February 13th, 2020


Wrong but Romantic

I occasionally watch Richard Osman's House of Games with my dinner. The other day they were doing a round where one contestant has to fill in clues (as best they can) to help another contestant guess a thing, person, event, etc.

In this case the answer was a person, and the clues were:

He was born in the ... century.

He is most famous for being ....

He invented ...

The contestant filled in the clues as follows:

He was born in the nineteenth century.

He is most famous for being President of the USA.

He invented the bank note?

Now, one name immediately sprang to my mind - which turned out to be correct. Perhaps the same name has occurred to you? Collapse )

What's interesting to me is that, despite all the suggested clues being wrong, it was still easy to guess. Which goes to show the degree of second-guessing we do in these situations - not just 'What's right?' but 'What kind of mistakes might this person be expected to make?' The conscious recall of a few facts is so much less impressive than the unconscious back-and-forth that traces someone else's flawed recall - at least, to me.