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The Man Who Knew Too Much

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the rather-clever dept.

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theodp writes "For thrilling competition, Slate says the Tour de France pales next to the 25-game reign of Jeopardy! supercontestant Ken Jennings. The 30-year-old software engineer has won a total of $788,960, beating the previous record-holder by a margin of over $600,000. Watching KenJen play is like witnessing any great athlete in top form: He's the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom, and his antics have once again made Jeopardy! required viewing. (Update: 26 wins and $828,960: 'When Jennings ran the Marvel comics category during the second round, host Alex Trebek asked: Have you done anything besides read comics? It pays to be a nerd, Jennings responded.')"

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Fun fact: (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640763)

There are more hens & chicken that humans on earth.

The Man Who Got First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640764)

Is me!

w00t

Re:The Man Who Got First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640817)

I was just trying to think of an example of someone failing it, then you showed up.

movie? (5, Funny)

maxbang (598632) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640773)

Oh lord, I hope they don't make a movie about this guy forty years from now and expose him as some kind of patsy in an elaborate scheme to sell more vitamin juice for old people.

He's on the wrong show. (4, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640774)

If Jennings were on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, he could already have more money by now (and it wouldn't take him a month to do it).

Re:He's on the wrong show. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640800)

Maybe he's planning that for the encore. Double his money in a single day's work!

Re:He's on the wrong show. (2, Interesting)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640818)

With his track record on Jeapordy, there is no way they would allow him anywhere near the set of Millionaire. I mean, if you knew that having this guy on your game would make you lose $1 million, would you do it?

Re:He's on the wrong show. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640843)

With his track record on Jeapordy, there is no way they would allow him anywhere near the set of Millionaire. I mean, if you knew that having this guy on your game would make you lose $1 million, would you do it?

You know, I always have suspected that they choose people who got the always-stupidly-simple qualification questions wrong. Self preservation!

Re:He's on the wrong show. (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640854)

Yeah, but if he would have went to Millionaire first, they wouldn't know about him.

Re:He's on the wrong show. (4, Insightful)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640859)

Yes, if it meant that you'd get a flock of people who wanted to watch the show and the combined revenue from advertising (both for this show, people who watch following shows because they liked this show) and resale rights is more than the million.

Re:He's on the wrong show. (5, Insightful)

Mr.FreakyBig (3755) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640904)

No. If you watch him play, he gets answers wrong from time to time. In Millionaire, he'd be screwed, and bounce back to $16000 or $32000 for a wrong answer, and he'd be done. In Jeopardy! a wrong answer erases a bit of case, but only small amounts, and he does not get kicked off the show. Instead he get to continue. All he has to do is be better than the other two contestants, and know a bunch of trivia.

Re:He's on the wrong show. (4, Insightful)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640994)

That's right. Before last night, he got 3 Final Jeopardys wrong in a row. That's big, but not big enough to make him lose on jeopardy. In Millionaire though, he would have multiple choice at least.

Proud? (5, Insightful)

rpbailey1642 (766298) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640780)

I'm actually really impressed that this man is getting so much respect (and money!) for how much he knows. Most of it is useless trivia, but to most people, that comes across as intelligence...a man is getting respect for his intelligence, on daytime TV. Awesome.

what Daytime TV? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640858)

Jeopardy runs in in the evening.

Re:Proud? (0)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640861)

That's actually a pet peeve of mine, since I'm intelligent but absentminded. Remember, people: intelligence != knowledge!

Good for him for being knowledgable, though.

Re:Proud? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640884)

Not only are you intelligent, but you are modest too!

Re:Proud? (5, Informative)

rembem (621820) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640981)

The terms used in psychology are 'fluid intelligence' and 'crystallized intelligence'

Fluid Intelligence is "a natural ability which is not dependant on acquired knowledge" Crystallized Intelligence is "ability dependent on acquired knowledge"

Re:Proud? (5, Insightful)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640924)

Most of it is useless trivia, but to most people, that comes across as intelligence...

Any one fact by itself is "useless trivia". But assorted "useless trivia" questions are just a way of gathering a random sampling of the entire body of knowledge that someone has.

If you're going to reliably answer a question about who happened to be president in a given year, then you pretty much have to know the entire chronology of the presidency.

Re:Proud? (3, Insightful)

maxbang (598632) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640926)

Ah, yes, you say useless trivia. This proves that useless trivia is far from useless, given the right circumstances. Nothing is not worth knowing.

Tonari no Totoro (5, Interesting)

Karrde712 (125745) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640783)

Personally, I thought it was wonderful when Jennings announced that his good luck charm was a stuffed Totoro doll from Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki animated film. (See nausicaa.net for more)

Re:Tonari no Totoro (1)

dirkdidit (550955) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640801)

It seems like Ken is quite well rounded in respects to movies. After all, he said he maintains a list of his 2,000 most favorite movies online, so I assume if he has 2,000 favorite, he's probably seen many, many more.

Speaking of, does anybody know the website where he keeps this list? I'd be interested in seeing what tops his list.

Re:Tonari no Totoro (2, Interesting)

sglane81 (230749) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640865)

Ken is well rounded in everything except Country music and something else (can't remember). He stated this a while ago. He is one of the BYU team that selects questions for the College Bowl

Re:Tonari no Totoro (2, Informative)

sglane81 (230749) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640935)

It was Country music and "potent potables" since he doesn't drink. He is also a mormon and will be tithing some of the earnings/winnings to the Latterday Saints.

Re:Tonari no Totoro (2, Informative)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640952)

According to this [robichaux.net] :
The website is down at the moment, undergoing a Jeopardy-related overhaul. D'oh!

Re:Tonari no Totoro (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640974)

Personally, I thought it was wonderful when Jennings announced that his good luck charm was a stuffed Totoro doll from Tonari no Totoro

If ever a good luck charm contained any genuine magic, it would naturally have to be a totoro. This seems almost axiomatic in its certainty...

Can you get away with cheating in Jeopardy? (1)

jaf (121858) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640785)

I think some fellas from England tried it once. How did they do it? I believe they got caught.

Re:Can you get away with cheating in Jeopardy? (2, Insightful)

Echnin (607099) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640808)

Well duh, obviously they got caught since you know about it. The possible good cheaters don't.

Re:Can you get away with cheating in Jeopardy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640845)

I was on Jeopardy, and it would be damned hard to cheat. Hitting the button is the hardest part, anyway. I usually know about 90% of the answers on any given show, including the three I appeared on, but getting to answer them is not always going to happen.

Re:Can you get away with cheating in Jeopardy? (1)

foidulus (743482) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640995)

It's almost impossible to cheat on Jeopardy. The questions come at you pretty rapidly and they are open ended(unlike the multiple choice in millionaire). You also have to be quick on your buzzer to win.
If someone actually manages to cheat in Jeopardy, they deserve the money.

He's fast on the button (5, Interesting)

tommasz (36259) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640795)

Not only does Ken know a lot, he's got his "signalling button fu" working. He's going to be hard to beat as a result of that alone, as we've seen. But even when he guesses, he seems to guess correctly, so there's no doubt about the breadth of his knowledge. Go Ken!

Re:He's fast on the button (-1, Offtopic)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640881)

My dad does that whole I'm-guessing-but-I-always-get-it-right thing playing Trivial Pursuit. It gets a little annoying after hearing the tenth "I don't know, is it [insert correct answer here]?"

Re:He's fast on the button (2, Interesting)

Angry Toad (314562) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640939)

I'm pretty sure he hits the button without even considering whether he knows the answer - he's been caught out like that a couple of times, having pushed the button but with no idea what the answer is. I suspect he just trusts to his vast knowledge of trivia.

My daughter has started rooting against him - "Enough!", she yells, "Ken is getting boring! Somebody make him lose!"

Personally I think he will just decide to walk once he hits $1000000.

Jeopardy hub-bub (1, Funny)

Guitar Wizard (775433) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640796)

Alex secretly envies Ken Jennings, I swear.

He also masturbates like a champ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640805)

Like most Slashdot geeks, he is a world class beat off artist.

That's an easy one, Alec -- Who is Onan?

Re:He also masturbates like a champ (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640837)

So he does do something besides read Marvel Comics then?

Ken: Hi Alex, my name is Ken. My hobbies include reading comic books and chronic masturbation!

Incredible (5, Interesting)

WenisMonger (787750) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640809)

It's like he knows one of the guys who makes up the trivia. It's really incredible.

I had only heard about him until two days ago when he won his 25th in a row, and his winnings for that day were only $14,000, which was his lowest in all 25 games.

Re:Incredible (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640827)

He probably does, since he's involved in the high-school and college academic bowl leagues (or whatever they're called)

Curious about timing (1, Interesting)

WebGangsta (717475) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640812)

(disclaimer: I haven't watched any of these episodes, so I don't know if this has been addressed or been made obvious in any way)

I know that normally, game shows are filmed weeks/months in advance before they're aired. For exampls, WWTBAM's daytime edition takes something like 2-3 months between taping and airdate.

What timeframes are we looking at for the current Jeopardy episodes? These certainly aren't being taped for same-day or next-day broadcast, are they? Certainly, if Jeopardy is taped ahead of time, wouldn't it have already been leaked somewhere that there was a guy whose streak went for x episodes?

