CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4730 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".
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 750 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4704 times:
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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