Contestants Lose $800,000 On Correct Answer

Submitted by: SaintPatty 6 years ago Entertainment

This game show denied these people $800k because they did bad research on the winning answer. Damn you, Post-Its!
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Male 238
@9000Penguins - That isn`t Billy Crystal.
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Male 228
I would bring a lawyer to the set and fight for that money, google that ish.
Damn you Billy Crystal.
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Male 321
its racist and greedy drat bags of hollywood being twats
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Female 5,222
damn..
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Male 24
i saw this live... twas quite depressing
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Male 15,510
The hell?
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Male 10,440
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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Male 2,402
@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.[1] 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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Male 4,793
"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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Male 1,540
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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Male 490
Their answer was wrong though, wasn`t it?
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Male 255
PEOPLE!!! THEY GOT THE LAST ANSWER WRONG. SO NOT MATTER WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE.
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Male 379
am i the only one that thinks this show is annoying.
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Male 199
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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Male 3,076
D`oh!
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Male 146
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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Male 997
@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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Male 997
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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Male 171
Why not just put equal amounts on each...
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Male 146
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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Male 1,929
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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Male 374
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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Male 146
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 $0.00. Sue? Moot point.
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Female 104
they let them anwser the next question though and that part was not aired and guess what they got the next question wrong as well so they lost.
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Male 146
I have watched a few episodes of this show. The people are obviously prodded by the producers to act like drating retards. drat `em. Oh how far you have fallen, Kevin Pollak.
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Male 812
Surprisingly hard question. But what would they do with that money anyway?
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Female 13
UPDATE: Thanks to the denizens of reddit.com, this story was brought to the attention of Gawker, from which it spread to news media around the world. As a result, the program has acknowledged its error and agreed to invite the contestants to return.
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Male 535
yeah what`s gonna happen now?
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Male 17
his gf/wife worth more than 800000$ :)
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Male 1,744
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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Male 96
"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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Male 437
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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Male 541
Well, that sucks.
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Male 1,053
Skinner is right. It doesn`t matter how much money they took to the next question, they still lost...
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Male 63
@ rakoonhat
"i would become a rather ravenous beluga whale"
That is a line I will be stealing, thank you!
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Male 1,505
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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Female 582
"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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Male 25,416
So old news, but they are not sure if to sue or go back on the show!
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Male 359
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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Male 42
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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Female 654
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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Male 118
Romy invented Post-Its, and her friend Michelle invented the glue. I thought everyone know that.
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Male 705
Well that was a waste of my time.
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Male 5,413
But the guy is right though...
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Male 37,888
So...there`s a job opening in the research department? Where do I apply?
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Male 267
I-A-B denied us entertainment because they did bad research on this content. Damn you, I-A-B!
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Male 734
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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Female 876
This is old news... Way to go IAB.
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Male 2,402
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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Male 2,619
Try a little research IAB
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Male 2,619
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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Male 773
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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Male 418
i hate this guy
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Male 490
Wow... thats total BS. They should get the $800,000 they deserve and not a re invite to the show.
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Female 535
I thought then it was that they were already invented before the other things but were sold in stores after.
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Male 1,548
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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Male 970
Link: Contestants Lose $800,000 On Correct Answer [Rate Link] - This game show denied these people $800k because they did bad research on the winning answer. Damn you, Post-Its!
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