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Ken Jennings Gets a New Challenge

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the ken-tv dept.

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insomniakxz writes "Producers of Jeopardy announced Tuesday a "Super Tournament," which will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition between nearly 150 past five-time winners with a prize of $2 million. Host Alex Trebek called the tournament the "quest for Ken.""

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Ken is smart (5, Insightful)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216763)

He not only knows just about everything, but he's also remarkably good at putting together the pieces and figuring out a tough question that he didn't already know.

I remember one question "After several decades off it, works by this man seen here have returned to The New York Times bestsellers list in 2003"

He didn't recognize the picture at all, but figured it might be Tolkein given the LOTR craze (nobody else got it). That's damn quick thinking, and he answers a lot of questions that way, i.e. without knowing the answer beforehand - he works through trivia questions the way you'd work a math problem. Most jeopardy players rely solely on their memory banks, and that's how he beats them.

More importantly (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216801)

He can click the buzzer faster than any human mind could comprehend. He wins becuase no one else gets a chance to answer

Re:More importantly (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217050)

Er. And what about the penalty for clicking before the question's been read, eh? I'm sorry but a man with parkinsons clicking randomly couldn't win consistentlu like KEN DOES.

Re:Ken is smart (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216818)

He's fast at pushin the button as well.

Re:Ken is smart (-1, Flamebait)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216825)

"He didn't recognize the picture at all, but figured it might be Tolkein given the LOTR craze (nobody else got it)"

I think that says more about his opponents lack of talent than what talent Ken might have. How big a rock would you have to live under to not realise what the question was about?
There are children locked in wicker baskets in the middle of the amazon that have been exposed to the LOTR marketing machine for fucks sake, don't tell me you're surprised that one squeaky clean mormon with a head for stats can piece two and two together.

Re:Ken is smart (5, Interesting)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216829)

I was on Jeopardy when they came through Miami about 8 years ago or so. I lost bad. This sounds so stupid but, I am considered by everyone I know to be the "smartest" person they know. Even with trivia and general knowledge, as much as computers. It is hard to think that quickly, under so much stress. Not to mention the other two people are the smartest person thier friends know. What Ken Jennings did was amazing.
What are the odds they put on the best there is and ever will be, right after the end of the 5 day format? (any stat hounds wanna take a stab?)
I truly doubt that the others stand a chance against him. I know I wouldn't, and I made the show.

I should have studied foods that start with the letter Q.

Re:Ken is smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216910)

I should have studied foods that start with the letter Q.

What is a Quail Egg?

Re:Ken is smart (1)

renehollan (138013) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216935)

Simpler: "What is a Quail?"

Quail are eaten and therefore qualify as food (and yes, even eaten by people).

Re:Ken is smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217012)

Quail is quite yummy. Especially chopped up and wrapped in lettuce. Mmmmm...

Re:Ken is smart (4, Interesting)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216922)

Knowing the answer and pressing the buzzer isn't always enough. A friend of mine was on recently and lost a question because she asked, "What is a glass harmonium," instead of, "What is a glass harmonica?" She told me later that she knew the answer at the time, but the wrong word just came out.

Re:Ken is smart (3, Interesting)

adavidw (31941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217174)

I saw that one.

I thought that was a weird question because harmonium's such a less common word. If you were guessing at that clue, you'd say
"harmonica", because that's a word that would spill out of your brain faster. If you actually used the word "harmonium", that would seem to indicate to me actual knowledge of a correct question, since that word would be harder to come up with otherwise. Your friend using "harmonium" and being wrong just didn't sit well with me. It didn't make sense. I'm glad to hear that it's because of a brain failure, because that makes more sense to me.

(I actually knew the correct answer before anyone buzzed in, but the linguistic aspect of the word selection is what intrigues me about this incident)

Re:Ken is smart (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216936)

I should have studied foods that start with the letter Q.

What is a quacker-jack?

Re:Ken is smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217107)

You would be supprised what people manage to find on the internet... Quacker-Jack [yumyum.com]

Re:Ken is smart (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216945)

At this point, you think he might be a seasoned veteran at the game.

That in itself probably snow balled his jeopardy career.

After a while I wonder if he even worried about making any more money. I really would like to know if he ever felt the pressure was just gone.

