By Ken Jennings
In the future again in 2003, Ken Jennings and his university blood brother Earl did what millions of individuals had performed ahead of: they auditioned for Jeopardy! years, seventy five video games, 2,642 right solutions, and over $2.5 million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac lines his upward push from nameless computing device programmer to nerd people icon. yet alongside the best way, it additionally explores his newly conquered nation: the realm of minutiae itself.
Jennings had constantly been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs and television advisor listings at an age while most children are nonetheless looking at Elmo and placing beans up their nostril. yet minutiae, he has came upon, is centuries older than his early life obsession with it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the web age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivialities fad: the quiz ebook explosion of the Jazz Age; the increase, fall, and upward thrust back of television quiz exhibits; the nostalgic campus minutiae of the Nineteen Sixties; and the Eighties, whilst Trivial Pursuit® back made it stylish to be a know-it-all.
Jennings additionally investigates the shadowy demimonde of today’s trivialities lifestyle, guiding us on a travel of trivialities hotspots throughout the USA. He is going head-to-head with the blowhards and diehards of the school quiz-bowl circuit, the marginally soused devoted of the Boston pub minutiae scene, and the raucous contributors within the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens element, Wisconsin, “The World’s biggest minutiae Contest.” And, after all, he's taking us behind the curtain of his unbelievable 75-game run on Jeopardy!
But specifically, Brainiac is a love letter to the lifeless truth. What marsupial has fingerprints which are indistinguishable from human ones?* What planet has a crater on it named after Laura Ingalls Wilder?** What comic had the misfortune to be born with the identify “Albert Einstein”?*** Jennings additionally ponders questions which are a bit extra philosophical: What separates trivialities from meaningless evidence? Is being reliable at minutiae a mark of intelligence? And is minutiae only a waste of time, or does it serve a few not-so-trivial goal after all?
Uproarious, foolish, attractive, and erudite, this e-book is an impossible to resist occasion of nostalgia, interest, and nerdy obsession–in a be aware, trivia.
* The koala
*** Albert Brooks
From the Hardcover edition.