I’m giving “1 vs 100” a try because I generally like gameshows. Unfortunately, almost all gameshows developed in the last few years have been utterly brain dead and relied more on artificial suspense than any substance - culiminating with the worst in the bunch, Deal or No Deal, which has nothing interesting whatsoever. No knowledge, no feats performed - just picking random numbers and suspense.

So anyway.

I’m watching tonight’s episode - and they start out with brain-dead easy questions much like Millionaire.

The question was: How many 6 packs of beer would it take to get 99 bottles of beer?

The answers were more than 15, 15, or fewer than 15.

So she says “well… a 6 pack is 6… and 10 6 packs would be 60… and 20 six packs would be 120… but… you know… I’m really not a big beer drinker so I’m not sure on this question about beer”

And it wasn’t just one mental flub under the lights, no.

She picked her helper/life line/whatever, poll the mob - where she picks an answer, and it highlights all the people who picked that answer, and then she can pick one to talk to in order to ask why they picked that answer.

So, she asks about “greater than 15” and they light up 50 of the 70 possible contestant boxes. She looks around, and says “hmm… who drinks a lot of beer? I need a big beer drinker to talk to”

And if anyone laughed at her, they edited it out, cause the place was silent. I don’t think I could’ve contained myself if I had been there… and if I did, it would’ve only been from shock.

I’ve watched this several times, and I was going insane with the level of stupidity. And not just with the contestant, but the “mob” as well. I’ve lost all faith in even a minor percentage of Americans having any level of intellegence what so ever.

First question: Which has the least amount of cells?

a) an amoeba
b) Paris Hilton (or some other famous person. I forget exactly.)
c) a mouse

The question knocked out something like 54 out of a hundred people.

okay. Question two: Which fictional characters are most likely to have someone’s hand up their shirt?

a) Lilo and Stitch
b) Bert and Ernie
c) Tom and Jerry

Knocked out half of the remaining group. What kills me is that the contestant didn’t know the answer to either one and still went on to win lots of money.

Rewatched it, and she said something closer to this:

“This is a weird question… and I think I’m gonna get the other ones right… but… just… with beer… I don’t drink beer, so I’m gonna ask for some help.”

They also sometimes do interviews with people who get it wrong, and ask what were they thinking. Some Maxim model got it wrong, and when he asked her why, she said “I drink red wine, not beer, beer is fattening.”

:smack:

What are some of your favorite gameshow moments from people who make you wonder how they managed to survive in life.

Q: If you go directly west from the United States, what’s the first continent you’ll run into?

A: Cuba.

In the New Zealand version of Wheel of Fortune, boxer David Tua famously bought a vowel as follows; “I’ll have an ‘O’ for awesome”.

Question: Was Cezanne an Impressionist painter or a ventriloquist?

Question from family fortunes:

Q: We asked 100 people to name something red.

A: My jumper.

I remember years and years ago from Family Feud:

Name an animal with 3 letters in its name.

OK, true, the word horse has 3 letters in it. The question didn’t say *only *3 letters…

There were 0 people in the poll to say Horse.

The second player then said: Alligator.

Family Feud, bonus round

“Name a state with the word ‘New’ in it’s name.”

This certainly doesn’t qualify for all time dumb responses. The person didn’t know, and took a guess at 1 of 2 possible answers. I have no idea who Cezanne was, does that make me dumb?

I hope that’s a rhetorical question.

Are we seriously contesting that “Um … 99 divided by 6 is… um… well I don’t drink beer, so…” isn’t remotely in the same category as “I don’t know who that 19th century French painter is”?

The “turkey” guy on the British version of Family Feud:

What do you take to the beach?
Turkey
What’s the first thing you buy in a supermarket?
Turkey
Name something you stuff?
Turkey

I’m having a hard time discerning what you mean to imply sir. Maybe I am dumb

What if Cezanne practised ventriloquism as a hobby?

I thought Cezanne was a type of chinese food.

Wheel of Fortune:

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