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Date: 12/30/10 05:54 PM

57 Responses to Contestants Lose $800,000 On Correct Answer

  1. Profile photo of SaintPatty
    SaintPatty Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    Link: Contestants Lose $800,000 On Correct Answer - This game show denied these people $800k because they did bad research on the winning answer. Damn you, Post-Its!
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    Walkman came out in `79, post-its started selling in test markets in `77, but didn`t sell across the country until late `79. No matter how you look at it, the show was stupid for using such an ambiguous question.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm
    I thought then it was that they were already invented before the other things but were sold in stores after.
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    IceDragon77 Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    Wow... thats total BS. They should get the $800,000 they deserve and not a re invite to the show.
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    IshiiDaFishy Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    No wonder black guys are always stereotyped for beatin their wives. i woulda beat her face in just for having to listen to her.
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    zombieland Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    i hate this guy
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    Err sorry but they gameshow is right. Extract from Wikipedia..."3M launched the product in stores in 1977 in four cities under the name "Press `N Peel", but its results were disappointing. A year later, in 1978, 3M issued free samples to residents of Boise, Idaho, and 95 percent of the people who tried them said that they would buy the product. On April 6, 1980, the product debuted in US stores as "Post-It Notes."
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    Try a little research IAB
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    The question was asked "Which of these were sold in stores first"? The Walkman was sold in Japan with the trademark name on July 1st 1979.

    the trademark name of "Post-It Notes` was not April 6, 1980. It`s predecessor trademark name "Press-N-Peel" was originally sold in 1977. a cheap technicality, but hey your talking about $800k here. Do you think the shows producers are giving the slightest inch? Freak no.
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    Blakcat71388 Female 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm
    This is old news... Way to go IAB.
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    vegascartman Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm
    At this point they should just be given the money and it would be a great PR move for Fox. Just giving them another chance is pretty weak.
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    nijd Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    I-A-B denied us entertainment because they did bad research on this content. Damn you, I-A-B!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    So...there`s a job opening in the research department? Where do I apply?
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    But the guy is right though...
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    DamienLike Male 13-17
    705 posts
    December 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    Well that was a waste of my time.
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    TheeAJ123 Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm
    Romy invented Post-Its, and her friend Michelle invented the glue. I thought everyone know that.
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    rakoonhat Female 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    sooooo...do they know they`ve been jipped, or are we just now pointing this out? i would become a rather ravenous beluga whale if i got screwed out of money
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    topgun966 Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    Yea, I-A-B BAD research. They defended the answer and proved with facts that they are correct as to the lettering of the question. Check it out, google it. Producers say they check EVERY question with direct sources (not wiki`s etc) as in they talked with the makers of post-it before hand.
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    SKINNERNSC Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm
    They got the last question wrong and when asked if they`d return to do another show,they declined.......Where`s Press Your Luck when ya need it?..
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm
    So old news, but they are not sure if to sue or go back on the show!
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    obhwfgirl Female 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    "the trademark name of "Post-It Notes` was not April 6, 1980. It`s predecessor trademark name "Press-N-Peel" was originally sold in 1977. a cheap technicality, but hey your talking about $800k here. Do you think the shows producers are giving the slightest inch? Freak no."


    Okay, if we`re going by this logic. We need to see when the Walkman was first introduced into test markets, even if it`s under a different name.

    I think the Walkman would still win.
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    belunan Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    The only sure thing is that he`ll never again be able to say "Honey, I`m right about this" without her saying "Remember that $800k? Just STFU."
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    DesertWolf Male 30-39
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    December 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    @ rakoonhat
    "i would become a rather ravenous beluga whale"
    That is a line I will be stealing, thank you!
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    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    December 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    Skinner is right. It doesn`t matter how much money they took to the next question, they still lost...
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    doodlydoo727 Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    wat is there to debate. common sense people post it notes is paper with glue and the other 2 options are electronical.
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    SouthpawSlew Male 18-29
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    December 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    "wat is there to debate. common sense people post it notes is paper with glue and the other 2 options are electronical."
    It isnt "Which uses easier technology," it is "Which was sold in stores earlier." Just because the technology existed doesnt mean the product was invented AND commercialized for sale already.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 1:13 am
    umm, so i don`t get it, the show itself had the wrong answer? so....are these folks gonna sue? what`s up? I hate these random posts out of context with no info
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    FuryCradle Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 1:17 am
    his gf/wife worth more than 800000$ :)
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 2:06 am
    yeah what`s gonna happen now?
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    dislikenames Female 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 2:10 am
    UPDATE: Thanks to the denizens of reddit.com, this story was brought to the attention of Gawker, from which it spread to news media around the world. As a result, the program has acknowledged its error and agreed to invite the contestants to return.
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    Intaresting Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 3:29 am
    Surprisingly hard question. But what would they do with that money anyway?
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    BoredIAm Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 5:58 am
    I have watched a few episodes of this show. The people are obviously prodded by the producers to act like drating retards. drat `em. Oh how far you have fallen, Kevin Pollak.
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    robinm1chell Female 18-29
    104 posts
    December 31, 2010 at 6:12 am
    they let them anwser the next question though and that part was not aired and guess what they got the next question wrong as well so they lost.
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    BoredIAm Male 18-29
    146 posts
    December 31, 2010 at 6:28 am
    robinm1chell is correct.

