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Rob Coughlin, a resident from Shoreline, Washington, appeared on the WWTBAM primetime show on January 23, 2000, and was the second gay contestant on the show. He's also had another milestone for gays: the first to win $500,000 on WWTBAM. But, he was only the third person to walk with $500,000 in the history of American WWTBAM. Here is how Rob did.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Using their nicknames, put these cities in geographical order, starting in the east.
• A: Twin Cities • B: Motor City
• C: Emerald City • D: Big Apple

From the 10 contestants, 6 got it right, but Rob (with a time of 5.38 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Rob's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
A "breathalyzer" measures which of the following in a person's breath?
• A: Water • B: Chocolate
• C: Alcohol • D: Mint


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What word refers to the color and texture of a person's skin?
• A: Complexion • B: Compunction
• C: Constitution • D: Convection


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these years came before the year 200 BC?
• A: 100 BC • B: 300 BC
• C: 100 AD • D: 300 AD


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these substances is commonly called the "lead" of a pencil?
• A: Bauxite • B: Coal
• C: Graphite • D: Magnesium


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV sitcom classic "The Honeymooners," what was Ralph Kramden's profession?
• A: Bus driver • B: Policeman
• C: Welder • D: Sewer worker


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following words precedes "with Mussolini" in the title of a 1999 movie starring Cher?
• A: Life • B: Afternoons
• C: Conversations • D: Tea


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Sancho Panza is the squire of what literary character?
• A: Robin Hood • B: Sherlock Holmes
• C: Don Quixote • D: Robinson Crusoe


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is commonly used in fire extinguishers?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Flour - 4% • B: Baking soda - 65%
• C: Baking powder - 24% • D: Cornstarch - 7%


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What ruler was known as the "Sun King?"
• A: King Louis XIV • B: King Tutankhamen
• C: Henry V • D: Emperor Hirohito


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What movie star's role was cut out of "The Big Chill" two weeks before the film's release?
• A: Christopher Reeve • B: Kevin Costner
• C: Harrison Ford • D: Samuel L. Jackson


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the world's longest river?
• A: Amazon • B: Danube
• C: Nile • D: Ganges


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Author William Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County is located in which state?
• A: Arkansas • B: Kentucky
• C: Mississippi • D: West Virginia


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first woman to serve as a U.S. Cabinet member?
• A: Frances Perkins • B: Pamela Harriman
• C: Jeane Kilpatrick • D: Nellie Taylor Ross


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the desert home of Luke Skywalker in the movie "Star Wars?"
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Hoth • B: Endor
• C: Dantooine • D: Tatooine
Rob saw the movie many times, but didn't remember where Luke used to live, so he used his Phone a Friend lifeline to call his college mate, Jim. He said the answer was D: Tatooine and that he was fairly positive. With that advice taken, Rob won $500,000.


$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In what country are all U.S. Major League baseballs currently manufactured?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Costa Rica • B: Haiti
• C: Dominican Republic • D: Cuba
After using the 50:50 lifeline, Rob thought he was 99% sure to go for the million, but even without the other 1%, Rob wanted to walk with the $500,000, so that was what Rob did. If Rob guessed, he would've said B: Haiti, but the right answer was A: Costa Rica.

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