience" lifeline (something the host openly suggested her to do), she stubbornly refused and tried to use logic to solve the enigma. In the end, she came to the conclusion that, in her own words, "the perch could be another name to call the hamster wheel, and since parrots usually stay on a pirate's shoulder, it must be the hamster."
6th Nov '17 2:41:53 AM feartear
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* A contestant on the Italian version was asked what kind of animal would be found on a perch. With the 50/50 narrowed to "parrot" and "hamster", she said, "the parrot usually stays on a pirate's arm, so it must be the hamster."

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* A young contestant on the Italian version was asked what kind cought off guard by the question "Which of these animal would be found you see on a perch. With perch?", with the 50/50 narrowed possible answers of "A) A parrot; B) A hamster; C) A pig; D) A turtle"... ''because she didn't knew what a perch was.'' Instead of using the "Ask the audience" lifeline (something the host openly suggested her to "parrot" do), she stubbornly refused and "hamster", tried to use logic to solve the enigma. In the end, she said, came to the conclusion that, in her own words, "the parrot perch could be another name to call the hamster wheel, and since parrots usually stays stay on a pirate's arm, so shoulder, it must be the hamster."
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