Trope-tan: [buzzes in] Family Feud.
Steve Harvey: Show me... Family Feud!
Steve Harvey: Number-one answer! You have control, play or pass?
Trope-tan: We're gonna play!
Steve Harvey: Name a Game Show known for stupid answers from contestants.
Next member of the Trope-tan family: 60 Minutes!
Other Trope-tan family members: Good answer!
Steve Harvey: ...
Note: As with the other Game Show pages in What an Idiot!, some of the following contestants may very well have given these stupid answers on purpose. That doesn't make them any less stupid, mind you, but instead become far more worthy of being here. Just about all the times this happens, they blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Also: these are just ordinary people on a timer, on stage, under lights and cameras, and in front of an audience. Under stress anyone is liable to short circuit their brain. And of course, the other family members will be prompted to say "Good answer" regardless of how dumb it really is to save face.
- July 1976: "This is going to be embarrassing for both of us, Fred. You needed 113 points. You also need an earthquake to get you out of this"
- "Name a time that most people get up" "In the morning."
- "A time that most people go to bed" "At night." (Scored 2 points!)
- "A southern state." "North Carolina." (Scored 4 points! "Now we know that there are six people crazy.")note
- "Something found in a delicatessen." "Pickles." (Scored 6 points!)
- "Something you put in tea" "Tea bag."
- "Name something that comes in pairs." Fred (yes, the same Fred responsible for the above) says "Bananas", while his opponent says "Love birds", making Richard quip, "You both need help."
- September 2, 1977: One family had a member who gave "Frog" as an answer for "Name an animal with three letters in its name" in Fast Money, followed by "Regular" as "A brand of gasoline", then cranked the stupidity Up to Eleven with "Snow" as an answer for "Name something that comes with a Summer storm". His father managed to give an even worse answer of "Alligator" on the first question, but he at least had something of an excuse—he had apparently misheard the question (although the excuse only reduced it to being a pretty bad answer instead of a mind-bogglingly bad one, since he said he misheard it as "three of the same letter"). Also, he answered "Ethyl" for a brand of gasoline. He actually gave pretty decent (albeit not top-scoring) answers to the other three questions, supporting his claim that he had just misheard the two he gave bad answers for. However, he had no such excuse for an answer he gave on the following show:Richard Dawson: You're a man of the world, traveled all over the world. Name something Russia is famous for, Bob.
Richard Dawson: (to audience) Do you think he's been lying, that he's not been anywhere at all? Just been telling me fibs?
- A member of the same family had also guessed "Wheat" too ... somehow.
- Dawson's deadpan response to the "Alligator" answer: "You don't use narcotics, do you, Bob?". Bob answered "No, but I will now."
- 1978: A plethora of bad answers:Dawson: Name something made with milk.
Contestant 1: Calcium.
Dawson: Other than the burger, tell me something in a Big Mac.
Contestant 1: Tomato. (Which is not an ingredient.)
- September 14, 1979: "Name a food with the word 'French' in it." "French pancakes."
- Though in the contestant's defense, she might have meant "French toast", which was the No. 2 answer.
- From a Fast Money in 1980: "Something a clown wears." "Rose."
- Worse yet, the similar sounding, more logical answer of "nose" was the number one answer and the family finished just 20 points short of the $5,000.
- Fall 1980 (Fast Money): Cathy of the Trejo family. All of the following mishaps happened after an episode in which she single-handedly ran a Fast Money round for five top answers and 220+ points.
- Her most idiotic moment: "During what month of pregnancy does a woman begin to look pregnant?" "September." She winced after saying it.
- This particular answer led to one of Richard Dawson's most famous moments. When he tries to ask the same question to the second contestant, he struggles to re-gain his composure due to the sheer ridiculousness of said answer, and has to explain away why he was suddenly laughing about "September" (His excuse? They were playing Walter Huston's recording of "September Song"). Dawson eventually got back on track, and the contestant gave the more reasonable answer of "third month". But then she proceeded to answer "Name a noisy bird" with "Cuckoo" — causing Dawson to lose composure again, and then declare that he was just going to disregard the clock entirely and let her finish ("Aw, to hell with that!").
- The first episode after the "September" incident, her brother Ray scores 172 points; Cathy only scores eleven with two doozies among only four she'd given:
- First question: "Name a country that drinks a lot of wine." Cathy responds with "Germany".Dawson: You know, I hear beer is getting popular there.
- Third question: "A foreign currency." She responds with "silver", which lands a goose egg.
- Not to be outdone, during the first half of this same Fast Money, Ray responded to "Name an animal with really good sight" with "a bat". Funnily enough, bats have really great eyesight — the problem is, most people don't know that, and most likely the contestant didn't either.
- First question: "Name a country that drinks a lot of wine." Cathy responds with "Germany".
- Her most idiotic moment: "During what month of pregnancy does a woman begin to look pregnant?" "September." She winced after saying it.
- Another 1980 Fast Money survey: "A measurement of time."
- You'd expect: Second, minute, hour, day, week, month—anything, really.
- Instead: Both contestants made this one seem harder than it really should have been. The first member didn't provide an answer; the second responded with "watch".
- Making it worse: This family fell nine points short of winning the big bucks.
- A string of bad answers, and a very rare example of the first contestant scoring 0 points in their turn at Fast Money:Dawson: Name something associated with pigs.
Dawson: Name something you put in your ear.
Contestant: Ear wax.
Dawson: Something you add to tomato juice.
- Even worse, this contestant dawdled so long on each answer they didn't get past that question!
- An incident where a contestant rushes to answer a question:Dawson: Name something made of leather
(contestant immediately buzzes in)
Dawson: Yes, sir?
Contestant: A purse.
Dawson: You're gonna be slightly embarrassed when I finish this question. A purse?
Dawson: (laughing a bit) Name something made of leather that a cowboy uses.
- Another odd Face-Off:Dawson: Name something you may accidentally leave on all night.
Contestant: (after buzzing-in) Your shoes.
Dawson: I hope you don't take this the wrong way, Kenneth, but you are weird. (turns to board) Shoes!
Contestant #2: Your bra?
Dawson: Your bra!
Dawson: You're a little strange.
- And another:Dawson: Name something you can't use without water.
Contestant: (after buzzing-in) An ice cream cone.
Dawson: Whether it's there or not, I think it's marvelous. It is a great, great answer. He's also educating our children, that thought terrifies me.
- Dawson was nearly driven to despair on one occasion where the question was "Name a question such as 'How old are you?' that you might answer with a lie." Things quickly went wrong when the first contestant interrupted Dawson after he said, "How old are you?" and gave her supposed age ("18"), which of course got no points. The second contestant also gave an age, despite hearing the whole question, but then tried again to no avail with the slightly better guess "How long have you worked here?". Then, the third contestant in line also gave an age even after Dawson kept explaining the question (although it's unclear whether he intentionally said that to be funny); he then gave "What's your occupation?" and a fourth gave "Do you have a prison record?" (which Dawson replied "Do you?") which both got no points. Finally, the fifth contestant asked gave the #1 answer of "How much do you weigh?"
- The next time they used this question, it was rephrased as " 'How old are you?' is a question you might answer with a lie. Name another." No confusion that time.
- The father of a family on a Harvey episode recalled their past appearance on a Dawson episode; he still regretted the moment that his wife responded to "Name a way kids get around" with the #2 answer "Parents", allowing their competitors to get the number one answer of "Bicycle", and win.
- This trifecta of stupid answers:Dawson: Name an article of clothing children always lose.
Contestant: Their pants.
Dawson: The price of a dozen roses.
Dawson: Besides a bird, name something in a birdcage.
Dawson: A popular...
Dawson: (Beat) Make a note of this show.
- "Name something that can kill a lively party." "A gun."
- "Name a children's story about an animal." After a long pause, and a contestant almost buzzing in but stopping at the last second, the other contestant rings in with "David and Goliath".
To Be Fair: The contestant might have been confused with the religious children's cartoon Davey and Goliath.
- "Name an invention that has since replaced stairs." "The wheel."
- "Name the month with the best weather." "Spring...Oh, wait, I mean...January."
- The second contestant almost said "Summer."
- "Name a popular Halloween costume." "Santa Claus."
- Another weird Fast Money:Dawson: Name something you squeeze.
Contestant: Peanut butter.
(timer stops, Dawson makes hand motions in a vain attempt to understand her logic)
Dawson: You're very weird, honey.
- This memorable question to a female contestant:Dawson: Name the first article of clothing you take off when you get home from work.
Contestant: Um, underwear?
(everyone laughs as she gasps)
Contestant: What am I saying?!
Dawson: Next question - what time do you get home from work?
- Another Face-Off question:Dawson: Name a reason you might stay indoors on a beautiful day.
(teenage contestant immediately buzzes-in)
Contestant: Because it's raining? (immediately folds over, Face Palming)
Dawson: You're, uh...
