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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Turns 15: Can You Answer the Show's Million Dollar Questions?

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Fifteen years ago, America was asked a very important question: Who wants to be a millionaire?

Turns out lots of people were interested in getting an extra seven figures, and so a game show was born. Originally hosted by Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? premiered on Aug. 16, 1999. Through the years, the program made some tweaks, but the basic principles have stayed the same.

If a hot-seat contestant uses their lifelines wisely and answers all 15 questions correctly, they are going home with at least $1,000,000. Many have come close to the feat, but only 13 folks have reached the big prize so far.

To celebrate Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?‘s years of befuddling questions and final answers, we want to see if you can handle the pressure of the hot seat.

Below are a selection of winning million-dollar questions. Choose your answer and then watch the clip to see if you would’ve won the giant check, too. Remember, you only get to “phone a friend” once.

Which of these U.S. presidents appeared on the television series Laugh-In?

Is it …

A) Lyndon Johnson
B) Richard Nixon
C) Jimmy Carter
D) Gerald Ford

The correct answer is:

The Earth is approximately how many miles away from the sun?

Is it …

A) 9.3 million
B) 39 million
C) 93 million
D) 193 million

The correct answer is:

Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term "computer bug"?

Is it …

A) Moth
B) Roach
C) Fly
D) Japanese beetle

The correct answer is:

Which of the following men does not have a chemical element named after him?

Is it …

A) Albert Einstein
B) Niels Bohr
C) Issac Newton
D) Enrico Fermi

The correct answer is:

Which of the following landlocked countries is entirely contained within another country?

Is it …

A) Lesotho
B) Burkina Faso
C) Mongolia
D) Luxembourg

The correct answer is:

In the children’s book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?

Is it …

A) India
B) Peru
C) Canada
D) Iceland

The correct answer is:

Who is credited with inventing the first mass-produced helicopter?

Is it …

A) Igor Sikorsky
B) Elmer Sperry
C) Ferdinand von Zeppelin
D) Gottlieb Daimler

The correct answer is:

What letter must appear at the beginning of the registration number of all non-military aircraft in the U.S.?

Is it …

A) N
B) A
C) U
D) L

The correct answer is:

Who did artist Grant Wood use as the model for the farmer in his classic painting American Gothic?

Is it …

A) Traveling salesman
B) Local sheriff
C) His dentist
D) His butcher

The correct answer is:

The U.S. icon "Uncle Sam" was based on Samuel Wilson, who worked during the War of 1812 as a what?

Is it …

A) Meat inspector
B) Mail deliverer
C) Historian
D) Weapons Mechanic

The correct answer is:

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