Tuesday Trivia

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I like trivia. (I also likes puns. But, I’m not sure I want to subject anyone to that kind of drivel:)). In fact, I like trivia so much that my wife has purchased a dozen “bathroom readers” over the years to keep me… uh…. occupied. So, I’m going to start a new feature – Tuesday Trivia. Maybe Thursday too, I’m not really sure yet.

(You really don’t want to play me in Trivial Pursuit. I might forget you name, but that trivia just keeps popping out).

Anyway, enjoy :)

Houseflies Are Dangerous?

The common housefly transmits at least 30 different diseases harmful to humans. Yuck. Hate the little buggers, especially in August.

VD, Not V-Day

During World War I the British army suffered over 400,000 venereal disease casualties.

Shake on it?

Kaiser Wilhelm II really liked diamond and sapphire rings, but not for their beauty. No, he like to wear them with the stones facing inward to that his handshake would hurt people.


The famous poet Lord Byron had sex with his nanny when he was nine years old.


The yappy little chihuahua dog was originally bred by the Chinese for their meat.

Get the Lead Out

The ancient Romans added lead to their food to help it digest better. So much for eating light.

Self Control

In the 16th century in England, the law stated that men could only beat their wives prior to 10 pm.

A Jiffy

The next time someone tells you they “will be back in a jiffy”, you’ll know to expect them in 1/100th of a second. Yes, it’s actually a unit of time.

Bet on It

The next time someone flips a coin and asks you “heads or tails?”, you’ll know that tails is a better bet. If you flip a coin 10,000 times, tails will come up more often (approximately 5050 times). That’s because the head side of the coin is marginally heavier.

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  1. Spazzo_1493 Reply

    What Are Some Good Movie Scenes For A Trivia? I’m supposed to come up with some well known movie scenes for a trivia game that I’m running. The ages of people participating vary from 13-18 and then from 20-50, so I’m kinda wanting a mixture of newer movie scenes and older movie scenes.

    Any ideas? Thanks ahead of time.

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    • The shower scene is Psycho

      The scene from ‘the Seven Year Itch’ where Marilyn Monroe’s skirt blows up.

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  2. Trivial Pursuit Mastermind Reply

    What Is Your Best Trivial Fact To Pull Out At A Dinner Party? Hi,
    Trivial Pursuit Mastermind here. I’m collecting as many facts as I can to help me in my quest to become the world’s greatest Trivial Pursuit player.

    What is your best trivial fact to pull out at a dinner party?

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    • Here is one:
      A single strand of hair can support 100 grams in weight. That means, a whole head of hair could (in theory) support the weight of two elephants.
      For more check out these websites.

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  3. Avarady Reply

    Extra Trivial Pursuit Cards For 25th Anniversary Edition? Is there anywhere I can get extra cards for the 25th anniversary edition of Trivial Pursuit? Not the Bite Size packs, because they’re the wrong categories. The categories I need are Art & Literature, Geography, Sports & Leisure, History, Entertainment, and Science & Nature.

    I have the game, we’ve just gone through all of the cards and need more.

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  4. Hector the inspector Reply

    How Much Would My Original Xbox Be Worth If I Pawned It With 5 Games Amd 2 Controllers? Well I’ve been inspired to try to buy a 360 arcade so im pawning that and a few other things to see what i can get. If the games matter in value they are as followed:
    GTA:Vice city
    GTA:San Andreas
    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
    Trivial Pursuit

    Thanks to those who can help.

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    • Pawn shops youd be better of saleing to gamestop

      besides best way to find out that answear is to call were ever your gona sale it to and ask them

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  5. This random noob Reply

    World Of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit? Anyone know if there’s a WoW trivial Pursuit?

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    • There is no such game for a number of reasons:
      – Trivial Pursuit games are published by Hasbro; WoW by Fantasy Fight.
      – One would need several hundred interesting questions to package.
      – One would have to several several thousand copies to make a profit. The audience isn’t there.

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  6. Audioworld Reply

    POLL Monopoly Or Trivial Pursuit?

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    • Trivial Pursuit…

      Monopoly has absolutely no point, it takes FOREVER, and requires no skill or intelligence.

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  7. Christopher K Reply

    Has Trivial Pursuit Put Out Any New Editions…? Since the ’80’s edition?

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    • Trivial Pursuit Totally 80’s was released in 2006. Other trivial pursuit games in the same cohort or newer are:

      Trivial Pursuit: Kids Edition (2006)
      Trivial Pursuit for Kids DVD Game (2006)
      Trivial Pursuit DVD Star Wars – Case Version (2006)
      Trivial Pursuit : passeport pour le Monde (2006) (French)
      Trivial Pursuit – Music Edition, Bite Size (2006)
      Trivial Pursuit – Chocolate Edition (2006)
      Trivial Pursuit Greatest Hits (2007)
      Trivial Pursuit Deluxe (2007)
      Trivial Pursuit: Edycja dla ca?ej rodziny (2007) (Polish)

      Here’s the list of Trivial Pursuit games on BoardGameGeek.com:

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  8. Insert Witty Name Here Reply

    Strip Monopoly, Strip Trivial Pursuit Or Strip Stratego? I’m having the Women’s Counsel on Morality over the house tonight and I’m not sure what to do with them.

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    • I’d go with Trivial Pursuit. You can weed out the smart ones…..I’m guessing you’re looking for lots of skin…this might be the quickest way to get there.

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  9. Bluish Reply

    When/was Trivial Pursuit Patented? I couldn’t find the answer to this question, it’s for my homework.
    I think it is patented, but by who and when?
    Also was it successful immediately?

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    • According to a search of the US Patent and Trademark office, the first US trademark was filed on November 10, 1981 by Horn Abbott LTD. This trademark corresponds with the original genius edition. It’s no longer active (having been replaced by more current trademarks).