Re:Ken is smart (1, Interesting)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217140)

At some point if I were in Ken's position I'd like to think that I would start playing for charities. Ie, today I'm playing for the Doctor's Without Borders foundation. Or I'm playing for the ACLU or such and such cancer research fund. Then again I could also take the money I would be giving to charity and invest it. Then I could give them (and probably many others) even more money in a few years or every couple of years based soley on the growth. I started investing in the stock market in July and I've literally doubled up so far this year to date. It's probably beginner's luck but I have a lot of it apparently. I'd like to think that I could at least make some decent profit on my winnings. Hell the market average is 11%. 11% of 2 million is $220k. That's certainly nothing to scoff at. Anyhow, that's what I'd like to think I'd do if I were ever in that position.

Re:Ken is smart (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217259)

He's a Mormon so the Mormon church is getting around $200,000

Re:Ken is smart (2, Funny)

JoshRosenbaum (841551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217179)

>>This sounds so stupid but, I am considered by everyone I know to be the "smartest" person they know.

Yes it does, especially since this is slashdot, and everyone you know probably amounts to about 3 people. ;)

-- Josh

Re:Ken is smart (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217193)

That's right Al! You lost! And Let me tell you what you didn't win...

Re:Ken is smart (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216980)


I can't hope to comment intelligently in this discussion since I'm only smrt smart, but shouldn't this newly-discovered natural resource be busy working on cold fusion or causing world peace with his sheer brainpower?

Oh, wait, he's going to be a TV star and that trumps all.

Re:Ken is smart (2, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217077)

busy working on cold fusion or causing world peace with his sheer brainpower?

You have to give him the answer rather than a question.

Re:Ken is smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217054)

but he's also remarkably good at putting together the pieces and figuring out a tough question that he didn't already know.

Ahhh.. you mean like this [ebaumsworld.com] ? :)

Just kidding, really. He probably just said that as a joke anyways. He was already kicking ass and had nothing more to play for at that point of the the show.

help!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217158)

help!! [slashdot.org]

Re:Ken is smart (1)

professorfalcon (713985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217254)

He not only knows just about everything, but he's also remarkably good at putting together the pieces and figuring out a tough question that he didn't already know.

Sounds like software development.

lolezz (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216767)

shout out to jbear

fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216768)

first!

Re:fp? (-1, Offtopic)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216786)

Not even close [slashdot.org] , AC. Get yourself a subscription! :)

Re:fp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216806)

Ah, if it weren't for the 20 second time delay between reply and post, I would've done it...

Re:fp? (0, Offtopic)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216934)

Pssst. Dumbass. You're not supposed to respond to FP posts at all, let alone AC FPs: it shows up when the rest of us read at +1.

This has been my weak-weekly comment on meta-comments. Please mod "mod parent [up/down]" comments offtopic.

ratings (4, Insightful)

NetMagi (547135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216771)

ken jennings was the best thing to happen to jeopardy in years. . .

what a way to grab more ratings :)

Re:ratings (1)

douthitb (714709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216893)

Remember the movie "Quiz Show"? I think I smell a conspiracy!

Re:ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216914)

How long was Nancy Zerg streak ?

Re:ratings (1)

Dhalka226 (559740) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217197)

Meh, no disrespect to the parent poster, but is it really +4 Insightful to say that a television show is doing something in an attempt to get ratings?

30 seconds over soon? (1)

czion3 (612261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216776)

Will Ken Jennings 30 seconds will be over by then? IMHO I do not think that the new show will be as big as the streak.

Why would you want it to end? (2)

higuy48 (568572) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216830)

I can't understand people who are "getting sick" of Ken Jennings. Why should he automatically be limited to the standard 15 minutes? He's reportedly the new spokesman for Encarta. Tell me why he shouldn't be a bona fide celeb after what he did for all those weeks.

Re:Why would you want it to end? (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216895)

I'm getting sick of hearing about him. his story of intelligence being rewarded is nice, but this is complete non-event to anyone who doesn't live in the US and watch Jeopardy.

the first story was fine, the second was bearable, but this is now at least the sixth story about him. he should have his own fucking topic!

Re:Why would you want it to end? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217263)

I dunno.. maybe because winning at Jeopardy isn't this wonderfull intellectual achievment people make it out to be? There use to be a time when knowing trivia was considered trivial. Now it's as if Ken Jennings won the Nobel prize.

As far as celebrity, well you've got me there. But then that's not really such a high post these days, considering the company [askmen.com]

Re:Why would you want it to end? (0, Troll)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217266)

However, since he's a Moron, he won't be hiring hookers or doing 99.9% pure coke. Poor guy, he's missing out.

Foods that end in "amburger" (4, Funny)

UnCivil Liberty (786163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216778)

They went with the wrong theme, clearly they should pit Ken Jennings against Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds... er.. Turd Ferguson.

