The Quick 10: 10 Retired The Price is Right Games

I admit it"¦ since I've been on maternity leave this summer, I've watched The Price is Right almost every day. I did the same thing when I was in school and had my summers off, so it's kind of nostalgic. Of course, at the time, Bob Barker was ruling over his bevy of beauties, not Drew Carey. And that's not the only change that has been made over the years. Check out these 10 games that have been retired since the show's debut in 1972.

1. Bullseye. This one was nearly impossible to win, which is why it was retired. The contestant had seven chances to guess the price of a car, and after each guess, Barker would tell the contestant if he or she needed to guess higher or lower. In its five appearances on the show, Bullseye was never won.

2. Bump. This one ended up being a casualty of the infamous Bob Barker-Dian Parkinson lawsuit. The game itself was pretty innocuous - I'll let you watch for yourself below. The problem was the "wind up" the models were required to do to before the "Bump." See for yourself:

3. Double Bullseye. This was a bad game for the show - it was the only game to require two contestants, and one of them always won. This is probably why it was retired, but elements of Double Bullseye were picked up in the Clock Game, which debuted a few weeks after this one was retired.

4. Gallery Game. Perhaps trying to inject a little culture into the show, Gallery Game featured paintings of each product the contestant was playing for. Under each painting was a price tag with most of one digit missing. The contestant had to paint the correct digit in order to win.

5. Hurdles. This is a variation of Cliff Hanger, if I'm not mistaken - or maybe Cliff Hanger is a variation on this one. In Hurdles, there was an item that was used as the base price. Then the contestant was shown three pairs of products and had to guess which of the pair was priced below the base price product. As the contestant successfully guessed, a hurdler moved across the game board. A wrong guess sent the hurdler crashing to the ground. Hurdles' last appearance was in March, 1983.

6. Make Your Mark. Originally called "Barker's Markers," this may have been retired because Drew Carey flubbed the rules on a show. The contestant received $500 and was shown three prizes and four prices with the goal of picking the three correct prices for the prizes. Two correct prices were then shown, and the contestant was then faced with the decision of leaving the third price picked, or exchanging it for the one not picked at the cost of $500. Drew Carey incorrectly explained the rules and said that regardless of whether all three correct prices were chosen, the contestant would get to keep the $500. Whoops.

7. The Phone Home Game. It's shades of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire! The contestant and a home viewer would each get the chance to win some cash.

8. Professor Price. This was the shortest-lived game in Price is Right history, making just two appearances on the show. The contestant was asked random trivia questions with numbers from zero to nine contained in the answer, which was also a number in the price of a new car. Three correct responses would result in a win; three incorrect responses was a loss. In its two airings, both contestants won. But the real star of this game was the creepy, animatronic Professor Price, who reminds me a bit of Zoltar from Big:

9. The Shower Game. This one sounds ripe for a sexual harassment lawsuit, doesn't it? But no, it was pretty innocent. The contestant was shown six shower stalls which each contained the possible price of a car. Three stalls contained nothing but confetti, two contained $100 and one contained the keys to a car. If the contestant picked a confetti shower, he or she got to keep picking until either the cash or the car was won.

10. Walk of Fame. The contestant had to guess the price of some prizes but had a certain range to do so. If the contestant guessed outside of the set range, they could pick one of two autograph books. One simply contained the signatures of the PIR cast; the other contained a "Second Chance." But c'mon"¦ who wouldn't be excited to win an autograph book with the signatures of Bob Barker and his Beauties?

Any of those ring a bell for you guys? Are there any others you remember seeing back in the day that are no longer played on the current Price Is Right? As long as they keep my favorites, Plinko (of course) and Cliff Hangers, I'm happy.

If this didn't satisfy your Price is Right curiosity, check out our other PIR-related posts:

How One Man Gamed The Price is Right

Four Great Moments in The Price is Right

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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