Contestant: We'll play!
Dawson: You're, uh (chuckles), you're not planning to go to Cornell, are you?
- "Name something you might buy that could turn out to be phony." "A horse." "The dreaded 'phony horse' gag!"
- "Name a yellow fruit." "Orange."
- "Real or fictional, name a famous Willie." "Willie the Pooh?"
- "Name a noisy bird." "Chipmunk."
- "If you could travel to any foreign country in the world, where would you go?" "Pakistan."
- "Name a city in the state of Georgia." The contestant accidentally says "Alabama" immediately after ringing in, and attempts to correct, but Dawson had already heard her and chides her while the audience erupts.
- "Name a famous Rudolf." "Rudolf Hitler."
- "Name an occupation in which you disguise your appearance." "A doctor."
- "Name a kind of attraction you see in almost every parade." "A merry-go-round." *The contestant grimaces right away*
- "Name something you buy in a large size if you have a large family." "Jeans."
- This face-off:Dawson: Name something you wash once a week.
(contestant buzzes in)
(the audience laughs)
Dawson: I will not be coming around...
- "Name a kind of bear." "Papa bear."
- "Name a state whose name begins with the letter 'M'." "Mexico."
- 1985: This one didn't lead to an extended laughing attack (a la the infamous "September" answer), but Richard sure thought it was funny:Dawson: Name something you make conversation about when you meet a total stranger.
Contestant: Mutual friends?
Dawson: (chuckles, as audience begins to laugh) I don't think I've seen him before. How's Harry? (beat) Who's Harry? My friend ... "
- This one isn't quite so unreasonable if you use a little imagination (e.g., two strangers who've just been introduced by a mutual friend), but the contestant plainly didn't think that far ahead.
- "Name a fruit that starts with 'A'." "Arange."
- Unknown:Dawson: "Name a pie that does not contain fruit."
Contestant: Lemon meringue.
- "Name a piece of clothing wives buy for their husbands." "Halter tops." She realizes her mistake right away.Dawson: I know when my wife bought me my very first, uh, halter top, I think I can honestly look back now and say that's where our relationship started to drift apart.
- This particular Fast Money instant was featured in the Gameshow Marathon episode:Dawson: Name a food that comes in instant form.
- During a particularly bad Fast Money round:Dawson: Name a day of the year when you really want to be with friends.
(the audience laughs, and he realizes the goof-up)
Dawson: (almost laughing) A car known by its initials.
Contestant Uh, uh, Corvette.
- 1995: One from a celebrity special.Dawson: Who is it that you don't want to see the results of your IQ test?
Carol Burnett: Oh gosh, the IRS?
- "Name a vegetable you marinate." "Grapes."
- "Name a famous Peter." "Peter".
- "Name a bill that's always more than you expect it to be". Top answers include 'Plumbing bill', 'Car repair bill'...contestant answers "Hundred dollar bill." After an uncomfortable pause, Dawson suggests they try again. Second answer "Thousand dollar bill."
- "Name a farm animal that people have as a pet." "...Turkey!" It didn't work for Bob, and it didn't work for him either.
- "Name one of the Three Bears." "Yogi." *the timer stops, and Dawson laughs* "This man is flying airplanes for us!"
- "Name a famous male dancer." "Betty Grable." note
- "Name a department in a supermarket." "Lingerie."
- June 14, 1985: From the Fast Money Round on the daytime finale:Dawson: Tell me how old you think Ronald Reagan looks.
Contestant: 80. (Scored 5 points!)
Dawson: Name a part of the telephone.
Contestant: The receiver. (buzz-buzz) The bottom part.
- "Name a part of the body people dab perfume on." "On the tip of the tongue."
- "Name something written by Shakespeare." "Camelot."
- "Name something a guest might take home as a memento of a wedding." "The bride."
- "Who do you think is responsible for the oil shortage?" "Lack of oil."
- "Name something an airplane needs to fly." "Air."
- "If you could relive one occasion in your life, what occasion would you choose?" "Being born."
- "Name something a wife might rehearse saying before she says it to her husband." "Yes, I'll marry you."
- "Name a brand of cough drops." "Smothers Brothers."
- "Name a letter many words begin with." "The."
- "Besides the United States, name a country with a flag that has three colors." Both contestants say Canada. Even worse, the second contestant says "New England" and is given credit for "England".note
- "How many miles does a set of tires last?" "200."
- A Fast Money question asked for "A fish that lives in the ocean" to which the contestant replied "Whale". He got four points, meaning four of people who took part in the survey made the same mistake.
- Another similar situation: "A bird people are afraid of" a contestant answered "Bat", which amazingly was the #3 answer with 16 people saying that.
- Two horrible answers to a Fast Money question. Despite this, the family still won $5,000.Dawson: Name the age most women lose interest in sex.
First Contestant: 35.
Second Contestant: 30.
- "Name something a woman might burn." "Birth certificate."
- One occasion, Dawson asked "Name something a dog would say if he could talk" and the woman answered "Woof", to make matters worse she answered before buzzing in.
- One episode had a fairly simple question "Name a word beginning with Z", one family managed to get three consecutive strikes by guessing words that started with X: Xylophone, Xerox note , and Xanadu.
- "Name a real person who made a living scaring people." "Red skeleton."
- "Name a state with good skiing." "Florida."
- "Name the month with the best weather." "January." Dawson then says it's nice in January... if you're an Eskimo.
- "Name the most romantic-sounding musical instrument." "Broom."
- "Name a famous resort area outside the continental United States." "Tahoe."
- "Name the most lovable breed of dog." "Kitten."
- "Name something normally worn only by children." "Clothes."
- When it was time to attempt a steal, one contestant actually said Fart! (And it was uncensored, no less.)
- This gem:
- During a Fast Money round:Combs: I asked you to name a dangerous piece of playground equipment. You said "A tire." (audience erupts) Well, if it's still attached to the car, it would be dangerous.
- "Name a type of fly." "Butterfly."
- Another gem:Combs: Name a country in South America.
- There were more bad answers, including Spain, Fiji, Armenia, and Saudi Arabia.
- "Name a birthday men dread the most." "Wife's." Two people actually said this!Ray: Must have forgotten the Mrs. a few times...
- "When kids finally move out of the house, name something specific they often leave behind." "Your parents."
- "A blender."
- "Their boyfriend or their girlfriend."
- Unfortunate Implications abound:Combs: Name something associated with evil.
Contestant: The color black.
(the other team, an African-American family, grimaces)
- Another bad Fast Money guess:Combs: A way parents reward children.
Contestant: Time-out (as in punishment time out).
- And another:Combs: Name something people drink when they have a cold.
Contestant: Vicks. (as in Vicks VapoRub, which is not something you'd want to drink)
[later, when revealing the answer]
Combs: ...and if anyone at home tries it, please call the number on the bottom of the jar.
- Of course, to be fair, Vicks makes Dayquil and Nyquil (and now, Zzzquil) cough syrup, but again, most people don't think of those as being Vicks products.
- "Name a tradition associated with Christmas." "Hanukkah."
- Name a state with the word "New" in it. Contestant: "New-braska."
- "Name something with a hole in the middle." "Hole punch!"
- Yet another bad Fast Money guess:Combs: A food that makes noise when you eat it.
Contestant: Um... (buzzer) ...a really loud hamburger!
Combs: Did he say it in time, judge? He said "a really loud hamburger".
Combs: (to contestant) That's called extra rare.
- "Name something you eat too much of." "Food."
- Another instance of buzzing in too soon:Combs: Name something a pregnant woman eats-
Contestant: (buzzes in) "Food!"
Combs: Could you be any less specific?
- During an attempt to steal, Combs is surveying each member of the family and asking what they would answer to the question "Name something men wear to bed". The first three give valid answers (the first and third actually gave the same answer, Nightcap), but the fourth, a little old lady, answers "Condoms," igniting Combs and the audience in an uproar as she cringes in embarrassment, before Combs called her out to the middle of the stage to spotlight her.Combs: Here's a woman from Missouri (Beat) who on the last question, said it was un-Christian to say "enemies" (Beat), and then, on the next question, says "a condom"!
- In a similar incident, Combs is surveying a family during a steal attempt, with the question this time being "Name something a husband asks his wife to carry for him in her purse." The second contestant asked also answers, "Condoms." Cue uproar from the audience and Combs stopping, reading the question again, and making a snark.
- "Besides a house or a car specifically, what is the most expensive thing you own?" "A car!" The judges wasted no time in pulling the buzzer.
- "Name a good place to keep a second phone." "The backyard."
- "Name an event you see at a gymnastics meet." "Trapeze."
- "Name an occupation helicopters are used for." "Tuna fishing."
