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Friday, May 11th, 2012

Follow Friday: @KenJennings

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Nobody has won Jeopardy! more times in a row (74) or made as much coin from the program ($3,172,700) than @KenJennings, so it's safe to say he is much smarter than you. Unfortunately he may also be funnier, if his tweets are any indication. Here's something else that's interesting about Ken Jennings: He hates me.

When Hurricane Irene was about to hit New York last August, Jennings from his comfortable home in the Pacific Northwest tweeted this:

Worse than hurricanes: people from the Northeast have to talk in an accent where "pawn shop" sounds just like "porn shop." Awkward.
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Ken Jennings

I was a bit annoyed.

@ Yeah that's a lot worse than a hurricane...
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Roger Cormier

I was actually being sarcastic, which Ken did not pick up on.

@ Shouldn't someone like you always be saying "yay" to sarcasm?
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Ken Jennings

A month later, on September 23rd, I had the pleasure to correct the all-time Jeopardy! champion on something, and zing him while doing it. (One of the happiest moments of my entire life.)

It's tomorrow genius RT @ Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 today.
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Roger Cormier

He put me in my place, however.

@ Fixed, definite nongenius.
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Ken Jennings

After being told that it wasn't a good idea to troll one of the very few people in the world that can teach himself telekinesis and will all kitchen utensils from 3,000 miles away to attack me, I never bothered Ken Jennings again. It was probably a coincidence, but not soon after Jennings stepped up his game, spewing out 8-10 twitticisms a day, eventually being as reliably funny as some seasoned comedians. Occasionally he'd make fun of his own specific celebrity.

I think this cop recognized me...after I did the walk-and-turn test, he wanted me to name all the vice presidents in order.
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Ken Jennings

Jennings had an idea for an urban Game of Thrones spinoff.

"WINTER IS COMING, ELIZABETH!" --Redd Foxx on Game of Thrones last week unless that was just a dream I had?
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Ken Jennings

Ken recognized what we were missing from our lives before the Black Eyed Peas came along.

Future historians will refer to the 1990s--after the Duchess of York but before the Black-Eyed Peas--as "the great Fergie gap."
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Ken Jennings

He ruined silly putty forever.

"So what fun color should this new 'silly' putty be? Red? Blue?" SEX PERVERT TOY ENGINEER: "Uh, flesh-colored?" "OK, flesh-colored it is!"
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Ken Jennings

Jennings can't help himself sometimes and loves to drop crazy knowledge on us dumb peons.

DID YOU KNOW? For statues of generals on horseback, the # of hooves in the air represents the # of times the general had sex with the horse.
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Ken Jennings

Ken's mind isn't always in the gutter. Sometimes he relaxes and plays video games with his children.

My kids think a turtle's shell is called a "dammitdammitshit" now thank you very much Mario Kart
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Ken Jennings

He values life.

I hear the "sad" version of the 1980s Entertainment Tonight outro theme every time one of my son's fish dies.
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Ken Jennings

Jennings proves that writing checks is not only still a thing, it can be fun!

"Aha! It's the waggish gentleman who always writes 'Sexual favors' in the memo line of his checks! Delightful!" --my utility company, I bet
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Ken Jennings

Ken remembers one of the greatest pop songs ever written.

DID YOU KNOW? In Australia, an extremely complicated situation is called an "imbruglia."
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Ken Jennings

I would assume they would add a middle initial like they do in SAG, but Jennings noticed a potentially major problem.

If they grew up in the same house and shared a pet, siblings have the same porn name and I think that's just SICK.
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Ken Jennings

Jennings is a great dad.

I always bring my kids vacation souvenirs printed in Comic Sans, so they know I love them but not unconditionally.
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Ken Jennings

Ken should work for a political campaign.

Whenever I see Gingrich on the news, I feel like he should be licking a giant lollipop.
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Ken Jennings

He has a favorite sibling in the Brown family.

My cable TV menu says "Be My Valentine, C. Brown" is on later. That "C." better not be for "Chris." #TeamSnoopy
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Ken Jennings

Jennings thought Linsanity could have been timed better.

C'mon Jeremy Lin. During Black History Month?
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Ken Jennings

He would use a time machine wisely.

If I had a time machine, I'd go back to watch Oscar Mayer spell his name at Ellis Island, but no one would understand why I was laughing.
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Ken Jennings

Jennings is a genius, but that doesn't mean he knows everything.

Is there any way to tell the difference between the blind musicians who were blind from birth and the ones that just masturbated a lot?
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Ken Jennings

Ken isn't afraid to call out a hipster.

Don't judge a hipster until you've walked a mile in his--wait, dude, are you actually wearing moccasins? In January? What a douchebag.
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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings is the author of three books. His most recent book is titled Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks.

Roger Cormier won the Mathematics award at his elementary school graduation, so that's something he guesses.

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  • http://balltwelve.com/ Steve Paulo

    Meh.

  • Francis

    Re the "worse than a hurricane" exchange, repeating a joke someone else has just made is less "sarcastic" and more "lame" (which I think Ken did pick up on).

  • ben

    Says a man who blogs about fantasy baseball. 

  • Jay

    "It's tomorrow genius"? What are you, 10?

  • nikki

    I've been following Ken Jennings on Twitter for a while now. He consistently makes me laugh more than even the professional comedians I follow.