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


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writermala, June 16, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
This book is a Jeopardy addict's delight; but more than that it is a well-written, humorous, treasure trove of information. Some parts about trivia are decidedly philosophical. For example, "It's rewarding to know a lot of great facts, but that knowledge is almost pointless if those facts don't help you get to know a lot of great people as well." or, "trivia, in other words, is bait on the fishing rod of education. By the time you've realized what you've swallowed, you're hooked." Knowledge is indeed a good thing; as the author, 75 time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings says, "it's always better to know a thing than not to know it." Yes, "nerd" is the new "cool."
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patvreeland, August 16, 2008 (view all comments by patvreeland)
Really amusing, engaging read. Wry sense of humor punctuates background info on the people and "field trips" to the places where trivia reigns.
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bookends, February 22, 2007 (view all comments by bookends)
Light and breezy read about the history of trivia. Jennings weaves in a few tales of his 75 game run on Jeopardy, but this book mainly concerns itself about the history of trivia books and contests. As a bonus, there are stumpers throughout the book, with the answers at the end of each chapter.
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Jennings, Ken
Random House
Questions and answers
Television - General
Popular Culture
Publication Date:
September 2006
9.54x6.38x.98 in. 1.13 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Did you know that Trivia was a Roman name for the goddess Hecate or that Jeopardy! tapes a week's worth of shows in a single afternoon? Jennings's record-setting 2004 six-month stint on the syndicated TV quiz show won him $2.5 million and instant fame as he landed on Letterman, Leno, Sesame Street and Barbara Walters's 'Ten Most Fascinating People' list. Sprinkling trivia questions throughout his first book, the former computer programmer is a charmingly self-deprecating guide to the subculture of esoterica as he relates how he answered his first trivia question about the Wright brothers at four and made his chops on the ego-driven college quiz bowl circuit; confides how he mastered the 'tricky' Jeopardy! buzzers; bonds with professional trivia writers; and describes being bested by the puzzler 'Most of this firm's seven thousand seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year' (Jennings answered FedEx; H&R Block is correct). You don't have to be a couch potato to answer this: what's an eight-letter word for a highly entertaining, fast-paced read that demystifies 'America's most popular and most difficult quiz show' while pondering how trivia is a cultural phenomenon that offers a tidy alternative to life's messiness as well as instant camaraderie between people from different walks of life? (Sept. 12) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A report from the contestant's podium of particular interest to anyone who endeavors to become a human equivalent of Google."
"Review" by , "Jennings offers his own unique philosophy on trivia: in an era of specialization, trivia is not trivial; it allows us to know a little bit about a lot of things. Trivia questions are scattered throughout the text, which makes the book interactive and fun."
"Synopsis" by , This edition traces Ken Jennings's rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon. Along the way, it also explores his newly conquered kingdom: the world of trivia itself.
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