Re:Curious about timing (3, Informative)

I_M_Noman (653982) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640870)

What timeframes are we looking at for the current Jeopardy episodes? These certainly aren't being taped for same-day or next-day broadcast, are they?
When I passed the test and was placed in the contestant pool for last season, they told me that they film from August through March, 5 episodes a day each on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Since we're almost up to the new filming season, I'd guess that these episodes were filmed last March.

(BTW, the bastards never called me so I wasn't ever actually on the show. But I was ready, dammit!)

Re:Curious about timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640876)

When I was on the show, it was taped in January and shown in March. YMMV.

Re:Curious about timing (1)

sglane81 (230749) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640911)

The current episodes were taped in March and April. They tape 5 shows in one day.

Culture (2, Insightful)

feilkin (790260) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640815)

If our culture is headed down the path of having high esteem for people who appear and do successfully on game shows--boy are we screwed.

Oh, wait. We already do that with reality tv people. Whoops, my bad.

Re:Culture (5, Insightful)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640864)

This is not high esteem for a man who does well on a game show.

This is high esteem for a man who does well on a game show by showing of his gargantuan brain. This is high esteem for a man who has probably forgotten more trivia than most of us currently know. This is high esteem for a geek pressing his advantage in an arena suited to his forte.

Re:Culture (5, Funny)

EriDay (679359) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640880)

If our culture is headed down the path of having high esteem for people who appear and do successfully on game shows--boy are we screwed.

Yeah, we need to get back to the traditional values of throwing a ball and running fast.

Re:Culture (2, Interesting)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640968)

If our culture is headed down the path of having high esteem for people who appear and do successfully on game shows--boy are we screwed.

Oh, wait. We already do that with reality tv people. Whoops, my bad.


There is a significant amount of difference between being a font of general (if often/somewhat useless) knowledge, and being willing to eat bugs on camera.

In the one case you have demonstrated a voracious appetite for learning and retention of this learning, and made a few bucks along the way.

In the other case, you've eaten bugs, which demonstrates the fact that, with the application of enough money, you'll probably do anything.

I don't know about you but I have plenty of high esteem for people who win on quiz shows because they are more than likely smarter than me. (And this coming from a kid who could answer most of the questions on Jeopardy when he was seven... I haven't watched Jeopardy in such a long time, it's just too easy. I miss that one game show that was on GSN a few years back, with the hidden-host gimmick-- I think it was called Inquisition or something. That had some tough questions.)

Re:Culture (4, Insightful)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640977)

If our culture is headed down the path of having high esteem for people who appear and do successfully on game shows--boy are we screwed.

This isn't an outback-jack-who-wants-to-marry-a-midget-bachelor type of televised retardation that the reality shows are. You can't fake Jeopardy; either you know it and you're fast enough on the buzzer or you're dead in the water.

Finally someone revered on a gameshow for their mind, not their boobs or conniving.

Maybe he's a robot (3, Interesting)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640816)

This is very impressive. Maybe he has someone feeding him answers (conspiracy theory!).

Brings to mind the recent GSN (Game Show Network) airing on the Michael Larson "Press Your Luck" scandal. This guy learned their random board sequence was actually sets of predictable moves and won what was then large $. Then the network would not pay him, although IMO he did nothing wrong.

Re:Maybe he's a robot (3, Informative)

bujoojoo (161227) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640987)

Brings to mind the recent GSN (Game Show Network) airing on the Michael Larson "Press Your Luck" scandal. This guy learned their random board sequence was actually sets of predictable moves and won what was then large $. Then the network would not pay him, although IMO he did nothing wrong.

Not true. The producers tried to weasel out of paying him but could not prove he was cheating, only paying close attention. There is an interesting site here [gscentral.net]

Job Interview? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640821)

I seem to recall him saying how he wanted to write questions for the show. I can't think of a better way to show your qualifications for the job.

Re:Job Interview? (2, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640900)

Not necessarily.

The median difficulty question can't be too hard. Part of the fun of a game show is sitting at home knowing the answer and watching the contestant choke.

It wouldn't be any fun if the contenstants were asked to know things that only a tiny minority of people are likely to know, like the name of the actor who played "Bobba Fett" in the Star Wars movies.

Coaching? (1)

Lord Grey (463613) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640826)

I've always wondered whether Jeopardy contestants are coached in any way. Do they receive a list of the topics before the show begins, for example? Does anyone knows exactly what goes on behind the scenes?