- In the Super Bowl special between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers, Guy McIntyre of the latter team also said "Morning" for "Name a time that most people get up." during Fast Money. Naturally, Ray had a good time ripping on him for that.
- "Name something you close your eyes to do." "Hit a baseball."
- "Name a specific prize that game shows give away." "Success Rice."
- This trio of bad answers in Fast Money:Combs: Give me another word for "zero".
Combs: A country many immigrants come from.
Combs: A category of the Academy Awards.
Contestant: Motion Picture of Arts.
- A Fast Money question asked for a word used as a term of endearment. One contestant guessed "movie".
- "Name something bad guys robbed in the Old West." "Hardware store."
- This moment:Combs: Name a famous biblical duo.
Contestant: Laurel and Hardy.
- Combs proceeds to congratulate the contestant, a male teen, for making Americans who don't read the Bible much, but still know the basics feel better about themselves.
- "Name something that's more expensive the bigger it is." "A child."
- "Name a U.S. city with many historical points of interest." "Minnesota."
- "Name a yellow fruit" in the Fast Money round. Rather than something obvious like "lemon" or "banana", the second family member asked this question responded with "tangerine", which lays a goose egg. (Making matters worse, the first player scored eight points with a somewhat reasonable response of "grapefruit".)
- "Name any position in baseball." "Second fielder."
- "Name something kids swap." "Their bottoms."
- "Name a show about families." "The Jacksons"
To Be Fair: The Jacksons did have their own variety show in the late 70s.
- Three bad answers right out of the gate for the question "What excuse do you use when you're stopped for speeding?" The first contestant buzzes in with "I was drinking." and gets the buzzer. Play goes to his opponent who also strikes out for saying, "I'm going to a wedding." The second contestant on the first team gets buzzed when he says, "It's a new car." Finally, the second player on the other team gets the #2 answer: "I'm late for an appointment."
- From 1988, the McMurray family gives two dumb answers for "Name a small animal that's dangerous", the fourth question given. First contestant responds with "chihuahua" (small, but not dangerous); the second respond with "leopard" (dangerous, but not small). Fortunately, they won before "leopard" was revealed.
- From the September 18, 1992 Quigley vs. Jones episode; the final Triple points question of naming something that one carried for protection. The first two were taken in the faceoff (mace #1, gun #2) with the Quigley family answering...and things go off the rails with wrong answers such as "knife" and "baseball bat". Then, with one strike left, we get this exchange.Combs: "You're playing for $10,000; keep your team alive. Something for protection?"Bonnie: "A condom".Combs (after audience laughter and his own clapping in an attempt to keep his composure): "Guy runs up, he has a gun, has a knife and you say 'I have a condom. Step away.' Never know what makes the survey. Show me condom." (Condom is on the board, with Ray Combs falling to the floor in mock surprise)
- The Quigley family then gets their third strike, but then the Jones family (the defending champions) chokes away a gift-wrapped opportunity for a game-winning steal with their answer to the question of something you would carry for protection by answering with "a dog".
- "Name something teenage boys can do for hours at a time." "Masturbate."
- One that's aired on blooper specials:Anderson: Name a part of the body that gets bigger as adults get older.
Freddie: Uh... penis. [the audience shrieks]
- "Name a landmark in New York City." "The Eiffel Tower."
- "Name something that pops." "Elvis."
- "Name a famous Pat." "Pat Dixon."note
- "Name a talk show host you watch in the daytime." "Louie Anderson."
- "Name an actor who's known for his muscles." "Incredible Hulk."
- "Name a word used to describe politicians." "Politician."
- The Fast Money question "Name a bird that doesn't fly." The first contestant said "duck" and the second said "owl".
- "Name something associated with the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?." "Bob Barker."
- And all those answers that netted the respondent the coveted Dumb Answer of the Day trophy.
- 2000s: "Name a character on The Andy Griffith Show. (Five answers are on the board.)
- You'd expect: Given that the show is a part of American culture, for any of the contestants to easily name a character and go on to sweep the board before three strikes. (Perhaps at most two strikes, given that there were more than five popular characters on the show.)
- Instead: A member of the family that buzzed gives a name that is definitely not on the show.
- Even more unfortunate: The other family easily gives one of the answers ("Barney," which was the No. 3 answer). In some very shrewd strategy, they — sensing the opponents have never so much as heard of The Andy Griffith Show - exploit their lack of pop culture knowledge by passing. Sure enough, the dumbfounded family give bizarre, off the wall responses that earn them three quick strikes. Even if they didn't have any idea that the show ever existed, they could have at least said the reasonable guess of "Andy" (the main character, who was the No. 5 answer). The other family, of course, quickly steals the bank by giving the answer "Andy." note
- 2000s: Before a faceoff, a lady buzzed-in before Karn read the question.Karn: Ooh, ooh! Call on me, call on me!
- 2000s: "Name something you feel before you buy it." Similar to the "David and Goliath" incident on the Dawson version, a contestant is about to hit the buzzer, but she stops at the last second. After a few seconds and before Karn tries to headdesk the podium and get the question thrown out, the other contestant ring in and answers, "Excited."
- 2000s: Two bad moments in Fast Money. The first contestant doesn't think of the word "crutches" for "Name something you might need if you broke your leg.", saying "Something to walk on" before time runs out. The judge does not give credit for the answer due to it being too generic. Then, his partner for "If you spent a summer in Europe, name a country you'd definitely visit." answers Paris. They wind up finishing with 199 points.
- On a Soap Opera special, General Hospital cast member Kin Shriner had a rather hard time with Fast Money;
- "How high would your temperature have to be before you call a doctor?" "99" (0 points!)
- "Name something you'd need if you were making cupcakes." "Uhhhuh, dough." (0 points!)
- "Name something many people do before breakfast in the morning." "Gargle" (0 points! "You could break a record here!")
- March 14, 2003: One Fast Money round was just loaded with stupid answers. The first contestant offered 15 as an answer to "Tell me the age that even someone with good vision might need reading glasses", Los Angeles for "a city known for its museums" and milk for "something that pours very slowly". And the second contestant's answers were hardly any better:Karn: Tell me a man's name that starts with the letter K.
Contestant named Darrell: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Karn: Name a food that's red on the inside.
Darrell: Watermelon. (buzz-buzz) Kiwi.
Karn: Name a city known for its museums.
Darrell: L.A. (buzz-buzz) England.
- October 9, 2003: A contestant gave the valid answer of "Pete the Greek" note to "Real or fictional, name a famous Peter." Although that answer got a strike, it didn't stop him from reusing that same answer for the next question - "Name something that little children close their eyes to do."
- 2000s: An idiot moment here, when the opposing family went for the steal with five of the six answers showing. The question was "Name a country beside the US that you admire." Africa and Europe were teammates suggestions and the captain went for Europe.
- 2000s: One episode had the question "Name a famous rabbit". After being stumped, one contestant on the returning team just answered with "Daffy Rabbit".
- 2000s: One episode featured the question "Name something that rises." The first couple of contestants said reasonable things like "dough", but the third contestant replied with "a cock". Quoth the Karn, who was probably trying to dodge the issue: "You mean like a rooster, right?
- 2000s: "Name a famous astronaut." "Neil Young."
- 2000s: "Name an animal associated with the Zodiac." "Reindeer."
- 2000s: "Name something that starts with the word 'club.'" "Golf club."
- 2000s: "Name something you pass." "Your dog."
- 2000s: In response to the question "Name a TV show set on an island", one contestant said "Miami Vice" and another said "General Hospital".
- 2000s: "Name an occupation that begins with the letter 'J'." "A jackhammerer."
- 2000s: "Name a famous Dennis." "Buddy Holly."
- 2000s: "Name something you push a pin into." "Your eye."
- Three bad answers to this question:Karn: Name a famous Jamie.
Contestant 1: Jamie Fonda.
Contestant 2: Judge Jamie Brown.
Contestant 3: Jamie Star.
- "Name a famous Michael." The round starts out innocently enough with the contestant to buzz in giving the No. 5 answer, Michael J. Fox. His opponent then says the No. 1 answer, Michael Jackson, and plays the question. The next family member offers Michael Douglas, the No. 3 answer, leaving two answers on the board. The following three teammates proceed to blow it with Michael Angelo, Michael Thomas and Michael London, respectively. The other team easily steals the bank with the No. 2 answer, Michael Jordan. The No. 4 answer? Michael Landon.
- "Name a famous Arnold." "Arnold & Willis?"
- "Name something twins share growing up." "Mother's breast."
- 2000s: During a Fast Money round:Karn: Name a sport husbands and wives play together, you said... "Kickball"! You know, you're not usually married in the 3rd Grade...
- From the same Fast Money round:Karn: Name an animal you might see drinking out of a pond.
Karn: Name a state that likes country music.
Contestant: Texas. (buzz-buzz) Idaho.
