Ken Jennings is a Maphead and unashamed to admit it


18 Responses to “Ken Jennings is a Maphead and unashamed to admit it”

  1. xzzy says:

    I guess they didn’t feel like doing it for google maps, because starting a new tab and zooming in there centers you on a grassy field in southern Kansas.

    • pencilbox says:

      I liked the part of the interview about the book, but then they threw in the Jeopardy rundown and I felt a little bad for Ken, who is obviously trying to be more than just “Game Show Winner for $800.”

  2. usuallyconfused says:

    Maybe that’s where he was conceived…….

  3. corydodt says:

    I’m working on artistically rendering a 25-year-old D&D map in gimp, so I’m getting a kick out of this thread.

  4. Wren Noble says:

    Here in Canada it zooms into Qu’Appelle Avenue in Winnipeg :-(

    On the upside, though, I guess he just proved we ARE all map geeks! (Or, you know, just geeks. Still, maps!!!)

  5. MDwebguy says:

    I’ll take Arcane World Geography for $200, Alex.

  6. Palomino says:

    Compass Roses are absolutely fascinating and beautiful. Here’s a modern day fantasy rose. Lovely.

  7. Finnagain says:

    I keep a 1:1 map of the universe in my shed.

  8. Timothy Reeves says:

    Is it near Liberal, KS? I remember that being that geometric center of the continental US (if you precisely cut out a rigid map of the 48 states, you could balance it on a pin at that point.) Isn’t it called the centroid?

  9. Ken Jennings says:

    “I liked the part of the interview about the book, but then they threw in the Jeopardy rundown and I felt a little bad for Ken”

    Sigh, it goes with the territory.  The great thing is that enough time has gone by now that I can start recycling all the same Jeopardy jokes I used back in 2004.

    Google says the Coffeyville, KS thing is random, but I like usuallyconfused’s answer better.

    • jetfx says:

      Reading the first chapter of your book, I must confess I did the same thing with my atlas, although it was the 1981 National Geographic version. Probably explains why I became a cartographer.

      Your book looks pretty interesting as well!

    • penguinchris says:

      You can also talk about the Watson match now, though I got the feeling from the interview (which I sat in my driveway after I got home to finish listening to by the way) that there isn’t really much to say about that from your perspective!

      I agree that the part of the interview about the book itself was excellent, and as a fellow map geek (though not a “wonk”) – which is part of why I became a geologist – I will definitely be picking up your book.

  10. Nelson Geis says:

    Since I have heard the Lawrence story from a relative IN Lawrence who claims to have known the guy back when it was Keyhole or whatever it was prior to Google buying it, I buy that story. 

  11. Nelson Geis says:

    Now what do I get for knowing that bit of trivia before Ken Jennings pointed it out to all of us?

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