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Free read Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. I ve watched Jeopardy throughout my life and Ken Jennings s spectacular run fascinated me in 2004 and still does so today I always enjoy seeing him return for new bouts I found Brainiac to be an overall interesting read There was less behind the scenes info on Jeopardy than I expected though I understand why there isn t His long run blurred together for the most part Much of the book is about the nature of trivia itself how it became a thing how the fad has ebbed and flowed over the decades and how it is celebrated in various forms today I found the early portions on the history of trivia to read as slow but perhaps that was also my impatience to find out about Jeopardy but I really enjoyed the insights at the end about Stevens Point Wisconsin s massive trivia weekend and how bar trivia developed in recent years

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Free read Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. I ve had on and off love affair of the mind with Jeopardy for ages I always enjoy it but don t always watch it for practical uninteresting reasons although this year I ve watched every episode thus far I play along on Jeopardycom and once a year completely mess up the Jeopardy test due to inexplicable inability to perform under strict time limit The pinnacle of this decades long passion has certainly been Ken Jennings the player extraordinaire with his uncontested 75 appearances back in 2004 wow it s been that long scary how time moves and 74 wins Defeated in the final game by Nancy Zerg and a Final Jeopardy uestion so easy I figured it out right away But then again no one s heard of Zerg or me for that matter and Ken Jennings remain a legend At least among the trivia lovers who are the subject of and the target audience for this book Jennings recollection of his time on Jeopardy and his travels in the land of random knowledge geeks something of a memoir something of a love letter entertaining informative and laden with fun facts readers can try to puzzle out Jeopardy s been around for a long time it s a veritable institution and with tv getting progressively dumber it has always been the shining light of major broadcasting Trivia isn t as popular in the US as it is in UK or some other countries then again this is the land that actually sees stupidity as a sort of folksy virtue and among all the rampant anti intellectualism it s always such a pleasure to tune in and see a few bravely smart souls and test your knowledge against them I mean it s one thing to suspect you re kinda smart and entirely another to have it be confirmed by national television and the national treasure that is Alex Trebek Sure trivia doesn t precisely euate with intelligence but as Jennings puts it they certainly live in the same neighborhood I m decent at trivia Jennings has made himself a millionaire through it a feat positively magical in its improbability That s genuinely awesome as in awe inspiring Of course I d wanna read a book he wrote In fact did in the past the one about maps a very good one No idea what took me so long with Brainiac The guy can actually write pretty well he s erudite and funny and pleasantly self effacing not just a witty face forgive the terrible attempt at a pun Plus it was fascinating to peek behind the proverbial curtain at one of my all time favorite shows check out how the it all works warningit s a pretty disappointing experience far from a romanticized version one might have in mind But stillso interesting And Jennings went on to have a fun life it seems like and a decent career as an author Wish he d write books for adults though Surely kids ones are easier uicker and financially lucrative but selfishly I would just love to read of his books There s something very enjoyable about the way he writes probably because his passion for his subjects and general geekiness comes through so plainly If you don t care about Jeopardy or trivia this isn t for you But for those who get the thrill of knowledge for the sheer sake of knowledge and excitement of storing and producing at the opportune times random facts about random things this is a must Very enjoyable read and a great way to spend a rainy Sunday

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Free read Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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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    characters Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Ken Jennings ↠ 5 Free read PDF FREE [Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs] 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

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    PDF FREE [Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs] characters Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Ken Jennings is a charming author and this is a fun book for triviajeopardy fans that remember his historic run Ken takes the opportunity in this book to give a history of trivia Why it appeals to some people and what those people have in common; what makes for good trivia as opposed to who cares knowledge; how uestions are written to lead to a satisfying AHA moment when the figure out the answer He also explores the various for

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    PDF FREE [Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs] Yes it’s about Jeopardy and Ken Jennings’s experience on the show and how it affected his life but it’s not going to teach you how to study in the way that Bob Harris’s book does Jennings touches on his study habits study broadly use a makeshift buzzer create mnemonics and gives some tips for auditioning know the game and its rules present yourself as affable and funny but what makes Brainiac stand out is that it

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    characters Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs PDF FREE [Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs] 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 Jenn

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    PDF FREE [Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs] Ken Jennings ↠ 5 Free read characters Brainiac Adventures in the Curious Competitive Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs He talks about trivia a lot I guess that makes sense it wasn't really a memoir Maybe I thought it'd be memoir Some of the trivia sections are good some are way too clearly bought and paid for by Trivial Pursuit My editor usually asks Are they paying you? when somebody uses a corporations name in their work Ken Jennings was definitely getting paid Kinda a funny dude though

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