Italian Game Show Contestants Confused About Meaning of ‘Fur Elise’ in Taiwan | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two Italian game show contestants were baffled by a recent question about the meaning of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” in Taipei, the classic tune that signifies the start of garbage collection time for the people of the city.
According to a Facebook post shared by Taiwan’s representative office in the country on Sunday, March 13, “L’Eridita”, a show by Italian TV channel Rai 1, included a question about Taipei’s iconic garbage truck song, according to ANC. The question was “When a yellow vehicle rolls along playing Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’, what do the people of Taipei do?”
The options were: a) walking their pet dogs, b) stopping drinking alcohol in pubs, c) taking out their rubbish and d) unfurling their national flags.
Candidates were reportedly surprised by the question, and only one answered it correctly. Of the two who got it wrong, one thought the German composer’s tune meant time to walk the dog, while the other thought he was inviting residents to bring out their “blue skies, white sun and earth.” entirely red” – as the flag of Taiwan is officially known.
This isn’t the first time Taiwan has appeared on the game show, according to CNA. On February 24, the Taiwanese representative office shared a screenshot showing Taiwan listed in another question: “Which of the following countries did explorer Marco Polo name Zipangu Island?”
The options were Taiwan, Japan, Bali and Madagascar.
The correct answer was Japan. However, the post’s editor added, “Note: Taiwan is a country.” This was shared as a screenshot, garnering over 1,000 likes and shares on social media.