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?

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