yeah. the letters are supposed to be random and they have to come up with as many words as they can, form the letters. This smells of a disgruntled employee.

Basically the contestants take it in turns to pick 9 letters, either a consonant or a vowel. Then they have 30 seconds to make the longest word possible from those 9 letters, eg if the letters you ended up getting were PGEELANTH and you got ELEPHANT and the other person got LATE, you would get 8 point for elephant (8 letters) and they would get 0. If both words are the same length you both get points. They also have a numbers round where you choose six numbers (you can`t tell what they`re going to be) and a computer performs random operators (add, subtract, multiply or divide) on them and then you have to figure out how to get the same total.

ANYWAY, this worked out too perfectly to be random. Sure it`s possible, but the odds against it are....hell, I dunno. I call shenanigans. Shenanigans!!

The woman`s response is priceless. "Ooh la la!" :-D

That was definitely stacked by a disgruntled employee or something, although I don`t know how he would have got the fact that the contestants choose a consonant or vowel. But the chances of those letters coming out, in that order, are 1 in 5,429,503,678,976 - or to put it another way, if they had 10 rounds an episode and had the show on every single day. you would on average have to wait 743,767,628 years to see that... definitely not random!

Ricklionhart - you`re right, statistically they are the odds for drawing those letters, but if it was a disgruntled employee, the odds are much much smaller that that combination would come up. Some contestants like to alternate vowel and consonant - so that was quite a high outcome for the letters.

And the guy on the show is a retard! - only 4 letters?! - the word *FLAPS* is there - OBVIOUSLY!!! - which is 5...

6 letter words would have been SCULPT and CLASPT (an OLD archaic word for clasped)

Plus you have to have 3 vowels at least and that only had two. They go through the letters before all the shows so make sure there is a very small possibility of rude words. Therefore I will join in the call of shenanigans!!

It`s fake in some way, because as has been said, the rules require a minimum of THREE vowels. Whether its the product of computer editing, or actually filmed I can`t say, but it`s not part of the `real` flow of the show. Swearwords have showed up though, but not using all 9 letters.

On whenever, Ricklionhart wrote: That was definitely stacked by a disgruntled employee or something, although I don`t know how he would have got the fact that the contestants choose a consonant or vowel. But the chances of those letters coming out, in that order, are 1 in 5,429,503,678,976 - or to put it another way, if they had 10 rounds an episode and had the show on every single day. you would on average have to wait 743,767,628 years to see that... definitely not random!

On a bit later, AKappy wrote: ...assuming you did the math correctly- I`ll trust you

He didn`t do the math correctly. For one thing, he didn`t take into account that consonants and vowels are selected separately. For another, according to Wikipedia, the frequency of the letters on this game show is proportional to their frequency in the English language.

I`m sorry, but I need someone to explain this to me. If the letters are fake, then why would the woman laugh? Or are you saying that "flaps" is the fake part of the clip?

Real Disgruntled Employee Odds: 512:1. Real Coincidence Odds: ~35`000`000:1

Sure the odds of the letters coming out like that are low, however, the disgruntled employee theory:

Assuming a 50:50 chance of picking a vowel and a consonant each time, the odds of getting them in that exact order are: 512 to 1, on a single chance.

On the other hand the odds of the other are based on multiple chances. (The show was running for 20 years or so, and (I think) they do 3 words a show. (Plus two number games.... it`s been years since I`ve seen countdown).

The way to work that out is (Odds of it NOT happening each time)^(Number of times you try).

Ahh Ive seen that before. They were vicors aswell. You just have to pick out letters and try to make a word with them. That one didnt actually get aired fortunatley. =P

ya its fake alrite but why wud the woman laugh if the real word wasn`t mean person?i mean theres not alot of 4 letters words that are that funny on their own!?!?!

"That was definitely stacked by a disgruntled employee or something, although I don`t know how he would have got the fact that the contestants choose a consonant or vowel. But the chances of those letters coming out, in that order, are 1 in 5,429,503,678,976 - or to put it another way, if they had 10 rounds an episode and had the show on every single day. you would on average have to wait 743,767,628 years to see that... definitely not random!"

