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Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

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Genre: Reference
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2012-04-17
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439167182

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Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author of Planet Funny Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, “a literary gem” (The Atlantic). Ken Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. Jennings also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been. From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2011-09-20
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439167199

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Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

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Genre: Reference
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2011-09-20
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439167175

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Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

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Genre: Reference
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2012-04-17
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781439167182

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Reissue of the dazzling sequel to the award-winning MapHead. If you could go anywhere do anything - where would you go? What would you do? This is the dilemma facing MapHead on his return to Rubytown from his home in the Subtle World. Materializing in a multi-storey car park, he is drawn to the Stamp family, for whom, he feels, he has a vital task to perform. But what? And how? MapHead quickly makes friends with Jack Stamp, but in doing so crosses a boundary that should not be crossed. Using his powers to flash maps across his head is one thing, but using them to intrude into people's lives is something else. That can only cause problems - big problems. Soon MapHead finds himself up the multi without a ticket - and, this time, without his dad to help him

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Genre: Children's stories
Author: Lesley Howarth
Publisher:
Release: 2001-07-09
File: 222 Pages
ISBN-13: 0744577721

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year The witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings relays the history of humor in “lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings,” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette)—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes. Where once society’s most coveted trait might have been strength or intelligence or honor, today, in a clear sign of evolution sliding off the trails, it is being funny. Yes, funniness. Consider: Super Bowl commercials don’t try to sell you anymore; they try to make you laugh. Airline safety tutorials—those terrifying laminated cards about the possibilities of fire, explosion, depressurization, and drowning—have been replaced by joke-filled videos with multimillion-dollar budgets and dance routines. Thanks to social media, we now have a whole Twitterverse of amateur comedians riffing around the world at all hours of the day—and many of them even get popular enough online to go pro and take over TV. In his “smartly structured, soundly argued, and yes—pretty darn funny” (Booklist, starred review) Planet Funny, Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means—or doesn’t—to be funny in it now. Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python’s game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of The Simpsons, Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship. “Fascinating, entertaining and—I’m being dead serious here—important” (A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically), Planet Funny is a full taxonomy of what spawned and defines the modern sense of humor.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Scribner
Release: 2019-07-09
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781501100604

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MapHead, a boy with strange powers from a parallel dimension, finds himself alone without his father for the first time and returns to Rubytown to find his own destiny.

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Genre: Children's stories
Author: Lesley Howarth
Publisher:
Release: 2011
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 1846471206

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One day back in 2003, Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: they auditioned for Jeopardy! Two years, 75 games, 2,642 correct answers, and over $2.5 million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac 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. 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 1960s; and the 1980s, when Trivial Pursuit® again made it fashionable to be a know-it-all. 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&A marathon in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, “The World’s Largest Trivia Contest.” And, of course, he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable 75-game run on Jeopardy! But above all, Brainiac 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? Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession–in a word, trivia. * The koala ** Venus *** Albert Brooks

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Genre: Games & Activities
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Villard
Release: 2006-09-12
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781588365521

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Draws on medical case histories, scientific findings, and personal research by the author to separate myth from fact and debunk a vast array of parental edicts.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Ken Jennings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013-10-08
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476706962

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Betty Brogaard was raised to be a good Christian. By the time she was 20 years old, she had joined a fundamentalist church. She even met and married a young man who became a minister in the congregation. However, the more she came to understand Christianity from within, the more she found herself asking questions instead of finding answers. In The Homemade Atheists, Betty shares her sincere, personal and fascinating journey from the mental slavery of religion to the happiness she found in freethought. Along the way and without malice, she offers questions that challenge you to analyze your own beliefs--exactly as she did over a period of many years. Her transformation provides a wealth of insight s for anyone seeking a path to a nonreligious way of life.

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Author: Betty Brogaard
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Release: 2010-10
File: 260 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781458786937

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