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mmmoo
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posted 02-27-2012 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an episode of celebrity Mastermind from 2010, which had questions on the Apollo program (forward to one minute).

Although I think the questions on Celebrity Mastermind can be slightly easier than normal Mastermind.

MCroft04
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posted 02-27-2012 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, that was pretty good!

YankeeClipper
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posted 03-20-2012 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the UK TV quiz show Breakaway aired on BBC2 20 March 2012 Question 27 was:
How many astronauts have walked on the moon?
None of four middle-aged British adults (a science/maths lecturer, a business development manager, a marketing consultant, and a medical rep) knew the correct answer. The science/maths lecturer actually pondered if it was 7 or 9. Eventually the two active contestants, the maths/science lecturer and the business development manager totally guessed at 7.

Dear, oh dear...

Tykeanaut
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posted 03-20-2012 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I only managed 12 on the Mastermind clip. Must try harder!

carl walker
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posted 05-09-2012 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uh oh, I missed the golf club type and the Apollo 16 mountain...

model maker
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posted 10-28-2012 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was watching my DVDs of old classic commercials and saw a segment of that old TV game show called "What's My Line." It had Neil Armstrong's parents on there and the question to them was "What if your son was the first man to walk on the moon?"

I found that fascinating to say the least. I found that also on YouTube:

Tykeanaut
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posted 11-29-2012 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BBC2 tomorrow at 8pm, Mastermind: According to the Radio Times, one of the specialist subjects is the Gemini space programme.

Kite
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posted 11-29-2012 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Tykeanaut for that news. I must try to see it.

moorouge
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posted 11-30-2012 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw it and missed out only on Hurricane Betty.

Tykeanaut
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posted 12-01-2012 03:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I managed to answer 8 correctly, not bad considering I haven't "swotted" on Gemini for some time.

YankeeClipper
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posted 04-17-2013 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the UK TV quiz show Pointless aired on BBC1 17 April 2013, one of the final round category options was Astronauts.

The two middle-aged contestants dismissed questions on Astronauts because:

"It was a long time ago." "Geeky"
They went on to win answering about 2012 Ryder Cup Golfers.

They made it sound like Astronauts were obscure ancient history!

Rob Joyner
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posted 09-27-2013 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the Sept. 25 episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," the $250,000 question was:
In 1961, delays on the Freedom 7 launch combined with lots of orange juice made what astronaut the first to wet his space suit?
  1. Alan Shepard
  2. Neil Armstrong
  3. John Glenn
  4. Buzz Aldrin
The contestant didn't know the answer and jumped the question! Wish I'd been there instead!

moorouge
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posted 09-27-2013 01:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The way the question is phrased implies there were others. If so, who?

MCroft04
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posted 03-30-2015 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We were watching Jeopardy re-runs tonight and there was a category titled "Moon Walking". Here are the questions.
  • What was Apollo 12?
  • Who was Armstrong?
  • Who was Shepard?
  • What is a hammer?
  • What is duck tape?
You guess the answers. And yes I ran the category.

Kite
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posted 01-29-2016 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Mastermind tonight, a retired civil servant answered thirteen out of fifteen questions on manned Apollo missions correctly with no passes. You can catch it on BBC iPlayer. A good standard of questions too.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2016 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Tuesday (Jan. 26), the Final Jeopardy clue was:
The 1970 follow-up line "We've had a main B bus undervolt" was addressed to a listener in this city.
None of the contestants gave the correct answer. I guess you could say they all had a problem...

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 01-29-2016 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, what was the category, to know how to properly answer the question, i.e. What is Apollo 13? or Who is Jack Swigert?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2016 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Final Jeopardy category was 20th Century America, but the clue asks for the city, not the mission or person who spoke the line ("...in this city").

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posted 01-29-2016 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really, no one got What is Houston?

Hope they all ended up with zero dollars like last week, and no one was allowed to return the next day. (Being facetious.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2016 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The final scores were $13,300 for first, $3,999 for second and $2 for third. The winner was a three-day champion and went on to play another episode.

YankeeClipper
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posted 04-16-2018 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the UK TV quiz show Pointless aired on BBC1 16 April 2018, the penultimate round featured 2 images and 2 questions of interest:
  • 0 of 100 people surveyed recognised a picture of pioneering English aviator Amy Johnson.

  • 4 of 100 people surveyed recognised a picture of pioneering American astronaut John Glenn.

  • 8 of 100 people correctly answered 1903 when asked the year the Wright Brothers made their historic first powered flights.

  • 10 of 100 people correctly answered "Eagle" when asked the name of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.
How quickly glory fades and great achievements are forgotten!

Blackarrow
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posted 04-16-2018 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm afraid it's worse than that. Most people are just stupid.

(And if you think that's harsh, check the post by "spaced out" on 6 March 2007.)

YankeeClipper
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posted 04-17-2018 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow...that's so bad, you may well be right!

Part of me wondered last night whether this was an adverse side effect of the increasing global proliferation of and reliance on smartphones, the World Wide Web and Google. Are people less able to remember because they can just look a fact up? That doesn't explain the lack of facial recognition of John Glenn, however, nor a lack of basic understanding of physics!

Then I recalled a really interesting radio interview with clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson - Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is also the author of The Stress Test.

In the interview he said that memory is gated by attention, and attention is gated by novelty and purpose. Basically you must actively want to learn something and it should be presented in an interesting way in order for your attention to be commanded. Only by focusing your attention can you then remember it. This explains why you won't learn and remember much staring out the window of a classroom!

People only really pay attention to space when something new, unusual, or spectacular happens. Then it's quickly forgotten as yesterday's news. It was true with Apollo 13 in April 1970, and not much has changed in this respect almost 50 years later in April 2018. collectSPACE therefore serves really important functions as a gatekeeper, portal and repository of spaceflight history and collective memories!

Kite
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posted 06-12-2018 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Pointless on BBC1 two days ago one question for the two teams of two to select an answer to was, how many men have walked on the moon? Neither couple even attempted to answer it and went with two of the other four options offered. It turned out that only seven of the one hundred people asked when selecting the question knew, the lowest of the round.

The purpose of the programme is to select the most obscure answer which scores the lowest number of points (ideally pointless) but I was astounded so few knew but probably should not have been!


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