BK Blog Post
Posted by Ken Jennings.
Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a senior partner at VentureWorks and a managing partner at Third River Partners, a consultancy that specializes in leadership development and strategy execution.
For almost three years, I wrote a quiz for Parade magazine called “Kennections.” The format was simple: five not-too-tough trivia questions and one final gimmick: guessing what the five answers have in common. But last year the beloved Sunday supplement was bought out and jettisoned its editorial team and most of its regular features. Without a publisher, “Kennections” wasn’t a fun puzzle. It was just an annoying pun.
Earlier this year, mentalfloss.com offered to publish “Kennections” (and Parade was nice enough to hand over the trademark, which they had registered!) I love mental_floss (and even wrote a column in its newsprint version back in the day) and couldn’t think of a better home for the quiz.
Today, months later, the first quiz is finally live! I’m sorry about the long wait, but the time was spent getting the snappy new interface running right, as more of a Sporcle-style thing, and it is indeed very cool. Kennections 2.0 is truly interactive in a way it never was on Parade.com.
The plan is for new quizzes to appear on mentalfloss.com twice a week, just like in the Parade days. We are back!