By Ken Jennings

ISBN-10: 1588365522

ISBN-13: 9781588365521

In the future again in 2003, Ken Jennings and his collage blood brother Earl did what thousands of individuals had performed prior to: 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 strains his upward push from nameless desktop programmer to nerd folks icon. yet alongside the way in which, it additionally explores his newly conquered state: the area of minutiae itself.

Jennings had consistently been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs and television advisor listings at an age while most children are nonetheless staring at Elmo and placing beans up their nostril. yet minutiae, he has chanced on, is centuries older than his formative years 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 publication explosion of the Jazz Age; the increase, fall, and upward thrust back of television quiz indicates; the nostalgic campus minutiae of the Sixties; and the Nineteen Eighties, while Trivial Pursuit® back made it stylish to be a know-it-all.
Jennings additionally investigates the shadowy demimonde of today's trivialities tradition, guiding us on a journey of minutiae hotspots throughout the USA. He is going head-to-head with the blowhards and diehards of the school quiz-bowl circuit, the marginally soused trustworthy of the Boston pub trivialities scene, and the raucous members within the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens aspect, Wisconsin, "The World's greatest trivialities Contest." And, after all, he is taking us backstage of his unbelievable 75-game run on Jeopardy!

But principally, 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 proof? Is being stable at minutiae a mark of intelligence? And is minutiae only a waste of time, or does it serve a few not-so-trivial objective after all?

Uproarious, foolish, attractive, and erudite, this e-book is an impossible to resist social gathering of nostalgia, interest, and nerdy obsession--in a note, minutiae.

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