Re: Game Shows

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This thing where you get charged taxes based on the thing being worth 700% of what it's actually worth seems like... I don't know what it seems like. Is there some corrupt S&P-style organization that for a fee will assess the taxable value of all the world's physical objects or fabulous tourism packages?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 7:55 AM
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I wanted to see what game show Ono might be on, but it isn't even on his wikipedia page.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 7:57 AM
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Never mind. I see it now. I guess it doesn't deserve a section heading.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:00 AM
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Jeopardy is the one true game show; all others are just pretenders. Except maybe Let's Make a Deal. And You Bet Your Life, if you wanna go old school. And I guess Win Ben Stein's Money was pretty good, too. And To Tell the Truth was kinda okay sometimes.

One day there will be a Jeopardy tournament where all the contestants are Unfogged commenters. And then the singularity will come. And we'll all win five dollars.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:10 AM
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I heard that Trebek finally admitted there was an episode where somebody answered, "In the ass."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:13 AM
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I think it's A Minute To Win It.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:15 AM
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Not Trebek. Other host.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:16 AM
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Bob Eubanks?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:19 AM
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I almost got on Win Ben Stein's Money but you had to pay for your own travel to LA for a weekday taping and it didn't seem worth it at all.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:20 AM
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To be fair, the game was called Win Ben Stein's Money, not Fly to LA on Ben Stein's Money.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:22 AM
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So maybe all those people who ended up with Dusty Bin were the real winners.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:31 AM
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Ben Stein is a horrible, horrible man.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:31 AM
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But his money works as well as any.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:36 AM
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A horrible man with an inexplicable career in show business.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:56 AM
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12: true. Which is why it would be better for me to have that money. Also this was before the intensity of his horribleness was quite so clear.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:56 AM
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Jeopardy is the one true game show; all others are just pretenders.

This is incorrect. Match Game was the greatest thing ever on television.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:07 AM
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Also, Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares, but that wasn't so much a game show as performance art.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:08 AM
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Bob Eubanks?

Yes.

(Anyway, if it had been on Jeopardy, it would have been, "What is 'in the ass'?")


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:15 AM
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I have a lot to say about game shows, it seems.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:16 AM
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14: Never underestimate the power of a monotone!

He's actually a very odd case -- did you know he supported Ralph Nader in 2008, and has spoken in favor of increasing taxes on the wealthy?

I didn't until I read it on wikipedia today!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:16 AM
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No love for Password or The 25,000 Pyramid?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:17 AM
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21; There should probably be a dollar sign somewhere in there.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:17 AM
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From the link:

And the producer said, "Well, did you love right now yesterday?" and I said, "Of course I loved yesterday right now." I'm not sure how it came out, but it was kind of clever.

I... what?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:22 AM
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Yeah, for all those years we just thought Ben Stein was a Republican because he was a rich guy, successful lawyer and friends with Gerald Ford. Turns out he's part of the low-information base!


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:22 AM
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21: Aristophanes?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:22 AM
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24: I always thought it had something to do with his relationship with his father. That while his dad could be fairly sane about the possibility that Nixon was an anti-semite, Ben Stein was so outraged at the suggestion that his dad might have misjudged a person, that he hated anyone who said a bad word about Nixon and placed Nixon on a pedestal even above his father.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:31 AM
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I tried to get on the Jeopardy teen tournament, which several other kids from my high school went on, but they didn't like me. I think I was too boring. They care a lot about people having amusing anecdotes to talk about in the break.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:33 AM
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It seems like every time I happen to see an episode of Jeopardy, someone I'm vaguely acquainted with is on it. It's pretty weird. (And there was that time that one guy I knew from quizbowl won a million dollars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and I felt bad that I mostly knew him as 'that guy who tucks his sweatshirts into his jeans'.)


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:36 AM
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It took about six months for Jeopardy! to get around to making arrangements to give me my consolation prize. That was annoying, though not as annoying as Trebek himself. I did manage to sell the prize on, though, so even with the travel costs and the taxes I came out marginally ahead.

One transportation-geek friend (possibly known to essear?) won a ride in a blimp, which I think he valued beyond rubies.


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:41 AM
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Ha to 28.

Most surprising Jeopardy!-related occurrence: being recognized by Ken Jennings at a different geekfest. Apparently we'd competed in quizbowl?


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:44 AM
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I feel mostly bad that there is a guy who tucks his sweatshirts into his jeans.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:45 AM
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Also 30 is cute.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:52 AM
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I mean fashionable.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:52 AM
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General Electric's College Bowl.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:53 AM
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30 is impressive.

Also, obligatory, "I Lost On Jeopardy"


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:57 AM
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Much better video.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 10:00 AM
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Very low-information.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 10:02 AM
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(Did you know that Apollo Ono is now the host of a game show?)

No, and I'm far more upset by this than I should be.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 6:02 PM
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Oh no!


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 6:14 PM
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I lost on Jeopardy. But a friend of mine -- who actually helped me prepare by watching me play eight Tivoed episodes in a row and giving me notes -- brok $90k in 5 days.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 6:25 PM
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(And there was that time that one guy I knew from quizbowl dated won a million dollars got an early, easy question wrong on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and I felt bad vindicated that I mostly knew him as 'that guy who tucks his sweatshirts into his jeans' I broke up with because he wasn't smart enough.)


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 7:30 PM
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|| People at this conference keep talking about how great the beignets here are and I keep wanting to make a joke about slambeignets. |>


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:23 PM
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I broke up with because he wasn't smart enough.

Please, this terminology is offensive. I believe you mean he lacked mental whateverness.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:29 PM
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When Dr. Skull was in LA trying to be a starving screenwriter (well, succeeding at being a starving screenwriting) he won $4700 on a very low-rent game show -- Dick Clark's Challengers.

It did indeed end up causing us tax problems, literally one week after I married him.

Still, it's a really cool line on the CV. (The game show, not the grief from the IRS.)


Posted by: delagar | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 8:32 PM
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My mother was on Match Game in like 1963, when it was a different show from its bawdy '70s heyday. She won the most you could win, which was maybe $300.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 08-16-13 9:11 PM
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When I was fairly young there was an extremely cheapskate quiz program "Quicksilver" in Ireland which featured prizes of 50p and £1. I think it did rise to the dizzying heights of £50 but hardly anyone got that far. It did spawn a catchphrase, "Stop the lights".
We got all the British program where I lived and I used to enjoy watching Blockbusters when I got home from secondary school ("Can I have a P, please, Bob"). Countdown would usually be over by that time. I was bemused when I visited France to realise that the equivalent of the latter was a big prime time show.


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 08-17-13 11:36 AM
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