      The USPTO doesn’t link specific records, but the trademark records are findable in the trademark search including the ones currently held for the game. The trademark serial number for the 1981 filing is 73336591 http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp .

      The trademark was pending for about a year and a half. It was published for opposition on February 8, 1983 and officially register on May 3, 1983.

      The artist for the work seems to have been Michael Wurstlin. The Horn Abbot company was Chris Haney and Scott Abbott (the original creators) along with Ed Werner (a lawyer) and John Haney (Chris Haney’s brother).

      (Sorry I thought your additional details were asking if the trademark immediately successful)
      The game was not immediately successful. The game was sold at a loss of profit initially not really gaining traction in either it’s initial market in Canada or the US when it was introduced at a toy convention in 1982. It wasn’t until 1983 when Horn Abbot licensed the game to a major US game manufacturer Selchow and Righter that the game really took off. Horn Abbott held the rights to the game (essentially only lending it out to manufactures Selchow and Righter then later Parker Brothers ) until 2008 when Hasbro (the owner of Parker Brothers) officially bought all rights and trademarks to the game.


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  10. Brainlady Reply

    What Is Your Most Trivial Pursuit? Mine is probably collecting tidliwinks. I must have the monopoly on them by now.

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  11. Sarah Coffey Reply

    Uses For Trivial Pursuit Cards? Well this copy of the game is from like 1980 so the cards are kind of dated, and there are so many of them. So I was wondering what kind of uses could I use the cards for?
    Any suggestion at all would be wonderful
    Thanks guys!

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    • Buy a scrunchie, some neon orange stockings and a can of hairspray. Get a copy of Ghostbusters, The Breakfast club (Or Ferris Bueler’s Day Off) and Top Gun (Or Rambo II), preferably on video cassette. Play some Duran Duran, Beasty Boys, Depeche Mode, Culture Club and have an 80’s party.

      Finish the night with 80’s Trivial Pursuit: Drinking Version. Bonus points if you can get some unopened Bartles and James Wine Cooler, 80’s Martini and Rossi or Zima. Last man standing wins.

      Alternately you can just read them and brush up on your 80’s trivia or sell the copy on Ebay. If it’s in good condition some board game collector or a 50-year old yuppie recalling his Cocaine-Reagan-Delorean glory days will buy it out of nostalgia.

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  12. Sickcrash Reply

    Trivial Pursuit??!!?? A sad man walks into a bar, and the bartender asks him what the problem is.

    “My life is awful,” the man says. “Every night, I play Trivial Pursuit with my wife, and every night she beats me.”

    “Well, why don’t you just stop playing Trivial Pursuit?” the bartender asks.

    “I love the game,” the man says. “I’m a genius. I never lose.”

    The bartender is confused. “I thought you just said your wife beats you.”

    “Well,” the man says, “she’s a sore loser.”

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  13. Britrob20 Reply

    Trivial Pursuit? A sad man walks into a bar, and the bartender asks him what the problem is.

    “My life is awful,” the man says. “Every night, I play Trivial Pursuit with my wife, and every night she beats me.”

    “Well, why don’t you just stop playing Trivial Pursuit?” the bartender asks.

    “I love the game,” the man says. “I’m a genius. I never lose.”

    The bartender is confused. “I thought you just said your wife beats you.”

    “Well,” the man says, “she’s a sore loser.”

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  14. Puttin'in2pennyswurrth!!! Reply

    Is Anyone Else Out There Really Good At Trivial Pursuit, And….? No one will play the game with you,because you are so good??
    i mean, i just want to play!! i really don’t care who wins!! i know, you think i’m just saying that because i always win!!! but, i just like to play!! anyone out there want to challenge me???

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    • I’m pretty good at it but I don’t always win. Most of the time if I’m on a team — my team wins.
      Lol, in the “Mister Nice Guy” family when we have a reunion and play some SCRABBLE or Trivial Pursuit, usually every one else gangs up against me to keep me from winning. It’s kind of funny in a way. I don’t care, it’s just a game.

      P.S. I would love to challenge you to a game.

      Edit . P.P.S. And if you live any where near Ann Arbor, Michigan I would be happy to play TP with you.

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  15. Lorna W Reply

    Who Invented The Game “Trivial Pursuit” And When?

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    • It was the board game Time magazine called the “the biggest phenomenon in game history.” Trivial Pursuit was first conceived on December 15, 1979 by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott. At the time, Chris Haney worked as a photo editor at the Montreal Gazette, and Scott Abbott was a sports journalist for The Canadian Press. The two friends came up with the basic concept of Trivial Pursuit within a few short hours. The pair were playing a game of Scrabble when they decided to invent their own game. However, it was not until 1981 that the board game was commercially released.

      On November 10, 1981, “Trivial Pursuit” was trademark registered. That same month, one thousand and a hundred copies of Trivial Pursuit were first published in Canada. Haney and Abbott had taken on two more business partners (Ed Werner, corporate lawyer and John Haney, Chris’ brother) since 1979 to form the Horn Abbot company, and had raised their initial funding by selling five shares in the company for as little as $1,000. Eighteen-year-old artist, Michael Wurstlin agreed to create the final artwork for Trivial Pursuit in exchange for his five shares.

      The first copies of Trivial Pursuit were sold at a loss, the manufacturing costs for the first copies came to seventy-five dollars per game and the game was sold to retailers for fifteen dollars. Trivial Pursuit was licensed to Selchow and Righter a major U.S. game manufacturer and distributor in 1983. The manufacturers financed a successful public relations effort and Trivial Pursuit became a household name.

      In December 1993, Trivial Pursuit was named to the “Games Hall of Fame” by Games magazine.

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