When my brother and his girlfriend visited Nashville last week, I couldn’t wait to take them to one of my favorite bars. We ordered some food and drinks, sat down at a table and started chatting, when suddenly the lights dimmed and a man with a microphone told everyone to choose a team name. We looked at each other with a mix of confusion and delight: apparently we had stumbled into a trivia night. We spent the next two hours answering questions about subjects ranging from insect larvae to Tim Tebow, and we lost badly (half our team was jet-lagged!). After doing trivia in multiple cities across the country, this latest experience made me realize something: every trivia night, no matter where you are, no matter how formal or casual, will attract the exact same roster of teams. They are as follows… Keep reading »
I am certain that I am a woman. Here’s proof: these two mammary glands, my monthly menstruation and, oh yes, I am utterly addicted to chocolate.
The way I eat chocolate — the way I fiend for it — you’d think there was some Darwinian motivation behind it. Throughout my life, I have always kept a bar in the freezer or surreptitiously brought the chocolate chips back to my bed for a midnight to three a.m. snack. And I’m not alone; the US consumer eats about 12 pounds of chocolate a year.
So, why am I craving the brown stuff almost every day? I know people dub themselves “chocoholics,” but is there any proof that doing cocoa is actually physically addictive? And if we’re chowing down the 3,400-year-old treat like it is going out of style, is it really that bad for us? It seems like I had only heard conflicting reviews of my go-to taste bud charmer, so I wanted to sit the jury down myself and get a verdict once and for all. Keep reading »
According to the wise words of pick-up artist Mystery, the best way to start talking to someone new is to throw a really weird piece of trivia at them and wow them with your offbeat charm. This has personally never worked for me or on me, because dudes who create strange avatars and wear “funky” velvet top hats are generally wildly repulsive, but even so — I love me some random trivia. And actually, my brain is mostly full of the stuff — like, I basically don’t have any practical knowledge, and instead just have a magical array of little factlets that I use to sound like I know more than I actually do. Like for instance, did you know that marmosets have two scent glands in their tails? Because they do. And also? The equestrian statues dedicated to the battle of Gettysburg — that is, statues where some old dead dude is sitting prostrate on a horse — are coded to let you know how the rider died. So like, all four hooves on the ground? That means the person died of natural causes. Front hoof raised means the person was wounded in battle but survived. And two hooves up? That means the person died in battle.
Really important stuff, right? And yet, it’s the stuff that’s filling up my brain space.
And I’m not the only one! We all have some random tidbit of trivia that are swimming around, taking up valuable thought bubble space. After the jump, The Frisky’s best pieces of trivia — that you’re welcome to steal as your own! And feel free to share your favorite trivia in the comments!
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You know, every time I start thinking to myself, Amelia, maybe you should have a dry month, a sign from the heavens appears and says, “Girl, are you crazy? Wine is your friend!” Such a sign appeared to me today in the form of Winerd, a trivia game for wine geeks/functional alcoholics. Basically, you taste different wines and try to figure out where they’re from (“Trader Joe’s, aisle 3!”) and how you would describe their flavors (“Woody!” “Like heaven!”). There’s a board and game pieces and somehow competition is involved. Honestly, it sounds a little complicated and will I even remember the wine factoids in the morning, once my Winerd hangover has worn off? Only way to tell is to play. I’ll get back to you. [$23.09, Cooking.com]
Can you guess who hates their older brother? Loves wearing a bikini? Hates when girls don’t put out after you pay for a date? If you ever needed additional proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover, this interactive website will convince you. I have wasted waaay too much time today playing Haters + Lovers 20 Questions, a trivia game where you try to match pictures of people of all different colors and creeds with their particular loves/hates. When you click on their square, you see live footage of them revealing their thoughts. It’s seriously got me giddy—my best score so far was 12. Gotta run … I have another round to play.
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