Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Game show contestant cannot correctly determine which is larger: an elephant or the moon.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, February 2007]
Origins: One typical humorous use that has followed the advent of digital editing software is the alteration or fabrication of screenshots from
Of course, the "evidence" provided with the story in the form of a screenshot is a bit of digital trickery. It's an altered version of a frame showing Fiona Wheeler, a contestant on the UK version of the show, attempting to answer a slightly more difficult question:
(Ms. Wheeler actually did quite well on the program, earning £32,000 for her efforts.)
Such fabricated humor might be considered superfluous, as real-life video examples abound of Millionaire contestants who were bounced off the show after missing their first (i.e., easiest) questions, including a college student who could not identify what type of unexpected surges a surge protector guards against (electric current) and an attorney who failed to select the common phrase closest in meaning to "I can't take it anymore" ("That's the last straw").
In this vein, a popular Millionaire clip is one from the French version of the program, featuring a contestant who could not determine whether the moon, the sun, Mars, or Venus is the object that orbits the
Last updated: 30 October 2007
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