The other day, Noel received an advance copy of Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac in the mail. Just before bedtime, I cracked it open and took a look.
And then 45 minutes later, after several "just one mores," we reluctantly closed it and went to sleep.
If you like cleverly constructed quizzes full of random yet fascinating information -- and if you don't, sir, you are no friend of mine -- then you need to buy this squarish doorstop as soon as it is released, one week from today. Ken Jennings (our virtual best friend and all-around right-thinking person) has two or three trivia quizzes for every single day of the year. Just through January 6, we got:
- Match this movie with the milestone it represents in film history (first featuring Dolby sound? first edited on the Avid digital platform?).
- Take a book, movie, or TV show titled with first names, change it to the character's last names -- now see if you can name the work (e.g. "DeFazio and Feeney").
- Name the only two Republican presidents who ascended to the Oval Office after serving two full terms as vice president.
I always remember the little blurb on the back of that tattered paperback that explained the title. Salted peanuts, it said, are something you can't have just one of; you find yourself reaching for another, and another, and another. Restricting ourselves to one day's allotment of these quizzes at a time is going to be like passing up another handful of salted peanuts.