So now Ken Jennings has won more money than anyone in Jeopardy history. Makes me feel a little better about myself -- I always thought I was kinda smart, too, until I got to be his cannon fodder in quiz bowl practices. Of course, I was also fodder for Earl and Dave, too, freak win based upon REM lyrics notwithstanding. It's kinda cool to say that I know the guy who's wiping the walls with jeopardy contestants. And I can flatter myself by thinking that, in some small way, I contributed to his record.
I'm wondering, though, if the Jeopardy buzzers are similar to those we used at the Zoo in practice. Only person who can answer that for me is Ken, but I don't much feel like intruding on the Jeopardy message boards (where he is a regular) just to ask one question, the answer to which no one else there would be particularly interested in...
I can't remember too many Ken anecdotes, though the time we got a bonus which asked, "This restaurant started giving away these coveted toys with children's meals. First, name the restaurant, second name the toys." I had no idea, but guessed the obvious -- "McDonald's" and "Beanie Babies". Ken accurately described the situation, miming the question (he was on the other side at the time) "Name a restaurant. Name a toy."
If I had to pick of everyone I have ever known, who would win $200,000
on Jeopardy, needless to say, it would've been Ken. Hey, if Ken's
actually reading this -- congratulations!
Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...
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Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon