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Adieu to Ken Jennings

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the he's-not-dead-he's-a-millionaire dept.

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IllogicalStudent writes "The Toronto Star is reporting that the episode of Jeopardy where Ken Jennings (a.k.a. 'The Jeopardy Guy') finally loses aired this evening. It came down to a 2-person finish (3rd had -2600 at the end of Double Jeopardy, and was eliminated) between Ken and opponent Nancy Zerg, with the final category being Business & Industry. Ken answered 'Fed Ex' to the question 'Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year,' when the correct answer was 'H&R Block.' Ken finished his record-streak with just over $2.5 Million."

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To get the comments out of the way (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959160)

1. Thanks for telling me AFTER it aired! Now I missed it!

2. Thanks for spoiling! Now I know what happens!

Hey now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959261)

It's already aired in most time zones. It's not like the rumors weren't around since it was taped in September and the audio on the net this morning. Hell NPR even announced it as a "rumor" this afternoon.

Well I searched for /.'s own "lone gunmen are dead" but couldn't find it. However I did find this Jennings spoiler from 9/9 [slashdot.org] .

Re:Hey now (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959270)

Uh, EST and CST aren't most time zones. You've still got MST and PST, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

Re:To get the comments out of the way (1)

phaln (579585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959296)

They've been reporting his progress before airtime for a while now... Oh well.

Thanks (0)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959163)

for the spoiler alert.

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959232)

It was all over the news weeks ago, h0mer.

Re:Thanks (5, Insightful)

elsilver (85140) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959289)

Yes we knew it was coming, but didn't know when, or how.

Some kind of spoiler alert would have been nice. Although I'm not sure how to do that. What is the headline? What's the lead paragraph? How do you attract people to the article without letting them know that tonight is the night?

Well, I've got two hours to think about answers to those questions (or is it questions for those answers?) before it airs.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959164)

fp!

A moment of silence... (5, Funny)

Bryan Gividen (739949) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959166)

For our fallen nerd hero.

Re:A moment of silence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959201)

"A moment of silence... For our fallen nerd hero."

Speak for yourself. He was no nerd, more like a parrot.

Re:A moment of silence... (5, Funny)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959310)

No, not nerdy enough, yet.

> between Ken and opponent Nancy Zerg

Looks like Jeopardy should've done the Zergling rush a little earlier this year.

Ahhhh, that's nerdlier.

Re:A moment of silence... (4, Funny)

phaln (579585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959271)

The College Jeopardy winner wagered $1,337 in Final Jeopardy... seems more like the geek hero to me :)

first post...first time..yippeee... (0, Flamebait)

nukepapa (683947) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959167)

alas, ken....you were not meant to be a billionaire.

Re:first post...first time..yippeee... (2, Funny)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959200)

Nice job at the first 3rd post ever.

Re:first post...first time..yippeee... (1)

freeJustin (751573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959211)

First as in third. good for you.

Emails from the Void (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959170)

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Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:40:18 -0800
From: "contactus" <contactus@onstar.com>
Subject: RE:Question [#107500]
To: janetsboobie3000@yahoo.com
Message-ID:&nbsp ; <eGain@32678Wed24Nov200413.40.18>
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Dear Ms. Andreeson,

Thank you for taking the time to e-mail OnStar.

It sounds like your aunt my be "pulling your leg." OnStar does not have the
capability to physically see inside a vehicle or any other location. Even if
this capability was available, OnStar would not disclose such information.

If you have any other concerns, please feel free to contact the OnStar Customer
Care Department at 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827), prompt 4, between the hours
of 6am and 1am EST.

Sincerely,

Krista
OnStar Information Specialist
--Original Message--
From: janetsboobie3000@yahoo.com
Date: 11/22/04
To: contactus@onstar.com
Subject: Question[#107500]

Are you a current OnStar subscriber? : No

OnStar Account Number:

Name: Lisa Andreeson
Email Address: janetsboobie3000@yahoo.com

Address: 762 Mattamuskeet Road
City: Hampton
State: Virginia
Zip/Postal Code: 23666

Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:

Message: hi, I was just curious... my aunt went on a car trip last week... she
has a 2004 Cadilac with onstar. anyways, she says she came up to a wreck scene
on the side of the road. a car was upside down in a ditch full of water, no
other cars were there, so it had just happened. my aunt says she called the onstar
people and the onstar person said that there was a person thrown out of the
wrecked car, and said they were lying in the ditch on the other side of the road,
so my aunt looked and there they were! then later, when a rescuer was trying to
get a baby seat out of the wrecked car in the ditch, he fell over backwards in
the water. my aunt says the onstar person asked who was that that just fell
down? my question is can onstar really see what's happenenig like this? can yall
look in on a crash scene somehow and see what's there? thank you -Lisa

Receive periodic e-mail from OnStar? Yes

Re:Emails from the Void (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959316)

"Krista
OnStar Information Specialist"

Now wtf is that?

FedEx? (5, Insightful)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959173)

Does anyone else think he just got burned out and decided to be done?

Re:FedEx? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959193)

> Does anyone else think he just got burned out and decided to be done?

Either that or his earpiece implant malfunctioned... ^_^

Re:FedEx? (2, Insightful)

Phleg (523632) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959243)

FedEx was actually a marginally reasonable guess. I would assume that a very large percentage of their business comes during Christmas.

Re:FedEx? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959285)

I would have said UPS before FedEx. FedEx's business is still primarily corporate rather than consumer.

Re:FedEx? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959314)

But none of that would require white collar workers.

Re:FedEx? (2, Interesting)

Mikail (817047) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959252)

I kind of wondered that too. Seems like a relatively easy question to miss for someone who won around $2.5 million on Jeopardy... Sure FedEx may get busy around the holidays, but they're doing stuff the rest of the year too. Not many taxes to do at H&R Block most of the year...

Re:FedEx? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959255)

Looked to me like he threw the game.

Re:FedEx? (1, Funny)

eamonman (567383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959293)

Yeah, I mean if someone wants to claim that some mail company is lazy and slow (and hence only works 4 months in the year), at least attack the ones that seem slower. ;)

FedEx is IMO the fastest & most reliable of the FedEx/UPS/USPS gang. What was Ken thinking?

Re:FedEx? (2, Funny)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959325)

DHL FO' LIFE! REC'ONIZE!

Re:FedEx? (5, Informative)

standards (461431) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959309)

Does anyone else think he just got burned out and decided to be done?

Nah. Ken did well during the last round, and he looked a little sad to go. Ken missed two daily doubles (they were tough), plus the final jeapordy answer didn't come to him. Ken wasn't obliterated during the match in any way, but missing both daily doubles PLUS the final jeapordy question did him in.

That being said, the woman who won clearly played a great game. She deserved to win this one. She didn't answer many questions, but when she did they were the high-value questions.

Ken can go home with all that money and the pride that comes with being such an incredible champion.

Congrats to "today's" new champion. She outplayed Ken on today's match.

Re:FedEx? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959389)

So if she is smarter than Ken then we can expect her to beat Ken's 2.5 Million dollar record?

Re:FedEx? (1)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959315)

I'm thinking the same thing. I'll admit H&R Block though obvious in retropect wouldn't have imediately come to mind to me, but Fed-Ex?

Maybe he's decided to retire with his winnings and the book deal that sure to come.

Re:FedEx? (1)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959324)

Eh, if he was tired of playing he could have just said "I'm done", not like anyone was holding a gun to his head. Retiring as an undefeated champion would have made him even more of a legend as well.

Also keep in mind they film several at at time in blocks, so it's likely this was either 2nd or 3rd of the day (or there were several more to film that day perhaps). Unlikely that he would just all of the sudden up and decide to throw a match.

Geez, how about a Spoiler Warning? (3, Funny)

mad.frog (525085) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959175)

Those of on the west coast haven't seen this episode yet.

Those of us on the West Coast with TiVo won't see it for hours yet.

Thanks, I've been following this for months, now you spoil it.

Pinheads.

Re:Geez, how about a Spoiler Warning? (5, Funny)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959195)

it was already spoiled one and a half months ago [slashdot.org]

Re:Geez, how about a Spoiler Warning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959219)

Can't TiVo air programs from the future? Or did they remove that option?

Re:Geez, how about a Spoiler Warning? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959353)

At least this isn't the X-files, eh? ;)

Good job (1)

Porchroof (726270) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959177)

And a job well done.

Silly Ken (5, Funny)

Spatula Sam (770957) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959179)

The correct incorrect answer is "Who is FedEx?"

Re:Silly Ken (1)

BinaryOpty (736955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959373)

You mean the correct incorrect question.

finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959180)

finally someone took ken out
he got pwned

Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959182)

Ken answered "Fed Ex." to the question 'Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year,' when the correct answer was 'H&R Block.'
Dumbass.

Lost to whom? (3, Funny)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959183)

Nancy Zerg?!

Fear the Swarm!

Nancy Zerg (1)

Xeo 024 (755161) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959233)

Certainly sounds like a robot. Figures, only an automaton could have defeated Ken.

This is a sad day indeed.
Robots 1
Humans 0

Re:Lost to whom? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959278)

I had actually submitted this article with the heading "Ken Jennings gets Zerg rushed"

Re:Lost to whom? (3, Funny)

nebaz (453974) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959327)

Nancy "Kerrigan" Zerg? Hmmm...

Zerg always has the end game (3, Funny)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959185)

When you upgrade overlord speed and allow troop transport, the biggest imbalance in the game occurs.

Nah (1)

jbellis (142590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959382)

it's the dark swarm + ultralisks.

how is this news for nerds? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959188)

who cares.

(Fanfare) (1)

ALeavitt (636946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959190)

Cue the "Zerg rush r0x0rs" posts...

Kens final jeopardy answer..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959194)

OMFG!!ZERG FAG33T!!LOL!!!1!1!

Well that's the problem right there... (1)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959204)

blockquoth the submitter:
Ken answered 'Fed Ex' to the question 'Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year,'
No wonder he lost. He forgot to phrase his 'answer' in the form of a question.

;p

Re:Well that's the problem right there... (1)

Clay Pigeon -TPF-VS- (624050) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959265)

You dont need to do that in Final jeopardy last time I checked.

Re:Well that's the problem right there... (1)

Afromelonhead (730368) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959290)

I watched the episode, and he responded like so:

What is
Fed-Ex?

ARGH! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959205)

god damn change the fucking article introduction to hide the fucking spoiler.

fuck. put a spoiler alert up there for goodness sake!

OMIGOD! (4, Funny)

scaramush (472955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959206)

Ken was zerged!!! [urbandictionary.com]



(imagines Ken being swarmed by thousands of tiny Nancies....)

Re:OMIGOD! (1)

phaln (579585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959338)

Haha, somehow I knew this was gonna become part of the lexicon in record time.

Said he's going to keep his job (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959207)

During the little Q&A with Alex tonight, Ken said he was going to keep his job as a software engineer -- said he loves the people he works with, will likely work less hours.

Does anybody know what company Ken works for? Or, what tools he uses? I wonder if he's a Java-guy, a Linux-guy, or what ...

SLL

Re:Said he's going to keep his job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959374)

Does anybody know what company Ken works for? Or, what tools he uses? I wonder if he's a Java-guy, a Linux-guy, or what ...

Microsoft. ^_^

It's interesting to note... (4, Funny)

ath0mic (519762) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959210)

that apparently Ken does his own taxes :)

Re:It's interesting to note... (4, Funny)

Feyr (449684) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959250)

hahaha no i don't think he does anymore :)

3 Hours Difference (1)

tonecapo (812733) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959212)

What are east and west coast time zones?

Freakin' Zerg... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959213)

"What is, gogogo ?"

Dumb gag that only Aussies will get (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959319)

G-O-GG-O

Stupid Editors and Posters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959216)

Good god when will slashdot stop posting shit like this on the front page. Lone Gunmen again!

2.5 million! (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959217)

With that kind of cash, he could sure buy a lot of wives.
What were we thinking when we 'outlawed' polygamy?

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959218)

The Lone Gunmen are dead

Wow. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959229)

I'd use UPS from now on if I were him.

Jeopardy Guy?! (1)

tylernt (581794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959237)

(a.k.a. "The Jeopardy Guy")

And here I thought the Jeopardy Guy was Alex Trebek.

Re:Jeopardy Guy?! (1)

Throtex (708974) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959312)

I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of Ken soon... ... as the new host of Jeopardy.

threw the game (4, Interesting)

Agent Drek (18979) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959238)

Nice round number to throw it at '75' games. It looked like he was faking it.

OMG! (5, Funny)

RealProgrammer (723725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959241)

You've killed Kenny!

4 months? (1)

opusman (33143) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959242)

How can I get a job with H&R Block?

Re:4 months? (1)

DoubleD (29726) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959299)

" How can I get a job with H&R Block?"

Yeah but it is 4 months straight, no weekends, no free time, only eating(while working), sleeping(little), and work.*

Still want that job?

*Anecdotal evidence from having a CPA as a housemate.

Why he lost (1)

MeatBlast (834728) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959245)

Jennings lost because he wasn't good at a few categorys. He didn't get any of the Seinfeld ctaegory and was lackluster on a few others. As soon as I saw the seinfeld category I said "Maybe he'll lose because he never watched Seinfeld". I was surpirsed I was right because he seemed like the type who would watch Seinfeld.

Whats "Adios" in Korean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959248)

In Korea, only old people win jeopardy marathons.

Ummm... (1)

jbltk (801038) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959254)

he asked "What is FedEx?" to the answer "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year."

Sheesh.

Kekekekekekeke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959259)

KEKEKEKEKEKEKE, Zerg Rush! ^____^

Seriously though, I bid you farewell good sir.