"I've gotta ask you about 'the Penis Mightier'"
"No, no, no, no, no, that is 'the Pen is Mightier'"

Re:Foods that end in "amburger" (4, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216821)

For laughs at work we'll occasionally shout things at each other including:
  • A leather glove!
  • I'll take the rapists for 200!
  • I'm the cock of the walk!
  • The day is mine!
lol.... best SNL skit ever.

Of course there's also "AFLAC!" followed by "AFLAC ACK!" followed by "AFLAC FIN ACK!" if you've got nothing else to say. We even have one of their stuffed ducks (but no supplemental insurance).

Don't forget... (2, Funny)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216932)

"An Album Cover"

Anal bum cover

And of course:

Alex Trebek: And finally, Sean Connery's also here let's move on to Double Jeopardy where the categories -

Sean Connery: Not so fast Trebek.

Alex Trebek: I really thought that was going to work.

Sean Connery: Well, you were wrong, you mountebank. I pose a conundrum to ya, I riddle if you will

Alex Trebek: I don't want to hear it.

Sean Connery: What's the difference between you and a mallard with a cold? One's a sick duck and I can't remember how it ends, but your mother's a whore.

Here is the clue... (1)

falser (11170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217114)

"ASIA"

(those who know the episode will get it)

I wonder (-1, Troll)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216783)


Does this mean that Ken Jennings can move back in with Alex Trebek???

Re:I wonder (1)

bryan986 (833912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216991)

So thats how Ken knew all the answers!

Nice vacation now it's back to work (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216797)

At least he got a break. Curious to see if he can recreate the success. So long as they keep the questions obscure enough he'll clean up. Nice to see some one get fame based on what they know.

Ken Jennings is a... (4, Interesting)

sharkb8 (723587) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216805)

Ken is a Jeopardy producer's wet dream. I imagine weeks before he lost, Trebek, et al. were trying to figure out how to wring more rating from the lowly Mormon kid.

They might as well just write him the check and have him dress up in a monkey outfit and dance around on stage for a couple of hours.

Maybe they could rip off Ben Stein and create a pilot for "Win Ken Jenning's Money". Oh, and make it for more than $3K a show.

Re:Ken Jennings is a... (4, Interesting)

Cylix (55374) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216966)

Hell I just liked watching Ben Stein.

Is he really that bright?

You do have to ask yourself that question...

I want to see Ken and Ben battle it out...

Maybe they get to play with their own money and it's a winner take all? I would actually watch that show. As it stands now, when I watch Jeopardy I just think to myself, "Jesus /I'm/ getting old... look at his grey hair."

Re:Ken Jennings is a... (1)

xenocide2 (231786) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217081)

Well, he may or may not be "that bright," but he happened to be around the White House when a lot of the Big News was going down. He happened to be a speech writer and lawyer for Nixon (now there's a tough gig).

Not to nitpick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216993)

...but it was $5K a show. Hmm, I guess that is a nitpick :P

Re:Ken Jennings is a... (1)

Class Act Dynamo (802223) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217035)

I think the Ben Stein show would still be on if, perhaps, it was a bit more extreme. Instead of "Win Ben Stein's Money" it should have been "Win Ben Stein's Life". Various aspects of his life are up for grabs. For Example: "Ok the following question is for $200 and Thursday night with my wife..." The questions would be just as intellectual; the stakes would just be higher. People would watch that!

Re:Ken Jennings is a... (4, Funny)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217159)

have him dress up in a monkey outfit and dance around on stage for a couple of hours.

Can't do that. Steve Ballmer's lawyers would be on him like flies on shit.

Who else? (4, Insightful)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216811)

I'm just wondering, does anyone think another contestant has a chance?

Ken went for so many days because he's smart... after he's played for over a month of shows he has such a big advantage. Other players might have been on 10 shows at most (tournaments), but they didn't have the exposure Ken did.

Someone would have to be a lot better to beat Ken, but I haven't seen other contestants play.

Re:Who else? (5, Insightful)

Coward, Anonymous (55185) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216890)

does anyone think another contestant has a chance?

I do. If Ken had been on the show in an earlier year he would have left after his 5 day run and few people would know who he is. The question is how many people like him did come in earlier years, had their 5 day run, and left without much press or fanfare? My guess is at least one. Maybe he is the best player the show has ever had, but that would be pretty coincidental for the best player ever to come on shortly after they did away with the 5-day elimination rule.

