History WhatAnIdiot / WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire

21st Jul '17 4:01:31 PM StFan
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* In general, anybody who leaves with a {{Lifeline}} remaining (bar Double Dip, which disallows walking away). Even if you ''think'' none of your contacts would know the answer, try anyway you'll get more face time, and your friend might just surprise you. Even if you fail, you can at least take pride in that you exhausted all your available options.

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* In general, anybody who leaves with a {{Lifeline}} Lifeline remaining (bar Double Dip, which disallows walking away). Even if you ''think'' none of your contacts would know the answer, try anyway -- you'll get more face time, and your friend might just surprise you. Even if you fail, you can at least take pride in that you exhausted all your available options.
20th Jul '17 11:24:00 PM jameygamer
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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of a plum. Also the second contestant to end up with $0 on the lowest scoring hour-long 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.

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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of a plum. Also the second contestant to end up with $0 on the lowest scoring hour-long a very low-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.
20th Jul '17 11:22:46 PM jameygamer
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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of a 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.

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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of a plum. Also the second contestant to end up with $0 on the lowest scoring hour-long 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.
20th Jul '17 11:18:23 PM jameygamer
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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of 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.

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** January 20, 2000 (the episode after Dan Blonsky's $1,000,000 win): Contestant Brian Fodera misses the $100 question because he thought Little Jack Horner pulled out a blackbird instead of a 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.
30th May '17 7:07:16 PM nombretomado
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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 since 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'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', having been on since 1998, has had more than a few.



** November 25, 2002: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeY0NTRl4S8 A $1,000 question]] about ''WheelOfFortune'' gets blown, apparently because the contestant has only ever seen the last 18 months of Bob Goen's version. The contestant was later invited back for $0 Winners Week, and [[MomentOfAwesome won $250,000.]]

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** November 25, 2002: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeY0NTRl4S8 A $1,000 question]] about ''WheelOfFortune'' ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' gets blown, apparently because the contestant has only ever seen the last 18 months of Bob Goen's version. The contestant was later invited back for $0 Winners Week, and [[MomentOfAwesome won $250,000.]]
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]]).
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