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Thursday, October 02, 2003


In today's Daily Mail, there are a few extracts from 'Mediaballs', one of Britain's best compilations of gaffles and witticisms recently published. Here are some, from various quiz shows:

Steve Wright (Radio 2): What is the Italian word for motorway?
Contestant: Expresso.

Anne Robinson (The Weakest Link): Who wrote the political treatise Das Kapital?
Contestant: John Major.

Quizmaster: In which European country is Mount Etna?
Contestant: Japan.
Quizmaster: I did say which European country, so in case you didn't hear that, I can let you try again.
Contestant: Er, Mexico.

DJ Mark (Beacon Radio, Wolverhampton): For £10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Ruth from Rowley Regis: I think I know this one. Is it Jewish?

Anne Robinson (The Weakest Link): Which Indian leader, whose last name began with 'G', took the title Mahatma??
Contestant: Geronimo.

Paul Wappat (BBC Radio Newcastle): How long did the Six Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (after a long pause): 14 days.

Anne Robinson (The Weakest Link): What insect is commonly found hovering above lakes?
Contestant: Crocodiles.

Which brings me to remember an episode on RTM1 back home in the 70's. Then (when there were only 2 channels: RTM1 & RTM2) there was always some kind of quiz show going around, can't really recall their names, err...Kuiz Ria, Kuiz mmm... apa ntah. Anyway, there was this quiz hosted by the late Dato' Zainal Alam, at the Auditorium Besar Angkasapuri. As always, there was a segment called 'Penyertaan Penonton di Studio' (as well as 'Penyertaan Penonton di Rumah' segment). On that instance, the lucky guy was a young Indian student from Univ Malaya. I reckon there must be a flock of UM's students attending RTM thingy due to the proximity of the two places.

The contestant normally had to guess a certain recorded sound, such as nature's sound of waterfall, frogs, etc..or sometimes it was sounds from musical instruments. That day, so happened it was a sound of the Indian instrument Tabla. Everyone was expecting the Indian guy would be able to answer it in no time, but he looked rather nervous and confused. There was a moment of silent. I'm sure the late Dato' Zainal Alam was itching to give the present/hamper to this Indian guy, after all the student should instantaneously know the Tabla went:

Indian contestant guy: Mmmm... (with very nervous and confused face, gabra yang amat).
Dato' Zainal Aam: Cuba kita dengar sekali lagi kesan bunyi ini (sound re-played for about 10 secs).

Indian contestant guy: Mmmm... ta tau, tablaja [need to read this in Indian accent for one to get it] = "tak tahu, tak belajar".
In a split second:
Dato' Zainal Alam: TABLA !!! BETULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!
and the still confused contestant went away with a rather nice hamper....and we couldn't stop laughing at home.

[note: sorry to all Indians if offended, I'm no racist...just so happened it was like that]

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