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Tuesday, 10 April 2007

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Ida believe the answer's C, but I ain't really sure

An unlucky contestant on the TV game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' said his choice of phone-a-friend was "a bad move", by his own admission.

The contestant, Tim O'Donnell, had an arduous time on the show. He had managed to scrape his way up to 16,000 and was one question away from the guaranteed 32,000, with just one lifeline left - his 'phone-a-friend'.

The question was yet another hard one for O'Donnell, on American Presidents: "Who was the 43rd President of the United States of America." The four possible answers given were: A: Gerald Ford; B: Richard Nixon; C: Bill Clinton; or D: George W. Bush.

O'Donnell thought his luck was in because that night a celebrity phone-a-friend option was provided to contestants, none other than George W. himself.

Sadly for Tim, the phone-a-friend was less than useful. Bush fumbled through the answers. "Gee, I know it's one of them. Who's Gerald Ford?" Eventually Bush plumbed for C, but was still undecided between Clinton and Nixon.

Tim still went home with 1,000: "I was glad of the money, it'll pay towards the costs for me coming down here to be on the show."

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