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Max Shuman, a Navy test pilot from Virginia Beach, VA, appeared in the Hot Seat in October of 2002. He won $125,000, which was a great amount of money for the second month of the syndicated show. Here is Max's runthrough.

Max's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In golf, scoring one stroke under par on a hole is called a what?
• A: Doggie • B: Duckie
• C: Birdie • D: Miracle


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
The childhood prank known as a "wet willie" involves putting a wet finger in someone's what?
• A: Ear • B: Armpit
• C: Nose • D: Belly button
To prove that Max knew the answer, he did a wet willie, just for fun, to Meredith Vieira. Also, after the klaxon went off, she yelled, "NO! NO! NOT THE HORN!" That went viral because before the $200 question, she said, "I'm an old, horny woman. All right?" When the klaxon sounded, she said a reference to the horn, making the footage viral.


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What business's name is a term for a small, economically dependent country?
• A: Tropicana • B: Banana Republic
• C: Crate & Barrel • D: Aeropostale


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A popular ad campaign for Lubriderm skin care lotions features what animal?
• A: Alligator • B: Porcupine
• C: Camel • D: Dolphin


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In January 2002, President George W. Bush fainted and bruised his cheek after choking on what?
• A: Pretzel • B: Chicken wing
• C: Apple • D: Carrot


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1896, Bostonian Fannie Farmer published a classic book on what subject?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Etiquette - 24% • B: Fashion - 2%
• C: Grammar - 2% • D: Cooking - 72%


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What layer of the Earth's atmosphere is farthest from its surface?
• A: Stratosphere • B: Exosphere
• C: Thermosphere • D: Troposphere


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Flokati and kilim are popular types of what home furnishing?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Hanging lamps • B: Draperies
• C: Rugs • D: Vases


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The first band John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together in was named what?
• A: The Quarrymen • B: The Merseybeats
• C: The Undertakers • D: The Big Three


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What movie studio's logo features the slogan "Ars Gratia Artis," meaning "Art for Art's Sake"?
• A: Paramount • B: Universal
• C: MGM • D: Columbia


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Found in many animals, Jacobson's organ is a cavity used to do which of the following?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Smell • B: Swim
• C: Digest • D: See
Unsure of the correct choice, Max used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his friend, Bart, who said the answer was A: Smell and that he was 90% sure. After Max made A: Smell his final answer, Meredith made a cliffhanger commercial break, which was rare in the US version of Millionaire. Good news, however; Max got $64,000 after the break.


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these countries do motorists normally drive on the right-hand side of the street?
• A: Thailand • B: Japan
• C: Indonesia • D: Brazil


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
On October 1, 1962, who introduced Johnny Carson as the new host of "The Tonight Show"?
• A: Steve Allen • B: Groucho Marx
• C: Jack Paar • D: Bob Hope
Saying that he made a first, Max concluded that he wanted to hold the record for now by walking with the $125,000. His free guess was C: Jack Paar, but he would've been wrong because the correct option was B: Groucho Marx.

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