Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When Fright Overwhelms a Person ....

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I received the following email from a friend, Soo Kiat, about a participant in "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" Although we laugh at the sheer stupidity of the contestant, I kind of feel sorry for her. When a person is overcome by fright, it is incredible what he can come up with.

I remember my eldest sister Lee Lee telling me how her grandmother-in-law had
salvaged a chamber pot when the house broke out with fire. She grabbed the chamber pot even as she was crying and screaming for the fireman to help save the contents of the house. She actually had lots of money and jewellery in the home; yet in her fright, she had salvaged an object that was old and could be cheaply purchased! Hence, I hope that people would not just laugh, but be filled with compassion. For those of us who are cool and calm during times of calamaties and disasters, let us thank God for making us the way we are.

Perhaps it is important for all of us to know ourselves.....our weaknesses and idiosyncracies. This will help us to save ourselves from pain and embarrassment. It is sad that man can understand the stars and the planets, and yet he finds it hardest to understand himself. If we cannot sing or dance, then please do not participate in any "Idol" contests. If we do not have dexterous fingers and sharp minds, then do not aspire to be a surgeon. A friend of mine lost his mind and tried to commit suicide because he just could not cope with his medical studies! He tried his utmost under great pressure from his ambitious parents.

Dumb and dumber in real world Idiotic 'Millionaire' Contestant Makes Worst Use Of Lifelines Ever

Kathy Evans, the single dumbest contestant to ever get on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'

NEW YORK - Idaho resident Kathy Evans brought humiliation to her friends and family Tuesday when she set a new standard for stupidity with her appearance on the popular TV show, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.'

It seems that Evans, a 32-year-old wife and mother of two, got stuck on the first question, and proceeded to make what fans of the show are dubbing 'the absolute worst use of lifelines ever.'

After being introduced to the show's host Meredith Vieira, Evans assured her that she was ready to play, whereupon she was posed with an extremely easy $100 question. The question was:

'Which of the following is the largest?'
A) A Peanut
B) An Elephant
C) The Moon
D) Hey, who you calling large?

Immediately Mrs. Evans was struck with an all consuming panic as she realized that this was a question to which she did not readily know the answer.

'Hmm, oh boy, that's a toughie,' said Evans, as Vieira did her level best to hide her disbelief and disgust. 'I mean, I'm sure I've heard of some of these things before, but I have no idea how large they would be.'

Evans made the decision to use the first of her three lifelines, the 50/50. Answers A and D were removed, leaving her to decide which was bigger, an elephant or the moon. However, faced with an incredibly easy question, Evans still remained unsure.

'Oh! It removed the two I was leaning towards!' exclaimed Evans. 'Darn. I think I better phone a friend.'

Using the second of her two lifelines on the first question, Mrs. Evans asked to be connected with her friend Betsy, who is an office assistant.

'Hi Betsy! How are you? This is Kathy! I'm on TV!' said Evans, wasting the first seven seconds of her call. 'Ok, I got an important question. Which of the following is the largest? B, an elephant, or C, the moon. 15 seconds hun.'

Betsy quickly replied that the answer was C, the moon. Evans proceeded to argue with her friend for the remaining ten seconds.

'Come on Betsy, are you sure?' said Evans. 'How sure are you? Puh, that can't be it.'

To everyone's astonishment, the moronic Evans declined to take her friend's advice and pick 'The Moon.'

'I just don't know if I can trust Betsy.. She's not all that bright. So I think I'd like to ask the audience,' said Evans.

Asked to vote on the correct answer, the audience returned 98% in favor of answer C, 'The Moon.' Having used up all her lifelines, Evans then made the dumbest choice of her life.

'Wow, seems like everybody is against what I'm thinking,' said the too-stupid-to-live Evans. 'But you know, sometimes you just got to go with your gut. So, let's see. For which is larger, an elephant or the moon, I'm going to have to go with B, an elephant. Final answer.'

Evans sat before the dumbfounded audience, the only one waiting with bated breath, and was told that she was wrong, and that the answer was in fact, C, 'The Moon.'

Gan Cao

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