Contestant Brags About Intelligence Then Fails Very 1st Question On 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'


We’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced moments when we have to stop talking so we can put our foot in our mouth and try to backtrack.

Everyone, at some point, will experience the lovely human reality that is making a fool of themselves. What divides people is how they react to those awkward situations.

Some learn to laugh at themselves and collect themselves as gracefully as they can. Others rankle at the thought of humiliating themselves more and end up with a very large helping of humble pie.

Brenton Andreasik, a recent medical school graduate, was changed by watching Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.

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To complete medical school in the first place is impressive, but Andreasik had always been a bit of a nerd. And anyone who’s had the unique horror of being a nerd in high school knows how ostracizing the title can be.

But for Andreasik, Millionaire reassured him that being smart could be awesome. The show was made for people just like him, so he knew he had to get on the show.

“Ten million people watching a show about smart people every night. Celebrating being smart. And I thought, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s not so bad being smart. Maybe it’s not bad being a nerd. Maybe it’s cool being smart.'”

“And I followed that all the way and I just graduated from medical school.”

As he finished telling his story, the crowd broke out into applause. He was ready to take on the show he’d followed ever since his childhood. This was his time to shine.

As Chris Harrison explained the cash prize lineup, all seemed to go well. Andreasik seemed put-together and his pedigree suggested success.

“There could be some lingering bills from med school that we need to pay off?” queried Harrison. Andreasik responded in the affirmative, and Harrison said, “Let’s take care of that today.”

The $500 question was like most of the starting questions: easy. Or it should have been.

“Snapping selfies in kitchens you can’t afford and taking a ‘meatball break’ are two things BuzzFeed says every twentysomething does on their first trip… where?”

Most twentysomethings, and even those who are not, know what place this would be before they even saw the options. Where else can you peruse multiple rooms set up all next to each other and drool over the picture-perfect arrangements?

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For some reason, though, Andreasik was convinced the answer was not Ikea. He even knew that Ikea sold meatballs, but his mind was across the pond.

“In fact, if I win a million dollars, I would love to take a trip to Italy,” he said with confidence. “I’m going to say Rome, final answer.”

Harrison looked at him a moment before a pained smile took over his face. When he realized he’d answered incorrectly, Andreasik deflated.

The poor contestant was out before he was really even in. We hope he still gets to go to Rome since it’s clear he’s got Italy on the brain.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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