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Wednesday
Dec222010

Did New Fox Game Show Make an $800,000 Mistake?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fox’s new game show, Million Dollar Drop, just premiered this past Monday, but it already finds itself in a bit of a controversy after a couple appeared to answer a question correctly, only to see themselves lose $800,000.

The couple was asked the following question: “Which of these items was sold first in stores?”  The choices were: Macintosh Computer, Sony Walkman or Post-It Notes.

Million Dollar Drop gives contestants $1 million at the start of the game.  The rules require contestants to place that $1 million on trap doors which correspond to the different possible answers.  If an answer is wrong, the trap door opens and any money placed on that space drops and is lost.

The couple argued about which answer was correct before wagering a majority of their money -- $800,000 -- that Post-It Notes was sold first.  The couple lost the cash when host Kevin Pollack announced the Mac was sold in 1984, Post-It Notes in 1980 and the Sony Walkman in 1979.

But not so fast, Fox.  The official Post-It Notes Facebook page states the little stickers were first introduced in 1977, two years before the Walkman, making Post-Its the correct answer.  Art Fry, the inventor of Post-It Notes, told the Dec. 3 issue of Financial Times that the product was test-marketed in four cities in 1977 as “Press and Peel.”  A 1984 article in People magazine also says Post-Its was first introduced in 1977.

The confusion appears to be due to the fact that Post-Its were not sold nationally until 1980.  But the question didn't ask which item was sold first nationally, only which was sold first in stores.

The couple had hedged their bet by placing $80,000 on the Walkman, but they lost most of that cash later in the show.  Fox has not yet commented on the incident.

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