    They have to get every question right to win whatever amount of money is at stake. What is the story here? They were wrong on the next question. Give them the Post-It Question. And they still win $0.00. Sue? Moot point.
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    Kane132 Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Yes but if they had the $800,000 they would have split the money up instead of betting all the money on one answer!
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
    1930 posts
    December 31, 2010 at 7:03 am
    This situation is always an odd one. Ruining their game because the hosts got the answer wrong is as fair as the hosts just saying "actually, we`re ending the game. Go home" at any point they want to. In which case the hosts could just stop games or "get answers wrong" whenever they`re going to loose a large amount. Then just reset everthing by inviting the contestants back to start all over again.

    It all depends who`s signed what and what contracts say. Morally, they should be allowed to resume from where the show got the answer wrong (if they did), because both parties agreed to play the game and presumably do it fairly. But if the paperwork makes the contestant the host`s bitch, then they can`t do anything.
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    BoredIAm Male 18-29
    146 posts
    December 31, 2010 at 7:17 am
    It is pretty easy to watch Million Dollar Money Drop on hulu.com. Watch the full episode, listen to the rules. Witness their strategy. It doesn`t matter how much money was at stake. They would have gone home with $0.00
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    chadders42 Male 13-17
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    December 31, 2010 at 7:23 am
    Why not just put equal amounts on each...
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
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    December 31, 2010 at 7:31 am
    It does matter how much money was at stake because then on the next two rounds they could have split it amongst the different answers. But we cannot say what would have happened if they had moved on if they would have still put it all on and got the next answer wrong. Therefore being invited to go back onto the show and try again is the only sensible thing to do. They hadn`t won the 800k and it isn`t certain they would have won any or all of it next couple of rounds.
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
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    December 31, 2010 at 7:34 am
    @Chadders you start of with a million pound and have to answer 10 questions. 1/3^10= 1.69350878 × 10^-5
    1.69350878 × 10^-5 * $1,000,000 = 16.9350878

    So splitting it equally between all answers every round gets you 16 dollars
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    BoredIAm Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 7:42 am
    WATCH the show. You cannot divide the money equally. They could have had $1,000,000,000 at stake. They would have gone home with $0.00
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 7:54 am
    D`oh!
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    hammerdrop Male 13-17
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    December 31, 2010 at 8:18 am
    They were wrong, post-its first hit retail shelves on April 6, 1980, whereas the first walkman was sold on July 1, 1979 in Japan.
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    stagefreak Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 10:00 am
    am i the only one that thinks this show is annoying.
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    fattpill Male 30-39
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    December 31, 2010 at 10:34 am
    PEOPLE!!! THEY GOT THE LAST ANSWER WRONG. SO NOT MATTER WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE.
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
    Their answer was wrong though, wasn`t it?
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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    Jeff Apploff, Million Dollar Money Drop’s executive producer, released a statement regarding the gaff on Wednesday, saying, The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn’t until 1980 that Post-Its were officially sold in stores.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 31, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    "They were wrong, post-its first hit retail shelves on April 6, 1980, whereas the first walkman was sold on July 1, 1979 in Japan."

    post-its first sold in 1977. Though not nationally.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    December 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    @obhwfgirl responded;

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:50:26 PM
    "the trademark name of "Post-It Notes` was not April 6, 1980. It`s predecessor trademark name "Press-N-Peel" was originally sold in 1977. a cheap technicality, but hey your talking about $800k here. Do you think the shows producers are giving the slightest inch? Freak no."


    Okay, if we`re going by this logic. We need to see when the Walkman was first introduced into test markets, even if it`s under a different name.

    I think the Walkman would still win.

    handys003 replied:
    The device was built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent trans-Pacific plane trips. The original Walkman was marketed in 1979 as the Walkman in Japan.

    Press-N-Peel were sold in stores before the Walkman was ever built. Patent Post It Notes win. Tradename wise Sony
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 1, 2011 at 8:54 am
    I think what we can agree on is that the answer is still debatable - it`s not a fact either way.

    It goes to show just how illogically stupid American game shows are. Is $800k really worth the loss of popularity when people realize your show is rigged for failure - when at any time you could get a question with no clear answer?

    Then again, the type of people who watch this don`t care.

    I saw this episode and it was a total bore. If someone was to watch the full hour it would be 30% ads, 60% music and sound effects, ie; nothing and 10% people answering questions. Since when does it take an hour to answer a dozen multiple choice questions?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 1, 2011 at 11:17 am
    The hell?
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    hapkidokid Male 18-29
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    January 1, 2011 at 11:22 am
    i saw this live... twas quite depressing
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    January 2, 2011 at 3:54 am
    damn..
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    DRxSATANx Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2011 at 1:44 am
    its racist and greedy drat bags of hollywood being twats
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    9000penguins Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2011 at 2:20 am
    I would bring a lawyer to the set and fight for that money, google that ish.
    Damn you Billy Crystal.
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    jde824 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    @9000Penguins - That isn`t Billy Crystal.

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