Friday, March 16, 2007 is a day that will go down in history. This day will not likely appear in textbooks, but it is the day an extremely unlikely scenario played out. A scenario that has never happened before, and will most likely never happen again. This is the day that the first ever three-way-tie took place on Jeopardy!.
Yes, you heard correctly. After 23 intense minutes of answer questioning and one Final Jeopardy!, all three players ended up with exactly the same score: $16000. What are the odds of this happening, you ask? Well, using science and a multitude of equations, statistical analysis, and brute force problem solving techniques, I have arrived at the answer. The odds of all three contestants achieving exactly $16000 is exactly 1:115,141,051,414,914,000.
This may not seem like anything to blog about on the surface. But upon further investigation, you will find an oddity. If you look at the numbers above and associate them with their corresponding letter of the alphabet (a=1, b=2, c=3, etc.) you will find that it spells out the name of the greatest Jepoardy! player ever: Ken Jennings. Is this some strange coincidence, or is Mr. Jennings somehow the mastermind behind this event? Make no mistake, Ken Jennings could use his brain power to make this happen. But why? Why, Mr. Jennings?
If you have any information that could help resolve this mystery, please let me know and I will pass the information along to the proper authorities.