David Fite

David is the third contestant of January, who reached the Hot Seat with this question:

Put the following measurements of length in order from longest to shortest.
A. Hand B. Furlong
C. Mile D. Fathom
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-B-D-A
David's winning time: 4.67
Competitors: 3/8

Let's see if David can follow the last act!

For $100:
1. What comes after 'Duck, Duck' in a title of a popular children's game?

A. DuckB. Parrot
C. GooseD. Monkey

Well, David is not going to get off to a fast start. He can't seem to remember how many Ducks there are in the title. So, he's going to ask the audience.

A. Duck - 15%B. Parrot - 5%

C. Goose - 79%D. Monkey - 1%

That seems to have jogged his memory, so he'll settle on C...

As his final answer.

Whew! That was close! $100.

For $200:
2. According to the 19th century proverb, 'the way to a man's heart is through his' what?

A. HeadB. Ears
C. StomachD. Ribcage

David knows this one. He chooses C...

For his final answer.

And we're back on track! $200.

For $300:
3. According to the catchphrase of a classic TV show, why should you 'smile'?

A. You're on Candid CameraB. You're on 60 minutes
C. You're on The MonkeesD. You're on fire

Well, most people on 60 Minutes usually aren't too happy about it.

Anyways, David picks A...


Right again! $300.

For $500:
4. On which of the following documents would you find the words 'summa cum laude'?

A. Birth certificateB. College diploma
C. Marriage licenseD. Parking ticket

David immediately selects B...

And he'll go orange.

Four in a row! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail are the sisters of what famous literary figure?

A. Peter RabbitB. Benjamin Bunny
C. Bugs BunnyD. Easter Bunny

David takes A...

That'll be his final answer.

And he's locked in the thousand!


David mentions at the start of the next show about a good omen he had the previous night. Seems he went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, and his fortune cookie read "Prosperity is in your future." Very interesting advice to a WWTBAM contestant.

For $2000:
6. What popular singer is known to her fans as 'The Divine Miss M'?

A. MadonnaB. Barbara Mandrell
C. Rita MorenoD. Bette Midler

After complimenting them all, David chooses D...

For his final answer.

Six in a row! $2000!

For $4000:
7. The 1983 film 'National Lampoon's Vacation' featured the family Griswold on their way to what fun park?

A. DollywoodB. Wally World
C. Disney World D. Water World

David goes with B...

And that's final.

Nailed it! $4000!

For $8000:
8. What is the anatomical term for the breastbone?

A. SternumB. Scapula
C. Clavicle D. Femur

After a few seconds, David sides with A...

And he'll confirm it.

He's right again for $8000!

For $16,000:
9. What former vice president killed Alexander Hamilton in a gun duel?

A. John AdamsB. Thomas Jefferson
C. Aaron BurrD. George Clinton

David passes up a golden opportunity to mumble the answer like in the Milk Commercial. "Aaaruunh Buhh."

But he will go with C...

As his final answer.

And no matter how you say it, he's won $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Which classic arcade game featured ghost characters nicknamed Inky, Blinky and Clyde?

A. Pac ManB. Donkey Kong
C. Space InvadersD. Pong

Well, he'd better get this one or else I'm going to come after him.

But he seems to know it, and he'll select A...

That'll be final.

Rejoice! He's got $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. How many U.S. states border California?

A. 1B. 2
C. 3D. 4

David lists them: Oregon from the north, Nevada from the northeast, and Arizona from the southeast. On that logic, he'll pick C...

Lock it in.

Hasn't used a Lifeline since the first question.

Didn't need one, either!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. Which of the following does the 'c' represent in the equation E=mc2?

A. VolumeB. Mass
C. Speed of lightD. Gravitational pull

Believe it or not, David was originally a physics major in college. So he knows it's C...

And that's his final answer.

And he nailed it!!

There have never been two quarter-millionaires in a row. David Fite could change that with the next question. He's still got two Lifelines, so he's got a decent shot here.

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. What painter's later works depicted the sands and adobes of New Mexico, where she made her home?

A. Georgia O'KeeffeB. Maya Lin
C. Vanessa BellD. Mary Cassatt

Although he studied mainly science in college, David did fill in his humanities education after he came out of school.

Reege reminds David that $93,000 is at stake.

He eliminates B, doesn't know who C is, and is pretty sure it isn't D. That leaves A.

David begins wondering if he should use a Lifeline. This was the one element of strategy he didn't plan for; if he was confident, but not certain.

But he'll go for it. David chooses A...

Which will be his final answer.

Maybe he should've used a Lifeline.

Because it might've told him...

That the right answer...

Was A!!

Talk about nerves of steel - it took a lot of courage to hold off using those lifelines, but it paid off. David now stands two questions away from the million dollar prize, and with two Lifelines left, he's still got a very good shot at going all the way. But he's got another hurdle to overcome before it.

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. Which of the following philosohpers taught Alexander the Great when he was a teenager?

A. SocratesB. Aristotle
C. PythagorasD. Plato

Regis butchers the pronunciation of Pythagoras, which David corrects.

David eliminates C after some thought. Socrates taught Plato, who in turn taught Aristotle, who he believes taught Alexander.

But he wants to be at least 95% sure of the answer here, so he'll take the 50:50.

OUTB. Aristotle

OUTD. Plato

David is pretty sure Plato spent his life in one place, so he's going to select B...

Which he will turn orange.

David has just put $218,000 on the line.

If he gets this right, he will become only the third person to see the million dollar question.

He still had one Lifeline.

He didn't use it.

Unfortunately, he no longer has $250,000 anymore...


I've said it twice already, but David Fite looks to have a halfway decent shot at getting this last question right. He still has the phone Lifeline. He's displayed an exceptional fondness for reading. His fortune cookie promised prosperity. This question could reserve a spot in television history for him. But it could also cost him $468,000 if he's wrong.

15. In what language was Anne Frank's original diary first published?

A. DutchB. English
C. FrenchD. German

This is one of the few books David hasn't read.

Uh oh.

He wanted to be 95% sure on the last question, but here he's got to be 99% certain. The only way he's going to get that far is by using his last Lifeline. With it, he'll call his mother, Jean.

Jean is noticeably shocked to hear how far David has reached. They read the question and answers, and we get this:

    Jean: "Ugh..."
    David: "No pressure."
    Jean: "No pressure, huh? ...Well, she was hidden in by those people in, um, in Holland, and uh, she- I imagine it was written in German." (Burp burp)

David needed 99% certainty. Jean didn't give him that. So, David is going to stop.
David Fite retires with $500,000.

With a free guess, David chooses C...

Which would've cost him $468,000. The answer was indeed A. Dutch.

All three players whose games were interrupted after the $1000 question have won at least $250,000. (Doug Van Gundy, Michael Shutterly, Fite)

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