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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He spent the next year criss-crossing the country, trading questions and answers with America’s most die-hard trivia subcultures. I learned that Koala bears and humans have indistinguishable fingerprints. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: I’ve seen some reviews state that jenbings just not enough of the behind-the-scenes Jeoparady!

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Although it wasn’t the competitive, compulsive collection of knowledge that is displayed when Jennings meets A. The rest is just stuff and nonsense. Maybe I thought it’d be more memoir. Preview jwnnings Brainiac by Ken Jennings. He did a very good job with the answers so you did not have to go back and find the question to know what it was.

Did anyone else watch Jenning’s run. Jennings is quick to point out that there are many different kinds and levels of intelligence and that the ability to memorize trivia is not ALWAYS a good gauge of either of those, but that it can exercise those brain muscles.

That is not to blame Ken Jennings, but it is like watching the New York Yankees win the world series every year. Ken Jennings Snippet view – 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. Jennings doesn’t give an authoritative answers, but he does give his thoughts on the subject, mixed brainiacc interviews from a host of quirky individuals.


I jennlngs wouldn’t be surprised if Gary Hustwit, director of Helvetica and Objectifieddecides to adapt the book into a documentary film about the wonderful, El Ten Eleven music-worthy world of trivia.

May contain a little less about the how-to a would be Jeopardy! Account Options Sign in. Mar 29, Eh? Sure, there are always going to be people who see trivia jebnings a dueling sword, a means to intellectual show-offery or one-upmanship.

So go watch Jeopardy! We meet a U. In his awkward teenage years, he confesses, as a form of social damage control, he shied away from his nerdy first love.

Like ‘Maphead’, Ken finds all different brainniac of trivia nerds and connects with them and tells their stories also.

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

I just have a lot of what Dave Barry calls “brain sludge. Good quiz questions, too. It is a connection to a tribe, trivia-worship as history, social phenomenon and human condition—in short, a journey to the heart of dorkness. Contact Phinney Books for more information.

Keh 22, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was given to me to read. Other editions – View all Brainiac: But on Septemberthis rule was scrapped, finally allowing contestants to continue playing and increasing their pot money until defeated.

Looking for More Great Reads? He oen does seem as nice and well-meaning at the core as he comes across, which might actually make some of the people he covers come across as a bit more pleasant and balanced than they probably are a few of the people covered don’t seem to uennings much success at anything in life other than trivia, and others seem to be unpleasantly competitive or have an unwarranted sense of self-importance, but from the way Ken Jennings talks about them, they seem just swell nice people jenninys hang around with.


The author also covers some more meditative areas: Are you a trivia buff? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Published September 12th by Villard first published Along the way, he also grapples with more philosophical questions: There’s a lot more content to chew on than you might expect.

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

As a trivia hound, I app Read most of this on a trip for work, and it was great airplane reading, very chill. Ken Jennings was definitely getting paid. Ken Jennings, who won a record 74 straight games on Jeopardy, uses his own brainiaf on the show to explore the arcane world of trivia in America, from fiercely He’s not the best of writers stylistically, but he pretty much admits that, and to tell the truth, he’s probably not as bad as he thinks someone without much practice in writing is.

You’ll have to read the book to find out what it was.

You’ll laugh a ton, and you’ll learn just as much. Worth the read, not only for followers of the Jeopardy! Please try again later.