Turkish Quiz Contestant Uses Two Lifelines To Answer 'Where Is The Great Wall Of China?'
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Sometimes things are so obvious they become impossibly obscure. You know, like the old saying goes: "You can't see the forest for the trees," which basically means you were spending too much time looking at what's right in front of you, you fail to see the bigger picture. Which could result in something like this happening:
In a recent episode of the Turkish version of Who Wants To A Millionaire?, 26-year-old contestant Su Ayhan was asked the following question: "Where is the Great Wall of China?" In Turkish, though, not English.
She was given, as contestants are on the show, the choice of four possible answers - China, India, South Korea and Japan.
Now, perhaps if this had been the first question, which are always ludicrously easy, she would have stumped for the obvious (and correct) answer of China. After all, it's called the Great Wall Of China. Not of India, South Korea or Japan.
But she didn't. Although she insists she knew the correct answer, she thought she should ask the audience just to be sure. And that's where things started to go really wrong.
Only 51 percent of the studio audience picked China as their answer. A quarter picked India. So the rule here is never ask the audience a simple question, because there's a good chance they'll screw it up for you.
Even though 51 percent is a majority, Su's confidence felt a little shaken, so she decided to utilise a second lifeline and phone a friend. Thankfully, the friend knew that the Great Wall Of China was located in the country that appears in its title and Su was saved from elimination.
Now, the Hollywood version of this story would be that, after such a silly wobble on a very easy question, Su stormed through the next 11 questions and won the grand prize of one million Turkish lira (which is just shy of £147,000 - a significant drop compared to the prize money in the UK and US, but still a nice amount to take home just for knowing things).
Sadly, Su got knocked out on the very next question, which was about the composer of a popular Turkish song that she got wrong.
English-language Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News has reported that Su since become something of a laughing stock in Turkey. Which, you know, is fair enough really.
She, however, has responded to her new detractors, saying: "I could use my lifelines whenever I wanted."
Which is true. But doesn't negate the fact she wasn't 100 percent sure that the Great Wall of China was in China. Sigh.