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Mark McDermott, from Park Forest, Illinois, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on January 12-13, 2000. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $500,000 question, becoming the first contestant to do so.

WWTBAM RunEdit

Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these famous sculptures in the order they were created, starting with the earliest.
• A: Rodin's the Thinker • B: Venus De Milo
• C: Michelangelo's David • D: Calder's UNESCO mobile

From the 8 remaining contestants, 7 got it right, but Mark (with a time of 3.42 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Mark's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to America Online's trademark phrase, 'you've got' what?
• A: Some nerve • B: A friend
• C: Mail • D: Time Warner


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
The Grim Reaper is normally depicted carrying what object in its hand?
• A: Scythe • B: Book
• C: Sword • D: Puppy


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the fairy tale, what did Rapunzel 'let down' from her window?
• A: Her leg • B: Her arm
• C: Her hair • D: Her entire family


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A crocus is which of the following?
• A: Bird • B: Plant
• C: Insect • D: Frog song


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these sports do the main characters of the film 'Chariots of Fire' compete?
• A: Autoracing • B: Hockey
• C: Running • D: Basketball


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
When shown the red card by the referee, what does a soccer player have to do?
• A: Change teams • B: Score a goal
• C: Leave the field • D: Tackle an opponent


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In the opening sequence to the sitcom 'The Brady Bunch', what character occupies the center square?
• A: Mrs. Brady • B: Mr. Brady
• C: Marcia • D: Alice


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In what U.S. city did protests at a 1999 World Trade Organization meeting turn violent?
• A: Seattle • B: San Diego
• C: Miami • D: Las Vegas


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1959, what continent was deemed an international preserve for scientific research?
• A: Europe • B: Australia
• C: Antarctica • D: South America


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What Shakespearean character was assassinated on the 'ides of March'?
• A: Hamlet • B: Macbeth
• C: Richard II • D: Julius Caesar


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What image is pictured on the current flag of the European Union?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Circle of stars - 44% • B: Sun and rays - 13%
• C: Stripes woven together - 21% • D: Concentric Circles - 22%
The klaxon called time and Mark would return on $64,000 with 2 lifelines still available.


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Botticelli painting 'The Birth of Venus', what is Venus standing on?
• A: Cloud • B: Shell
• C: Tapestry • D: Pedestal


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Dry ice is the solid form of which gas?
• A: Nitrogen • B: Carbon monoxide
• C: Hydrogen • D: Carbon dioxide


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What ship is believed to have passed by the Titanic, ignoring her distress signals?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Sirius • B: Californian
• C: Carpathia • D: Ann McKay

TriviaEdit

  • Mark became the first contestant to ever answer incorrectly the penultimate question, which was worth $500,000, where he lost $218,000 and still had a Phone a Friend lifeline intact when he answered the question.

SourcesEdit


Preceded by
Shannon McGehee
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Mark McDermott
Succeeded by
Kevin Connors

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