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Re: CHAT: Vexillology and games (was: Re: Flag of England)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, June 19, 2000, 23:35
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From: Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...>
Date: Monday, June 19, 2000 12:46 PM
Subject: CHAT: Vexillology and games (was: Re: Flag of England)

>At 17:32 17/06/00 CDT, you wrote: >> >>Oh yeah, and the other day, on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, one of the >>questions was about the techinical term of the study of flags, which is >>'vexillology'. The contestant missed that question.
At least, it was a hard question (provided by the insurance co.?, who've been complaining about the amount of money given away). As I recall, this contestant was quite close to the million, and probably could have answered one of their normal run of questions.
> > >Funny, we had the same question on another game in France one week ago. I >was able to answer by elimination (because I already knew what the other >two propositions meant), but the three candidates missed it.>
Our version gives 4 alternatives; in this case two were easily eliminated, the fourth was "post-card collecting", and there is a recently coined latinate/greek word for that.
>And by the way, we in France are finally gonna get "Who Wants to Be a >Millionaire".>
You are so lucky. It's gonna be called "Qui Veut Gagner des Millions" (pretty
>stupid name I find) and the channel who got it makes a huge commercial >campaign about it (with images of the program in its different national >versions). I first want to see how it looks like and if it's not too >difficult maybe I'll try to attend it .....The only >difficulty is the first question to choose the candidate. I've never been >any good at speed questions.>
It would be interesting to see a European version, since the level of general education is supposed to be a bit higher there. It is dismaying and depressing to witness the abysmal performance of some of the contestants in the US. (One woman didn't know the $100 question about "Simple Simon met a pie-man.....". Sort of like not knowing where the bridge is in, "Sur le pont, sur le pont....") Never mind the most elementary facts about world history, geography, art etc. They _do_ know 1) TV shows of the last 30 years 2) pop music of the same period 3) (men only) sports. I confess, those categories would do me in quickly. Also, AGEIST and SEXIST. Can't think of anyone clearly over, say, 55; and where they find those women is beyond me. Oh well, end of screed. Have to go watch.........R.