Arrogant contestant gets first question wrong on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'
Most of us like to think of ourselves as intelligent in one way or another. Sure, we all have strengths and weaknesses, but through years of schooling, we quickly work out what these are. While some people, admittedly, don't discover their true calling until a little later in life, most of us are humble enough to admit that even if we are relatively "smart", we don't know it all.
Unfortunately, those who claim to have above average intelligence are putting themselves at risk of all kinds of ridicule when they get things wrong, and that's not to mention being generally insufferable to be around. It's no wonder then that on arrival at Hogwarts, know-it-all Hermione could only really find close friends in fellow misfits Ron and Harry.
That being said, us humans do have a fascination with intelligence, and we love nothing more than putting our brains to the test on gameshows like Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I'll never forget getting a version of the latter when I was a kid and getting into some quite heated competitions with my family.
But boxed versions of gameshows sadly pale in comparison to the real thing because there are no impressive prizes on offer - unless, of course, your family has a spare few pots of gold lying around. That's why so many people vie for a coveted spot on one of these shows. It's a chance to show off not only how intelligent they are but potentially bag a life-changing win.
However, even if you're a whiz at games and IQ tests off screen, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to handle the real thing very well, something which one Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant learned the hard way when he arrogantly appeared on the show, confidently informing the audience that he'd just graduated from med school and is a "nerd".
With such a promising introduction the audience and the show's host, naturally, were expecting big things from the young man. Perhaps they were about to watch the game of their lives and see him scoop the top $1 prize. But what happened next was truly embarrassing.
1. An arrogant contestant gets the first question wrong on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Despite being so confident that he was going to go far on the show, and presumably bag enough money to pay off his college debt and more, the arrogant contestant couldn't get past the first question, which, as is usually the case, was relatively easy.
However, not everyone believes that the young doctor's fail is as embarrassing as it initially seemed, and some people have spoken out in his defense saying that the question was too misleading and awkwardly worded to be used in the first round.
So, what do you think? Was this young man too big for his boots? Or was he really as smart as he claimed to be and just got screwed over by an unfairly tricky question?
2. The Newlywed Game - Woman doesn't know what "urban" and "rural" mean
So The Newlywed Game was a game show that pit newly married couples against each other for the purpose of determining how well they know each other. Host Bob Eubanks would ask the spouses a series of questions about their relationships with awkwardly hilarious results.
In one of the earlier episodes, a contestant named Kathy was asked if her husband was rural or urban. Kathy, clearly confused by the question, very honestly blurts out, "I don't know what they mean!" to which the audience immediately responds with laughter.
After a little encouragement from Eubanks to answer the question regardless, Kathy gives in replying, "Heck, he's urban." Eubanks then decides to tease the contestant further asking, "how long has he been that way?" To which she replies, "two months".
"Do you think there's anything he can do about it?" he then asks her.
Kathy's response is: "He went to a doctor".
Eubanks continues being facetious asking her whether the doctor gave him anything for "his urban". And finally, Kathy being the good sport that she is, responds: "he gave me something".
3. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire UK - No one gets the Fastest Finger right
Epic fails are common in every version of this show that exists. I mean, let's be real here - the contestants apply for the show because they truly believe they are geniuses. And so when they get an answer wrong - especially an obvious one - it's endlessly entertaining.
But what if, from the very beginning of the episode, every single contestant got an incredibly basic question wrong. Well, that's exactly what happened on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire UK.
During the "fastest finger" round, the contestants were asked to "put the traffic light sequence in order according to the British Highway Code."
Before the results are revealed, the show's host Chris Tarrant even jokes saying, "If any of our contestants have got that wrong, don't let them give you a lift home". Well, it turns out that all 10 of the contestants shouldn't be trusted behind the wheel because they all got the question wrong.
4. Jeopardy! - It's a hoe!
This particular faux pas centers around Ken Jennings, who is actually primarily known for being a game show contestant. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and for being the second highest-earning contestant in game show history.
Needless to say, he prides himself in his ability to get the right answer in the fastest amount of time. But one particular answer he gave, well, let's just say it didn't win him any prizes.
The contestants were asked to find the term for a "long-handled gardening tool [which] can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker." And without any hesitation whatsoever, Jennings answers, "hoe" much to the amusement of the host. In case you're wondering, the correct answer was actually "rake".
5. Family Feud - "Name an animal with three letters in its name"
Family Feud has been on TV since 1976 and has been hosted by various presenters from Richard Dawson to Steve Harvey. During that time, there have been plenty of funny and cringe-worthy moments.
Like the time a son in one particular competing family answered "frog" when asked to "Name an animal with three letters in its name". But it gets worse - when his father was asked the same question, he replied, "alligator."