Somewhere in a dusty corner of the Bolt Hole is a link to a YouTube video (I thought Europe was a country) that illustrates a remarkable grasp of geography by a contestant on a US TV Quiz show. Sadly, us Brits cannot claim the intellectual high ground. The following arrived in an email today:
UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?
Jeremy Paxman: No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is?
Contestant: Geography isn’t my strong point.
Jamie Theakston: There’s a clue in the question.
Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with “What A Wonderful World”?
Contestant: I don’t know.
Stewart White: I’ll give you some clues: What do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Stewart White: Correct. And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
Stewart White: Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?
Stewart White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
Contestant: Frank Sinatra?
LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS )
Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy ?
Trelinski: France is another country. Try again.
Contestant: Oh, um, Benidorm.
Trelinski: Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?
Contestant: Sorry, I don’t know.
Trelinski: Just guess a country then.
THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
Anne Robinson: Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the Conservative Party?
Contestant: The Conservative Party.
BEACON RADIO ( WOLVERHAMPTON )
DJ Mark: For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Ruth from Rowley Regis: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?
Bamber Gascoyne: What was Gandhi’s first name?
GWR FM ( Bristol )
Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?
Contestant: I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO ( MANCHESTER )
Phil: What’s 11 squared?
Contestant: I don’t know.
Phil: I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the middle.
Contestant: Is it five?
RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard: &nbs p; Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
Contestant: ; Forrest Gump.
RICHARD AND JUDY
Richard: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
Contestant: Er. …. ….
Richard: He makes bread . … …
Contestant: Er … …….
Richard: He makes cakes . … …
Contestant: Kipling Street?
LINCS FM PHONE-IN
Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain ……
NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
Question: What is the world’s largest continent?
Contesta nt: The Pacific.
ROCK FM ( PRESTON )
Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
Steve Le Fevre: What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?
Contestant: Magna Carta?
JAMES O’BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
James O’Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth … Er …. Er ….. Three?
CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL )
Chris Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna ?
Chris Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
Caller: Er ………… Mexico?
PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE )
Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (long pause): Fourteen days.
DARYL DENHAM’S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
Daryl Denham: In which country would you spend shekels?
Daryl Denham: Try the next letter of the alphabet.
Contestant: Iceland? Ireland ?
Daryl Denham: (helpfully) It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
Phil Wood: What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Contestant: Er… ……. ….
Phil Wood: It’s got two syllables . . . Kor . …
Phil Wood: Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . …..
Phil Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . ….. …….
Melanie Sykes: What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
LUNCHTIME SHOW (BRMB)
Presenter: What religion was Guy Fawkes?
Presenter: That’s close enough.
STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?
An entertaining read, these, but I fear I must question the validity of some one them. The second and third ones sound like jokes more than actual incidents.
Or maybe my subconscious is refusing to accept that there are people this daft… makes me ashamed to be British… 😉
Hi John, Glad you liked it. Judging by the comment above “some one them” I’m not surprised he finds people to be that thick. But I believe Adolph was in the Tory Party?! David
John John, went to bed late and just woke the missus up as I was laughing too loud, thanks for getting me in trouble :), hoping some of it was just made up, as can’t believe some of the answers, still can’t stop laughing