One of the fun things about TV quiz shows (particularly those which offer a multiple choice of possible answers and which encourage the contestant to explain their reasoning at tortuous length) is seeing the same question answering technique return again and again.
Here is a typical question and answer, plus a selection of different (and mostly stupid) ways people tend to respond
Q: Which English monarch was responsible for the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century?
a) King John.
b) King Richard III.
c) King Henry VIII.
The correct answer is: c) King Henry VIII.
Method 1: Ruling out the correct answer for an irrelevant reason.
e.g. Hmmm. Well, Richard III was at the Battle of Bosworth. I know Henry VIII had six wives. So I’ll go for John!
Henry VIII did, indeed, have six wives. But he also dissolved the monasteries. He did both!…
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