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Let’s face it – appearing on a TV quiz show must be scary business.
All your trivia and smarts must go out the window as soon as the studio lights turn on, leaving you looking clueless in front of a nationwide audience.
At least, that’s what must have happened on a recent edition of Tipping Point, as two contestants managed to jumble up their classical poetry with a TV show.
Watch a clip below.
The popular quiz show sees contestants answer questions to win counters that they then put into a giant version of a fairground penny machine.
And Ben Shephard could not conceal his amusement after one contestant found himself horribly confused.
The host asked the question: “In his epic poems, Homer often refers to nectar as the drink of the gods, and which other substance as their food?”
Unfortunately, the contestant seemingly got his Homer’s mixed up.
“I know likes donuts,” he said. “I think I’ll go with donuts, please, Ben.”
Ben could barely conceal his laughter, before turning to the other contestant competing for a cash prize to see what her response would have been.
“I would have said donuts as well,” she replied. “Beer and donuts.”
Ben then let out a snort before revealing the real answer was not donuts at all, but ambrosia.
To be fair, when we hear the word Homer, we immediately think of the dad from The Simpsons, and not the author of the Iliad.
Naturally, the clip has gone viral on Twitter, with many finding themselves in stitches.
“I can’t actually cope with this,” one person wrote. “Ben Shephard’s face is a picture!”
“This is amazing,” chuckled a second viewer, while a third said: “My favourite moment is at 13 seconds when it dawns on the presenter what is happening.”
“Who said Brexit Britain wasn’t culturally bereft?” a fourth quipped, and a fifth said: “The benefits of studying the classics!”
Hmmm…we might dig up our classical poetry and stop bingeing on The Simpsons box sets.
Tipping Point continues weekdays at 4pm on ITV.
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