‘Peril!’ champion Mattea Roach reveals her obsessions online


Mattea Roach took the Peril! test on a whim in November 2020. At the time, she was living at home with her parents in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and taking classes online.

A year and a half later, the 23-year-old LSAT tutor has racked up $460,184 in her 19-day game show winning streak and has won at least three impressive titles along the way: longest-serving Canadian contestant, eighth-longest-serving contestant ever and third-longest-serving woman.

She also received praise for her talkative attitude and flabby gestures. “Best performance by a wrist on TV this year so far,” joked ancient Peril! candidate Rhône Talsma on Twitter.

Now she’s heading to the Tournament of Champions in the fall with fellow trivia phenoms Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and others.

The day before Roach filmed her first match, it was the same day Amy Schneider’s losing episode aired, ending her 40-day winning streak. In a writing, Schneider wrote that when people ask her how she got so smart, she’s tempted to respond with “How does anyone know something?” Roach, too, has trouble articulating exactly why she knows that Papeete is the main port of Tahiti, but as usual, she guesses pretty well.

She reads a lot, but only on subjects close to her heart. “I’ve never been one to read something out of obligation, which is probably why my scientific knowledge is more superficial,” she says. When she was younger, she was “obsessed with atlases“, and in her teens she spent many late nights watching classic Turner films.

His knowledge – on everything from Hanseatic League to Wyclef Jean’s birthplace – comes from all sorts of places, many of them online. Grab caught up with Roach to see how the Peril! The online habits of champions compare to ours.

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Current tabs open: Ten unread New Yorker articles including one unread vanity lounge article, one unread Jacobin article, Criterion Channel, two Netflix tabs, personal Twitter, Jeopardy Twitter, business email, business calendar, HubSpot and other business elements.

Brain teaser: Roach starts his day with internet puzzles: New York Times sudoku, the New Yorkr crossword, wordle, Quordle, octordleand even Sedordlebe sixteen wordle puzzles at a time. “I refuse to get a New York Times subscription to the games because I would waste too much time doing the crossword archive,” she says.

Wikipedia: “I’m definitely someone who goes down Wikipedia rabbit holes pretty easily,” Roach says. “Two interesting Wikipedia-related developments in my life were the creation of a Wikipedia article about me (which still sounds crazy to say) and the launch of Redact which I really enjoyed.

News: Mattea spends about an hour a day clicking links to news articles on Twitter. “My love language is to send articles,” she says. She and a friend have trouble sleeping and send each other links late at night. She also says she subscribes to a few newsletters, specifically mentioning mental hell and Extra’newscast.

Podcasts: Two of his favorites are You have to remember that for the history of old Hollywood and eat for free for contemporary pop culture criticism.

Chrome extensions: His favorites are ad units and Foresta productivity tool that blacklists its most entertaining websites (social media, puzzle sites, online bridge) when she wants to do some work.

social media: She was a huge fan of Tumblr in high school but migrated to Twitter, which she now uses “far too much at the expense of anything else”. She recently made a separate, Professional Twitter, which soared to nearly 30,000 subscribers during its run. She dislikes Snapchat and only uses Facebook for event invites and messaging.

Memes: “I love that the memes have grown from an impact font of the top text and bottom text to be so layered. They express ideas that you can’t quite express in words” “I literally went to therapy and I talked to my therapist and I was like, ‘You know that clip of the woman doing the math and she’s in jail?'”

Online Dating: “I hate it. I don’t like doing that,” she says. Instead, she prefers meeting people in real life. She also says she always talks to everyone she’s had more with. of two dates and admits that it is “extremely lesbian behavior”.

Crypto: A few people have joked that Roach should invest her earnings in bitcoin, to which she says “absolutely not”. Due to their volatility and impact on the environment, she considers many cryptocurrencies to be “bad, bad, bad, bad” and plans to make stable investments with her earnings so she can buy a house. in a few years.

screen time: She uses a 2017 MacBook Air and an iPhone 8. “My phone’s battery got super broken,” she says, “so when my Jeopardy check comes in, I’ll probably upgrade to a new model iPhone. My biggest complaint about phones these days is that many of them are too big and as many people on the internet have noted, I have very small hands! screen is about five hours a day.


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