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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

“Food-Burning Stove??”

posted by on October 21 at 9:45 AM

Defamer hosts video of what it calls “the dumbest batch of Wheel of Fortune contestants in history,” who find themselves stumped over the kitchen-based phrase ”_OOD BURNING STOVE.”

Okay, that’s pretty dumb, but I still grant top dummy honors to the mid-’80s Wheel contestant trying to solve the phrase “_T TAK_S ON_ TO KNOW ON_”, who in desperation spat out a sentence that’s been burned in my brain ever since: “E.T. takes one to know one”???

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1

I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one with that stupid line burned into my brain. I have NEVER forgotten it.

Posted by darrell | October 21, 2008 9:48 AM
2

when the oil's gone, the mouth breathers will learn what a wood burning stove is.

Posted by max solomon | October 21, 2008 9:50 AM
3

I think you'd be surprised what sorts of stupid things come out of your mouth when you're nervous and on T.V.

Posted by boxofbirds | October 21, 2008 9:54 AM
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I also have that E.T. answer burnt into my brain even though I just saw it one time when I was a kid. I still use it as an example whenever talking about the dumbest people in the world. Nice to know I'm not alone.

Posted by JC | October 21, 2008 10:00 AM
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Once I saw this lady on Wheel of Fortune who had "F_ANKLY _Y DEAR I DON'T GIVE A DA_N" and she tried to solve it with "Frankly my dear, I don't give a darn!" And she lost the game, and a good sum of money, simply because she was too polite to say "damn" on TV. And that is why I always fucking swear.

Posted by Paul Constant | October 21, 2008 10:01 AM
6

This one is my favorite. I love irony!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9ipzzFQhYQ

Posted by John | October 21, 2008 10:16 AM
7

Thank you for these three little shafts of light this morning! I loved the consecutive guesses of "food-burning stove", "food-burning stove" again [?], and "hood-burning stove".

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 10:30 AM
8

My favorite moment of Wheel idiocy was the guy who completed "ORIGINAL FORMULA CO__" as "original formula corn". Which in these days of genetically modified corn actually seems like a good idea.

Posted by Zach | October 21, 2008 11:18 AM
9

This is still the best moment in gameshow history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffRGQsZKjQ4

Posted by Al | October 21, 2008 11:23 AM
10

I don't watch T.V. on the internet so I don't know if one of the youtube links is to my alltime favorite gameshow blunder:

The Newlywed Game (mid 1970's)

Question to the brides: "Where is the strangest place that your husband has made love to you?"

First answer, (a bit confused look): "In the butt?"

Host looks like he may fall dead.

Posted by Rain Monkey | October 21, 2008 11:32 AM
11

That's the urban legend version, Rain Monkey. See here for the real story: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/newlywed.asp

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 11:39 AM
12

@9 - Al ... thank you!! I'm still laughing.

Posted by hah! | October 21, 2008 1:53 PM
13

I've had a food-burning stove for quite a while now. In fact, every place I've ever lived has been inexplicably equipped with a food-burning stove. Is there another kind? Maybe a trip to Homo Depot is in order.

Posted by rob | October 21, 2008 3:55 PM

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