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Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of… (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2006)

av Ken Jennings

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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, 2,642 correct answers, and over $2.5 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 conquered kingdom: the world of trivia itself. 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. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: the quiz book explosion of the Jazz Age; the rise, fall, and rise again of TV quiz shows; the nostalgic campus trivia of the 1960s; and the 1980s, when Trivial Pursuit® again made it fashionable to be a know-it-all. Jennings 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 quiz-bowl circuit, the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene, and the raucous participants in the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, "The World's Largest Trivia Contest." And, of course, he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable 75-game run on Jeopardy! But 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 questions that are a little more 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 all? Uproarious, 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… (mer)
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Titel:Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
Författare:Ken Jennings
Info:Villard (2006), Hardcover
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Way too detailed but interesting read ( )
  MustangGuy | Sep 9, 2020 |
I like Jennings's blog and Twitter, but the book suffers a bit from its neither fish nor fowl nature. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book. It chronicled the story of Ken Jennings in his Jeopardy! appearances back in 2004. Along the way, he talks about how he was raised into a trivia geek and about other meetings of trivia geeks around the United States. The author talks about how he met all these trivia legends, and on becoming a piece of trivia himself in a moment of introspection. It was all very interesting and entertaining. Interspersed throughout the book are trivia questions with answers at the end of the chapters. I guess even appearing on national television can get mundane after a while, but this guy takes it all in stride. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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 more. 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 more 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. ( )
  ladycato | Mar 3, 2019 |
I started reading this book because I am a Jeopardy fan and was curious about Jennings and his phenomenal run. I got all that, as well as a lot of fascinating information about the world of trivia buffs. I also enjoyed the trivia questions he threw in for fun. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
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Jennings is a very charming, insightful writer.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraTime, Lev Grossman (Sep 25, 2006)
 
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.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraLibrary Journal, Jennifer Zarr (Sep 15, 2006)
 
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraBooklist, David Siegfried (Sep 1, 2006)
 
Jennings's prose is competent enough to keep even the trivia-impaired turning the pages in this survey of his nerdy avocation's lore and history.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraKirkus Reviews (Jun 1, 2006)
 
[T]he former computer programmer is a charmingly self-deprecating guide to the subculture of esoterica.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraPublishers Weekly (May 29, 2006)
 
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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, 2,642 correct answers, and over $2.5 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 conquered kingdom: the world of trivia itself. 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. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: the quiz book explosion of the Jazz Age; the rise, fall, and rise again of TV quiz shows; the nostalgic campus trivia of the 1960s; and the 1980s, when Trivial Pursuit® again made it fashionable to be a know-it-all. Jennings 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 quiz-bowl circuit, the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene, and the raucous participants in the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, "The World's Largest Trivia Contest." And, of course, he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable 75-game run on Jeopardy! But 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 questions that are a little more 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 all? Uproarious, 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

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