Re:Coaching? (4, Informative)

Slartibartfast (3395) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640906)

No, there's no coaching whatsoever. After the great gameshow debacle in the 50's (there's a movie by -- not starring -- Robert Redford about this, which I can't remember the name of), this stuff was clamped down on BIG time. A friend of mine -- super-duper smart -- was on Jeopardy!, and wrote up an article about it at the time. For one, they do it in batches; IIRC, they knock off three shows in one day, and show them MUCH later. (Lots of NDA signage re: the results occurs when you get selected.) While they foster the illusion that it's live, it's not. In addition, while they're friendly with Alex during the game, there's essentially NO mingling at any other time -- no sense of impropriety is wanted or allowed. Etc. Honestly, from his article, it sounded a lot less chummy to be a Jeopardy! participant than it looks like from watching the show.

Re:Coaching? (0)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640991)

there's a movie by -- not starring -- Robert Redford about this, which I can't remember the name of
It's very originally called "Game Show".

Re:Coaching? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640934)

I was on the show in 1999. There is NO coaching. You get behind the podium and play the game, period. They do not tell you topics, they do not even pay for your flight or hotel.

Oh, and Alex is a jerk. He said something so offensive to me that it, and my reply, were edited out.

Constantly Recording (4, Interesting)

thpdg (519053) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640828)

I've watched a few of his shows, and I have to say, he is definitely a learner. On the rare occasions that he misses a response, I've never seen him say "Oh, I knew that". Instead, he has this intense look, as if he's going to remember it for next time. If he's been doing that his whole life, then it's no wonder he has such a knowledge base.
Based on myself, and some others that read here, I suspect a lot of the Slashdot community is the same way. How else could we recall so much about Linux, servers, PC upkeep, and any number of topics that appear here on a regular basis?
I wish Ken the best of luck, and maybe we'll be able to talk to him here, at some point.

Re:Constantly Recording (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640958)

Based on myself, and some others that read here, I suspect a lot of the Slashdot community is the same way. How else could we recall so much about Linux, servers, PC upkeep, and any number of topics that appear here on a regular basis?

Constantly recording to a write-mostly medium you mean. The Slashdot community can't even spot duplicate posts within a day or two in the same portal! Of course, that could be the mechanism for geek learning - if you see it repeated on Slashdot then it eventually sticks...

Can you imagine... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640834)

Can you imagine what a Beowolf cluster of KenJens would be like?

What a change (5, Insightful)

Rurik (113882) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640835)

People being celebrated for their intelligence and wit, and not their looks or physical attributes. Are we still in America? What happened here?

Anyone remember the episode of Sliders where Quinn (sp) was on the game show of extremely high level math and science questions (while throwing a ball). The perfect world for geeks :D

Re:What a change (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640944)

Anyone remember the episode of Sliders?

Nope. ;-)

Heh (4, Insightful)

sglane81 (230749) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640842)

Wow, this article is lacking something... content maybe? Someone who has seen the show maybe?

Note his systematic habit of moving down the categories vertically, one by one, rather than skipping around the board.

Everyone does this.

His nearly preternatural ability to land on the hidden Daily Doubles.

The odds are much more in your favor for hitting the DD if you answer the most questions.

Sounds like Dana Stevens watched one episode and thought she understood. 2/3rds of the article isn't even about Jeopardy! or Ken. It's really amazing these kinds of journalists can get a job.

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640989)

Everyone does this.

Not the celebrity contestants, most of those people are borderline retarded. Norman Schwarzkopf was the only celebrity I ever saw appear who could have done well in the normal game.

For those who don't know already... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640844)

Rumor has it that he wins 31 before he loses.

Smells like a ratings lifting scheme (1)

kpogoda (580939) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640849)

I may be being a little too much of a cynic here but this sounds a lot like the movie "Quiz Show" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110932/

What is Jeopardy!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640867)

For the benefit of a Brit could someone briefly explain the rules of this game show you call Jeopardy!

Pales? (3, Insightful)

linuxrunner (225041) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640871)

"Tour de France pales next to the 25-game reign of Jeopardy!"

I'm sorry, but a 23 day 2235 mile, (3600 KM), race at full speed PALES?

Yesterday was the time trials, and the US Postal team finished first with an average speed of 33 MPH, 53 KPH.

That's amazing... and they'll keep doing it. With other racers such as Ullrich, Hamilton, Julich, etc, this is going to be a great year to watch the race.

Sure this fella on Jepoardy is smart, but we don't know if the show is trumping it up, now do we?

I mean... we can get one smart guy, and keep getting dumb challengers, and hey... look... wow.. he DEFINATELY looks smart, and won't loose.

Can anyone say, "ratings"... I mean, on a bad channel, and a bad time... they need something right?

