On this day: November 14th, 2000, The Offspring gave away one-million dollars of their own money to a lucky fan who entered online trivia contest.
To enter you had to do was download their single “Original Prankster” on one of those then-new fangled MP3s. Then, on the album’s release day, a handful of finalists were randomly selected from some 500,000 entrants, and invited to appear on MTV’s Total Request Live, hosted by Carson Daly.
The competition was won by a 14-year-old called Ashley Hitchcock, from Winder, Georgia, who’d made a pact with fellow contestant Christina Belmont that they’d share the prize if either of them romped to victory. That’s nice.
But in the excruciating video clip above, the pair seemed to stall as Daly offered a series of clues about one particular member. Then, with all the reluctance of an elderly relative, Hitchcock hit the buzzer and gave the correct answer – ‘Noodles’ – and crowned winner.
Hitchcock – who was presented with the money in $100 bills – planned to buy a house and car for her father, as well as clearing his debts and told reporters: “It’s overwhelming. I can’t believe I won.” “We weren’t even her favourite band!” remembers Noodles. “We were her second favourite band and Slipknot were her favourite!”
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