Random: it cannot be predicted, that is an average, not a true, defined time...

Er, yes, only about 20 people have commented on it before your post... odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one.

For those who can`t do simple maths: The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once. Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, since there is jus

since there is just as much chance of it coming out FIRST draw as last draw. The "average time" number of years is accurate, then.

Since someone above said they have 3 rounds per show, not the 10 I assumed (Gawd it must be a slow, boring show!), you can multiply my final figure by 3.3 to get the fact that, without shenannigans, you`d have to watch this show for 2,231,302,884 years to see this come up.

On another issue, according to a few different online anagram generators, the longest word you could make from these letters is 6 letters - CATSUP, FLATUS, FLAUNT, SCULPT and SULTAN.

People in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones. Your post has mistakes in it:

" odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one."

***Ironically, you fall prey to the same shortcoming. See below.***

"The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once."

***No it`s not. There`s no amount of time that will guarantee any result.***

"Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, there is just as much chance of it coming out FIRST draw as last draw. The "average time" number of years is accurate, then."

***No, that`s wrong, too. Had you read Baalthazaq`s comment above yours, you would have seen the correct way to calculate something like that. It`s not the same as dividing by 2. To give you a simple example, if there is a 1 in 10 chance of rolling a 10 on a 10-sided die, you will have to roll the die more than 6 times, on average, before you roll a 10. If you roll the die 5 times, your chances of rolling a 10 will only be around 40% (1-^5).***

Clearly...CLEARLY fake. You can actually see the animated T moving around on the card as she draws it, the audio is all wrong and cut together, its just so so fake! I cannot believe that people actually thought this was real

lol how can it be 26 chance for any letter? the must pick between vowel or consonant. if they pick consonant there is 21 chance for any consonant, and 0 chance for any vowel. and if they choose vowel, then is zero chance of having any consonant. Next let`s see what are the chances they pick vowel... 50/50, maybe 75/25, perhaps 40/60? If it is 50/50, then clearly there is a lot more chance for any vowel to come up over any consonant. So no it is not 1/26 chance for any particular letter.

robock said "lol how can it be 26 chance for any letter? the must pick between vowel or consonant. if they pick consonant there is 21 chance for any consonant, and 0 chance for any vowel. and if they choose vowel, then is zero chance of having any consonant. Next let`s see what are the chances they pick vowel... 50/50, maybe 75/25, perhaps 40/60? If it is 50/50..." …and a heap of other crap.

i DID say "ignoring the vowel/consonant thing"… duh and a 50/50 chance of a vowel?... double duh - there is a 5/26 chance of a vowel obviously! read things before you contradict them.

the clip is obviously fake. and with the actual rules in the show. the chance of that exact word apearing is 1:0 the chance of a single word apearing (like c.u.n.t) is much much greater.

all the statistical calculations ricklionhart posted are wrong, though. the math is correct, but the numbers are wrong. and so it the assumption that 1 vowel and 1 consonant has equal chance.

I reckon there`s between 3/5 to 2/3 chance of the contestant picking a constanant from my past viewing of the show. Let`s take the 3/5 figure. Then for 9 letters, I believe the chance is:

1 / (21 ^ (9* 3/5)) * (5 ^ (9* 2/5)) = 1 in 4 and a half billion

Actually the probability is slightly less than that because the letters aren`t probably drawn with equal probability (for example, after a U a subsequent vowel is less likely to be a U). My guess is that the producers choose the letters. This probability seems startling high, but consider that you would have been equally amused had it said s**tcakes or something. So actually, you`re more interested in the probability of `an amusing word` appearing rather than that particular one, since had another word come up you would be saying the same thing. This is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but the probability is going to be more likely be something like 1 in 1000, which is why you do occasionally get the amusing word on Countdo

"If it was fake then why did she giggle when she had pulled the `T` out?

