Alex Trebek Has Led a More Interesting Life Than All of Us

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Alex Trebek been a household name since 1984. The iconic TV personality has hosted Jeopardy! for nearly four decades, but there's more to him than what meets the eye. From breeding horses to chasing burglars, Alex Trebek is one of a kind, and these are the facts to prove it.

He Almost Became a Priest

When Alex Trebek was in his youth, he very nearly embarked on a different career path. Trebek, intrigued by religion, considered entering the clergy. However, he soon abandoned his ideas of priesthood after spending the summer in a Trappist Monastery.

"I took a vow not only of poverty but of silence," he told The New York Times. "And I'm not one to keep my big mouth shut. I enjoy talking."

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He Bought a House Just to Use the Tennis Courts

What happens when you want to play tennis, but you can't bear the thought of slumming it on the public tennis courts with all those plebeians? Why, you purchase your own, of course. In the 1990s, Trebek bought an entire property just to use the tennis courts.

Trebek rented out the house to actor Pete Ross and his wife Carol, but apparently he wasn't exactly a top-notch landlord. The Rosses called him the day after they moved in—apparently, the place had serious plumbing and electrical issues.

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The More You Know

  • J.K. Rowling became the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. However, she also lost her billionaire status because she donated so much money to charity!
  • In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. He was.
  • War pigs were used in ancient warfare to counter against war elephants, which feared the pigs (and their squeals) and would bolt. War pigs were sometimes lit on fire to enhance this effect.
  • A baby can cost new parents 750 hours of sleep in their first year.
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Post originally appeared on Upbeat News.