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Title: Things You've Learned From Game Shows..
Post by: TimK2003 on May 08, 2020, 04:55:52 PM
Question taken from another FB Group:

What did game shows teach you when you were a young'un?

For me was that if you won, say, $2500, you could say Two Thousand Five Hundred OR just Twenty-five hundred.

Others?
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Post by: gamed121683 on May 08, 2020, 05:42:12 PM
Pyramid helped up my vocabulary. Thanks to that show, I know what a quota and vichyssoise are.
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Post by: Mr. Matté on May 08, 2020, 05:58:53 PM
I think from all the Showcase Showdowns I've watched as a youngin', it helped drill into my head that when you have #5 + #5, the tens digit is #+#+1.
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on May 08, 2020, 06:13:37 PM
Supermarket Sweep helped me understand where things are located in a grocery store.
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Post by: Kniwt on May 08, 2020, 06:29:46 PM
The word "abeyance," when Dennis James would use it on nighttime TPIR before checking the other prices in the game, although I had no idea that's how it was spelled or how a "bayance" would hold a price tag. :)
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Post by: clemon79 on May 08, 2020, 07:56:12 PM
Pyramid helped up my vocabulary.

It taught me to add to $750.
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Post by: Steve Gavazzi on May 08, 2020, 08:31:57 PM
I know that the singular form of "dice" is "die" because Bob had contestants roll a single die in Dice Game.

On the other hand, I was probably 6 or 7 before I realized that "showcase" had a meaning outside of "Showcase Showdown" and "The Showcase."
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Post by: Kevin Prather on May 08, 2020, 09:21:36 PM
My mom insisted I learned how to read from watching WoF and Jeopardy.
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Post by: tyshaun1 on May 08, 2020, 09:46:51 PM
I learned what an awl is.
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Post by: Jeremy Nelson on May 08, 2020, 10:03:33 PM
I learned my positive and negative numbers at an early age thanks to Jeopardy.
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Post by: BrandonFG on May 08, 2020, 10:39:23 PM
When I was 6 or 7, I remember watching PYL and learning about Cleopatra and the ass. I asked my mom about it (obviously censoring myself) because I was shocked they allowed that word on a game show. My mom corrected me and said Cleo was bitten by an asp. :P

Like Tim, I also learned “twenty-seven hundred and fifty dollars” instead of “two thousand, seven hundred and fifty” from Wink on High Rollers.
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Post by: TimK2003 on May 08, 2020, 11:23:59 PM
Also, as a kid, ot took me a while to figure out what "the rubber game of the match" was. 

Matvh Game '7x taught me what an upper and lower tier was.
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Post by: mystery7 on May 09, 2020, 12:26:38 AM
Jack Barry taught me how to count.
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Post by: PYLdude on May 09, 2020, 04:27:30 AM
Scrabble helped me learn how to spell.
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Post by: parliboy on May 09, 2020, 05:40:46 AM
Wheel was why I learned multiplication three years early.  Three Ns in the puzzle at $400 apiece. 
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Post by: Fedya on May 09, 2020, 08:03:20 AM
I learned the (possibly apocryphal) story of the naming of the Queen Mary (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary#Construction_and_naming) from an episode of Hit Man.

From PYL I learned what flokati is.
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Post by: mrchips on May 09, 2020, 09:53:25 AM
How to measure time in the absence of a watch or clock.
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Post by: colonial on May 09, 2020, 10:20:38 AM
Thanks to "Pyramid," I learned how to spell and pronounce "hors d'oeuvres," as well as an introduction to three-digit addition (even at a very young age, I wanted to be quicker than Dick Clark adding up the boxes in the Winner's Circle).

WOF taught me multiplication, and I got a crash course in counting by hundreds the "Jack Barry way" on TJW.

SOTC was good when it came to subtraction, particularly with Instant Bargains.

When she was 4-5, my daughter started getting comfortable with the concept of taking letters and putting them into words after showing her a few episodes of "Countdown" on YT (she was in what my family called her "British stage," where she watched UK kids shows on YT and spoke in British colloquialisms -- "Ready, steady, go … let's take the lift, etc.".)



 JD



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Post by: Chuck Sutton on May 09, 2020, 10:32:45 AM
I learned from Battlestars,.  Sex is actually good treatment for a headache.
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Post by: BrandonFG on June 22, 2020, 10:58:29 PM
A random thing I do just came to me...I learned it from Davidson's Hollywood Squares.

