All those facts you learned from daytime game shows can finally be put to use when you impress your friends with your general knowledge! Trivia day is the ideal day to share all of those trivial facts that almost no one knows, making it a fun and interesting day to spend with friends or family.
Find out more about National Trivia Day
There’s no denying that we’re a little obsessed with trivia as a culture! Turn on the television in the afternoon and you’re bound to come across a quiz show. It’s easy to see why trivia has grown in popularity. As humans, we are naturally social and competitive, and trivia perfectly combines these two characteristics. So, if you enjoy surprising others with random facts or learning about new things, National Trivia Day is the day for you. You can indulge in this guilty pleasure while also expanding your knowledge.
The Origins of National Trivia Day
Trivial Pursuit, the world’s most famous trivia game, is credited with sparking people’s interest in trivia and competing to see who knows more odd facts about geography, history, art, science, sports, and entertainment.
Trivial Pursuit was invented in 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who were frustrated when pieces of their Scrabble game went missing, prompting them to create their own game. The trivia craze began when Trivial Pursuit became an almost instant hit and worldwide phenomenon.
While Trivial Pursuit is widely regarded as a watershed moment in the history of trivia, it is not the first instance of trivia as we know it. In fact, this can be attributed to “Take It or Leave It,” a 1940s radio program. Not long after that, one of America’s most famous quiz shows debuted on television. Of course, we’re referring to Jeopardy!, which debuted in 1964. Simultaneously, trivia nights began to become a common feature on college campuses across the United States. Pub quizzes then spread to the United Kingdom, where they are still very popular today.
How to celebrate National Trivia Day
If you don’t have any home trivia games, National Trivia Day is a great opportunity to crack open the encyclopedia and spend some family time around the dinner table quizzing each other and discussing little known interesting facts. You could also spend the day with friends, though you should avoid the competitive types! Arguments over whether trivia question answers are 100% correct can become extremely heated, especially near the end of the game when the most is at stake!
So, what are you holding out for? Order a pizza or two and start the trivia contest! To get you started, here are some unusual facts:
- Special teacups were made in the Victorian era to keep the mustache from being accidentally dipped in tea.
- Hallmark is now producing cards for those who have been laid off.
Metal snows on Venus.
- Dr. Dre’s “Beats” headphones franchise has earned him more money than his entire musical career.
- The only Caribbean island with a railway is Cuba.
- The Himalayas contain 19 of the world’s 25 highest peaks.
- The Arctic and Antarctica contain 99 percent of the world’s glaciers.
- In Japan, there are 17 active volcanoes.
- Several New York City buildings have their own zip code.
- In Saudi Arabia, there are no rivers.
- Ethiopia was never a colony of the Europeans.
- Over 2 billion people lived on less than $2 per day in 2006.
- The country Brazil was named after the Brazil nut, and not the other way around
- Spain means “the land of rabbits”
- Rome was the first city to reach a million people
- The entire population of the Earth would fit in Texas
- Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can, and when he died in 2008, his ashes were buried in one
- Female mosquitos only bite.
- Captain Morgan rum was named after a Welsh pirate who went on to become Jamaica’s lieutenant governor.
- The Vatican Bank is the only bank in the world that allows ATM users to conduct transactions in Latin.
- The name Jacuzzi is a brand, and the company also manufactures toilets and mattresses.
- Coffee, eucalyptus, menthol, and flower are examples of failed PEZ flavors.
Now that you’re in the mood for some trivia, why not spend the day learning some new facts?
You could also attend a pub quiz or a trivia night that is being held in your area. Many businesses host weekly quiz nights, which can be a lot of fun. Not only will they allow you to put your knowledge to the test against others, but you will also have a great time with friends and meet new people. We’ve also got some pointers for you! To begin, choose your teammates wisely; otherwise, you may find yourself doing all of the work. Also, try not to consume too much alcohol; save it for after you’ve won. Not only does alcohol impair our ability to think clearly, but many people have a tendency to speak loudly after a few drinks, which could result in you giving the answers to another team!
You could also organize your own trivia night. Invite some of your loved ones to join you in crowning the champion quizzer! Today, it is simple to organize a quiz night because good quiz questions can be found online. The key is to ensure that you have a wide range of questions. Cover a wide range of genres, and make sure to include different time periods. If you are young, it may be tempting to include questions from the last decade or so. However, it is critical to cover a variety of time periods. Also, make sure there are plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone! You could invite everyone to bring a dish.