At least the tour isn't fake, and everyone is at the same level, going for the same goal.

I'll take the Tour over any WB show anyday.

Re:Pales? (3, Insightful)

treuf (99331) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640945)

Excuse me, but when you say that the tour isn't fake, you should consider doping.
All those guys (most of them) are cheaters and I don't consider this sport anymore.

Check those 2 links out :
http://www.thinkmuscle.com/articles/hoberman/to ur. htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/ cycli ng/3748973.stm

Re:Pales? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640966)

*At least the tour isn't fake, and everyone is at the same level, going for the same goal.*

tour de france (and other cycle races) have been in troubles because of the cheating scandals(douping)... it's a hard sport, but the stakes were too high to keep it clean.

Re:WB Show? (1)

mhollis (727905) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640980)

Jeopardy is syndicated by King World. The fact that it is on your WB station is an indication that the other stations in your area did not pay for it (or bid high enough to get it). Look for the King World logo at the end of the show.

Did you 'loose' your dictionary? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640993)

My GOD, when will the insanity stop?!? It's lose not loose.

Example

I think Joe Blow will lose on tonites Jeopardy

I set loose the bird I was keeping.


After ripping on your post, I have to say your sites pretty cool. I still have my Brass Nelson and a semi-functional SMG:)

$828,960 won so far... (4, Funny)

Brain Stew (225524) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640875)

And he'd give it all up for a kiss from a girl :(...

Re:$828,960 won so far... (2, Interesting)

WolfJ514 (316793) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640971)

He's stated a number of times on the show that he is married.

Furthermore, he's a BYU grad, and Mormons encourage you to get married and have more adherants, errr, children.

When did Jeopardy get rid of the 5 show max? (4, Informative)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640887)

Was it recently? For a while that kept the max pretty low (since, well, the best anyone could do was be on less than a fifth the shows Jennings has been on. Also might explain why his winnings are about five times as high).

On a related note: I liked Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption talking about auditioning for Jeopardy where he got some pretty high marks but chose a less skilled contestant because Mr Tony wasn't "telegenic enough" (ironic since he cohosts PTI, is a guest on another weekly DC sports show and the Sports Reporters). I guess criteron might be out the window too.

Re:When did Jeopardy get rid of the 5 show max? (2, Interesting)

word munger (550251) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640975)

Yes, according to the article, this is the first season. In that sense, his "record' isn't that impressive. Earlier this year someone got to 7, now he's crushed that.

Still not as thrilling (1)

syntap (242090) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640897)

as Tom McGee on Tic Tac Dough in the 80's. Air Force guy who just destroyed everybody for weeks on end.

Only in america (5, Insightful)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640903)

"If his winning streak continues, Jennings could become the most celebrated software engineer in America."
Engineers can put probes on Mars and take pictures of Jupiter, but if you want to be celebrated, you must go on TV :)

Obligatory "In Soviet Russia" moment (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9640908)

Gameshows Jeapordize You!

Not even close (4, Interesting)

arieswind (789699) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640921)

These games arent even close... last night he had 40k at the end, the next closest was like 4 or 5k. The night before that he had over 25k, both of the other people were in the red, for nearly the entire show. It's one thing to win 25 closely contested shows, its quite another to win by the impressive margins that he does every night.

Reminds me of "Quiz Show" (3, Interesting)

Psychic Burrito (611532) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640940)

Anybody seen Quiz Show [imdb.com] ? To increase viewer numbers, champions regularly stayed on a show for 20+ weeks. How they did it? Participants got the questions in advance and it was all just a big show... And no, this isn't fiction, it really happened - in the 1950...

Should make everyone wonder whether the network has really found a great candidate or just decided to increase viewer numbers again with a similar plot...

The New Jeopardy (5, Interesting)

gwjc (181552) | more than 9 years ago | (#9640947)

Firstly, I don't think he's cheating. People we're speculating on it the last time he was /.'d but he's just under too much scrutiny. The elimination of the five win rule set the stage for this new form of Jeopardy and I can't see how it can change from here unless the reinstate the rule. Ken will stay on top until someone like Ken but better comes along, and it stands to reason that whoever can beat him will remain unbeatable for a long run until some equally rare triv-master knocks them out. I noticed that last night when he referred to himself as a 'nerd' Trebek quickly insisted he was anything but; He used to seem more antagonistic to him. It's like Alex has Stockholm syndrome now that his show has been taken hostage by Ken. I wonder if the people who select the questions will deliberately start stacking the questions to exploit his weakspots or maybe they won't given the ratings boost he's bringing them.
Anyway, here's to Ken!
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