- Yet another pair of stupid answers:Karn: An occupation that might make $100 an hour.
Karn: A class students enjoy going to.
Contestant: Beverly Hills.
- This Fast Money pair:Karn: Name a chore that kids must do everyday.
First Contestant: Mow the lawn.
Second Contestant: Watch TV.
- Another dumb Fast Money answer:Karn: Name a sport that is not played with a ball.
- And yet another in Fast Money:Karn: Name the heaviest thing in your house.
Contestant: The dog.
- This one:Richard: Name an animal whose eggs you'd probably never eat for breakfast.
Richard: A hamster! *Contestant realizes what he said, and kneels over in embarrassment* I, I hate to tell you but, you know, those little pellets aren't eggs.
- A case of the people surveyed giving stupid answers, one episode had Karn ask "What did Dorothy and her friends ask for when they met the Wizard of Oz?" (or something to that effect). All the answers on the board except the last one were uncovered and the teams were trying to guess what the last one could be. The last answer? "Which way does the road go?" The answer is obviously incorrect since they wouldn't need to know where the road goes, having already followed it to the Wizard! (Or you could just watch the movie.) A few people asked must have confused the Wizard with Glinda.
- 2005: This question:Karn: Tell me one fact about John Lennon.
Contestant: He's still alive?
Karn: (Beat) In our hearts. In our hearts, he'll always be alive. He's still alive?
- To make matters worse, two more turns go by before the #2 answer "Shot/Murdered" is finally given.
- This Fast Money round:Karn: Name something dogs do better than people. You said: "Pee"!
Karn: They-they can do it better!
Contestant: They got a lotta different ways.
Karn: They-well, yeah! They got reasons, too! Survey said:
- During a Halloween episode:Karn: Name an insect that flies.
Contestant: A fly [buzz-buzz] Uh, a bird?
- "Name an animal whose legs are featured on a restaurant menu.". As the players stand in a long, awkward pause, Richard leans over and hits his head on the podium as the buzzer sounds. Upon getting up, he throws the card away and says "I don't even wanna know!".
- From the Zambrano family's second Fast Money attempt:Karn: We asked 100 people, how old do you want to live to be?
First Contestant: 45.
Karn: Name somewhere where a fight could break out.
Second Contestant: A movie theater.
- Season 6: Two bad Fast Money answers to the same question:Karn: Name a word that starts with the letter Q.
First Contestant: Cute.
Second Contestant: Quizno's.
- "Name a sport that you could never play on grass." "Baseball."
- "Name a magazine that interviews important people." "USA Today."
- This Season 6 Fast Money answer:Karn: Name a place where they sell cotton candy.
- Season 7 (2005-06): "Something you see along the side of the street." "Carnage." After the answer is buzzed by the survey, Karn says the #1 was trash, "which hides the carnage."
- Season 7: These from the same Fast Money round:Karn: Name the perfect desert for a supermodel.
First Contestant: Chocolate cake.
Second Contestant: Brownies.
Karn: Name an appliance you should definitely keep your fingers out of.
Second Contestant: Dishwasher.
- Season 7: Another from Fast Money:Karn: Name a country whose name begins with the letter B.
- "Name something that London is famous for." "I'm thinking pasta." Karn: "The famous London Pasta!" (strike sound for Strike Three goes off).
- From the same episode: "Name something The Flintstones had that was made of rock." "Pebbles."
- "Name a number that you aren't likely to forget." "Seven."
- "Name a word you use instead of a curse word." Two answers got bleeped.Karn: Again, I'd like to point out it's instead of using the curse word.
- 2006: A Fast Money question: "Name a country known for its beautiful beaches." Both contestants say Hawaii.
- Season 8 (2006-07): "A night with the worst TV programs." "UPN."note O'Hurley: (after reading the question again) "...and you politely killed our possibility of ever syndicating the Family Feud on this network!" (UPN is revealed on the board.)
- Season 8: "A card game that's easy to cheat at." "Checkers."
- Season 8: The question "Besides America, name a country that begins with the letter A." With Argentina on the board, one contestant said "Asia" and the others went dead silent. For the steal, the captain ends up giving "Amsterdam" while his teammates clearly yell "Australia" and "Afghanistan".
- Season 8: One from the survey itself. "Name something people sleep with at night to feel safe." The #1 answer? A gun. Even John O'Hurley was in disbelief.
- 2008: "Tell me one thing you know about Al Gore." "He's a Republican."
- 2008: During Fast Money:O'Hurley: At what age did you stop wanting to be older?
Contestant 1: 15.
Contestant 2: 14.
- C. 2008: "Tell me one thing you know about Cuba." "It's in South America."
- 2009: "Name a word or phrase that begins with the word 'mouth.'" After one contestant said "Foot-in-mouth" (which also belongs here because it does not BEGIN with the word), the other cost the family the round by proudly answering: "Mighty Mouth."
- From a Bullseye Round: "Name a famous tiger or tigers." "The Lion King."
- "Name a Jack Nicholson movie." "Another 48 Hrs."
- "Name something out in the ocean that starts with the letter S." "Sea slugs."
- "Name a bird that some people look like when they walk." "Dolphin."
- During Fast Money:O'Hurley: Name a part of your body that never gets sunburned.
Contestant: My butt [buzz-buzz] The inside of my ear.
- "If a baby didn't want his mother leaving the house, name something he might try hiding in his diaper." "Kelly Clarkson."
- "Name an actor from Baywatch who is still hot today." "Brad Pitt."
- "A state that has a direction in its name." "Arizona."
- "Which one of the seven dwarfs best describes you at a party?" "Drowsy."
- Two bad answers:O'Hurley: Name a famous Kelly
Contestant 1: Kelly Ripka.
Contestant 2: Smelly Kelly.
- "Name a measurement of time." "A watch."
- "Name the one thing people know about Rosie O'Donnell."Contestant: I'll say that she was the wife on the TV show Roseanne.
- "Name something people do to warm off on a cold day." "Have a glass of lemonade."
- "Name a TV show a man should be embarrassed that he watches." "Andy Griffith."
- Another two:O'Hurley: Name a famous Betty.
Contestant 1: Annette Betty.
Contestant 2: Betty Washington.
- Another case of both contestants giving bad Fast Money answers:O'Hurley: Name the age when you stop growing.
Contestant 1: 12.
Contestant 2: 13.
- "A magazine you'd hate to find in your child's bedroom." "Weapons-R-Us?"
- "Name a reason a man takes off his toupee." "To show off."
- "Name one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite people." "Regis Kelly."
- "A famous Christina." "Christina the Car."
- "Something associated with the Dallas Cowboys." "Cowboy hats."
- "Another word or phrase beside the word 'rich'."Contestant: I'm going to go with "I don't care, I'm Paris Hilton!"
- Two more dumb answers:O'Hurley: A late-night TV personality you fall asleep listening to.
Contestant 1: Jim O'Reilly.
Contestant 2: Oprah Winfrey?
- During Fast Money:O'Hurley: We asked 100 men... on a scale of one to ten, how much do you like to cuddle?
- On a different Fast Money:O'Hurley: We asked 100 women... on a scale of one to ten, how much do you like camping?
- "Name something children dare each other to eat." "Boogers!"
- "Give me an expression with the word 'daddy'." "Baby's Daddy."
- 2006: A Fast Money question: "Name a city with a good climate." Both contestants say California.
- 2008: In response to "Name a reality show where the most devious contestant wins.", three contestants came up with titles not even resembling reality shows: Entrepreneurnote , Hulk Hogannote and The Bridenote .
- "Show me...Captain Winky!"
- Fall 2010, the Oji family vs the Whittern family: Why you should wait for the question to finish.Harvey: Name something a woman does for her baby that she (right contestant buzzes in), Yes?
Contestant: Changes his diaper.
Harvey: Changes his diaper.
(Strike sound; Steve leans toward her)
Harvey (rereading question, a smirk on his face): Name something a woman does for her baby that she also does for her hubby. (Cue the offending contesting shrugging and mouthing "It can happen!" under the audience laughter, and then Steve being a smartass towards the offending contestant)
Harvey: So your big nasty man... just laying his little nasty self up there... jus' boo-booin' on his ol' funky tail, huh.
(Harvey angrily slaps the contestant's buzzer)
Harvey: CHANGE HIS DIAPER!
- A contestant needed only about 40 points to win Fast Money. But...
- Name something you might accidentally get hit by at the park: "A car."
- How many hours do you spend doing housework on a given day: "30 minutes."
- Name a sport where players wear gloves: "Badminton."
- "Name something that gets passed around." Contestant: "A joint!" Steve was stunned, expecting that no one would admit to an illegal drug as their response. Funnily, that exact phrase was the number five answer.note The opponent countered perfectly with "the collection plate at church",note an ordinary good answer under ordinary circumstances. Hilariously, this was the last answer on the board — the one and only answer below the joint.note
- Circa November 8, 2010: Maybe what is the most stupid answer ever... is rewarded on a technicality. Even worse- we got a white guy trying to sound jive.Steve: Name something a burglar would not want to see when he breaks into a house.
(Rod buzzes in)
Contestant Rod: NEKKID GRAMMA!!
Steve: Nekkid-- HUH?!? ...What? (mutters)
(raucous laughter from the audience)
Contestant Jason: (flummoxed) ...I don't want to see that, neither.
Steve: I know you're right, okay? Uh... Nobody wants to see a naked grandma, but... what are the chances... of you breaking into a house and runnin' up into yo' grandmama naked, homes? (Rod snickers) Lookin' for a naked grandmama in the house. Outside. In the woods, on the blanket.
(answer comes up as #2: "GUN/OCCUPANT")
Contestant Rod: WHOOOOO!! GRAND-MA!!!
Steve: (in utter disbelief) ...That's the occupant- person- that's them :P (makes a googly-eyed derp face, then silently mouths his exasperation)
- Mid-2011: This Fast Money series:Harvey: At what age is wearing a bikini for most women not an option.
Harvey: Name something you do routinely every Saturday. Contestant: Brush teeth.
Harvey: Name something you might put on top of a salad. Contestant: Whipped Cream.
Harvey: My favorite! Whipped cream on a salad!
- September 16, 2011: "Name a specific occupation in which you might have to hurt someone." "Fireman."
- From September 21, 2011, another case of buzzing in too quickly:Harvey: Name something people hope-
Contestant (after buzzing-in): That they go to heaven.
(audience starts laughing)
Harvey: That they go to heaven.
Harvey (rereading question): Wait till you hear the rest of this question. Look at me. Name something people hope a house guest doesn't do in the bed.
- October 3, 2011: (a Fast Money question) "Name something you buy from a classified ad." "Porn."
- October 4, 2011: "Name a reason the coroner might suspect someone's not dead, but just sleeping." "I'm gonna have to go...with potato." As usual, the contestant next to him then responds, "There you go. Good answer." Before making the below remark and then checking the answer, Steve makes sure that the contestant meant his answer. He did.Harvey: There are millions of people at home watching this right now. The two of you are the only ones who think that's on that damn board. (laughter from audience and contestants) Potato!
(strike sound plays)
- To be fair, the contestant does admit "Cuz I got nothing" before Steve starts making fun of him.
- On one Fast Money, "Name a job that's dirty but someone's gotta do it." Contestant: "Gynecologist." (contestant immediately grimaces) The answer was so bad that not only did the audience laugh for a good 20 seconds, but Steve Harvey had to stop (despite this being the last answer) for about a minute and a half to laugh, catch his breath, regain his composure... then laugh again at the sheer insanity of the answer! In defense of the contestant, Steve said that was the best answer he's ever heard.
- February 2, 2012: A pair of stupid answers given by the same contestant in Fast Money.
- "Name something that some men won't give up without a fight." "Toys."
- "In another 50 years, which country do you think will be #1?" "Europe."
- February 23, 2012: A pair of rhymes given to the same question in Fast Money.Harvey: Fill in the blank: butter ___.
Contestant 1: Flutter.
Contestant 2: Utter.
- September 27, 2012: "Name something that follows the word 'pork'." A female player answered "loin" (a sensible answer nonetheless), however with her thick accent it sounded like "lawn"; in response to Harvey's confusion, she said "L-I-O-N, loin!"
"What is -cupine? It's the greatest answer I've ever heard!"
- And then, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, her brother gave "-cupine" as his answer (as in porcupine). Harvey proceeds to lose it.
- October 24, 2012: The final question in Fast Money: "Name something with a trunk." The second contestant's answer: "Girl." To make things worse, the family had 197 points...
- October 24, 2012 (not the "girl" episode, the other episode that aired that day): In this one, the question is "Name a word or phrase that means 'naked'".
- First, the contestant tries to get away with "Nekkid". Harvey berates him since it's essentially the same word.
- Then the contestant changes his answer to "Scantily clad" (in other words, wearing a little bit of clothing). Harvey corpses, then berates the contestant again, explaining that "scantily clad" means you have some clothes on. "Scantily clad for strike two!" And indeed, they get a strike.
- January 2, 2013 (during a big money tournament, no less): "Tell me a bird that starts with the letter P." "Flamingo."
- January 9, 2013: A bunch of stupid answers in Fast Money combined with a terrible answer in the triple round ("Name a vegetable that starts with the letter B." "Bananas.") leads to a Harvey-era Fast Money low - 63 points in total.Harvey: Name the age when kids first ask where do babies come from.
Contestant 1: 15.
Harvey: Give me a man's name that's three letters long.
Contestant 1: Will.
Harvey: Name a place that women don't enjoy going to alone.
Contestant 2: A funeral.
Harvey: Name something that goes very fast.
Contestant 2: A rollercoaster.
- 2013 with the Flower family vs the Fisher family: "Give me a boy's name that starts with the letter H." "Jose."
- April 23, 2013: Name something a pirate might lose in a fight: "The fight."
- From the same episode that produced the "Bicycle"/"Parents" anecdote listed in the Dawson section: the Double Points question was "Name a famous Harry." The non-Dawson family answers "Harry Potter," the #1 answer. After that, it was all downhill.
- First contestant: "I think there was a Harry from the Three Stooges?" Zero.
- The next contestant nails the #2 answer (Harry Truman).
- Then: "Harry Douglas." Zip.note
- And lastly: "Harry Goodman." Zilch. The other family steals with "Dirty Harry."
- However, it wasn't all bad for the family that day: they were playing for, and won, a car.
- September 24, 2013: "Name a word that rhymes with "nurse"." "Church."
- October 29, 2013: "If a woman had a dog's sense of smell, name a place that she could tell her man has been just by sniffing him." "Neck."
- On the same episode's Fast Money: "If you could live in any foreign country, which country would you choose?" The first contestant answers America, and the next gives an even worse answer of Bali.
- November 11, 2013 in Fast Money: "What might be considered the world's most popular dessert?" "Tiramisu", says Buddy from Cake Boss, who should really know better.
- His wife then says "Cannoli" after saying "Tiramisu".
- November 27, 2013: "Name something you know about zombies." "Black."
- January 29, 2014: "Name something that comes to mind when you hear the word "bud"." "Bud Lightyear."
- February 4, 2014: "Name a game people play at parties that couples also play in bed" "Uno!"
- February 25, 2014: "Name a fruit that comes in more than one color." "Jell-O" (yes, Jell-O comes in more than one color, but it's not a fruit.)
- April 21, 2014: "Name a phrase that starts with 'ding'." "Ding-around-the-rosie."
- May 6, 2014: A contestant only needed 18 points to beat Fast Money, but depressingly enough, choked and CHOKED big time.
- "On a scale of 1-10, what chance do you have of dating a girl who's a 10?" "Four."
- "Name a place where people keep checking their watch." "Restaurant."
- "Name a noisy insect" (Passed)
- "Name something a person's belly does." "Throws up"
- "A married couple might be deeply in what?" "Marriage."
- Surprise surprise, they all got 0.
- In her defense, her answers to the first two questions were reasonable and her partner managed to get four of the number one answers, leaving her flustered to try and think fast enough to provide a good number two. Still, 18 points in 5 questions is not a tough ask, and 0 for each question is still pretty bad.
- September 17, 2014: This gem:
- "Many women are pear-shaped. What fruit is your husband shaped like?
- You'd Expect: Any answer that IS a fruit, possibly banana or the Number One answer, "Apple."
- Instead: Lady rings in first and says, "A hot dog." The other player is then able to give the Number Two answer, "Banana."
- October 1, 2014: Steve is left speechless after a female contestant answers Bruce Springsteen to the question "Name something some people buy and some people make at home".
- October 15, 2014: "Name something you might be glad only comes once a year." After the first contestant answers "birthday" (#2 answer), the next contestant answers, "your period".
- October 23, 2014: During Fast Money: "At what age does your brain start slowing down?" "21."
- November 6, 2014 on Fast Money: "Name an illness school kids are always catching from each other." "The flu. [buzz-buzz] Uh, Hepatitis". Cue jokes by Harvey about how the kids are passing needles around.note
- November 24, 2014 was just full of stupidity.
- The main attraction; "Name something women wear that was obviously designed by men because it's uncomfortable but sexy." "Texas, Steve!" Steve, so stunned he couldn't even joke, asked if that's REALLY what the person meant to say. It was, and zero explanation was given.
- A few moments later, the opposing family gets some time in the spotlight: "Name an animal that, if it could talk, say 'I'm all ears.'" "Old man." Steve's reaction? Yelling "Texas!" at the 'Texas' guy.
- The second player had decent, albeit low-scoring answers for the rest of the questions in Fast Money (getting up to around 180 points), but his strange answers to the final two were what cost them the win:
- "Name an occupation where you might get burned." First person said "Firefighter", second said "Police officer"
- "Name something a person might be struck by." First person said "Lightning", second said "A bad mood."
- From another member of the "Texas" family, on the November 21st, 2014 show: "Besides chicken, name a bird people eat." "Venison." (which is deer meat)
- c. 2015: "We asked 100 men: Name a part of your body a blindfolded man might mistake you for having a woman's." "Private parts."
- January 27, 2015: "Name something that has an eye but can't see." At the podium, the first contestant to ring in answers "Belly button". As if that wasn't bad enough, a member of the family that played the round later answered "a stove" to the same question, causing a WTF face from Steve.
- 2015: This Fast Money question:Harvey: Name the city with the worst road rage.
First Contestant: California.
Second Contestant: Florida.
- From a game played on Steve Harvey's own talk show between the casts of Chrisley Knows Best and Raising Whitley during Fast Money; "In which state would you expect to find the most women wearing thong bikinis?" The first contestant answered with "Miami", which is a city and not a state (although she realized her mistake a little later). Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the second contestant also said Miami, and after getting buzzed, answered "L.A." (also not a state). A flustered Steve, knowing this was basically a Celebrity Edition, decided to just let him give a different answer, "California".
- February 3, 2015: Two more contestants screw up a Fast Money question.Harvey: Tell me the age when someone should start planning for their retirement.
First Contestant: 22.
Second Contestant: 7.
- February 5, 2015: "Name something you wouldn't want someone to stick you with." "Gum."
- February 9, 2015: "Name something a doctor might pull out of a person." The first contestant's answer after buzzing in? "A gerbil."
- February 10, 2015: "Name a famous rabbit that might be jealous of the Easter Bunny." After a few seconds, a contestant answers, "Barney".
- February 17, 2015: "Name a three letter word that's a child's favorite thing." "Bike."
- February 20, 2015: "Tell me how old you think Joan Rivers is." "Old."
- They gave the "Name an animal whose legs are featured on a restaurant menu" question another try. The contestants actually answered this time... then one woman answered "panda". As in "Panda Express".
- April 20, 2015: "Name a word that begins with "octo"." Four stupid answers here.
- After the first contestant got the #2 answer of "octopus", her opponent answers "automotive".
- One contestant on the first contestant's family answers "octagon", getting the first strike.
- Another contestant from that family attempts to get away with "Octubre" (the Spanish word for "October", which was the #3 answer), giving them the second strike.
- The family earns a third strike after the following contestant answers "octagram".
- April 22, 2015: An attempt to steal 122 points: "Name something you have to squeeze really hard before anything comes out." "Childbirth."
- From the same episode's Fast Money: "Name a word or phrase that begins with 'bird'." "Bluebird".
- April 30, 2015: "Fill in the blank: raging what?" Steve gets a good kick out of a female contestant who answers with "(raging) ho".Harvey: ...are you going through something? All the answers the other day, "all men are dogs", now we're talking 'bout this little raging ho...what the hell happened?
Contestant: It's the first thing that came to my mind!
Harvey: How is "raging ho" the first thing that come to anybody's mind? I ain't even heard of it before!...If it was up there, I'd have made them turn around. (in playful voice) Raging ho!
- May 4, 2015: In response to the nausea-inducing "If there was a KFC for cannibals, what parts would people order buckets of?" , a contestant answers with "Wings".
- May 6, 2015: A case where both contestants misunderstood a Fast Money question:Harvey: Name the most important woman in America.
Contestant 1: My mom.
Contestant 2: My wife.
- May 19, 2015 in Fast Money: "At what age do a lot of men look like they should be wearing a bra?" "Fifteen".
- May 20, 2015: Another pair of stupid answers to the same question in Fast Money. Despite the pair of stupid answers, the family still won $20,000 that day.Harvey: Name a birthday that many people are too depressed to celebrate.
Contestant 1: Valentine's Day.
Contestant 2: Birthdays.
- June 28, 2015: "Name something that follows the word 'strip'." "Rip"
- July 12, 2015 (a Celebrity special): Clean House host and Reno 911! actress Niecy Nash gave two bad answers in this episode:
- "Name another word for 'dead body'." "187." note Other members of her family also offered "mummy" and "zombie" as answers.
- "Name a place you think you'll be on your 100th birthday." "Probably be doing something off my bucket list...maybe jump out of a plane."
- September 23, 2015: During Fast Money:Harvey: How often do you have a good cry?
- September 24, 2015: Also on Fast Money:Harvey: We asked 100 women, what dress size do most women dream about wearing?
Contestant: Two. (buzz-buzz) Zero.
- September 29, 2015: Still another bad Fast Money answer:Harvey: Name a real animal people tattoo on their bodies.
- October 12, 2015: One episode, two stupid answers.Harvey: Name a word used to describe a steak that also is used to describe a kiss.
Contestant 1: Family Feud.
Harvey: (during Fast Money) Fill in the blank - if I could eat all I want of one food without getting fat, I would choose what?
Contestant 2: Water.
- November 16, 2015: "What do you think a blind date might conveniently forget to mention about himself?" "He's blind."
- November 18, 2015: This Fast Money answer:Harvey: For safety reasons, name an activity that people should never do alone.
- "Name a device that you look through." "Internet."
- A Fast Money question from late 2015:Harvey: On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you like your job?
- February 23, 2016note : where do we begin? One family, the Pattersons, had a rough day:
- In round 2: "Name the best way for a shy guy to meet women." Despite already being on the board, team captain Cecilia repeatedly gives answers that were just rewordings of things that were already given and on the board, such as "a dating site" (appearing on the board as "online/Tinder") and "a friend" (on the board as "friend/blind date"), before finally answering "through [a] family [member]". This ends up foreshadowing a much more infamous moment later on.
- Round 3: "Name something chickens do that you'd feel pretty silly doing." "Quack, quack!"
- And now the main attraction, Round 4: "Tell me another way people say 'mother'." "Mom/Mommy" and "Mama" were already answered, there were only two answers left, and "Nanny" wasn't up there. A contestant named Shiela, much like the blunder of round 2, gave a string of guesses that were either already said, or just the same guesses with different pronunciations, among them "Nana" (a nickname typically associated with a grandmother). Including Steve's ensuing antics (which themselves were a crowning moment of funnynote ) it took six-and-a-half minutes before Steve (and the judges) finally gave up and drew the family their third strike since Sheila could not give a valid answer that wasn't already used. The Pattersons would end up winning on a failed steal, but didn't do well on Fast Money. However, they never got control of the board in the next episode and lost to their competitors, sparing them another guess blunder.
- For context, the Fast Money round itself (which also counts). The first contestant was Cecilia.
- "What's the one thing you own that causes you the most aggravation?": (no answer)
- "Fill in the blank: Copper [blank]": Coin (0 points)
- "Name a state where you think the buffalo used to roam": Minnesota (0 points)
- "On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfying is a hot slice of pizza?": Nine (19 points—her only decent answer)
- "Tell me something that follows the word 'scared'": Crow (0 points)
- Thankfully, the second round went better, but they still only got 85 points.
- April 22, 2016: "Name a snack people bring on a long car trip." "Chicken."
- April 27, 2016: "Name a word that rhymes with 'lucky'." "Fucky" (which, of course, was bleeped).
- May 26, 2016: "Name a magazine you read to get the real scoop." "CNN"
- June 26, 2015 (Celebrity Family Feud): Kellie Pickler's disastrous meltdown on Fast Money: for every question, she talks out loud about what answer to say, wasting precious seconds. She runs out of time before she can even answer the fourth question. Harvey lets her try again and she winds up winning $25,000 for her charity.
- February 24, 2016: "Name the state with the most attractive men." "Washington D.C."
- July 3, 2016 (Celebrity Family Feud): "Name something bags at the grocery store are made out of." "Trees."
- July 10, 2016 (Celebrity Family Feud):
Harvey: Fill in the blank: Pie in the what?Snoop Dogg: Horse.
- A horrific Fast Money answer that really got Steve Harvey going (that is... once the board revealed what Snoop Dogg said, since Steve wasn't sure what answer he gave):
- September 16, 2016 (Fast Money): Name an animal that's big and grey. "Gorilla" and "Bear". Steve questions what National Geographic shows they had been watching.
- "If there were a store for vampires, what would they sell?" The family guesses "Garlic", "Body armor", and "Sunglasses", which leads Steve to think that they do not really understand vampires.
- October 12, 2016: "Name a superhero whose costume your husband is too out of shape to wear." "Popeye!"
- November 18, 2016: For the steal, "If Batman were broke, he would have to sell his Bat-what?" "Wayne Enterprises". Cue Steve asking if "Bat-Wayne Enterprises" is on the board.
- "Name a place where you'd find a lot of sinners". "A football field". Even if the contestant misheard sinners as, say, "centers", it still wouldn't make any sense.
- May 19, 2017: One family manages to bungle Fast Money so horribly that they snag less than 100 points between them. Truly must be seen to be believed.
- November 6, 2017: Name something a man would look for if his pants zipper broke at work. Glue.
- One woman answered the question of "Name an odd place to get an engagement ring." with "A corpse."
- February 12, 2018: Hoo, boy...Harvey: Talked to 100 women. Name something you can't wait to get out of at the end of your day.Kevin: Marriage.(cue a very pissed off Terri, who's his WIFE, and a laughing Steve Harvey who knows just how badly Kevin screwed up.)
- Unknown: In Fast Money, "Name a word that rhymes with 'casket'" With gasket already given by the first contestant, the second recalls the wrong part of a nursery rhyme and ends up guessing "Tasket".Steve: A tisket, a tasket, a brown and yellow BASKET!
- One episode had it's own "How old are you" incident when Steve Harvey asked "Name a number most men exaggerate". The good news is the confusion only lasted two turns. The bad news is the answers were "100" and "69"
- "If Disney made a horror movie, which character is most likely to be turned into a psycho?" "Shrek."
- "We asked 100 women: On a scale of one to ten, how interesting are men?" "80%."
- "Name a country where they eat a lot of noodles." "Tokyo."
- June 28, 2020: On a Celebrity episode, Steve asked for a color of one of the Power Rangers during Fast Money. Heidi Montag of The Hills answers "purple" which never was a Power Ranger color until 2018. She got five points, meaning five of the people who took part in the survey made the same mistake.
- October 22, 2020: During Fast Money.Harvey: Name an animal that starts with the letter G.Teague: Jaguar.
- October 23, 2020: "Name an actor known for his gorgeous face and bulking biceps." "O.J. Simpson." Steve goes on record to say it's the worst answer he ever heard.
- October 26, 2020: The first contestant's responses to the middle three questions in Fast Money.Harvey: Name an animal that seems fat and happy.
Harvey: Fill in the blank: _____ party.
Contestant: Ready to party.
Harvey: Tell me one thing you know about Elmo.
Contestant: He's orange.note
- The second contestant's answer to the "_____ party" question: "Rowdy party."
- November 11, 2020: Another Fast Money question with a pair of bad answers.Harvey: Name a food you see toothpicks stuck in at parties.First Contestant: Ice cream.Second Contestant: Caviar.
- January 26, 2021: This Fast Money question.Harvey: Name an animal that comes in lots of different colors.Contestant: Leprechaun.
- February 25, 2021: For a Fast Money question, Steve asked "Name a word that rhymes with 'bummer'." with the contestant answering "Scummer". Steve said "summer" was one of the answers tied for number one, and he added that the similar sounding word must have flown over her head.
- March 3, 2021: Yet another one from Fast Money. Fortunately, they won before they could get here.Harvey: Name a holiday where nobody counts calories.Contestant: October.
- June 20, 2021: Another Celebrity gaffe. Terry Bradshaw's daughter Rachel was asked "If you dared, name something about Superman you might make fun of." Rachel answered with "Mask" which Superman has never been known to wear.
- August 29, 2021: Joe Buck's appearance on Celebrity Family Feud might not be as funny as some of the above examples, but it will stand the test of time as one of the biggest fails on the show ever. In the final round, the question was "We asked 100 men, name a woman in your life who's smarter than you." The competing family had figured out every answer but one, and the fate of the game depended on whether or not the Buck family would guess the correct answer. Joe stated that their team was going with 'Best Friend', much to the visible confusion of his teammates. When it's revealed that 'Best Friend' is not on the board, Joe's teammates (who are all female) make it very clear that they had agreed they would say 'Boss' and Joe actively chose to go against them. And, of course, 'Boss' was the correct answer.
- From the Australian version when it was hosted by Bert Newton.
- Another instance:Bert: Name something that increases and decreases in price as people buy and sell it.
- Food in general was an answer, of course.
- From the Australian series hosted by Grant Denyer:Grant: Name something you might freeze.
Contestant 1: Ice.
Grant: Name something you might freeze.
- To her credit, she immediately realises her mistake (that ice is already frozen), and she still gets five points out of it. But then this happens:
Contestant 2: Ice. (buzz-buzz) Ice blocks.
- Another Fast Money incident involving Grant Denyer: "Name another word for 'Smart'". The first contestant can't think of anything, even after passing and having a fair bit of time to think about it. The second contestant somehow mishears it as "Name a word that rhymes with 'Smart'", and answers "Dart".
- "Name something you associate with a sauna." "Bubbles."
- In an otherwise successful Fast Money round, the first contestant, asked "Name a type of badge," answers, "Chicken." He then refuses to say what if anything his thinking was.
- The same family, two nights later, in another otherwise successful Fast Money round. The last question: "Name somewhere you might find a diamond." The first contestant's answer: "Coal deposits."
- Grant asks, "Name something you associate with China." The first contestant buzzes in and answers, "Thai food." Mockery ensues. He also answers "Karate" later during the steal, though it goes un-commented on.
- "Name a woman, real or fictional, who married a prince." Both teams manage to blow it at every stage by guessing princesses who are famous for not marrying princes: Jasmine (at the podium), Leia, and Fiona (for the steal).
- "Name something you might buy that could turn out to be fake." The first contestant, only slightly less stupid than the man in the Richard Dawson scene above, buzzes in and answers, "A car." Grant proceeds to act out a scenario of a man finding out that his expensive new car is a Corolla in disguise.
- During Fast Money, "Name a capital city of the world." The first contestant answers New York City (quickly realising the mistake), the second answers Sydney (which, to be fair, is a state capital).
- "Name something you might do for fun in the snow". The first contestant buzzes in just a little too soon, and answers, "Play golf". After revealing the full question, Grant briefly roleplays a golfer losing his ball due to it being effectively camouflaged in the snow.
- Just a couple of nights after the above:Grant: Name something a woman carries in her handbag-
Contestant: (buzzes in, starts to suspect the question may not have been finished) Mace?
Grant: Name something a woman carries in her handbag that a man carries in his pocket. Show me mace!
- "Name something you might see in the Wild West." The first contestant buzzes in one word too soon, answering, "A lion."
- Yet another case of a contestant buzzing in too early:Grant: Name an occupation that-
Contestant: (buzzes in, then head desks) A nurse?
Grant: (smirking) Show me a nurse! (strike) Name an occupation that requires a drill.
Grant: Name something you need to wash a car.
- Turns into a Moment of Awesome when the opposing player guesses correctly ("A builder"), passes it back to the first team, who then proceed to get a clean sweep.
- From the same episode's Fast Money Round:
Contestant: A car?
Grant: Name a fictitious creature that has wings.
- And from his teammate:
Contestant: A unicorn.
- He realises his mistake mid-word, but can't really back out of it. To be fair, it got him twenty points.
- "Name something that has spikes." One contestant answers "A bike", realising a moment later she was thinking of spokes.
- "Name an animal that walks on two legs." The contestant passes once and then answers, with seconds to spare, "A giraffe."
- Two rather dumb answers from the survey, for the same question. "Name something measured in metres," got the responses, "Gas" (sort of accurate, in that it can be measured by meters), and "Parking".
- Another dumb one from the survey: "Name something that paparazzi might hide behind." The answer: "A camera." Sadly, Grant doesn't seem to notice the obvious problem (that a camera, especially one big enough to hide their face behind, would just make a paparazzo even more conspicuous).
- Another case that seems to involve everyone - the surveyed people, the contestants, whoever selects the questions after the surveys, and the host - misunderstanding the question: "Name something that can be 'Flavour of the month,'" - by definition, a person or thing that enjoys a short period of great popularity. However, the answers given in the survey include "Chocolate" (scored 13 points for the contestant) and "Ice Cream" (the top answer, despite not being a flavour), two things which will most likely never stop being popular. And again, Grant does not seem to notice any of this, though this could be attributed to the fact that the 13 points above were the only points she scored that round.
- "Name something that lives in a pen." "Penguins? (immediately winces)"
- "Apart from a foal, name a baby animal." The two highlights are a contestant answering "Chicken" (as opposed to "chick", which wasn't there either), and his teammate asking himself aloud "What's a baby lamb called?" and not figuring it out. The other team then get a chance to steal, and of course answer "A lamb".
- "Name another word for 'Throw'" "Catch". It ends up not mattering, as she gets them over 200 points before Grant has a chance to really mock it.
- "Name a famous landmark that's not man-made." "Mt. Rushmore".
- "Besides meat, name something vegans don't eat." "Chicken." It got her three points, meaning three of the people who took part in the survey also made that mistake (or were referencing Scott Pilgrim).
