Was this an intentional softball question ???

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DonFromBarrewebtvnet
I recently again stumbled across the episode of WWtbaM on GSN where the
$2 + million question was "Who is credited with inventing the first mass
produced helicopter?" The answer being Igor Sikorsky (S?) of course.
This has always struck me as a pretty easy question considering the
point in the game.  My thought is  that since it had been many, many
shows since they'd had a $million winner (They had been adding $10,000 a
day for a while.)  they purposfully made this an easy one. Anyone got
thoughts on this?
                                            
SoHillsGuy
It was clearly one of the standard "either you know it, or you don't"
questions, and you knew the answer.  You may be biased.

I didn't know it and I consider myself fairly well-versed in trivia
and things like this.

Have you polled others to see how many people readily knew the answer?
                                            
Anim8rFSK
I knew with 90% certainty without seeing the other choices.  I suppose 
if there were 3 other helicopter manufacturers on the list I might have 
hesitated.
                                            
Tony
What were the other three choices?  The only two surnames I can think of 
that are associated with helicopters are "Bell" and "Sikorski".
                                            
DonFromBarrewebtvnet
Tony asks:
<,What were the other three choices? The only two surnames I can think
of that are associated with helicopters are "Bell" and "Sikorski".  >>

Can't recall but I don't think "Bell" was among them.
                                            
Anim8rFSK
Agusta     
Bell     
Brantly       
Boeing     
Enstrom     
Eurocopter      
Kaman     
Lancair (CH7)    
MD       
Robinson     
Rotorway     
Schwiezer       
Sikorsky     
Westland 

Bell's the only one that scares me.  I think if you gave me any 4 names 
from there, and one of them was Sikorsky, I'd pick Sikorsky.
                                            
DonFromBarrewebtvnet
SoHillsGuy says:
<<It was clearly one of the standard "either you know it, or you don't"
questions, and you knew the answer. You may be biased. 
I didn't know it and I consider myself fairly well-versed in trivia and
things like this. 
Have you polled others to see how many people readily knew the answer?>>

I've only asked a few but all of them knew the answer.  One of the
reasons it stands out so much for me is that my uncle shared my
amazement at the question being used at that point.  For exactly the
same reason.
                                            
Barry
I don't think I "knew" the answer, but it certainly would have been my 
guess, since it's the only name I know in the helicopter industry.

Actually, it would be easier to guess that if it weren't for WWtBaM's 
multiple choice format.  At the million dollar level I wouldn't expect 
my guess to be the right answer, I'd expect them to throw in the 
well-known name to lead me astray.  If I still had 50/50 available I 
would probably use it, and then pick the one that WASN'T Sikorsky.

Actually, because I wouldn't be sure enough that they were trying to 
trick me, I'd probably give in and go home with the half million.