Everyone lost it when a University Challenge student called this island Ireland - but did he actually?

Everyone lost it when a University Challenge student called this island Ireland - but did he actually?

Nothing quite beats the smug satisfaction of feeling like you’re (maybe) as smart as a University Challenge contestant. That satisfaction can come from either knowing what the answer is or knowing what the answer is not.

One of those latter moments came on tonight’s show when Jeremy Paxman showed the teams from Edinburgh and Durham a map with a small circled island and asked them to name it.

After a few tense seconds, student Boyle from Edinburgh buzzed in and said this:

It sure did sound like Ireland – but some people are arguing that he actually said Aland, as in the Aland Islands (yeah we’d not heard of them either).

Either way, he’s still wrong (the answer was actually Gotland if you’re interested) but at least he could save himself from some complete and utter embarrassment.

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