'Tipping Point' viewers stunned as contestant bungles simple space question

Watch: Tipping Point contestant bungles 'easy' space question

Tipping Point viewers saw the funny side after a contestant bungled an extremely easy question about space.

Fire marshal Paul was one of the hopefuls on the latest instalment of the ITV show and looked like he was in with a shot when host Ben Shephard asked him a question with a very obvious answer.

“A Mars-quake is a violent shaking that occurs on the surface of which planet?” he asked, giving away the answer in the question.

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However, Paul looked stumped and sat there with a blank look on his face as the seconds ticked by.

“The Moon?” he finally guessed.

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Fans saw the funny side. (ITV)

“Mars!” exclaimed Shephard.

Fans were in stitches over the contestant’s slip and plenty took to social media to post crying with laughter emojis and funny memes about the blunder.

“Did he just say the moon?” tweeted one incredulous viewer.

UNSPECIFIED: In this concept illustration provided by NASA, NASA's Perseverance (Mars 2020) rover will store rock and soil samples in sealed tubes on the planet's surface for future missions to retrieve in the area known as Jezero crater on the planet Mars. A key objective for Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith. (Photo illustration by NASA via Getty Images)
Mars: The Red Planet. (NASA via Getty Images)

Another called it a “ridiculous answer” while one posted: “Marsquake on the moon. Of course. Sometimes I wonder if this is even real life.”

One fan joked: “Paul knows nothing, where’s he been living? On the moon? It’s a dangerous place to be with all those Marsquakes going on.”

Viewers thought it was an easy question. (ITV)
Viewers thought it was an easy question. (ITV)

“Dear Paul, the moon is not a planet,” another fan wrote.

"Paul is going home to his house on ‘planet’ moon," another person quipped.

It’s not the first time that viewers have been flabbergasted by an answer on Tipping Point.

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Last week fans were in fits when a hopeful named Joe was asked to name a US state that began and ended with the letter A – and answered Florida.

Viewers posted messages on social media asking if the response was even serious.

"Where do you get your contestants from?" one person asked the ITV game show.

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