Ken Jennings won Jeopardy! 74 times before being beaten by an artificial brain named Watson last month. How did it feel? You can ask him. He’s submitting himself to the hive mind on Reddit's Ask Me Anything (or "IAmA").
The sense of humor on display when he lost--Jennings referenced the Simpsons by writing on his screen, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords”--is on display on the social networking site. "Hey Redditors!" Jennings writes under the name WatsonsBitch. "I'll be here on and off today in case anyone wants to Ask Me Anything. Someone told me the questions here can be on any subject, within reason. Well, to me, ‘within reason’ are the two lamest words in the English language, even worse than 'miniature golf' or 'Corbin Bernsen.' So no such caveats apply here. Ask Me ANYTHING."
The Redditors have obliged. Some of our favorites::
Q: Do you really drive a 1999 Toyota Corolla still?
A: Yes to the black 1999 Corolla: straight-up gangsta.
Q: Nice username.
A: Lots of people think it's a Jeopardy reference, but actually I was thinking of that time Watson and I were cellmates in prison, and it kept raping me.
Q: Me being a Canadian and all, I have to ask... what are your views on cannabis? Have you ever tried it?
A: Never been high--except on a drug called Ken Jennings!
Q: You're mormon? from Utah? really?
A: No. I am a devout Mormon, but I'm a native Seattleite. We were living in Utah at the time I was first on Jeopardy though, but then I decided to move to a state where most people don't think water fluoridation is part of a global United Nations conspiracy. Just kidding Utah! Love you man.
Q: What has been the single biggest change in you life since your epic winning streak, besides the money?
A: 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.
Q: What is Alex Trebek like off camera?
A: Trebek takes a lot of heat for being sort of smug and starchy on camera, but that's just for TV. In person he is sort of a nut, always doing goofy jokes and accents and little bits of soft-shoe and stuff. He's like your good-natured, slightly-losing-it grandpa.
Ask your own questions of Jennings here.
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