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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:13 am

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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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:14 am

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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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:16 am

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".
 
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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:16 am

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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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:07 am

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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Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:11 am

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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RE: Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:18 am

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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RE: Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:03 pm

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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RE: Why Do People Say "64 000$ Question?"

Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:59 pm

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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