Easy Millionaire Question

I'm a pretty loyal 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' viewer. It usually comes on after I'm done with dinner and I'm too lazy to get up, so I just sit there watching it. I've seen some viewers get some very easy questions wrong on the show, but I'd find it hard to believe that anyone would really need help on this question. I'm guessing that either the question has been changed in this screenshot, or answer B has been altered to make it the obvious choice.

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Posted on Tue Mar 29, 2005


Um... actually, my astronomy professor put that question on one of our tests, and many students did get it wrong!

I'd just like to know how much the question was worth... If I had to ask for help on one of the easy beginning questions, I think I'd just stand up and walk off the stage.
Posted by Karen  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:31 PM
I remember seeing this. I laughed when I saw the question and was shocked when she asked for her "lifeline".

I think she said, after she answered, that the answer was so obvious that she thought it was a trick question.

On a little side note, but also keeping somewhat on topic, someone sent me this link earlier today.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:38 PM
Hah! That's a good link, Rod. It also goes to show I watch too much Simpsons. I bombed out on the second last question. :lol:
Also (back on topic) that screen shot does seem pretty unbelievable. We get an aussie version of Millionaire (which I don't watch - simply because I get so frustrated when they take 10 minutes to answer a simple question), so I wouldn't know if they've used that question here.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:46 PM
I knew of a person studying Chemical Engineering at Cornell who thought that the sun was a planet rather than a star. How do you get into college without knowing something so basic?
Posted by Ryan Johnston  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:46 PM
How do you get to be vice president and not know how to spell potato?
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  12:37 AM
That Simpsons one is fabulous.
Bloody last question, though.

And my word was millivanilli.
Posted by Boo  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  02:08 AM
...I don't know anything about the sky except that My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles.

And then they took Pickles from me too.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  04:52 AM
I was shocked that 20% of the audience got the answer wrong!
Posted by Peter Hassall  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:58 AM
I happened to see that episode too!! In fact, I posted about it on sci.astro.amateur after she missed it!
Posted by Frederick J. Barnett  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  07:23 AM
The answer is "Bird"
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  07:29 AM
This is to be believed, for most Terrans are stupid. Once, while hosting my program on Radio Raoul, I offered a trivia question asking: What is the 3rd planet from the Sun? I got no correct answer. Stupids
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  07:34 AM
I say it this way, Maegan:
My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines.

There's also:

Naughty Elephants Squirt Water.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  08:39 AM
I like: Naught Elephants Crap Cocoanuts. Also: My Vicar Examines Micheal Jackson's Stained Neocon Underwear Promptly. I rrrrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  08:51 AM
The current advert for Irn Bru has a Raoul in it. I suspect it's our Raoul, too.
He's a very muscly Mediterranean lothario, who's trying to sleep with two semi-attractive girls.
So I've had (imagine humorous pigeon english here)
"Laideeesss, loook at Rrrrrraoul bounceeng up and down!"
going round and round and round in my head.
Plus then he gets his g-string swimming trunks ripped off and falls in the pool.
Rrraoul, I'm imagining your arse.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  09:01 AM
If you miss this... you deserve NOTHING. Go home... and shouldn't the correct answer have been "Sol" and not just the generic word Sun? All stars qualify as Suns right? Ours is named Sol is it not?
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  11:48 AM
Did see a $250,000 question once that was...

"What's the average distace from the Earth to the Sun in miles?


I thought it was a pretty easy question and was shocked when the guy missed it. I thought it was unbelievable that he missed that one, but to miss this one? Come on... I've taken the entry exam for that show once and it was one hell of a lot harder than this shit!!!
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  11:54 AM
One of my co-workers didn't know who was president during the Civil War, her excuse being that she HATES history. Our history-buff boss likes to throw out random questions like that. I kept trying to give her hints (who freed the slaves?) but to no avail.
Posted by hippievet  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  01:50 PM
I had always heard ...Just Sat Upon Nine Pizzas. I think I like nine porcupines better.
Posted by hippievet  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  01:52 PM
Sorry, Boo- no G-string or French Bikini for Raoul. Raoul swims in the buff, or not at all. That is how it is done in The Land of My Birth, now and forever. Rrrrrraoul
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  02:22 PM
The very few times I've seen bits of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" I thought all the questions were shockingly easy. If they showed a contestant two pictures and asked "Which one is your butt and which one is a hole in the ground?", he or she would probably do several minutes' worth of groaning and head-scratching, poll the audience, call a friend, and then get it wrong.
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:07 PM
Raoul's favorite "Millionaire" question: "Why is Rrrraoul shamelessly plugging Barnacle Billy and The Platonic Solids"? It's the only way I will get my car back, according to the ransom note.
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:11 PM
I was always told My Very Enormous Mother Jumps Sideways Upon Naughty People.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:32 PM
In answer to Raouls' favorite Millionaire question of "Why is he shamelessly plugging Barnacle Billy and The Platonic Solids?" The answer Raoul depends on whether or not you're being paid by them to endorse their product. If you're being paid by them, for these shameless endorsements, then you're a "shill." If you're not being paid for these shameless endorsements then you're a "tool." No I'm not just calling you names... these are actual terms I learned earlier in the "Axe to Grind" thread.

