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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Description:

i Maphead Charting the Wide Weird World of Geography Wonks i is Ken s followup to his best seller i Brainiac i Much as i Brainiac i offered a behind the scenes look at the little known demimonde of competitive trivia buffs i Maphead i finally gives equal time to that other downtrodden underclass America s map nerds br br In a world where geography only makes the headlines when college students are endlessly discovered to be bad at it these hardy souls somehow thrive Some crisscross the map working an endless geographic checklist visiting all U S counties for example or all UNESCO World Heritage Sites Some pore over million dollar collections of the rarest maps of the past others embrace the future by hunting real world cartographic treasures like geocaches or degree confluences with GPS device in hand Some even draw thousands of their own imaginary maps lovingly detailing worlds that never were br br Ken Jennings was a map nerd from a young age himself you will not be surprised to learn even sleeping with a bulky Hammond atlas at the side of his pillow in lieu of the traditional Teddy bear As he travels the nation meeting others of his tribe map librarians publishers roadgeeks pint sized National Geographic Bee prodigies the computer geniuses behind Google Maps and other geo technologies he comes to admire these geographic obsessives Now that technology and geographic illiteracy are increasingly insulating us from the lay of the land around us we are going to be needing these people more than ever Mapheads are the ones who always know exactly where they are and where everything else is as well

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids Description:

b Don t cross your eyes or the ll stay like that b br br b Feed a cold starve a fever b br br b Don t touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out b br br b Never run with scissors b br br b Don t look in the microwave while it s running b br br b This will go down on your permanent record b br br b Is any of it true If so how true b Ken Jennings wants to find out if mother and father always know best Yes all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television you ll hurt your eyes or swallow your gum it stays in your stomach for seven years or crack your knuckles arthritis are called into question by our country s leading trivia guru Jennings separates myth from fact to debunk a wide variety of parental edicts no swimming after meals sit up straight don t talk to strangers and so on br br Armed with medical case histories scientific findings and even the occasional experiment on himself or his kids Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok Whether you re a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid of i any i age looking to say I told you so this is the anti helicopter parenting book you ve been waiting for

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

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

Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Description:

One day back in Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before they auditioned for Jeopardy Two years games correct answers and over million in winnings later Ken Jennings emerged as trivia s undisputed king i Brainiac i traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon But along the way it also explores his newly conquered kingdom the world of trivia itself br br Jennings had always been minutiae mad poring over almanacs and TV Guide listings at an age when most kids are still watching Elmo and putting beans up their nose But trivia he has found is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth century London to the Internet age Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad the quiz book explosion of the Jazz Age the rise fall and rise again of TV quiz shows the nostalgic campus trivia of the s and the s when Trivial Pursuit again made it fashionable to be a know it all br Jennings also investigates the shadowy demimonde of today s trivia subculture guiding us on a tour of trivia hotspots across America He goes head to head with the blowhards and diehards of the college quiz bowl circuit the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene and the raucous participants in the annual Q amp A marathon in Stevens Point Wisconsin The World s Largest Trivia Contest And of course he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable game run on Jeopardy br br But above all i Brainiac i is a love letter to the useless fact What marsupial has fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones What planet has a crater on it named after Laura Ingalls Wilder What comedian had the misfortune to be born with the name Albert Einstein Jennings also ponders questions that are a little more philosophical What separates trivia from meaningless facts Is being good at trivia a mark of intelligence And is trivia just a waste of time or does it serve some not so trivial purpose after all br br Uproarious silly engaging and erudite this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia curiosity and nerdy obsession in a word trivia br br b The koala br Venus br Albert Brooks b br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days Description:

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 br br For example February In 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 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 br br In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know it alls the 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 br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Rating: 3.48 out of 5

Greek Mythology (Junior Genius Guides, #1)

Greek Mythology (Junior Genius Guides, #1) Description:

Unleash your inner genius and become a master of mythology with this interactive trivia book from i Jeopardy i champ and i New York Times i bestselling author Ken Jennings br br With this Junior Genius Guide to Greek mythology you ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with all the best ancient stories how Prometheus outsmarted the gods how Achilles s heel led to his death and how we mere mortals always seem to get mixed up in so many misadventures With great illustrations cool trivia and fun quizzes to test your knowledge this guide will have you on your way to whiz kid status in no time

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

Maps and Geography (Junior Genius Guides, #2)

Maps and Geography (Junior Genius Guides, #2) Description:

Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book from i Jeopardy i champ and i New York Times i bestselling author Ken Jennings br br With this Junior Genius Guide to maps and geography you ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow Or that Christopher Columbus wasn t the first to think that the Earth was round With great illustrations cool trivia and fun quizzes to test your knowledge this guide will have you on your way to whiz kid status in no time

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

U.S. Presidents (Junior Genius Guides, #3)

U.S. Presidents (Junior Genius Guides, #3) Description:

Become a presidential pro with this interactive trivia book from i Jeopardy i champ and i New York Times i bestselling author Ken Jennings br br With this book about U S Presidents you ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts Did you know that Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday Or that Jefferson introduced the first French fries at a fancy state dinner With great illustrations cool trivia and fun quizzes to test your knowledge this patriotic genius guide will have you on your way to whiz kid status in no time

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Outer Space (Junior Genius Guides, #4)

Outer Space (Junior Genius Guides, #4) Description:

Let your inner astronaut explore outer space with this interactive trivia book from i Jeopardy i champ and i New York Times i bestselling author Ken Jennings br br With this book about space you ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with out of this world facts Did you know that Mars has a volcano bigger than the state of Arizona Or that there s a star with a diamond the size of our moon at its core With great illustrations cool trivia and fun quizzes to test your knowledge this guide will have you on your way to whiz kid status in no time

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

The Human Body (Junior Genius Guides, #5)

The Human Body (Junior Genius Guides, #5) Description:

Unveil the impressive mysteries of your own body with this interactive trivia book from i Jeopardy i champ and i New York Times i bestselling author Ken Jennings br br With this book about the amazing human body you ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with awesome anatomical facts Did you know that your hair is as strong as copper wire Or that if you could spread them out your lungs would have the surface area of a tennis court With great illustrations cool trivia and fun quizzes to test your knowledge this guide will have you on your way to whiz kid status in no time

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Ancient Egypt (Junior Genius Guides, #6)

Ancient Egypt (Junior Genius Guides, #6) Description:

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Rating: 3.80 out of 5