18. Fighting for the rights of animals
Once Bob Barker did come on board, he made sure to make reference to an issue that was close to his heart – animal rights. It was this that inspired his famous sign-off, “Have your pets spayed or neutered.” What’s more, the passionate animal lover even denounced the fur coats that were initially up for grabs as prizes on the show.
17. The chips used in the Plinko game are incredibly rare
Thought those Plinko chips were easy to get hold of? Think again. Surprisingly, there are only ten such chips in existence, which have to be locked in a special box after the game has concluded. On a related note, the Plinko game got its name from the “plink, plink” noise that the chips made when scooting around the machine.
16. Car-crash TV
Oh dear, this one’s pretty cringe-worthy. Barker Beauty Rachel Reynolds is probably still having nightmares about an ill-fated episode in 2004 – the night she crashed one of the luxurious cars on set! Indeed, while attempting to manoeuver the vehicle for one of the games, she inadvertently crashed into a door. That’s a big whoops.