Supposedly pulling your upper eyelid over the lower one, then blowing through the nose is a good way to get a speck out of your eye. Nearly 30 years later, I still use that trick.
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Post by: BillCullen1 on June 23, 2020, 11:26:08 AM
On today's repeat of TPIR (6/23), I learned the contestant boards can hold bids of five numbers. One guy bid $12,995 on a motorcycle. I don't remember ever seeing that before.
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Post by: chad1m on June 23, 2020, 11:38:33 AM
On today's repeat of TPIR (6/23), I learned the contestant boards can hold bids of five numbers. One guy bid $12,995 on a motorcycle. I don't remember ever seeing that before.
During 2017's Dream Car Week, they offered a new car as an item up for bids for the first time, so everyone's display held five digits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGxMnIaDG04
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Post by: Joe Mello on June 23, 2020, 12:13:31 PM
A random thing I do just came to me...I learned it from Davidson's Hollywood Squares.

Supposedly pulling your upper eyelid over the lower one, then blowing through the nose is a good way to get a speck out of your eye. Nearly 30 years later, I still use that trick.
From Bergeron's Squares I learned slowly pulling your tongue out allows you to stop hiccups.
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Post by: Steve Gavazzi on June 23, 2020, 11:13:52 PM
On today's repeat of TPIR (6/23), I learned the contestant boards can hold bids of five numbers. One guy bid $12,995 on a motorcycle. I don't remember ever seeing that before.

They installed LCD displays in Contestants' Row back at the start of Season 38.  Obviously, though, they're programmed to look just like the old sportstype displays unless there's a reason for them not to.
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Post by: tvmitch on June 24, 2020, 09:37:25 AM
It taught me to add to $750.
Two
Four-fifty
Five
Six
Seven hundred fifty dollars
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Post by: Brian44 on June 24, 2020, 09:44:34 AM
Pyramid taught me the definitions of "Maitre D'" and "metronome." 😁
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Post by: aaron sica on June 24, 2020, 10:27:23 AM
They installed LCD displays in Contestants' Row back at the start of Season 38.  Obviously, though, they're programmed to look just like the old sportstype displays unless there's a reason for them not to.

Such as "Decades Week" when they took on the look of the displays from 1972.

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Post by: Winkfan on June 24, 2020, 08:42:12 PM
The Dating Game introduced me to the term "Bachelorette."  ;) And from To Tell The Truth, the term, "Imposter."

Cordially,
Tammy
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Post by: Steve Gavazzi on June 24, 2020, 10:57:46 PM
They installed LCD displays in Contestants' Row back at the start of Season 38.  Obviously, though, they're programmed to look just like the old sportstype displays unless there's a reason for them not to.

Such as "Decades Week" when they took on the look of the displays from 1972.

Decades Week in general was great, but they really went all-out for that '70s episode.
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Post by: CarbonCpy on June 26, 2020, 01:06:29 AM
it's a tricky balance between "make it possible to win" it and "make them earn it."

there's only so much chrome that can distract from a weak format.

and specific to family feud: sometimes it doesn't have to be factually correct, make sense, or even be relevant to the question -- it just has to be popular.
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Post by: alfonzos on June 26, 2020, 05:46:34 PM
I learned what an awl is.
"Concentration" also taught me the meaning of "forfeit."
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Post by: ET206 on June 27, 2020, 03:35:37 AM
I learned that the symbol ( & ) is called an ampersand.
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Post by: Kevin Prather on June 27, 2020, 04:07:15 AM
I learned that the symbol ( & ) is called an ampersand.

I guess I learned all the punctuation names they used. Apostrophe, hyphen, etc.
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Post by: MikeK on June 27, 2020, 09:07:04 AM
I learned that the symbol ( & ) is called an ampersand.
Dunno where you learned it from.  I first learned about it on Play the Percentages.
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Post by: BrandonFG on June 27, 2020, 11:36:29 AM
I learned that the symbol ( & ) is called an ampersand.
Dunno where you learned it from.  I first learned about it on Play the Percentages.
Wheel for me. But when I was younger I thought Pat was saying “and/or sign”.
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Post by: trainman on June 28, 2020, 10:50:14 PM
Wheel for me. But when I was younger I thought Pat was saying “and/or sign”.

That's not too far off from where the word "ampersand" comes from (once upon a time, kids were taught to write the end of the alphabet as "WXYZ&" and recite it as "W, X, Y, Z, and, per se, and").