Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days
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Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy! champ gets to ask the questions–and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle.
For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****?
In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge.
About the Author
Ken Jennings was born in Seattle, Washington, but spent much of his childhood in Seoul, South Korea. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he worked as a computer programmer until becoming an unlikely celebrity due to his unprecedented record-breaking streak on the television quiz show
Jeopardy! He lives outside Seattle with his wife and children.
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It seemed like it was going to be so easy.
I spent most of 2005 submerged in the world of trivia nuts, writing my book
Brainiac. I was (and still am) writing a weekly “Tuesday Trivia” e- mail quiz for visitors to my website. As a result, I was seeing trivia everywhere I looked. While driving by the Olive Garden restaurant by the mall: hmm, the Olive Garden logo is a fruit that’s not an olive. While looking at a fistful of change at the grocery store: hmm, two different state quarters have George Washington on their “tails” side as well as on the “heads.” While my wife was in labor: hmm, childbirth contractions are measured in units named for the capital of Uruguay. “Um, sorry, honey, my mind was elsewhere. Go ahead and push now.”
I needed to get all this trivia out of my system, cleanse myself of all the clutter. The book you now hold in your hands would, I thought, be my trivia enema. (In fact,
Ken Jennings’s Trivia Enema was its original working title, before wiser heads prevailed.)
I pictured a 365- day trivia almanac, stuffed to the gills with odd historical facts from every day of the year, each tied to a related trivia quiz. What could be easier, in a world packed with exotic little factoids? It would be like gaily skipping through an alpine meadow, picking whatever wildflowers of trivia happened to catch my eye. A fact here, a question there, and pretty soon I’d have a book, right?
As it turned out, a better title for the book might have been
Ken Jennings’s Trivia Aversion Therapy. Math was never my strong suit in school, but it turns out that twenty or thirty trivia questions for each day of the calendar year runs to about nine thousand questions in total.
thousand. That’s two whole boxes of Trivial Pursuit. That’s most of a season of
Jeopardy! As far as I can tell, this is the biggest single assembly of trivia questions ever published in this country, in
any form. And writing nine thousand trivia questions comes with challenges beyond mere volume, it turns out. In case you have professional curiosity, or just want to feel my pain (
Ken Jennings’s Trivia Pity Party!) here are a few of the difficulties inherent in writing an über- trivia book of this scale.
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