Truth or Consequences

Old-time US radio quiz show
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Truth or Consequences is an American game show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards, from 1940 to 1957.

On the show, contestants received roughly two seconds to answer a trivia question correctly (usually an off-the-wall question that no one would be able to answer correctly, or a bad joke) before "Beulah the Buzzer" sounded. On the rare occasions that a contestant did answer correctly, the host would reveal that the question had multiple parts. Failing to complete this "truth" portion meant that the contestant had to face "consequences," typically by performing a zany and embarrassing stunt. Contestants' involvement in these stunts and the audience's reaction led Edwards to state about himself and his producers "Aren't we devils?" From the start, most contestants preferred to answer the question wrong to perform the stunt. Edwards said, "Most of the American people are darned good sports."

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  2. The Glee Club (14Mb)
  3. Crackers In The Mouth (26.9Mb)
  4. The Hot Seat (13.8Mb)
  5. Squirtless Seltzer Bottle (13.9Mb)
  6. Instructions For Milking A Cow (13.9Mb)
  7. Suspended Over A Water Tank (7.2Mb)
  8. Sing 'Rockabye Baby' (13.9Mb)
  9. Christmas Seals (26.2Mb)
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  11. Walking Man Revealed (25.4Mb)
  12. Boris Karloff (25.8Mb)
  13. Spike Jones (27.6Mb)
  14. Sit in a Crow's Nest and Find Husband in Audience (25.5Mb)
  15. The Laughing Boy Is Correctly Guessed (6.6Mb)
  16. Man Sealed In Room For One Week (25.8Mb)

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