In the UK, we have many game shows where contestants use their knowledge – or lack thereof – to try to win money. I can think of many better options with far better odds for some of those who choose to participate…. Anyway, one of those game shows is called Pointless which is hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman. The show claims to be unique as it tasks players with finding obscure answers to questions and trying to obtain a low score. Wikipedia tells me that the format of Pointless ‘has been exported to other European countries’. Now, you are probably wondering what this has to do with the title of this post….if you aren’t, you should be!
Who would, without reading on, know the full names of Bonnie and Clyde? Who would know who they were? Probably more of you would correctly answer the second question than the first. I wonder if Bonnie and Clyde would be a pointless answer, i.e. one that none of the members of the public knew the answer to!
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909-1934) were American outlaws and robbers from the Dallas area who travelled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression.
At times, the gang included Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Ralph Fults, Raymond Hamilton, W. D. Jones, Henry Methvin and Joe Palmer. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public between 1931 and 1934 and the gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians. Bonnie and Clyde were eventually ambushed and killed at a police roadblock in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, by law officers today in 1934.
So now you know the answer, it’s no longer ‘pointless’…..