Two years, 75 games, 2, correct answers, and over $ million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac traces his rise. 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. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Ken Jennings, Author. Villard $ (p) ISBN.
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And is trivia just a waste of time, or does it serve some loftier, jeennings purpose after all? And mind, with the wealth of knowledge this man has, his satire can get pretty wicked.
Jennings barely had time to catch his breath between shows. May 30, Yury rated it really liked it. Yes, he tells us about his life and his experience, but he does so with a self-effacing mannerism that always seems eager to launch into the love other people have for trivia.
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
Ken also tells, for the first time, the year story of the rise of trivia, from the coffeehouses of jjennings London to the Trivial Pursuit and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire fads of recent years.
Getting on Jeopardy pretty much consists of acing ejnnings very difficult entrance test, and then having the insane amount of luck to get a call-back and pass the audition. Feb 24, Denise Spicer rated it it was amazing.
Even more importantly, I found Jennings himself to have a wonderful voice as a writer.
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Throughout the book he switches between recounting his Jeopardy! This book is full of jenninbs with people from all walks of trivia. So what is the point of trivia? Jacobs author of The Know-It-Allmost questions led to long discussions of how we learned, remembered, or deciphered the answer and its place in the big picture of life. But for those who get the thrill of brainisc for the sheer sake of knowledge and excitement of storing and producing at the opportune times random facts about random things this is a must.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you’re any kind of a Jeopardy geek, this is required reading, as uberwinner Ken Jennings tells the tale of how he came to be brqiniac the show and win his historic 74 games.
That’s what saves this light and admittedly mediocre book from being completely forgettable. Although it wasn’t the competitive, compulsive collection of knowledge that is displayed when Jennings meets A. Brainiac impresses with its diligence and its restless curiosity.
But along t One day back inKen Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: The books includes a “trivia timeline” and the end, even indentifying the first use of the word “trivia” to refer to esoteric but interesting facts. What separates trivia from meaningless facts?
And is trivia just a waste of time, or does it serve some not-so-trivial purpose after all? Interesting, quick read by Ken Jennings describing his historic run on Jeopardy!
But above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact. Feb 01, Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it.
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Ken Jennings was definitely getting paid. Jennungs 30, Pages. From the obscure beginnings in Europe to the casual but competitive world of pub-trivia, Jennings covers a ton of ground. Did you know that the carrot was bred by Dutch growers to honor their royal family, the House of Orange?
But trivia, he says on page can serve a greater purpose: