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YMMV: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

  • Older Than They Think: A quiz show with an elementary school theme? WinTuition did it first.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The syndicated version, or at least Season 1 of it.
  • They Just Didn't Care: On May 3, 2007, the correct answers to two separate questions in the same game were inadvertently muttered loud enough for the contestant to hear. The $2,500-question in 1st Grade Music asked which of the following was a percussion instrument: A. Viola, B. Xylophone, C. Bassoon. The correct answer was B. The $175,000-question in 4th Grade World History asked to identify the picture writing used by ancient Egyptians: Hieroglyphics. Neither question was thrown out and the contestant quit with $175,000.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Look no further than the show's first ever contestant, a UCLA American History graduate, who didn't know Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached and thought Columbus Day was celebrated in September! He walked with $5,000, not answering a single question without one of his cheats.
    • Ashley McCohn, who lost the game on her first question! The funny part came when the producers seemed to like her personality enough to force Wayne Brady to come in and invite her to appear on sister show Don't Forget The Lyrics. Unfortunately she faced a similar fate, losing on the $10,000 level when she picked a category containing Title Theme Tunes she had never heard of.
    • One contestant didn't know how "vowel" is spelled when the question was how many consonants in that word. She thought it was "voul".
    • Kellie Pickler. Oh sweet baby Jesus, Kellie Pickler.
    • 352 feet in a yard?!
    • Another contestant horrifically flubs the first question (1st grade health), which asks if the esophagus connects the mouth to the nose (It actually connects the mouth to the stomach). The guy answers true and he is a freaking pre-med student! If it weren't for the Save, he would have been eliminated on the very first question. Of course, the host takes a jab at him by saying "Thank god you are not my doctor!" and "Did you go to any of your pre-med classes while you were there?"

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