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, just like watching Jeopardy!

How did you not answer XXX question right? But beyond that, Brainiac is a thoroughly entertaining history of trivia – or, of the universally-addictive pastime of asking and answering obscure general knowledge questions. To be fair, the book was about Trivia, and, dispersed throughout, was about his stint on Jeopardy.

And a very good book it is, too. Refresh and try again. Knowledge was what connected us, and now it distinguishes us. I rued the day that Jeopardy decided to take the 5-game limit away. For example, did you know that Descartes had a fetish for cross-eyed women?

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Jennings is smart, funny, and fantastically obsessed. In his awkward teenage years, he confesses, as a form of social damage control, he shied away from his nerdy first love. It was really great and entertaining. 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 on the show and win his historic 74 games.

But for those who get the thrill of knowledge 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. Ken Jennings book is a brief foray into the history and current world of trivia and the people that compile and compete at it, as told through the narrative framing device of his yet to be broken record of 75 consecutive Jeopardy games.


But on Septemberthis rule jemnings scrapped, finally allowing contestants to continue playing and increasing their pot money until defeated. He is everything I and every other geek aspires to be like. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it. I’m not so sure that i do, at least not if you’re defining “brainiac” by the terms of the trivia-buffs encountered in Brainiac: He is funny and self-deprecating, while being knowledgeable and insightful.

Jenninbs above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact.

You are not allowed to tell anyone except your spouse the results of the show often it is not on TV for another 3 months. Open Preview See a Problem? I liked learning about Ken Jennings’ trivia journey specifically, as well as the world of trivia in general. I was delighted to find that my Ken jennings was every bit as intelligent as I imagined, and an incredibly en “Brainiac” by Ken Jennings has been at the top of my list for over a year and I was on jennigs waiting list at the library for almost as long.

Getting on Jeopardy pretty much consists of acing the very difficult entrance test, and then having the insane amount of luck to get a call-back and pass the audition.

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Are there really such things as useless facts? Even if he never mentioned it once, you’d probably figure out the guy was Mormon. This fun book and quick read is written by a trivia expert and record setting Jeopardy!

It was so fun to answer the questions that were scattered throughout the book. Several times, I found myself laughing out loud as he poked fun at himself and his self proclaimed geekiness. The philtrum is between the mouth and nose. I’m a huge fan of trivia and play pub quiz regularly, so I liked Jennings’ history and investigation into trivia in America; it really is great to read it coming from a guy who loves trivia and is respectful of all the other kinds of folks who do, too.


Oct 30, Pages. Jennings has an easy going, conversational style with some humor, self deprecation, and odd trivia tossed in.

Amongst Ken Jennings’ mastery of trivia and all things Jeopardy! I also loved to read about Jeopardy!: My feelings for Ken Jennings I always thought of him as a bit smug and for the book went back and forth as I read. Ken also appeared as a member of the mob sitting in podium 13 from the new game show 1 vs.

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Learn about Ken Jennings and the subject of trivia! What marsupial has fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones? We also meet a trivia writer fallen on hard times after a bad court case with the makers of the ‘Trivial Pursuits’ games. I was watching when, in Final Jenningz

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

Jennings felt like returning champions have a large advantage knowing just when to “ring in”– watch the light not the words–when it flashes kem just a moment and then hit the button like crazy. On long road trips, the husband and I would carry along a box of Trivial Pursuit questions to ask each other as we criss-crossed the country.

But trivia can bring people together too. Jennings has already admitted that there are some insufferable know-it-alls in the world of trivia. Hardcover kken, pages. He tells us of a childhood fascination with pieces of knowledge and the rapid absorption of a child who collects information the way another child might collect marbles.

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