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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

This is a question that has been going in my head forever .............. as the question says, why do you say 64 000$ question and not 1 million dollar question. Is there some anecdote behind that ?

not too logical to me


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User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Why do you say 1 million dollar question and not 1 trillion dollar question.

[Edited 2005-03-18 00:16:52]


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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

I believe there used to be a quiz show back in the '60's called "The $64,000 question" in which a contestant would answer a question for ironically enough, $64,000. I guess it was a pretty popular show at the time and it has stuck around as a saying for all these years. I do know some people who have gotten with the times though and say "Million Dollar Question".

User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

Isn't it from an 80's game show? I think there was a show where the highest you could win was $64,000 and it came down to one question at the end. I could be wrong though.

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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 758 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5317 times:
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The show ran from 1955 to 1958, format similar to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". It was called "The $64,000 Question", that being the top prize for a contestant who made it that far.

It got caught in a cheating scandal, where popular contestants were provided questions and answers ahead of time, so they could beat less-liked contestants.

That was the basis for the recent movie "Quiz Show".

That term pretty much joined the language, sort of like, using a hypothetical conversation between 2 people: "Why did that guy try to land at that airport in the middle of a hurricane?" "THAT'S the $64,000 question."

It came to be an answer for something not understood, for the kind of thing that would make people wonder.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 4):
It got caught in a cheating scandal, where popular contestants were provided questions and answers ahead of time, so they could beat less-liked contestants.

Correct.

And I would add that Dr. Joyce Brothers got her start as a contestant on that show.



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5273 times:

I seem to remember a woman from Stockport England, near the MAN airport as a contestant as well.

Was that the Charles Van Doren scandal?



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2245 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5254 times:

Charles Van Doren was involved in a cheating scandal on the show "21" and was recounted in Robert Redford's 1994 film Quiz Show


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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

Quoting David b. (Reply 1):
Why do you say 1 million dollar question and not 1 trillion dollar question.

now that's definitely a childish reply. I'm sure you got your RR of 19 by another person writing the threads for you !!!



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