‘Jeopardy!’ champ Ken Jennings speaks to Utah teachers at UEA

Opossums have 13 nipples. Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day. Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon. These facts may seem like little more than trivia at first glance. But to "Jeopardy!" champ and former Utahn Ken Jennings they’re bits of information that can help people connect to others and ignite an interest in learning more about the world.

"Information may not be the same as knowledge, and it may not be the same as wisdom, but it is the building block," Jennings told hundreds of teachers gathered for the first day of the Utah Education Association Convention and Education Exposition Thursday. Jennings, who famously won 74 games of "Jeopardy!" to win $2.5 million in 2004, kicked off the annual two-day convention with a humor-filled take on the importance of trivia and knowledge.

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