How the hell? (1)

9mm Censor (705379) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959263)

Do you come up with an answer like Fed Ex?

Re:How the hell? (1)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959297)

Well there's this company. It's called FedEx. It has employees that do a huge amount of their work during the winter, which is a season. I can slow down if I'm going too fast.

Re:How the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959333)

Fedex (and other delivery services) do most of their business around Christmas. They have so much to deliver you can sometimes see them driving around in U-Haul vans and what not, because they have no available trucks.

Zerg Rush!!! (1)

dupper (470576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959264)

kekekekekeke!!1!

Bye Bye Nancy (1)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959272)

All bets in on Nancy losing tomorrow.

20 bucks says (2, Funny)

jbltk (801038) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959276)

Ken Jennings gets an endorsement deal with either FedEx or H&R Block. It's the American way!

Old News (3, Interesting)

CAR912 (788234) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959277)

I downloaded the final Jeopardy! audio clip yesterday from this website [kottke.org] , but now the clip has been removed. (Stupid lawyers) Also, good 'ol Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] has a good story, and also had the news/info yesterday somehow.

Who is Ken Jennings? (1)

Spruce Moose (1857) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959281)

Ha ha.

ZERG RUSH!!! (1)

dupper (470576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959301)

kekekekekeke!!1! ^_^

Come on, you were all thinking it.

Obligatory Nelson Muntz (1)

Hard_Code (49548) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959305)

HA HA!

AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! (1)

Mastadex (576985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959311)

NANCY ZERG RUSH'D HIM!

Good choice for a Slashdot interview? (4, Insightful)

JLyle (267134) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959313)

Don't know if he reads Slashdot but it might make for an interesting interview.

Re:Good choice for a Slashdot interview? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959361)

Except we'd have to do it in reverse. We'd select the top 10 answers, and he'd respond with the appropriate questions.

torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959317)

anyone got a torrent?

Free tax prep for life (1)

breadiu (706188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959335)

H&R Block has offered KenJen free tax preparation for life.

Shades of Quiz Show (1)

SbooX (181758) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959339)

*/me dons tin foil hat

I don't know the true stories behind the movie Quiz Show [imdb.com] , but anyone else remember how the contestants who were given the answers all along were made to take a dive on an easy question? This seems fairly similar I hate to say it. Fed Ex is clearly a blue collar job, not white collar. Certainly anyone whos won that many times on Jeopardy would know the difference.

*/me removes tin foil hat

Or maybe he really is just human after all.

Missed three critical questions (5, Informative)

miltimj (605927) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959346)

For all those who said he got beat bad, 0wn3d, or intentionally lost, you obviously didn't see the show.

He bet big like he usually does on two Daily Doubles, and lost about $6K on each... they both were more difficult than average questions (IMO), and it seemed that he just didn't know them. If he would've bet 1/2 what he did, he would've been statistically unbeatable going into the final jeopardy question.

(He was leading $14,400 to $10,000 going into the final answer)

Next Winner is... (1)

Lord Pillage (815466) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959347)

Jack Protoss, or maybe Diane Terran... Anyway, we all know the match was rigged and that Ken Jennings is really a robot.... or.... got a computer implanted in his brain by the FBI to retrieve information from the Soviets.... whichever it is, we're all doomed anyway. All hail Ken Jennings, future enslaver of the human race.

ultimate geek matchup (2, Funny)

Graymalkn (115421) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959348)

That is the ultimate geek matchup: Ken Jennings vs the Zerg vs 2600.

Someone has to say it. (5, Funny)

nefele (654499) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959352)

I, for one, welcome our new Zerg overlords.

ReplayTV (2, Informative)

miltimj (605927) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959362)

If anyone has a ReplayTV, missed the episode, and wants it, let me know and I'll send it to you...

Globe and Mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10959369)

The Globe and Mail had this on its front page this morning, too, and it was delivered here by 4am. They knew yesterday with plenty of time to print.

Globe and Mail is better than TorStar anyways...

Was The Game Show Rigged To Get Ratings? (3, Interesting)

Junior Samples (550792) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959377)

But Jeopardy! executives aren't complaining; ratings were up 22 per cent over the same period last time.

Does this suggest anything?

Is anybody old enough to remember the the "64 Thousand Dollar Question" game show back in the 50s? Remember the isolation booths and the network scandal that resulted after it was discovered that the show was rigged for the ratings? I do!

Bastogne (1)

Thanos421 (709657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10959379)

Was anyone else shocked that he missed the Patton daily double about the Battle of the Bulge? Even Alex seemed a little suprised at that one.
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