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Re: Error in Trivia Almanac for Jan 25th

Postby Ken Jennings » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:59 pm

mark42 wrote:On page 27, which is for January 25, it says that Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV went to Canossa in 1848. That year, though, is centuries off. The actual year was 1077.


Whoa! I wonder if I had another event there that I subbed in at the last minute.
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Re: Error in Trivia Almanac for Jan 25th

Postby mark42 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:35 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:
mark42 wrote:On page 27, which is for January 25, it says that Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV went to Canossa in 1848. That year, though, is centuries off. The actual year was 1077.

Whoa! I wonder if I had another event there that I subbed in at the last minute.


It looks like it was just an editing goof. The first section for January 25th is labeled "Cold Shoulders" and is about infamous snubs, so the Canossa event makes sense. I noticed that on the following page, the page for January 26th, the top section also has the year 1848, so I'm guessing this is the root of the error.
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Brainiac: tiny goof on Oz's full name?

Postby Reddpen » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:59 am

I can't be certain without checking the source material in The Wizard of Oz (or Fred Worth's book), but based on a huge preponderance of Google hits (13K vs. >3K), it looks like Henkle --> Henkel in the wizard's full name: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, which appears three times in the first several paragraphs of Chapter 11 of Brainiac (pp. 159-60 in the paperback edition). I noticed this only because this FJ from June 29, 2004, came up at random today on the j-archive.com site, and I wondered if maybe Ambroise was misspelled.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:10 am

It's "Henkle" in Worth, which may be where the error was introduced if it's wrong. So Jeopardy had "Henkel"?
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Postby Reddpen » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:42 am

Ken Jennings wrote:It's "Henkle" in Worth, which may be where the error was introduced if it's wrong. So Jeopardy had "Henkel"?

Hey, you're the one who saw the clue live... going on seven years ago.

In the unofficial, fan-created Jeopardy! Archive record of this game:
http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?g ... ght=henkle
the clue said Henkle. Today I suggested to the archivists that a fix might be in order. Maybe someone involved with the J! Archive has access to a record from the show. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.

But even if J! got it wrong... well, do fixes like this ever get made in subsequent book printings? Does anyone know if the wizard's full name ever appears in one of Baum's books?
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:06 pm

Baum's original printing has Henkle, as does Brainiac.
http://bit.ly/fsZYA7

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Trivia Almanac for APRIL 15

Postby safama » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:53 am

Regarding the last question of MEAT ON PARADE, "Yagyu" cattle should be corrected as "Wagyu" cattle.

Additionally,Wagyu means "Japanese cattle" and Kobe beef is the brand name of the beef comes from
Tajima cattle, one breed of Wagyu.

I'm Japanese trivia buff born in May 1974.
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Postby TOPO » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:09 pm

I was reading the Kindle version and it states that Ardmore, Alabama is 100 feet from Ardmore, Louisiana. It should be Ardmore, Alabama is 100 feet from Ardmore, Tennessee. Not a big mistake, but I spent some time trying figure out where Alabama and Louisiana where that close to each other. :)
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:14 pm

I know! That one is a doozy. Hopefully it's the worst mistake in the book. Fingers crossed...
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Postby Ken Jennings » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:33 am

A couple other forehead slappers in Maphead that have been pointed out to me: I call John Glenn the first man to orbit the Earth, which is only true if Yuri Gagarin was a vampire or a werewolf or something. I also say that Chicago is the only top-ranked US college or university that still has a geography department. That's not true; Dartmouth does as well.
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Fallacies in Trivia Almanac

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:29 pm

Dear Mr. Jennings,

On June 3, when you attended the Scripps National Spelling Bee at Washington D.C., I was able to listen to your speech on the quest for knowledge. Afterward, all the spellers were given an autographed copy of your Trivia Almanac and in keeping with your journey to the fact finding frontier, I began reading and I love it. I also discovered a few fallacies.

I will post them individually.

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Introduction Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:30 pm

1) Introduction-I know this is nit picking, but you state that you "pictured a 365-day trivia almanac." Technically, because a February 29 entry was included, this is a 366-day almanac.

