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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The chapters are general Interesting, quick read by Ken Jennings describing his historic run on Jeopardy! Jul 23, Cevin rated it really liked it.

This fun book and quick read is written by a trivia expert and record setting Jeopardy! This month saw the release of the game Jeopardy! A Decade in Jeopardy! Braijiac the entire story is very well told. His total earnings on Jeopardy! Who is Ken Jennings?

Plus, there are trivia questions throughout every chapter answered in the endnotes: May 16, Nitya Sivasubramanian rated it it was ok Shelves: And Jennings went on to have a fun life, it seems like, and a decent career as an author. Oct 30, Pages Buy. What marsupial has fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones? I found in Jenninhs own experience an echo of my own propensity to collect brainiav of information, not because I want to win on a game show, but because such things might come in handy some day and also because I just can’t help myself.

Mar 25, Alex Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jennings travels to trivia events around the country.


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Jenhings 25, Malin Friess rated it it was amazing. So what is the point of trivia? Maybe I thought it’d be more memoir. Did you know that California, not Utah consumes more Jell-O than any other state? But above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact.

He introduces us to high school and college quiz bowl and the lofty levels of knowledge obtained by those who excel in it. This was actually enjoyable to read. I was surprised to see the level of non-comraderie that exsisted between Jennings and Trebek. To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at www. To be fair, the book was about Trivia, and, dispersed throughout, was about his stint on Jeopardy. That being said, I also discovered that he is just an average guy, and Mormon to boot!

Read most of this on a trip for work, and it was great airplane reading, very chill. Jennings 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.

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Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: But for those who get the thrill of knowledge for the sheer kfn of knowledge and excitement of storing and producing at the opportune times random facts about random things this is a must. What separates trivia from meaningless facts?

This novel approach makes Brainiac even more entertaining as it seeks to counter what Jennings notes is the same problem that a book about trivia shares with rock criticism or a sex manual: He talks about trivia a lot. Jennings is smart, funny, and fantastically obsessed.


Very enjoyable read and a great way to spend a rainy Sunday. We are still waiting for those big donations to our writing program. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it.

Enjoyable read and endorsed by Will Shortz. Anyway, the book is great and I think all you geeks out there should give it a try. May contain jenninge little less about the how-to a would be Jeopardy! Are there really such things as useless facts? Some of the trivia sections are good, some are way too clearly bought and paid for by Trivial Pursuit.

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

Jennings’s story of playing Jeopardy! I received this as a birthday gift from my mom, which says that she that she probably thinks of me as a “trivia buff” of some sort. Two years after his success on Jeopardy!

Jeopardy became the Ken Jennings show. Does trivia serve some purpose? Ken Jennings says trivia can bring people together. It’s really a historical and cultural study of trivia.

This book takes you behind the fascinating scenes of Alex Trebec and the Jeopardy subculture.