Private Eye has a funny section called Dumb Britain, where they feature the stupid answers people give on quiz shows. Here are some I found on the Internet:
The Weakest Link:
Anne Robinson: Who initiated the Chinese cultural revolution?
AR: Name the man who was President of Italy until May 2006.
Contestant: Don Corleone.
AR: The adjective Rubenesque, meaning a plump, voluptuous woman, is derived from the work of which 17th century Flemish artist?
Contestant: Aretha Franklin.
AR: Which island prison closed in 1963?
AR: In history, at the battle of Waterloo, which general’s horse was called Copenhagen?
Contestant: Lord Nelson.
Lunchtime Show (BRMB):
Presenter: What religion was Guy Fawkes?
Presenter: That’s close enough.
Dog Eat Dog (BBC1)
Ulrika Jonsson: Who wrote Lord of the Rings?
Contestant: Enid Blyton
Paul Wappat: How long did the Six Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (after long pause): Fourteen days.
Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?, Sky One:
Presenter: Was the Tyrannosaurus Rex a carnivore or a herbivore?
Contestant: No, it was a dinosaur.
Give us a break:
Jim Davidson: From which Greek building were the Elgin Marbles taken?
Contestant: The Apocalypse
Channel 5 presenter: Which literary hunchback lived in Notre Dame and fell in love with Esmeralda ?
Contestant: Oh, er, it rings a bell.. but no, can’t think of it.
Billy Butler (Radio Merseyside): What was Hitler’s first name?
Chuck Thomas: Can you give me an occupation beginning with ‘S’?