1. Post #1
    Dennab
    April 2012
    470 Posts
    A contestant on Wheel of Fortune has left the US show's host speechless after he guessed almost every possible answer apart from the real one.

    Appearing on the long-running game show this week, Reed College student Zach initially played well, beating two other contestants to make it to the final round.

    For his last word puzzle, Zach had seemingly set himself up for an easy win choosing letters that revealed all but two letters on the board.

    The puzzle appeared on the board as: "M-A-G-_ -C" "_-A-N-D", and with ten seconds on the clock, Zach correctly guessed the first word as "magic".

    But the college student struggled with the second word which was "wand", sounding out a stream of incorrect guesses - "hand, band, yand, sand, band, cand, fand".

    Host Pat Sajak appeared lost for words after the buzzer sounded.

    "Uh. Wow," was all Sajak could say.

    "It's a weird game and you just never know," he added.

    "That 'and' was so 'and'-y," Zach said sheepishly.
    Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertain...ost-speechless

    How this became headlines in Australian news leaves me speechless.
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  2. Post #2
    Aww, poor guy.

    But to be fair I couldn't think of WAND for a few seconds myself
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  3. Post #3
    GET OUT OF OUR CODE YOU FILTHY HACKERS 8-) BITCHES
    Chaohord's Avatar
    July 2009
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    magic land, of course
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  4. Post #4
    Hidole555's Avatar
    July 2009
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    I can imagine this guy being a replacement for Stan's dad in that South Park episode.
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    May 2008
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    i would like to know what a yand, cand, or fand is
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    September 2005
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    Magic Rand, the answer was Rand Paul.
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    December 2009
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    Shouldn't wand have been his first logical thought?
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    April 2008
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    My first thoughts were magic hand and magic land too.

    I guess it's because it's not often that when you see a "-and" you think it to be pronounced "-ond" as in "pond", so then you start guessing words that end in "-and" as in "land"
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    September 2008
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    My first thought was Randy Marsh. In this guy's defense, being on the spot like that does look pretty nerve-wracking.
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  10. Post #10
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    Shouldn't wand have been his first logical thought?
    AAND BAND CAND DAND EAND FAND GAND HAND IAND JAND KAND LAND MAND NAND OAND PAND QAND RAND SAND TAND UAND VAND XAND YAND ZAND
    nope don't see it
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  11. Post #11
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    October 2009
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    AAND BAND CAND DAND EAND FAND GAND HAND IAND JAND KAND LAND MAND NAND OAND PAND QAND RAND SAND TAND UAND VAND XAND YAND ZAND
    nope don't see it
    I first thought "Magic Wand" When I saw it.
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  12. Post #12
    Not that bad of a seed
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    January 2011
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    I can understand the first two, but "yand"? Seriously?
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    Hidole555's Avatar
    July 2009
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    I can understand the first two, but "yand"? Seriously?
    What? You've never had a delicious yand sandwich?
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    April 2010
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    I can understand how he wouldn't have thought of WAND because it doesn't have that AND pronunciation which you can clearly see he was going for. WAND is more like WOND.

    But still, it did have the word MAGIC infront of it so...
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    October 2007
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    I would like to point out that the average person would be under a tremendous amount of stress. I could see myself making the same mistake.

    Edited:

    Also, once you have something like "hand [hand]," in your head, it could be difficult to think about the other pronunciation, "wand [wond]." The contestant probably couldn't make that mental leap, especially while under stress.
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    November 2006
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    i dunno, i thought wand the exact moment i saw it.
    maybe it's because i'm not a native speaker
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    May 2010
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    I kept thinking of hand and couldn't think up the word wand.
    I feel stupid :(
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    August 2006
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    I think the problem is when you see 'and' you look for word that has the 'and' sound in it, not thinking of wand because it sounds like 'wond' in terms of letters.
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    October 2007
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    i dunno, i thought wand the exact moment i saw it.
    maybe it's because i'm not a native speaker
    I actually thought "Magic Hand" because of the song by Heart.

  20. Post #20
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    June 2006
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    Maybe it was so obvious he didn't think about it.
    10 seconds is not that long if you're under pressure.
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    November 2007
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    It could have been because when you think of words ending in '-and' phonetically, 'wand' doesn't fit since it's more of an 'ond' sound.

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    Gordon Frohm's Avatar
    November 2005
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    Maybe it was so obvious he didn't think about it.
    I get that all the time.

  23. Post #23
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    June 2008
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    Shouldn't wand have been his first logical thought?
    He saw 'and', and that stuck in his mind. Wand doesn't have that 'and' sound in it. Classic brain tunnelvision!

  24. Post #24
    LegndNikko's Avatar
    October 2009
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    My first thought was Magic Hand, honestly.
    I guess it's pronunciation.
    Lots of -and words literally sound like "and," while "wand" is pronounced almost like "wawnd."
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    Bat-shit's Avatar
    October 2010
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    First I thought Magic Land.

    But Magic Wand it is.

  26. Post #26
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    Dennab
    March 2007
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    The wonderful English language

  27. Post #27
    The Janitor's Avatar
    April 2009
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    Reading the letters A-N-D I'm pretty sure you subconsciously decide that it has to end in the same sound. Kind of understandable but still.

  28. Post #28
    Bat-shit's Avatar
    October 2010
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    Imo 'And' sounds pretty much the same as 'wAnd.'
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    May 2010
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    I would like to point out that the average person would be under a tremendous amount of stress. I could see myself making the same mistake.

    Edited:

    Also, once you have something like "hand [hand]," in your head, it could be difficult to think about the other pronunciation, "wand [wond]." The contestant probably couldn't make that mental leap, especially while under stress.
    As soon as I saw it, in a split second I read Magic Wand.