Brainiac

Brainiac

Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

Book - 2006
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The competitor who became the longest running champion on "Jeopardy!" offers a look at the human fascination with trivia, from the pop culture of the past to such modern-day phenomena as Trivial Pursuit, that celebrates the glory of the useless fact.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400064458
1400064457
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 J444b 2006
Characteristics: xiii, 269 p. ; 25 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Are you a trivia buff or game show fan? These two recent yet quite different, books relate to the television show Jeopardy! Jennings gives a bit of a peek into his record-setting Jeopardy! appearances, alternating with chapters on the history of trivia. It's a nice and polite book, just like its author. Harris managed to appear on Jeopardy! for almost a decade between his original games and various tournaments. He describes his Jeopardy! study plan as a “Jedi-like path to life”, all told with a sly sense of humour reflecting his past as a stand-up comic. Both books will add a few trivial facts to your cocktail party banter, as well as teach you a bit about the game show of life.

(See also, Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!)

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TheresaAJ
Jun 14, 2013

Ken Jennings, who won an unprecedented 75 Jeopardy games in 2004, has written a witty, erudite book on his experience and the history of trivia. As he plainitively notes, every American obsession, except trivia, has a national championship. Winning on Jeopardy has become the de facto champtionship. While describing his journey through the longest-running Jeopardy streak, Ken details trivia's up-and-down history, college quiz bowls, pub quizzes, and the annual trivia weekend in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He also includes trivia questions (and answers) in each chapter plus a trivia timeline at the end of the book. A great read!

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