Friday Time Sink: Ask Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings Anything

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Social news site, Reddit, features an interesting section called Ask Me Anything (AMA) wherein people in certain fields or areas of expertise can open themselves up to questions from the rest of the Reddit community.

Well guess who recently showed up to field questions? None other than 74-time Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings. He’s standing next to Trebek in the above photo—looks pretty unassuming, huh?

The post has upwards of 5,000 comments on it already, many of them as questions to Jennings. His answers are interesting, funny and entertaining—here are a few choice snippets from the post:

What category would be a nightmare for you?

I remember COUNTRY MUSIC kept showing up. That or HOCKEY. Least favorite categories. Basically anything with a mullet is my Jeopardy kryptonite.

What has been the single biggest change in your life since your epic winning streak, besides the money?

Old people can’t keep their dry, lilac-scented hands off me. Man, do old people ever love Jeopardy. I can’t go anywhere in public where there might be old people, like Hallmark stores or cemeteries.

Have you spent any time with Trebek outside the confines of the Jeopardy studio? Do you send him Christmas cards? Does he come over for dinner?

Alex and I don’t get to hang out much due to the convoluted Jeopardy security requirements. I saw him at last year’s National Geographic Bee in DC (he hosts, I was doing research for my next book, Maphead, about geography geeks).

So I don’t know the guy real well. He’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Perry Ellis suit.

Will you write a limerick for Reddit, please?

There once was a host named Trebek, Whose mustache was sexy as heck. It would have been weird If he’d grown a big beard, Like Conan, or Riker on Trek.

Do you often get recognized in public?

Yes, it’s like the first scene in A Hard Day’s Night every time I leave the house, except all the girls are all in their eighties.

Do most people in the audience get your awesome sense of humour? Or do they politely laugh and give you confused looks?

I think you are projecting here.

Do the contestants and Trebek practice the “get to know the contestants” banter?

Obviously not.

What’s your favorite form of knowledge absorption? Books? Internet? Documentaries?


So all that above, times about a thousand. See everyone back here on Monday. Click here for the full post.

Big thanks to Techland reader “thebonafortuna” for sending this in!

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