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Dan Adkinson's one of our favorite Jeopardy contestants in recent memory because his stories sound like journal entries from one of Indiana Jones's kids. Here, he regales Alex with a charming story about a close brush with death…and how it changed him.

From that day forward ‘The Mongoose', as he now prefers to be called, knew that life's too short to not memorize the names of every Nepalese river by descending order of annual sediment output.