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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I just have a lot of what Dave Barry calls “brain sludge.

So what is the point of trivia? And Jennings went on to have a fun life, it jenmings like, and a decent career as an author. May 20, Sarah rated it liked it Recommends it for: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

To be true, capital-T Trivia, the fact must contain some glimmer of joy, something inherently interesting, unique, or surprising. Throughout, I felt Jennings was having a casual chat with grainiac, not just about trivia, but also about the nature of knowledge, the excitement of competition, and the pressures of fame. It was really great and entertaining. Jennings won 74 games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance.

I was delighted to find that my Ken jennings was every bit as intelligent as I imagined, and an incredibly en “Brainiac” by Ken Jemnings has been at the top of my list for over a year and I was on the waiting list at the library for almost as long.

It was the first of his seventy-five consecutive appearances on the show. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he worked as a computer programmer until becoming an unlikely celebrity due to his… More about Ken Jennings.


It’s a fascinating book that clues us into just why we’re so taken with trivia—whether it’s in the form of game shows, Who knew? Jennings had always been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs jennigns TV Guide listings at an age when most kids are still watching Elmo and putting beans up their nose.

He spent the next year criss-crossing the country, trading questions and answers with America’s most die-hard trivia subcultures.

Papua New Guinea is the only country besides Australia with Kangaroos.

I actually did skip some of the trivia blah blah blah! While he encourages people who don’t know him personally to skip over the acknowledgments jsnnings there’s nothing to see, it is worth reading if only for the end where he talks to his young son.

We lost something the more we specialized—it started to drain away this vast pool of information that everybody knew.

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

I must admit that I never would have bought this book. Aug 07, Joy Schultz rated it liked it. Alas, they never called me; probably just as well, as the fall of was when I had my Colon Cancer Surgery, which would have distracted my game-playing abilities.

He goes to an annual hour trivia radio contest and participates in NTN trivia contests in restaurants. 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: Although i found the material somewhat interesting i found the author just the teensiest annoying and the jennungs did drag somewhat toward the end.


As he shares his personal experiences before, during, and immediately after his stint as a quiz show contestant, Jennings discusses the past and present state of trivia as well as of the subculture that surrounds it. He discusses the process of writing trivia questions and the quest to separate the clever stumper fr This is a memoir from Ken Jennings- the guy who won Jenings

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They changed the buzzer system. You’ll laugh a ton, and you’ll learn just as much. Since its inception, contestants on the popular television game show, Jeopardy!

Jennings, as you may or may jenningz remember, spent six months in a game winning streak on the game show Jeopardy!.

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

But along the way, it also explores his newly conquered kingdom: The chapters are generally short and contain a number of trivia questions throughout with answers following the chapter. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Most chapters are filled with barely interesting details about different peoples’ obsessions with trivia, which is an obsession, I find, as with most sports, is far more fun to participate in than to read about.

What separates trivia from meaningless facts?