Wednesday's Intriguing People
December 22nd, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Wednesday's Intriguing People

Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi

The recently engaged couple lost $800,000 in winnings on the game show "Million Dollar Money Drop" this week when they gave what they were told was a wrong answer to a question. Turns out they might have been correct after all.

Host Kevin Pollak asked, "Which of these was sold in stores first:" the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-it Notes? Okoye and Mayi answered Post-it Notes, and the host told them that they were wrong. After the episode, debate raged on the Web about whether the couple were actually right.

On Gawker.com, blogger Richard Lawson wrote that apparently, Post-it Notes "didn't go on sale nationally until 1980, but were market tested in four cities starting in 1977." The Walkman debuted in 1979.

The issue is how the question was phrased. The question did not say "sold in stores nationally" but simply "sold in stores."

Ah, the eternal question could plague the couple forever: Which came first, the Post-it Note or the Walkman?

Drew Faust

The Harvard University president said that the school will welcome ROTC back to campus, now that Congress has repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. She joined the presidents of Yale University and Columbia University in issuing statements expressing interest in bringing back Reserve Officers Training Corps programs after the educational institutions banned the programs from campus.

The Senate voted to repeal the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy last week, and President Obama signed the repeal into law Wednesday, a move that will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. The ROTC program was halted at several Ivy League schools in the late 1960s and 1970s amid Vietnam War student protests. In recent years, schools have kept ROTC away because they felt "don't ask" was discriminatory.

Faust said over the weekend that she wanted to discuss bringing ROTC back to Harvard with military officials.

Maya Moore

The 6-foot senior forward for the UConn Huskies has been a part of every game in the record-breaking 89-game win streak. Moore scored 41 points in Tuesday's record-breaking game and has been compared to Kobe Bryant by several coaches.

"She just reminds me of Kobe Bryant," Florida State coach Sue Semrau told The New York Times. "What player in our game stops and pops like she does?"

Blogs are wondering if she is the best UConn player ever.

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Ally Oop

    Ok, that is messed up – they should get their 800k back, OMG!

    December 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fapa101010

    so i DID have the post-it note right. My wife and i were just arguing about that question!

    December 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. carolyn brown

    i think they should be called back and take up where they left off and using the correct answer of post it notes in 1977.

    also, for the producer of the program, the time between dropping of the wrong answer IS TOO LONG. please shorten the waiting of the dropping. thanks.

    December 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ckav

    Not a great show. Last nights contestants stood there telling a pile of money to "stay" as if it were a dog being trained. Could barely tolerate it, but my 10 year old wanted to watch. Anyway, if the couple in question got the last question wrong, they would have lost it all anyway, since the rules are on the last question you have to put all your money on 1 drop box. Over and done I say.

    December 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thedeepend johnson

    Koko and others had it right- it would have been dramatic if they had the $800k for the last question instead of $20k, but they got the last question wrong anyway- either way theyd be walking home with nothing but a memory.

    December 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Clem K'diddlehopper

    Forgive me for my sins, i pray, Lord Jesus.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elizabeth

    First Faux News, now Faux Game Show.

    December 27, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. lola

    they should get the 800,000!!
    If they come back, I bet the final question will be one harder than the final question on Jeopardy!!
    I told my husband that night that I just knew it was Post-It notes. He said you are probably right

    December 30, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. lola

    They may have got the last question correct, if they hadn't been so upset about the 800 thou!! Who knows how that
    previous supposedly "wrong" answer affected them?!!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
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