Even if he is the best ever, he has gotten a number of Final Jeopardy questions wrong. Typically when that happened he had double the money of second place contestant so it didn't matter. It seems unlikely he'll be in that position in the tournament, so as to the question of whether anyone else has a chance then the answer is yes, even if Ken is the best ever, for the simple reason that he might miss the Final Jeopardy question.

Re:Who else? (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216976)

If Ken had been on the show in an earlier year he would have left after his 5 day run and few people would know who he is.

I agree. I happen to know the first undefeated 5-day champion from when the show first came back on the air. Nobody's heard of her, nobody remembers her but she doesn't care. She just gets on with her life and doesn't worry about it. She's also glad she never came up against Ken, because he's so fast and so sharp.

Calls not returned (5, Funny)

TheAdventurer (779556) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216813)

Ken Jennings was not available for comment, as he was busy sorting his money by the years in which the individual bills were printed. He then went about adding another 1000 movies to his list of favorite movies.

Re:Calls not returned (0, Offtopic)

jd (1658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217243)

Nonono, you've got it wrong. He sorted the bills by the years in which the specific ingredients for the dyes were first extracted, with the ingredients sorted in alphabetical order by chemical name.

Survivors? (2, Funny)

Nine Tenths of The W (829559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216815)

I know TV networks are always desperate for ratings, but isn't this going a bit far?

But we'll remember it as... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216816)

Host Alex Trebek called the tournament the "quest for Ken."

But in the year 2020, people will look back upon the event and remember it as "the day of ownage by that young Mormon dude."

Re:But we'll remember it as... (1)

bryan986 (833912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217003)

And the day he got beat by a girl with a lastname from starcraft.

Re:But we'll remember it as... (2, Funny)

pjbusby (838944) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217067)

Ken already rolled 75d20 and got 1500. Statistically, there is no reason why he can't do it again.

Yays! (1)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216817)

I'm spasming out of control as we speak!

Re:Yays! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216857)

I'm spasming out of control as we speak!

It helps to think about baseball.

Re:Yays! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216977)

...or double glazing?

Ken -- The Cyborg! (5, Funny)

Albinofrenchy (844079) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216820)

I'm fairly convinced the man is a cyborg with a constant uplink to google. One good way to test is to ask about french military victories, which would make Ken say "What is 'French military defeats.'" If you don't get that joke... It's not a hit on the french, just look it up.

This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting... (4, Interesting)

ikewillis (586793) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216822)

...than "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Finally, we'll see people winning millions by answering... "answers" like "These particles are either baryonic or fermionic" rather than bullshit questions like "What is the capital of California? A) Los Angeles B) San Diego C) Sacremento D) Dollywood"

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (1)

adeydas (837049) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216851)

apparently game shows like "who wants to be a millionare" tests every field of knowledge of the contestant, so i don't think putting off a particular field is such a bright idea.

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (5, Funny)

abh (22332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216905)

Ah, nothing quite like mocking the question and then spelling the correct answer... incorrectly.

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216944)

no no no... he spelt Dollywood right...

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216954)

Ah, but there is a Dollywood. [dollywood.com] Of course it's in Tennessee, not California.

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (1)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217105)

He spelt the correct answer wrong. Sacramento has two "A"s in it.

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217144)

You are one of the dumbest motherfuckers alive.

Re:This should be SUBSTANTIALLY more interesting.. (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217129)

Heh, for a bullshit question, you sure did blow it - it's "Sacramento" - not "Sacremento" :-)

Ah, now for the ultimate trivia - what city was the *first* capitol of California?

this is news for nerds/stuff that matters? (0, Troll)

russsell (185151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216835)

i've never seen the show or know who ken jennings is
i RTFA but still can't see a connection with slashot
anyone care to enlighten me?

Re:this is news for nerds/stuff that matters? (3, Informative)

higuy48 (568572) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216848)

Ken Jennings, software engineer, went on an unprecedented 75-show tear without losing on JEOPARDY! He won $2.5 million. He became a hero to nerds everywhere, making this /. newsworthy.

Re:this is news for nerds/stuff that matters? (1)

cmacmanus (713176) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216897)

Your grammar is making me tear.

Re:this is news for nerds/stuff that matters? (1, Insightful)

goon america (536413) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217047)

Mod me flamebait if you like, but I am of the opinion that entertainment news is almost never "stuff that matters."

News? (-1, Troll)

Lucky Tony (608908) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216841)

And this is on Slashdot because.......

Is he done with his current challenge? (4, Funny)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216843)

Getting a female to talk to him without looking at his wallet.

Re:Is he done with his current challenge? (1)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216864)

He's been married for a few years dude...

