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Kathy Hempel, a resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois, appeared on the show twice. The first appearance was on November 25, 2002, where she left with nothing after answering the $1,000 question incorrectly, and her second appearance was from May 19 to May 20 of 2003, where she made up for her embarrassing early end by winning $250,000. During her two gameplays, the show was hosted by Meredith Vieira. Here are Kathy's two runthroughs starting with the part where she llamas out.

Kathy's First Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What bird lays the largest egg?
• A: Ostrich • B: Falcon
• C: Penguin • D: NBC peacock


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
According to legend, George Washington refused to lie about chopping down what kind of tree?
• A: Peach tree • B: Willow tree
• C: Cherry tree • D: Oak tree


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In mathematics, what are classified as acute, obtuse, or right?
• A: Angles • B: Bases
• C: Curves • D: Axes


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the substance that makes up the hard outer surface of a human tooth?
• A: Dentin • B: Enamel
• C: Cementum • D: Porcelain


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
On the game show "Wheel of Fortune," how much does it cost to buy a vowel?
• A: $50 • B: $100
• C: $250 • D: $500

Kathy's Second Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these musical instruments would most likely be played at a luau?
• A: Harp • B: Ukulele
• C: Piano • D: Hawaii Five-Oboe


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is usually considered a "red" meat?
• A: Pork • B: Chicken
• C: Beef • D: Turkey


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Geoffrey, the mascot of Toys "R" Us, is what type of animal?
• A: Giraffe • B: Jackal
• C: Gorilla • D: Gerbil


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In a 1973 hit single, Elton John sings "Goodbye" to what?
• A: Garden of Eden • B: Neverland
• C: White Picket Fence • D: Yellow Brick Road


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In a famous line from Shakespeare, what emotion is called the "green-eyed monster"?
• A: Happiness • B: Sympathy
• C: Remorse • D: Jealousy


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, a vintner is a person who makes or sells what?
• A: Candy • B: Wine
• C: Mirrors • D: Cheese


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Manchuria is a historic region in the northeastern part of what country?
• A: China • B: Russia
• C: Japan • D: Canada


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Steve Jobs is the co-founder and CEO of what computer company?
• A: Gateway • B: Dell
• C: Intel • D: Apple


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Made famous in the novel "Dracula," Transylvania is a region of what country?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Bulgaria - 15% • B: Ukraine - 7%
• C: Romania - 76% • D: Turkey - 2%


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1974 movie "Chinatown," Jack Nicholson's character wears a bandage on what part of his head for half the movie?
• A: Eye • B: Forehead
• C: Nose • D: Ear


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What newspaper comic strip features twin siblings named Ditto and Dot?
• A: Blondie • B: Hi and Lois
• C: For Better or For Worse • D: Family Circus


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the first name of best-selling children's author J.K. Rowling?
• A: Julia • B: Judith
• C: Joanne • D: Josephine


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1974, what became the first U.S. consumer item to be produced and sold in the Soviet Union?
'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Pepsi-Cola soda • B: Jell-O gelatin
• C: Campbell's soup • D: Doublemint chewing gum
Immediately after the choices came up, Kathy used her Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call John, an Internet friend of Kathy's. He said the answer was A: Pepsi-Cola soda, but didn't have enough time to say how sure he was. But, with the help of her 50:50 lifeline, Kathy won $250,000.


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. president's remains were exhumed in 1991 to determine if he had actually been poisoned to death?
• A: John Quincy Adams • B: William Henry Harrison
• C: Zachary Taylor • D: Warren G. Harding
After the choices came up, Kathy said that $218,000 was too much money to risk, and couldn't guess an answer despite the fact that she might know the answer. Also, she mentioned other contestants in "the green room" that were waiting to get a chance to win some money, so she walked with the $250,000. If she were to guess, Kathy would've said C: Zachary Taylor. The correct answer was indeed C: Zachary Taylor. If she were brave enough to go for it, she would've won $500,000. I would've said D: Warren G. Harding and lost $218,000 because I read rumours saying that Harding's wife poisoned him to death rather than reports saying that Harding died of a heart attack.