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John Kuczaj Is Not A Millionaire

Of all the questions to trip up Chicago guy John Kuczaj, who would've thought it would be one about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? We here at the Beachwood don't know John personally, but we have know him comedically and observantly for years and he strikes us as someone who just might still have every swimsuit issue ever published under his bed. Geez, John! We were counting on you!

Alas, John did not become a millionaire on national television on Tuesday. Oh well. Good news for the president . . . one guy now likely to still support taxing the rich.

Here are the deets . . . the questions John faced, his own blog entry on the experience and the latest press release from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire HQ.

1. Area Men Might Be Millionaires

2. From Kuczaj's blog:

* The Audition
* The Prep Work
* The Game Is Afoot

3. From Millionaire HQ:

RECAP OF JOHN KUCZAJ'S APPEARANCE ON TUESDAY'S EPISODE OF MILLIONAIRE:

"John Kuczaj (pronounced 'Kooch-Eye'), an account service representative from Chicago IL, was a contestant on Tuesday's episode of 'Double Your Money Week' on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. After the questions and money in John's first round were all shuffled, host Meredith Vieira revealed to him that his "Double Money" question would be his fourth question. John did indeed correctly answer his fourth question, which was revealed to be worth only $1000 - meaning that he was able to add an additional $200 to his Millionaire Bank. John ultimately made it up to his eighth question, but unfortunately provided an incorrect answer, which meant that he walked away with $1,000 in winnings."

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Here are the questions John faced.

Question #1: Category, 'Bewildering Bylines'

What unusual twosome co-wrote an opinion piece in USA Today in 2011 about the need to eradicate dirty stoves in homes worldwide?

A: Angelina Jolie and Bob Dole
B: Sandra Bullock and Joe Biden
C: Julia Roberts and Hillary Clinton
D: Madonna and Colin Powell

* Lifelines Used: "Jump The Question" #1 (John was able to jump over the question but also had to forfeit the money attached to the question)
* Correct Answer: C
* $ Value of Question: $1,000
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $0

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Question #2: Category, 'Ancient Trends'

Finding 57 of them preserved on a 5,300-year-old mummy, scientists had to rethink the origins of what body decoration?

A: Tattoos
B: Bracelets
C: Piercings
D: Necklaces

* Lifelines Used: "Jump The Question" #2
* Correct Answer: A
* $ Value of Question: $3,000
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $0

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Question #3: Category, 'Party Time'

A recent social trend, "dadchelor parties" are events thrown for men who are about to what?

A: Graduate from college
B: Buy a home
C: Have a baby
D: Retire from a job

* Lifelines Used: none
* Correct Answer: C
* $ Value of Question: $25,000
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $25,000

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Question #4: Category, 'Book Buying'

Using an image from a classic children's book, Barnes & Noble offers a gift card that shows a girl and her pig looking at a what?

A: Ant
B: Butterfly
C: Spider
D: Grasshopper

* Lifelines Used: "Ask The Audience" (A=1% B=9% C=87% D=3%)
* Correct Answer: C
* $ Value of Question: $100 (DOUBLE MONEY = $200)
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $25,200

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Question #5: Category, 'Winning Formulas'

"All I had to do was keep turning left," said George Robson about his 1946 victory in what sporting event?

A: Boston Marathon
B: Indianapolis 500
C: PGA Championship
D: Wimbledon

* Lifelines Used: none
* Correct Answer: B
* $ Value of Question: $7,000
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $32,200

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Question #6: Category, 'Different Strokes'

Due to his unusual painting technique, what artist earned the nickname "Jack the Dripper"?

A: Jackson Pollock
B: Salvador DalĂ­
C: Jasper Johns
D: Marcel Duchamp

* Lifelines Used: none
* Correct Answer: A
* $ Value of Question: $15,000
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $47,200

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Question #7: Category, 'Foreign Leaders'

In the 1950s and '60s, what Asian country had a president who was affectionately referred to by his citizens as "Uncle Ho"?

A: Japan
B: India
C: Vietnam
D: China

* Lifelines Used: none
* Correct Answer: C
* $ Value of Question: $500
* Accumulated Millionaire Bank: $47,700

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Question #8: Category, 'Cover Girl'

What supermodel has appeared on the most covers of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?

A: Elle Macpherson
B: Christie Brinkley
C: Kathy Ireland
D: Cheryl Tiegs

FYI: Elle Macpherson has been on the cover 5 times: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994 and 2006.

John guessed the answer to be "C," but unfortunately the correct answer was "A." John left the show with $1,000 in winnings.

4. "REMINDER: Jason Washington, an admissions advisor at Colorado Technical University (online) from Downers Grove, IL will be a contestant on [today's] episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28."

Jason, buddy!

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on September 28, 2011


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