Dumb Britain: A selection

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?

Contestant: Ming.

 

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?

Contestant: Australia.

 

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?

Contestant: Jewish.

Presenter: That’s close enough.

 

Dog Eat Dog (BBC1)

Ulrika Jonsson: Who wrote Lord of the Rings?

Contestant: Enid Blyton

 

Virgin Radio:

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

 

Various:

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?

Contestant: Heil

 

Chuck Thomas:   Can you give me an occupation beginning with ‘S’?

Contestant: Psychiatrist

 

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