So, which are you? Shill or tool?
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:41 PM
My guess is for "tool." 😉
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:42 PM
"Naughty Elephants Squirt Water"?

That's a new one. I was taught Never Eat Shredded Wheat.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  05:47 PM
We also have Never Eat Soggy Weatbix. Just because soggy weatbix sucks.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:01 PM
A Shool? You call Raoul a "Shool"? Raoul is no fool, tool or shool. I am bound by my love of The American Automobile to regain my 1967 Plymouth Satellite from those who have taken her. For this you call me a Shool? Hah Hah Hah... I shall have my revenge
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:08 PM
For those who have felt the throb of her Slant-Six 225 cu. inches, the suction of her single-barrelled Holley carb, and the drum of her well-lubed universal joint, there would be no question. Shill, or Die without her? I must Shill
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:28 PM
that's Barnacle Billy and The Platonic Solids, Baltimore, USA, on Rrrrraoul Must Shill Records
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:30 PM
The name of the sun?

Cornell has a site with all things astronomy...

The last link has a pic that Charybdis might like, but has probably already seen...
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:39 PM
The "name" of your sun? It's "Ra..." As in : Ra oul. That is why I am here. To warm the women. To feed them, nurture them, allow them to grow, and one day, open their petals of love to me, Raoul, The Gardener of Love
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  06:53 PM
Aaah. That explains why Raoul is so impotent. Little known fact that the less followers a god has, the less power he has, until eventually he fades away. Maybe we need to start actively ignoring Raoul? 😉
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  07:08 PM
Worry no more, for when Raoul's Chariot of Fire is returned to him in 2 days, as promised, I will embark on Raoul's Pyschic Gangster Of Love Saucy Aussie Tour, to help promote Earl J. Llama's new film: "DL 2- Deep Llamas Down Under", musical score by Barnacle Billy and The Platonic Solids, and shall not return again until your solstice. I hope that has given you comfort
Posted by Raoul  on  Wed Mar 30, 2005  at  07:27 PM
I was told "My Very Earth Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" 😊
Posted by afdsfsfs  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  03:01 AM
My Earth Science teacher taught us: Mary's Violet Eyes Make Johnny Stay Up Nights Planning.

I played that Simpsons game and got all the answers right, now how do I claim my one million pounds? Beginning to think it's just a big HOAX!
Posted by andychrist  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  12:24 PM
The most common name for our sun is "Sol" not "Ra"
Posted by somebody  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  02:27 PM
Actually, the most common name for our sun is THE SUN.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  02:52 PM
True Rod,

But only because of humans misunderstanding practically everything they think they know. Every light in the night sky is a "Sun", it's all dependant on your point of reference. Calling it "The Sun" somehow implies that it's the only one, or best one??? It's name technically is "Sol". Anyone who calls it "The Sun" is technically right also, because their point of view (our solar system) makes it "The Sun." But a more accurate way of putting it would be to say the the most common "label" for our central star is "The Sun." The most common name for our central star would be "Sol" I would guess... since currently we (humans) are the only ones referring to it with language... that we know of anyway! Hope all this useless information contributed towards the general static of useless information made available to all the universe... by with which they might someday judge our value and worthiness of continuation...

PS - Where the hell is Hairy. When I start to ramble incoherently it's a sure sign I'm not getting my Houdini fixes...
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  03:13 PM
According to the astronomy website from Cornell, the usage of Ra and Sol are purely poetic licence.

The actual name is some series of numbers. I left the link in a previous post, but it's not working right now, it says the database server is down, or I'd quote it.

However, Wikipedia says that the sun is sometimes referred to as Sol.

I myself take the university's word over wikipedia's.

Calling it 'The Sun' is the same (according to Cornell) as calling the moon 'The Moon', because they are the ones closest and most important to planet Earth, and therefore deserving of the original capitalised name, because, technically, they were the first of each recognized as such by the human race.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Thu Mar 31, 2005  at  03:34 PM
"Sol" is "sun" in Spanish and Italian (and probably some of the other Romance languages). "Sun" is "sun" in English.
Is that clear?

Calling any other star a "sun" or a calling a satellite of any other planet a "moon" is merely making an analogy to our Sun and our Moon (the ones closest to Earth, or "Terra" for those of you who prefer Italian), and always requires some modifier to avoid confusion, e.g. "the suns in the Crab Nebula," or "the moons of Saturn."
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  10:59 AM
and thats all big g has to say about that.
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  11:09 AM
Hey guys! Did you know that A copy Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is on air on Indian TV. Thay have change the name to KON BANEGA CAROREPATI.
Posted by lianda  on  Tue Dec 06, 2005  at  11:30 AM
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