By Ken Jennings
At some point again in 2003, Ken Jennings and his collage blood brother Earl did what millions of individuals had performed sooner than: 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 machine programmer to nerd people icon. yet alongside the best way, it additionally explores his newly conquered nation: the realm of trivialities itself.
Jennings had regularly been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs and television consultant listings at an age while most youngsters are nonetheless staring at Elmo and placing beans up their nostril. yet trivialities, he has came upon, is centuries older than his formative years obsession with it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the net age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivialities fad: the quiz publication explosion of the Jazz Age; the increase, fall, and upward push back of television quiz indicates; the nostalgic campus trivialities of the Nineteen 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 minutiae way of life, guiding us on a journey of minutiae hotspots throughout the US. He is going head-to-head with the blowhards and diehards of the varsity quiz-bowl circuit, the marginally soused devoted of the Boston pub trivialities scene, and the raucous individuals within the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens aspect, Wisconsin, “The World’s biggest trivialities Contest.” And, after all, he's taking us behind the curtain of his unbelievable 75-game run on Jeopardy!
But exceptionally, Brainiac is a love letter to the dead 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 minutiae from meaningless evidence? Is being sturdy at trivialities 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, enticing, and erudite, this publication is an impossible to resist get together of nostalgia, interest, and nerdy obsession–in a be aware, trivia.
* The koala
*** Albert Brooks
From the Hardcover edition.