December 01, 2004

Trouser pressed

I'm signed up to receive IMs when someone uses their "Ask the Audience" lifeline on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", and someone just asked for help on the $100 question (I paraphrase, because I closed the IM window before I decided this needed blogging), "A normal person is said to 'put his pants on' how?" (The answer being, of course, "one leg at a time".)

If I hadn't been distracted with something else, thus missing my chance to answer, I would totally have chosen one of the other answers ("sucking in his gut", maybe) in hopes of skewing the results, because I'm just not sure anyone who can't answer that question has any business winning money on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".

Tangentially, I'd love to read an interview with, say, Bill Gates in which he says, "I have recently designed a machine which will allow me to put my pants on two legs at a time. I am also starting litigation to have the phrase 'He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else' permanently changed to 'He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone except Bill Gates.' "

Posted by Francis at 02:24 PM | TrackBack

I was equally amazed when that question popped up, and I think it knocks away the previous winner for the "Someone on a game show doesn't know THAT?" award:

The legendary cup said to be used by Christ at the Last Supper is known as the "Holy" what?

A: Chalice
B: Goblet
C: Flagon
D: Grail

Posted by: Eric Berlin at December 1, 2004 03:12 PM

Well, and my three-year-old often puts on her trousers both legs at once. True, this involves a good deal of falling over, but she does it. Of course, she may not be a 'normal person' within the meaning of the act, but then neither is Bill Gates, curse him.


Posted by: Vardibidian at December 1, 2004 04:18 PM

I get those IMs too and am constantly frightened by the questions people are burning a lifeline on. Of course, my wife blew the $8,000 question on the old prime time edition with her phone a friend still on the table, so who am I to criticize how people are using their lifelines?

Posted by: Alex G at December 1, 2004 08:02 PM

Hey Francis,

Been stopping by lately. Wanted to say, thanks for the shout-out and, this post made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: David Feige at December 2, 2004 09:42 AM

Piece o' cake. First, sit down....

Posted by: Jon at December 2, 2004 11:14 AM

We should start answering wrong on all of the questions. On the Russian version of the show, the audience answers wrong on purpose to screw over the contestants. Are we going to be outdone by those damn Russkies? I say no!!

Posted by: Mark Wade at December 2, 2004 01:22 PM