- "Apart from clothes, name something you might reuse for your second child." "Pyjamas." Naturally, Grant makes a point of emphasising the first three words when asking the opposing player.
- "Name a classic French dish." "Ravioli." It's said during the steal, and the team captain has the sense not to use it, but it still gets some laughter.
- "Name a sport in which animals compete." "Duck shooting?" Grant comments that it's a very one-sided competition, and that he can imagine the ducks going, "You just wait until we get our guns!"
- "Name something people complain about on talkback radio." The contestant buzzes in three words too early, and answers, "Their food?" Which, given recent controversy over halal certification, probably isn't totally inaccurate, but it wasn't on the board. For added hilarity, the same contestant makes the same mistake during Sudden Death, in which she not only buzzes in too early, she fails to give an answer that would make sense considering the possible places the question was going, instead just saying what she guessed was the end of the question, costing her team the game.
- "What's something you associate with Captain Cook?" Both contestants initially answer "A hook", apparently confusing the explorer Captain James Cook with the pirate Captain Hook. Not only does this get the first player seven points, Grant notes that at least two other answers in the survey were from people apparently thinking of Peter Pan.
- In yet another case of the surveyed people missing the point, "Name something that can go wrong while singing karaoke," gets the top answer of "Forgetting the lyrics." In this case, Grant does point out the mistake, that the lyrics are usually right there on a screen for the performer.
- "Name a fairy tale featuring an evil witch." "Cinderella." The contestant realises her mistake immediately, but Grant still spends a while spelling out who the actual villains in Cinderella are. It still gets her just enough points to push them over the 200 mark, and also gets more points than "Sleeping Beauty" (which does at least have an evil fairy).
- In a not-too-surprising repeat of a Richard Dawson scene above, "Name something associated with Russia." "Russians?" In this case it scores eight points, and it comes in third place after "Vladimir Putin" and the top answer of "Vodka".
- "Name a part of the human body you have more than two of." "Feet."
- From Fast Money, "Name one of the world's largest creatures." The first answers, "A bear," the second answers, "A crocodile."
- "Name something you might find in ancient Greece." The first contestant gets the top answer of "Ruins", which suggests everyone involved missed the use of the word "ancient": the buildings in question wouldn't be ruins yet.
- "Name an Australian celebrity known for wearing a hat" gets the answer "Grant Denyer," who assuredly is not. Grant proceeds to make a couple of jokes about wearing an invisible akubra.
- "Name something The Man from Snowy River might need." "A guitar."
- "Name something you associate with the Grammys." Both contestants initially answer "Actors", and the first gets six points out of it.
- "Name a European country that's popular with tourists." The first answers "Europe", the second answers "Paris".
- "Name a game you can play in the pool." "Beach volleyball."
- "Name a type of ice cream on a stick." The first answers "soft serve", the second answers "Cornetto."
- An otherwise spectacular Fast Money round has a repeat of a John O'Hurley bit above: "Name a country famous for its beaches." "Hawaii."
- "Name a creature that walks on two legs." The contestant initially answers "Alligator" at the podium (scoring no points). When the other team passes, she then proceeds to answer with "Frog" (again, scoring no points).
- "Name a native Australian animal that walks on four legs." The first contestant answers "Rabbits" (which are, of course, introduced), the second passes, for the second time that round.
- "Name a famous US mountain." The answer? "Mt. Everest."
- "Name something in an aquarium that a fish might not realize is fake." "Alligator."
- On at least three separate occasions twice on Dawson's (one of which was the notorious "alligator" episode above) and once on Combs' both contestants in Fast Money misinterpreted the question "Name a brand of gasoline", instead giving types of gasoline (e.g., unleaded). In response to the contestant from the "alligator" episode:Dawson: You said "ethyl", which I believe you've been drinking.
- In another case of the people surveyed giving stupid answers, the question "What do you think is the largest U.S. state?" which appeared in the Karn and O'Hurley versions. The number one answer was Texas.
- Since the latter years when Karn hosted, it isn't uncommon for a player who got the better answer in the Face-Off to forget that there is a Pass/Play option. This is usually followed by the host asking more than once before the contestant finally realizes what's going on. Unfortunately, this happens at least Once per Episode in the Harvey era to the point where Harvey automatically has to assume that the family is playing the question.
- One from both the Karn and O'Hurley versions (the former during a Survivor special): "Something that comes after the word double." "U."
- Penis/weiner has been given as an answer to "Name a body part that gets bigger as you get older" (or a variant of the same question) at least three times throughout the show's history - once on the Anderson version (which is shown above) and twice on the Harvey version.
- On two occasions, one on the 1994 Dawson version and another in the Harvey era, 98.6 degrees was given for "What would be the ideal every day temperature?" Dawson's response to the former:Dawson: 'What would be the ideal, every day temperature?' Everybody... disrobe! 98.6. Survey said...(buzzer sound)... zee-oh! It's like living on the equa-taah (equator).
- Two contestants, one on the O'Hurley era and another on the Harvey version, answered seven to the Fast Money question "How many of the Ten Commandments have you broken this month?".
- From the Karn, O'Hurley and Harvey versions: In response to "Name a road sign that best describes your love life", a contestant answered "Slippery when wet". On the Karn instance, "wet" was censored.
- "Name something commonly found in a woman's purse." "A cat."
- "Name something a blind man might use." "A sword."
- "Name a state whose name begins with the letter 'I'." "Indianapolis."
- "Name a famous animal threesome." "The Seven Dwarfs."
- "Name an article of clothing worn by The Three Musketeers." "A horse."
- In one episode, a player was asked "Name a part that's readily available and on-hand in an auto parts store". The answer he gave? Oil. It was the #1 answer, which means the majority of those surveyed made the same mistake.
- "Name something everybody knows about Cinderella." "She was homeless."
- In a rare video game example, one question in the Game Boy Advance video game (released October 12, 2006) is "Name something Charlie Brown might do." An AI contestant's response? "Snoopy."
- Tool-Assisted Speedrunners managed to make the SNES version (released 1993) look pretty idiotic, with vulgar and nonsensical answers counting as valid. That said, an observant viewer may notice that the legit answers are contained, in a proper left-to-right order not unlike Split Decision, in the nonsensical ones.
- For example, "Name a piece of clothing that leaves a mark when you take it off." The answer of "Abracadabra I win" is accepted for "Bra" because the game read it as "_bra_______ _ ___". Or "Swiss Murder Suit" taken as "Bathing Suit" because it read "Swi__ m_____ suit".
- Even the actual, unaltered, SNES game had occasional stupidity moments. For example, "Name a first experience" is responded to with "Taking a huge crap." It actually showed up on the board as "Kiss".
- One player had to name something in a car frequently touched with one's hands. His answer was "steering wheel", which the game parsed as "radio", the #2 answer. Then the AI tried answering with "steering wheel" as well, and got nothing. The #1 answer?
- The Facebook version seems to have been programmed by idiots. Completely random phrases will count as valid, and a Christmas-themed makeover had a question about "What do people associate with A Christmas Carol?" The top answer is Christmas, which suddenly makes that Russia question a whole lot funnier.
- Tool-Assisted Speedrunners managed to make the SNES version (released 1993) look pretty idiotic, with vulgar and nonsensical answers counting as valid. That said, an observant viewer may notice that the legit answers are contained, in a proper left-to-right order not unlike Split Decision, in the nonsensical ones.
- From the PC version, "Name something that is fluffy." "Grass."
- From the the German TV version, "Name a black and yellow striped insect." "Giraffe."
- From the Russian version, one contestant spent the whole 20 seconds in Fast Money in total silence.
- Here's one who is not from the contestants but from the answers. In the French-Canadian version (2009-present), one of the questions were "Except the Earth, name a planet from the solar system." The contestants have answered all the planets (including Pluto which was then classified as a planet) but the last remaining answer was...The moon.
- One from a contestant was her answer to the question "What city in the world is considered romantic?": Italy.
- From a French version: "Name a dangerous number at the circus." "Soixante-neuf!" (probably meant "number" as in an "act")
- From Family Feud Canada, "Name Popeye's favorite food." A woman buzzes in and confidently guesses "chicken~!" As in Popeye's Chicken.
- Making matters worse, this was sudden death, and this answer lost her family the game (with their opponents correctly guessing "spinach"). Host Gerry Dee (of Mr. D fame) briefly headdesked on the podium in disbelief.
- Worse still: This was at least the fourth attempt at a sudden death question. None of her answers were any better. "Name something in your house that creaks." "Rocking chair." "Name something people dye." [She buzzes in but gives no response. Her opponent, mistaking "dye" for "die," said "Gunshot."] "Name something you might see in the sky on a clear night." "Helicopter."
- Also from Family Feud Canada: "Name something you eat frozen." "Cat."