What would a quiz show be without an almighty howler of an answer from a contestant – and a recent episode of Tipping Point might have provided us with an all-time classic.
During Monday’s episode of the ITV daytime quiz show, host Ben Shephard was left dumbstruck as a contestant managed to confuse Homer Simpson with the ancient Greek poet, Homer.
The question was: “In his epic poems, Homer often refers to nectar as the drink of the gods and which other substance as their food?”
Now, it’s probably fair to say that most people, when they hear the name ‘Homer’, would automatically think of the bald, doughnut-loving, nuclear safety inspector father from the long-running animated series.
However, that’s not the Homer that the question was referring to. Here, Shepherd was seeking an answer on the Greek poet who lived around 750 BC and wrote two epic poems – the Iliad and the Odyssey – both of which are seen as foundational texts in Greek literature.