Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think

April 30th - May 6th, 2011

Text by: Jim Williams

This week's Dumb Answer of the Week takes us back to Spike's Repo Games.

This is Lanora. She's a self-proclaimed Straight A student from Mesquite, TX who is put between a rock & a hard place.

Her step dad's car is about to be repo'd, but said step dad is having surgery. Repo man Josh Lewis calls Lanora's step dad while he's laid up in a hospital bed, and he consents to having Lanora play Repo Games to save his Chevrolet Malibu.

It's game on. And the 1st question is a simple one.

"What are the names of the Kellogg's Rice Krispies mascots?"

"Awww. That's a tricky question."

Most folks at home are starting to wonder if she got her straight A's via alternate means. She decides to settle on one answer.

"I'm thinkin' his name's Fred. That's all I know."

Wow. Just...wow. Obviously, she's wrong & she's loonier than a pet coon. For the 2 people who don't know, the mascots (that's MASCOTS with an S, Lanora) are Snap, Crackle & Pop.

Let's see if she can do better with her second question.

"Who flew a kite in a thunderstorm to prove lightning was a form of electricity?"

When Josh asks the question he mentions to Lanora that the person in question is a founding father. And this immediately helps Lanora...

"I was just talkin' to one of my friends about that one day."

After rejecting the notion of Uncle Sam (who she claimed was a president...yeah), she decides on a true American leader.

"Bill Clinton, I think was one of 'em. And I swear, that's probably the answer."

Too easy of a joke, let's move on.

Just before she was told of her fate on question 2, Lanora did what seemingly every viewer was doing after hearing her answer.

Hey, that's the first smart thing she's done! Bill Clinton was as wrong as wrong can get. The correct answer was Benjamin Franklin, a true founding father.

One more incorrect answer and it's game over.

She manages to get her 3rd question correct by somehow figuring out July 4th was Independence Day. So, she now must get her 4th question correct to stay in the game.

"A kimono is a traditional garment of what country?"

You have to hear her reasoning. You really just have to hear it. My words cannot do justice to the ramblings of Lanora. So, with apologies to legendary New York sportscaster Warner Wolf, let's go to the audiotape!

I look forward to your letters. Twopan? Wow. That's almost as wrong as me speaking ill of Tupac a second ago in image form. The correct answer was 2Pan's sister nation Japan.

"Ahhh, I had one letter wrong."

So, her step dad's car goes to Repo Land. And, I don't know about you, but I find myself asking a very important question after seeing Lanora on Repo Games.


Man I miss The Richard Bey Show.

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