Re:Is he done with his current challenge? (1)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216884)

"He's been married for a few years dude..."

Guess you aren't from Hollywood. Being married is an attraction.

Or in /. speak, "its not a bug, its a feature."

Re:Is he done with his current challenge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216995)

More importantly, he's a married mormon. We all know how much they hate having more than one wife.

Re:Is he done with his current challenge? (1)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217163)

I think it's just amazing how ignorant people are when they talk about mormons. Do your research, and don't believe what you heard other people say about mormons, cause they don't know what they're talking about either.

Re:Is he done with his current challenge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217215)

Is that a big fat wallet in your pocket or are you just happy to se me ?...

Are you really this tall or are you sitting on your wallet (from a Barmaid of course)

Mm.. Anna Nicole Smith might have a thing or two for men with Enormous WALLETS..

Quest for Ken (2, Funny)

the lawn wrangler (842925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216908)

Will the Quest for Ken be anything at all like the Quest for Fire? Will there be more dialog?

Is it really that important? (0, Redundant)

Fruvous (776606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216918)

Ummm why is this on slashdot? Ok he kicked some serious Jepordy ass. Then he lost. I don't particuarly care about everything Mr. Jennings does. Is this really news?

Re:Is it really that important? (1, Funny)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217030)

Ok you slimy little piece of Troll-shit, listen up. This is News, because it's on /. Right? News for Nerds, pigfucker. It's news because /. says it is, dumbass. Our little Kenny is going on to bigger things than you will ever know AND WE SHOULD SUPPORT HIM!

i recognize that style of speech (1)

St. Arbirix (218306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217283)

For the war I presume?

Slashdot on Jepardy (0, Offtopic)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 9 years ago | (#11216929)

This company was mentioned on Slashdot over 50 times for its attacks on linux.

What is SCO? ;)

Re:Slashdot on Jepardy (1)

realdpk (116490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217011)

This is what only old people in Korea do.

This association of America has claimed responsibility for shutting down thousands of "blogs".

he does have a disadvantage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216957)

Some here have been saying that the producers must love this guy, and i agree. But if they wanted to take him out they could do an analysis on where he misses and concentrate on that. By winning so often he's handed them a lot of data to look at.

Or does he ever miss? I've only heard about this guy through a friend. [I can't believe i'm posting to a thread about a game-show]

-- subtropolis

Re:he does have a disadvantage (5, Funny)

UnCivil Liberty (786163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217138)

Or does he ever miss? I've only heard about this guy through a friend.
Video clip [ebaumsworld.com] of one of Ken's funnier misses.

Re:he does have a disadvantage (1)

kaedemichi255 (834073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217221)

Honestly, if I were put in the same shoes, I would've answered the same exact answer ;)

Yuo' Fail It... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11216962)

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Ken just arbitrary winner. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217019)

Lots of people could do what Ken Jennings did, he just happened to be the first really smart person on the show after they removed the 5 game limit or whatever they had before that limited the really smart people from winning time after time.

Well, I can't wait for it to end. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11217056)

I'm tired of hearing about Ken Jennings. Yes, he was a killer on Jeopardy; that's great. Bring on the next FAD, please. As long as it's not as dumb as that motherfucking Rally Monkey. I fucking hate that shit-throwing piece of shit. Fuck.

I know what the quest is for (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217080)

The Quest For Ratings has begun.

He's The Man (1)

SmoothDime (843393) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217139)

Ken Jennings is the coolest! Not only is he really smart but he's got such a great personality. I got his back 100%

Grammar people! (0, Redundant)

s2k2vidguy (753453) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217143)

"...which will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition between nearly 150 past five-time winners..."

It should be among not between. Sheesh!

Who Wants to be a Millionaire mistake (4, Informative)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 9 years ago | (#11217173)

I was watching a WWTBAM episode back when that was happening. It was a celebrity show that night. I remember they asked a Fastest Finger question where they screwed up the answer. Basically it was 'put these movie titles in chronological order based on the day of the week mentioned in their title.' One of the choices was "Any Given Sunday". I don't recall the rest. When the answers were tallied that movie however was listed last in the answer (ie, they said the week started on Monday instead of Sunday). A "week" is defined in the Gregorian calendar system as "a period of seven consecutive days starting on Sunday." And of course the Gregorian calendar is used throughout most of the modern world. Opps. A small mistake on their part. I'm actually quite surprised that simple of a mistake got through their editors and research dept. I've never seen a mistake quite so simple on Jeopardy before. They probably put out a lot more effort than WWTBAM did.
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