The enormous (literally) British game show fixture Mark Labbett, known as The Beast (6'7", 380 lbs) from Game Show Network's 'The Chase', came in to compete against our own Fred Norris (6'2", average weight for a man that height) in a very competitive round of Win Fred's Money.
The Beast has an IQ of 155 and an Oxford education. (Fred's IQ is undetermined, but he has an insane knowledge of trivia). He reads a few books per day and can actually visually recall some paragraphs and passages from books he's read years ago. He's also really good at math. Howard asked him what 12 X 13 is and almost before he finished saying "thirteen," Beast came up with 156.
Mark's turned his mind into a career where he makes about $160,000 per year, which sounded low to Howard for someone with such an intellect. But considering much of Mark's income comes from participating in game shows, it is pretty impressive.
The Beast has lost a few game shows in his career, and only walked away from Who Wants to Be A Millionaire with $51,000, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't a top contender to beat Fred. The only thing Fred had going for him was that the Beast's knowledge of American culture was still growing – he recently missed a question because he had never heard of Baskin Robbins.
And now on to Win Fred's Money, or in this case, The Beast v the Martian:
1) What color is the legendary Hope Diamond?
2) What musical is based on the play Pygmalion?
3) Who was Ronald Reagan's 1st wife?
4) What kind of animal is being put to bed in the book Good Night Moon?
5) How many wives did Henry the VIII behead?
6) What was the Jolly Green Giant's sidekick's name?
7) What city had the first subway line?
(answers on bottom for those who want to play along)
Both Fred and Mark answered six answers correctly (Mark missed question #4 and Fred missed question #5) so it came down to answered the quickest. Unfortunately for Fred, the time he took to recall the Goodnight Moon bunny cost him three precious seconds. The Beast won with thirty-eight seconds, Fred clocked in at forty-one.
All hail the Beast - who walked away with his a $5,000 prize - but let's give it up to our Fred Norris as well. He's taken on Ken Jennings and The Beast and while he's lost to both of them, both matches were very, very close.
2) My Fair Lady
3) Jane Wyman
6) Little Green Sprout (variations of this name were accepted)