By Ken Jennings
Someday again in 2003, Ken Jennings and his collage blood brother Earl did what thousands of individuals had performed earlier 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 desktop programmer to nerd people icon. yet alongside the way in which, it additionally explores his newly conquered country: the realm of minutiae itself.
Jennings had regularly been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs and television consultant listings at an age while most children are nonetheless staring at Elmo and placing beans up their nostril. yet minutiae, he has stumbled 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 minutiae fad: the quiz e-book 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 Nineteen Eighties, whilst Trivial Pursuit® back made it trendy to be a know-it-all.
Jennings additionally investigates the shadowy demimonde of today’s trivialities way of life, 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 trustworthy of the Boston pub trivialities scene, and the raucous members within the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens element, Wisconsin, “The World’s greatest minutiae Contest.” And, after all, he's taking us behind the curtain of his inconceivable 75-game run on Jeopardy!
But specifically, 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 goal after all?
Uproarious, foolish, attractive, and erudite, this publication is an impossible to resist social gathering of nostalgia, interest, and nerdy obsession–in a notice, trivia.
* The koala
*** Albert Brooks
From the Hardcover edition.