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Title:Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Ken Jennings
Publisher:eBooks
ISBN:1400064457
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Number of Pages:269
Category:non-fiction, memoir, trivia, biography, humor

Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs One day back in Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before they auditioned for Jeopardy Two years games correct answers and over million in winnings later Ken Jennings emerged as trivia s undisputed king i Brainiac i traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon But along the way it also explores his newly conquered kingdom the world of trivia itself .

Jennings had always been minutiae mad poring over almanacs and TV Guide listings at an age when most kids are still watching Elmo and putting beans up their nose But trivia he has found is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth century London to the Internet age Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad the quiz book explosion of the Jazz Age the rise fall and rise again of TV quiz shows the nostalgic campus trivia of the s and the s when Trivial Pursuit again made it fashionable to be a know it all Jennings also investigates the shadowy demimonde of today s trivia subculture guiding us on a tour of trivia hotspots across America He goes head to head with the blowhards and diehards of the college quiz bowl circuit the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene and the raucous participants in the annual Q amp A marathon in Stevens Point Wisconsin The World s Largest Trivia Contest And of course he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable game run on Jeopardy .

But above all i Brainiac i is a love letter to the useless fact What marsupial has fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones What planet has a crater on it named after Laura Ingalls Wilder What comedian had the misfortune to be born with the name Albert Einstein Jennings also ponders questions that are a little more philosophical What separates trivia from meaningless facts Is being good at trivia a mark of intelligence And is trivia just a waste of time or does it serve some not so trivial purpose after all .

Uproarious silly engaging and erudite this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia curiosity and nerdy obsession in a word trivia .

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