lbligh wrote:We were surprised that the contestant who said DARPANET was negged. A quick Google seems to confirm that it is often interchangeable with ARPANET.
I was surprised too. I knew a split second after I said it that they were looking for ARPANET...they actually gave me a chance to restate it to confirm, but I chose to be honest and said DARPANET again (they cut that part out of the show). You can still hear me saying ARPANET as Alex announced the right answer.
All that said, I knew I hadn't pulled DARPANET out of thin air...I knew the history - DARPA was the administrator for ARPANET, but I'm in the industry and have heard them used interchangeably for years. I should have said something during the commercial, but didn't. When I left the building in second place it was still nagging at me. It had happened during a critical point in the game, since I lost a bundle on the next question, a DD where I felt I needed to make up some ground and wagered more than I would have otherwise. I ended up emailing the contestant coordinators with plenty of evidence from the net about my answer being a reasonable alternative. About a week and a half later I got back a very formal letter from a producer with their explanation, based on two primary arguments. One, they found the one site that said DARPANET is an "incorrect term for ARPANET." Two, there's no mention of the D-version on darpa.mil. Fair enough, though I bet they would have been more flexible if I had challenged it at the next commercial.
So there you go....a peek behind the scenes.