EBOOK DOWNLOAD Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs AUTHOR Ken Jennings

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  • Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
  • Ken Jennings
  • English
  • 05 January 2019
  • 9780812974997

Ken Jennings ¶ 9 Review

Summary Ó Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ken Jennings ¶ 9 Review Free download ¹ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Ken Jennings One day back in 2003 Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before they auditioned for Jeopardy Two years 75 games 2642 correct answers and over 25 million in winnings later Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king Brainiac traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon But along the way it also explores his newly conuered kingdom the world of trivia itselfJennings 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. Cross posted from my blog The Periodic Table of ElephantsKen Jennings stamped himself onto my psyche with Maphead a book about geography and geo geeks which I read last year I adored this book for many reasons and I connected with Ken s sentiments about learning obsession and being a nerd I ve now gone back to a previous book of his Brainiac which deals with the history and obsession of trivia and the events that made Ken a household name in the USFor those of you not from the US or who like Jeopardy Ken shot to fame by being a carry over champion on the game show a record 74 times But that is not like being a champion on Wheel of Fortune this is Jeapordy an intense and highly difficult uiz show where you answer with a uestionSo you may be thinking Why the hell would I want to read a book about this guy bragging about his conuest I can assure you that this is not what this book is about and Ken wouldn t do that type of thing anywayKen does take us through his tale of Jeapordy but it is interspersed with his lifelong relationship with trivia and mainly the worldwide history of trivia Like Maphead Ken finds all different types of trivia nerds and connects with them and tells their stories also We meet a US town that goes trivia crazy once every year for 70 or so hours non stop We also meet a trivia writer fallen on hard times after a bad court case with the makers of the Trivial Pursuits gamesWhat also makes Ken s books great is his voice He is funny and self deprecating while being knowledgeable and insightful He is everything I and every other geek aspires to be like I still can t believe he is a Mormon He doesn t seem to have that glazed over I married my cousin at the age of nineteen just so I could have sex we all float down here thing going on And I totally agree with Ken when he says It was nice to have someone on TV for a few months who was openly religious and yet wasn t hopefully the usual stereotypical mouth breather or nut jobYou said it Ken It is encouraging to find a religious voice that seems to be part of this reality and I can connect withAnd I want to uote Ken once Here a summary on geek After all we re currently living in a Bizarro society where teenagers are technology obsessed where the biggest sellers in every bookstores are fantasy novels about a boy wizard and the blockbuster hit movies are all full of hobbits and elves or 1960s spandex superheroes You don t have to go to a Star Trek convention to find geeks any Today almost everyone is an obsessive well informed aficionado of something Pick your cult there are food geeks and fashion geeks and Desperate Housewives geeks and David Mamet geeks and fantasy sports geeks The list is endless And since everyone today is some kind of trivia geek or other there s not even a stigma any Trivia is mainstream Nerd is the new cool

Summary Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

Summary Ó Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ken Jennings ¶ 9 Review Free download ¹ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Ken Jennings Bable 75 game run on JeopardyBut above all Brainiac 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 uestions that are a little 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 allUproarious silly engaging and erudite this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia curiosity and nerdy obsession–in a word trivia The koala Venus Albert Brooks From the Hardcover editi. I m no Jeopardy fan though I did watch every minute of several shows when IBM s Watson took down former all time champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter However then I was interested in the computer s prowess than in acuainting myself with the game What s my trivia knowledge is mixed in Trivial Pursuit I used to move around the board fairly comfortably only to grind to a permanent standstill on Geography or Entertainment So why did I enjoy Brainiac so muchThat s because Brainiac is an interesting story well presented The content is the story of Jennings s audition for Jeopardy his narrow victory in the first game his long successful run and his ultimate loss Along the way Jennings provides some backstory his interest in trivia since childhood his participation in college contests and his maniacal preparation for the show He also throws in history of trivia references to other famous game shows of the early TV era some local trivia competitions in bars and schools the Trivial Pursuit craze and meetings with some idiosyncratic trivia fanatics There s a lot content to chew on than you might expectAnd the entire story is very well told Jennings has an easy going conversational style with some humor self deprecation and odd trivia tossed in Somehow although the outcome is generally well known he is able to create a sense of drama without overdoing the game by game analysis Throughout I felt Jennings was having a casual chat with me not just about trivia but also about the nature of knowledge the excitement of competition and the pressures of fameSo if Enjoyable Reads is the category and Alex says This 2006 book is an interesting story written in a very approachable style by a computer programmer I d press the buzzer and say What s Brainiac

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Summary Ó Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ken Jennings ¶ 9 Review Free download ¹ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Ken Jennings To the Internet age Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad the uiz book explosion of the Jazz Age; the rise fall and rise again of TV uiz shows; the nostalgic campus trivia of the 1960s; and the 1980s when Trivial Pursuit® again made it fashionable to be a know it allJennings 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 uiz bowl circuit the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene and the raucous participants in the annual A marathon in Stevens Point Wisconsin “The World’s Largest Trivia Contest” And of course he takes us behind the scenes of his impro. Learn about Ken Jennings and the subject of trivia Jennings gentle nerdy self deprecating humor is a soothing balm for an overexposure to Chicago snarkiness present Chicago buds excluded of course o He reads like I fear I sound although I don t have close to the knowledge base he draws upon Good grief I hope I m not as know it all as that Entertaining look into the history of trivia it s current forms and festivals and a behind the scenes viewpoint of Jeopardy Enjoyable read and endorsed by Will Shortz Social Science Research A Cross Section of Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation pub trivia scene and the raucous The Ophiuchi Hotline participants in the annual A marathon in Stevens Point Wisconsin “The World’s Largest Trivia Contest” And of course he takes us behind the scenes of his impro. Learn about Ken Jennings and the subject of trivia Jennings gentle nerdy self deprecating humor is a soothing balm for an overexposure to Chicago snarkiness The Person Readings in Human Nature present Chicago buds excluded of course o He reads like I fear I sound although I don t have close to the knowledge base he draws upon Good grief I hope I m not as know it all as that Entertaining look into the history of trivia it s current forms and festivals and a behind the scenes viewpoint of Jeopardy Enjoyable read and endorsed by Will Shortz