We've got a brief report from an audience member who spoke to our friend Chad Mosher about how it all works. The game starts with around one hundred people. Several statements are posed (a mixture of trivia questions, did-you-know facts and Ripley's Believe it or Not! type stuff) and the two hosts give their answers. The contestants choose which host they trust by standing on one side of the stage or the other. If they select correctly they continue but an incorrect alignment gets them eliminated from the game. Sometimes the eliminations can have an embarrassing or fun quality to them: for instance, in one round, those eliminated were given a stink bomb after incorrectly answering a question about smell. Another time, the losers were lead to a bus ready to depart from the studio. The process continues until the pool of contestants is whittled down to seven remaining.
When the seven are left, the hosts will offer the contestants a prize to walk away. One host says it's worth a fortune while the other says it is worth very little. The contestants can either choose to walk away and trust the host saying the prize is worth a lot or they can forfeit the prize and remain in the game. The first contestant to buzz in eliminates themselves but gets the prize, valuable or not.
After the temptation, the questions continue in a similar fashion until there is only one contestant remaining. The last person standing wins $25,000 and gets to try for another $25,000. In the bonus round, if the contestant can identify three true facts out of five pairs, their total is augmented to $50,000. The first $25,000 is not put at risk, so if they lose the bonus round they still keep the original total.
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