of Kenilworth, Ill,
is now the winningest woman in Jeopardy!
history, the third winningest non-tournament player, and she isn't done. She'll be playing her 20th game tomorrow night, wherein followers hope she'll break the $400,000 mark on her steady climb.
You can catch up on her run at YouTube.
One of the champions whose records she has now surpassed is Arthur Chu
, who has also made big waves this week, speaking out on misogyny in geek culture,
in response to the murders in Isla Vista. Writes Chu: The overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to 'earn,' to 'win.'
The show's history and the iconic host's banter seem to reveal
that in terms of gender, Jeopardy!
is not, as etymology would have it, "an evenly divided game," but could this be the year things change?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on May 29, 2014 -
Parlaying TV ubiquity into a stable career is hard enough. The fact that Jeopardy legend Ken Jennings has done this merely by being the smartest guy in your living room seems like nothing less than a minor miracle
posted by Chrysostom
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Alex, I'll take "Kickass Text Analysis Algorithms" for a thousand, please. "Over the rest of the day [at IBM labs] Watson went on a tear, winning four of six games. It displayed remarkable facility with cultural trivia (“This action flick starring Roy Scheider in a high-tech police helicopter was also briefly a TV series” — “What is ‘Blue Thunder’?”), science (“The greyhound originated more than 5,000 years ago in this African country, where it was used to hunt gazelles” — “What is Egypt?”) and sophisticated wordplay (“Classic candy bar that’s a female Supreme Court justice” — “What is Baby Ruth Ginsburg?”)."
Next up, a live match up against human winners of Jeopardy
. But of course the real question is how good are you
? Can you beat Watson?
posted by storybored
on Jun 23, 2010 -
The J! Archive
is an impressive collection of answers and questions from Jeopardy! It includes not only every answer (of those revealed on the show), but also the correct and incorrect questions supplied by the contestants, how much was wagered on each Daily Double and Final Jeopardy, and the contestant's scores after Single and Double Jeopardy. [more inside]
posted by jlub
on Oct 4, 2007 -
"So, like many of you, I’m sure, I have this huge styrofoam version of my head sitting in the garage."
-- Ken Jennings, former unstoppable Jeopardy!
killing machine, blogs
posted by Gator
on Jun 27, 2006 -
Ken Jennings, why have you forsaken me?
Mr. Kottke, best known for breaking the Teacup Dome scandal, is now reporting that Ken Jennings has lost his 75th game. For the record today he will play his 42nd game, so he still has a long way to go. Perhaps most interesting is that the AP, etc. are all picking up on this but not giving direct credit to Kottke -- as seen in this Slashdot thread
posted by geoff.
on Sep 9, 2004 -
How long can he go?
Jeopardy streak hits $697760 for 21 consecutive days.
This guys is simply amazing to watch
. He's had more airtime than some tv stars. Any bets to how long he can go?
posted by blahblah
on Jul 1, 2004 -
I'll take great jobs for $100, Alex.
My favorite quote: "I used to joke that I mentioned how I collected caps, so I wind up getting a lot of caps. I should have mentioned that I collect Rolex watches and see what happened." Fluffy, but fun.
posted by baylink
on Oct 30, 2000 -