I like game shows. Not Howie Mandel with a bunch of briefcases, but real game shows - like Jeopardy. My favorite part of Jeopardy happens just after the first commercial break (usually a Head On or Adult Diaper Commercial). That's when Alex gets to know more about the contestants. Each contestant has their Jeopardy fact - Alex gives them a teaser and then the contestant finishes the story. Example:
Alex: "So I hear you've got something in common with an American icon..."
Lame Contestant "That's right Alex, I share a birthday with Elvis - January 8."
As you can see from the example above, some Jeopardy facts are really, really uninteresting. This makes me sad, especially if it's a first time contestant. I think a decent quarter-life goal is to have five interesting Jeopardy facts. It shouldn't be that hard - to average one interesting life experience every five years. Or I guess you could come up with one really good lie every five years (I doubt the Clue Crew is doing their due diligence between episodes).
Having five interesting facts at your disposal would certainly come in handy if you're ever on Jeopardy, as you'd have an interesting Jeopardy fact for your entire first week as a contestant (I'm assuming you're smart). After the first week, Alex just starts talking about all the money you've made or takes the 30 seconds to show how smart he is anyway.
I also think five good Jeopardy facts can help your career. I've found myself in plenty of awkward work situations where only a good Jeopardy fact can break the awkwardness. Whether it's a way too dull client dinner, a get to know you meeting with new coworkers (i.e. scheduled play date), or just a planning meeting that is dragging on longer than anyone expected - a well positioned Jeopardy fact (like telling people that you were in a circus for seven years, or that your dad was your junior high sex ed. teacher) can shift the conversation away from work for just long enough. It often will lead to others sharing their Jeopardy facts, which is a great coworker screening tool.
So I speak for my blogmate when I say that we'd love to hear your Jeopardy facts. You can post them as comments to this post, or just save them for your next game show appearance or awkward work situation.