Ever get the feeling, as a game show fan, when someone tells you that game shows are a waste of time or that the questions they ask are "useless trivia"? Believe me, as a game show fan, it pisses me off. And I'm sure it pisses a lot of the game show fan community off as well.

Let me tell you this: The questions they ask are NOT "useless trivia" in any way, shape, or form. In fact, the bulk of the questions we see namely have to deal with stuff we learned in school (and how appropriate I bring this up, as we are on the dawn of another school year).

And speaking of school and game shows, most of us remember "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?". It was a game show alright, but it was a game show meant to spook us of our grade school past. The questions, while categorized in to 2 subjects per grade level (from 1st-5th), were to see if we can remember what we learned in grade school. If anyone didn't win the million on the primetime show or the quarter-mill on the daytime show, you would have to tell the millions of people watching at home, "I am NOT smarter than a 5th grader." But if you did win, as we had 2 on the primetime show, and at least one on the daytime show, you got to say, "I AM smarter than a 5th grader!"

Many of us also remember the "bonus question" puzzles on "Wheel of Fortune". Some of you may not know it, but some of those questions also dealt with stuff learned in school. For example, in Season 10, there was one puzzle that mentioned the capitol of Alaska, but the contestant who solved it didn't even know it was Juneau. (I know, some of you may have been throwing things or yelling at your TV's, but not every one of us can remember our state capitals!)

So to sum up Part 1 of my post on game show questions: If you paid attention in school, you should have no problem showing off your smarts. Show off your thoughts here!! Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 22:26, September 9, 2014 (UTC)

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