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March 11 "You'll Never Wok (a Loan)"(pg 101) Falla

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:30 pm

2) March 11- In your fact for "You'll Never Wok (a Loan)," you state that "ponya...which would make it the only English loanword from Nepali"(101). Because I was in the spelling bee and read the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, I found that there is another Nepali descent word in English. In the New Third International, "jharal," a Nepali word, means a Tahr, or goat.

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June 9 "Dust to Dust"(233) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:31 pm

3) June 9- In "Dust to Dust"(233), question 4, the question states "Who wrote and sang "She's Like"(233) and omits the words "the Wind."

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June 18 "In Ye Old Trivia"(242) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:32 pm

4) June 18- "In Ye Old Trivia", question 4, is states "What's the alcohol in an old-fashioned?"(242). Old-fashioned is an adjective with no object, so is the question missing a noun at the end?

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July 7 "General Knowledge"(273) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:33 pm

5) July 7- In "General Knowledge"(273), technically, according to multiple sources I googled, Gerald Ford promoted George Washington to General of the Armies of the United States in 1976, not 1975.

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July 11 "The The"(277) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:34 pm

6) July 11- In "The The"(277), question 2, it states "What tiny West African nation added a "The" to its name when it gained independence on April 24, 1970?"(277). According to Wikipedia and other sources I googled, while The Gambia became a republic on 4/24/1970, it actually gained independence from the British Commonwealth on 2/18/1965.

Being independent and being a part of a republic is different. In our country, it's 2 totally different political parties.

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August 9 "Mprobable Spellings "(321) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:34 pm

7) August 9- "Mpropable Spellings," question 2, it states "while its "Rock" species represents Canada's Nunavat province?"(321). Nunavat is a Canadian territory.

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August 25 "Lone Rangers"(337) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:35 pm

8)August 25- In "Lone Rangers" in question 4 of "Yeah, Good Luck," Nevada actually has 2 national parks. According to the World Almanac 2011, Nevada has the Great Basin (which is in the answer key) and Death Valley national park. Death Valley is found in both CA and NV, so the question could be reformatted as "What's the only national park found in only one of these in these U.S. states?"

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September 4 "So Unpretty"(362) Fallacy

Postby Emc2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:35 pm

9) September 4- In "So Unpretty"(362), question 5, "George McLellan"(362) should be rewritten as "George McClellan."

This is a minor spelling mistake, but as a Scripps National Spelling Bee participant, I would consider it a "pretty" prodigious predicament.

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Postby Ken Jennings » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:05 am

I hope emc2 won't mind me posting in his thread...someone pointed out a Maphead goof that's a bit of a forehead-slapper. On page 238, I claim to live near 48 degrees N, 122 degrees E. I hope not, since that's the middle of the Manchurian wastes. That should read 122 degrees WEST.
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Ardmore

Postby alan_leiserson » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:38 am

My daughter gave me Maphead for my birthday-the map/geography gene being well-recognized and discussed in our family. I eventually came to enjoy the book quite a bit, but I got off to a rocky start with it because of an error on page 3. Ardmore, Alabama is not within a few hundred feet of anywhere in Louisiana. I would have thought anyone would catch that, even if you are not (from Tennessee like me and therefore) inclined to feel this one as a slight.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:46 pm

Yep, the Ardmore thing has been mentioned on a couple other threads--or maybe even this one? In any case, Ardmore TN became Ardmore LA at some point in the writing process, to my eternal shame. It will be fixed in the paperback.
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Ugly Betty

Postby blaublau » Tue May 08, 2012 6:21 pm

No, I'm not three days (and a few years behind), but on May 5, the answer to the question about Ugly Betty is slightly wrong. It was based on a *Colombian* telenovela (Yo soy Betty la fea), which was produced in conjunction with a Venezuelan broadcaster.
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Mapheads - Didn't end well for me

Postby BH » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:29 pm

Ken,

My hardcover copy of Mapheads transitions from your book on page 246 to Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (page 257). I did not enjoy the ending to Naked Empire! I got Mapheads as a gift so I don't have a return option. Would like this as a curiosity? If so, I'll trade you - my version of Mapheds with the "Naked" ending for a complete, autographed hardcover version of Mapheads. Let me know.

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