That is too funny..."

You are an idiot. The T was animated, and so she was giggling at some other word. Also as the clip starts you hear her say "v" when it is apparently an N. The T is not a T, it is an animation over another letter. And I expect the first three letters were just changed too. There was evidently a funny (but not offensive) four letter word made that she laughed at.

Still cannot understand how people think this is real

"THe T is not a T, it is an animation over another letter. And I expect the first three letters were just changed too."

I don`t see what you see and I don`t think it is that easy to fake a clip by superimposing an "animation over another letter". It would have to be done frame by frame.

It would be extremely hard and time consuming to edit it to say what it did. And for what? more internet kudos? To show your `buddies` on myspace or other crap like that how you are the uber editor and shoudl be bowed down to? I`d like to see you people shouting `OMG FAKEZ0rZZZZ!!!` actually try and edit it so it says something else. Good luck trying, I DOUBT you`ll be able to do it

b) if the C word came out do you think they would giggle and carry one? it`s hughly offensive language and i bet you all the frakking money i have that they would have reset the letters

c) the image of Carol and the word itself has appeared in FHM and bizarre as `Doctored Email Photo`s`

d) anyone that thinks this is real must be insane, some of the letters actually MOVE after she`s put them in the board

e) seriously, anyone that thinks this is real is insane.

bring back the funny witty stuff IAB this poo is awful

Ha ha ha...did anyone notice they were priests? Gee, maybe only the last 50 people who posted. I love how c u n t is mean person and not mean woman. How PC of IAB.

- Unlucky letters drawn in UK word-guessing game Countdown. Absolutely NSFW.
ANYWAY, this worked out too perfectly to be random. Sure it`s possible, but the odds against it are....hell, I dunno. I call shenanigans. Shenanigans!!

The woman`s response is priceless. "Ooh la la!" :-D

And the guy on the show is a retard! - only 4 letters?! - the word *FLAPS* is there - OBVIOUSLY!!! - which is 5...

6 letter words would have been SCULPT and CLASPT (an OLD archaic word for clasped)

The odds of the letters coming out in ANY particular order is that much (assuming you did the math correctly- I`ll trust you). So, why not this order?

i wanna play next.

But they didnt do a good job, because right when you start the video, in the very first second you hear her saying "V"

Still kind of funny, so I am bored has done its job well.

They go through the letters before all the shows so make sure there is a very small possibility of rude words.

Therefore I will join in the call of shenanigans!!

On a bit later, AKappy wrote: ...assuming you did the math correctly- I`ll trust you

He didn`t do the math correctly. For one thing, he didn`t take into account that consonants and vowels are selected separately. For another, according to Wikipedia, the frequency of the letters on this game show is proportional to their frequency in the English language.

1) co-host`s cute response to the word

2) priests

3) priest-joke + accent

Also, it made me not hate the C-word as much

SHENANIGANS?!

Real Disgruntled Employee Odds: 512:1.

Real Coincidence Odds: ~35`000`000:1

Sure the odds of the letters coming out like that are low, however, the disgruntled employee theory:

Assuming a 50:50 chance of picking a vowel and a consonant each time, the odds of getting them in that exact order are:

512 to 1, on a single chance.

On the other hand the odds of the other are based on multiple chances. (The show was running for 20 years or so, and (I think) they do 3 words a show. (Plus two number games.... it`s been years since I`ve seen countdown).

The way to work that out is (Odds of it NOT happening each time)^(Number of times you try).

The words weren`t that naughty.... countdown is mainly watched by the elderly ... and college students.

Random: it cannot be predicted, that is an average, not a true, defined time...

Anyway, the show`s quite old...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izet8zN1vmE

Its old, but to great to pass up.

Er, yes, only about 20 people have commented on it before your post... odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one.

For those who can`t do simple maths: The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once. Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, since there is jus

Since someone above said they have 3 rounds per show, not the 10 I assumed (Gawd it must be a slow, boring show!), you can multiply my final figure by 3.3 to get the fact that, without shenannigans, you`d have to watch this show for 2,231,302,884 years to see this come up.

