Last night I caught some of a new game show called Amnesia. The show tests contestants on their knowledge of their OWN life.
I was interested as soon as I saw the commercials. How well could you remember your own life? Oooh, tricky! My memory may as well be a colander for all the good it does me. I often forget or, worse, misremember large chunks of my life, chunks that one would think would be important to me.
(Yet I can remember TV episodes and movies BETTER than my own life. It's a strange brain I have.)
Unfortunately, I started losing interest almost at the beginning, when Dennis Miller (an unlikely host) did his intro and asked the audience if we could remember our high school locker combination.
I could hardly remember that sucker at the time! The last couple of years I had to have it in my hand to tell you the number. I just spun it, I didn't look! Unfair!
(Of course my best friend from back then could probably still tell you my locker combination. That girl doesn't forget a thing! I'd like to see her play this game. She'd completely clean up!)
The next task was to tell the host what her current weight was. She had to be accurate to within a pound. Again, HUH? My weight fluctuates at least 2-3 pounds every day. Um, doesn't everyone's? I could probably give you my weight within a 5 pound range on any given day, but accurate to 1 pound? Do people really know this? Is that normal?
Apparently it is, because she got it right. ON. THE. NOSE.
She totally deserves the money for that!
(and perhaps I should mention this weight thing to my doctor?)
Then they had the best test of the evening--they went into her living room and removed one item. They then showed her the picture of her living room and asked her what was missing. If they had taken one of the kid's toys I would have declared the show too unfair, but they took her area rug. Hee Hee.
Yes, she knew what was missing; and no, I probably wouldn't have known.
So I stuck in there and kept watching....until I realized that I just didn't care.
Here's the problem: I don't know this woman. I don't know her life, I don't know the answers to most of the questions. I'm not in on the joke. The audience participation, the joy of KNOWING the answer and shouting it at the screen from the safety of your own couch, is missing. I could watch her try to remember, and I wanted her to win (sort of, she didn't seem to need the money particularly), I just didn't care enough to keep watching. I turned it off long before it ended and went to bed.
Although as a family/friends/college/high school reunion game? When you KNOW the person playing and maybe remember some of the answers? Great idea. Someone call the folks at Cranium :)
Oh, and KJ, if you read this? You should definitely audition for this show. Just don't have them ask me anything, because we both know I won't remember.