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County government gives beat writer Ross Schulz so much to write about, it can't ALL possibly fit in the newspaper, so we've made room here for that and whatever else he wants to blog about.

Watch Syfy’s 'Total Blackout' for a laugh

May 23, 2012 | 10:57 AM

The Syfy channel has a relatively new television game show that is at least worth watching a time or two because of the strange position it puts its contestants.

The show contains only four contestants most of the time, and each competes as an individual (although at least one couples' episode has taken place). Each person has to identify random objects or animals with only their hands, then either smell or taste another set of items before finally completing a random test to decide the winner. The show is called "Total Blackout," so each task is done in complete darkness.

The reactions of the contestants while trying to identify a snake or fish in a tank in complete darkness can be quite entertaining. Some never identify the first object and scream and cry until their time is up. Others have a surprisingly easy time with the items.

One of the funniest aspects of the show is when a mop, teddy bear or something simple and completely harmless is placed in a tank and the contestants jump at the first touch of the item, thinking it's something alive or dangerous.

The show also always has an interesting and diverse group of contestants from all walks of life to make it even more entertaining.

It does get a little too weird at times with the contestants having to eat random foods off of a body they can't see or know it's even there, or guess the smell of a bad body odor by a man's armpit behind a glass wall. The wall is solid except for a small hole for the player's noses to go, only an inch or so away from the sweaty armpit.

The show is hosted by Jeleel White, probably better known by most as Steve Urkel from the long-running series "Family Matters." White sets the stage for contestants and gives them a little help by speaking during the game when the contestants can't see a thing.

The winner receives $5,000.

New episodes are aired each Wednesday at 10 p.m. on the Syfy channel, and reruns are often shown beforehand.

Ross Schulz


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