On another issue, according to a few different online anagram generators, the longest word you could make from these letters is 6 letters - CATSUP, FLATUS, FLAUNT, SCULPT and SULTAN.

The clip is obviously fake, the audio varies as each new letter is drawn.

They also used to stop a round as soon as an obvious swearword was found.

People in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones. Your post has mistakes in it:

" odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one."

***Ironically, you fall prey to the same shortcoming. See below.***

"The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once."

"Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, there is just as much chance of it coming out FIRST draw as last draw. The "average time" number of years is accurate, then."

***No, that`s wrong, too. Had you read Baalthazaq`s comment above yours, you would have seen the correct way to calculate something like that. It`s not the same as dividing by 2. To give you a simple example, if there is a 1 in 10 chance of rolling a 10 on a 10-sided die, you will have to roll the die more than 6 times, on average, before you roll a 10. If you roll the die 5 times, your chances of rolling a 10 will only be around 40% (1-^5).***

"lol how can it be 26 chance for any letter? the must pick between vowel or consonant. if they pick consonant there is 21 chance for any consonant, and 0 chance for any vowel. and if they choose vowel, then is zero chance of having any consonant. Next let`s see what are the chances they pick vowel... 50/50, maybe 75/25, perhaps 40/60? If it is 50/50..."

…and a heap of other crap.

i DID say "ignoring the vowel/consonant thing"… duh

and a 50/50 chance of a vowel?... double duh - there is a 5/26 chance of a vowel obviously! read things before you contradict them.

the chance of a single word apearing (like c.u.n.t) is much much greater.

all the statistical calculations ricklionhart posted are wrong, though.

the math is correct, but the numbers are wrong. and so it the assumption that 1 vowel and 1 consonant has equal chance.

Then for 9 letters, I believe the chance is:

1 / (21 ^ (9* 3/5)) * (5 ^ (9* 2/5))

= 1 in 4 and a half billion

Actually the probability is slightly less than that because the letters aren`t probably drawn with equal probability (for example, after a U a subsequent vowel is less likely to be a U). My guess is that the producers choose the letters.

This probability seems startling high, but consider that you would have been equally amused had it said s**tcakes or something. So actually, you`re more interested in the probability of `an amusing word` appearing rather than that particular one, since had another word come up you would be saying the same thing.

This is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but the probability is going to be more likely be something like 1 in 1000, which is why you do occasionally get the amusing word on Countdo

That is too funny...

That is too funny..."

You are an idiot. The T was animated, and so she was giggling at some other word. Also as the clip starts you hear her say "v" when it is apparently an N. The T is not a T, it is an animation over another letter. And I expect the first three letters were just changed too. There was evidently a funny (but not offensive) four letter word made that she laughed at.

Still cannot understand how people think this is real

I don`t see what you see and I don`t think it is that easy to fake a clip by superimposing an "animation over another letter". It would have to be done frame by frame.

It would be extremely hard and time consuming to edit it to say what it did. And for what? more internet kudos? To show your `buddies` on myspace or other crap like that how you are the uber editor and shoudl be bowed down to? I`d like to see you people shouting `OMG FAKEZ0rZZZZ!!!` actually try and edit it so it says something else. Good luck trying, I DOUBT you`ll be able to do it

Get a life.

Rant over

a) almost a statistical impossibility

b) if the C word came out do you think they would giggle and carry one? it`s hughly offensive language and i bet you all the frakking money i have that they would have reset the letters

c) the image of Carol and the word itself has appeared in FHM and bizarre as `Doctored Email Photo`s`

d) anyone that thinks this is real must be insane, some of the letters actually MOVE after she`s put them in the board

e) seriously, anyone that thinks this is real is insane.

bring back the funny witty stuff IAB this poo is awful

I wonder if it is fake, though. It really does look like it.

ZOMG.

BTW: I am not an idiot, You don`t even know me.

I laughed. A lot.