What An Idiot / The Newlywed Game

Like most game shows, The Newlywed Game has had its share of bad answers, but some truly take the cake and are either bizarre or simply mind-boggling. The latter instances are what fulfill this trope.

Note: As with the other Game Show pages in What an Idiot!, some of the following couples may very well have given these stupid answers on purpose, while others earnestly try to give a good answer but are stumped or blurt out an answer that in retrospect makes them look bad. That doesn't make them any less stupid, mind you, but instead become far more worthy of being here.
  • 1977; this is one of the all-time game show classics: "Where is the weirdest place you've ever had the urge to make whoopie?"
    • You'd Expect: A location, such as "the park", "the hotel lobby", "a restaurant", etc. Or, as Hank replied when asked beforehand, "In the car on the freeway."
    • Instead: Olga says "In the ass" (with the profanity bleeped). Cue the uproarious laughter and Bob trying (in vain) to clarify the question (a location, not a body part), but Olga persisted with her answer and was eventually buzzed out. Bob denied this event happened at all for decades.
    • To Be Fair: Olga and her husband were actually able to bounce back from this, and they WON the episode and a nursery (the "In The Ass" episode was one of The Newlywed Game's fraternity episodes, and Olga was pregnant at the time.)
  • This gem: When the women are alone, Bob asks them "How many decades will your husband say his mother has lived?"
    • You'd Expect: Given that the men are more or less in their twenties or thirties, somewhere in the ballpark of five to seven for each.
    • Instead: One woman says ten decades. Bob: "Ten decades." *the audience laughs*
    • Then: When Bob asks her husband how many decades his mother has lived, he admits he doesn't know what a decade is. He does some math out loud: four years in a decade, forty-four years old... and he matches his wife!!
  • "What is your favorite wind instrument?"
    • You'd Expect: Instruments like clarinets, flutes, oboes, or bassoons.
    • Instead: Wally says "guitar".
  • "In what foreign country will your husband say the last car he rode in was manufactured?"
    • You'd Expect: Japan or Germany.
    • Instead: A female contestant says "The United States." When Bob tells her it's not a foreign country, she follows that up with Texas. Bob laughed hard at this.
  • There's the incident with the blonde female that had no clue what "urban" and "rural" meant. Hilarity ensues!
  • "What was the last Jewish food you ate?"
    • You'd Expect: Bagels, potato latkes, matzos, etc.
    • Instead: At least three asinine responses...
    1. Chow mein. (Well, from a certain point of view...)
    2. Corn. Her husband said "bagels" and when she asks what they are, he answers with "I don't know, I'm a Mormon."
    3. One contestant admits: "I haven't been Jewish in a long time!"
  • "What is your favorite crustacean?"
  • "Who is your favorite classical composer?"
    • You'd Expect: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc.
    • Instead: One wife shrugglingly says "Elton John", while her husband guessed "Barry Manilow".
  • "What is your favorite thing to buy by the foot?"
    • You'd Expect: Carpeting or rugs.
    • Instead: One wife says "shoes". Bob: "Shoes? You buy shoes by the foot?"
  • "What is your least favorite fowl?"
    • You'd Expect: Chicken, geese, turkeys, etc.
    • Instead: A husband says "sauerkraut."
  • "How many showers did your wife take on her wedding day?"
  • What's your husband's favourite condiment?
    • You'd Expect: Mustard, ketchup, salt, etc.
    • Instead: We got answers like "pool table" and "karate school".
  • "What is your favorite pasta?"
    • You'd Expect: Spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni, etc.
    • Instead: A husband mishears "pasta" as "posture" and answers "Flat on my stomach, looking at the TV screen."
  • "What would your husband say is his very favorite kind of rodent?"
    • You'd Expect: Mice, squirrels, beavers, etc.
    • Instead: A wife doesn't know what a rodent is, and when the question is asked again, she replies, "His saxophone."
  • "What will your wife say is her favorite giblet?"
    • You'd Expect: Heart, liver, gizzard, or neck.
    • Instead: A dumbfounded husband answers "her panties".