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2020-08-18 12:39:39 PM  
5 votes:
I answered Final Jeopardy correctly BEFORE the clue was revealed. No, the shows were not repeats lol.

Actually, I've done it at least a half dozen times, all witnessed. Twice at a crowded bar.

/not kidding
//VOTE this November
///sheltered in place
 
2020-08-18 4:57:40 PM  
4 votes:
Playing an open mike in a Brewery.
I don't drink.
They ran a trivia game during it.
Asked how many acres of Hopps had been grown in that town in 1823.
I happen to have written quite a few papers on the local history, unbeknownst to the crowd, and read extensively on the local history of Pennsylvania from Philly to Pittsburgh.
I had just moved back after 35 years in Vermont.
But I guessed correctly.
They gave me a wooden nickle good for one free drink.
I'ts in my instrument case next to my 25 year AA coin.
 
2020-08-18 11:44:07 PM  
3 votes:

leviosaurus: yakmans_dad: leviosaurus: The highlight of the night was the final question "What's a natatorium?" Without hesitating, I said "A swimming pool"

I think that there's a natatorium in Biloxi. Or there was one back in the very early 90s. Biloxi was not the kind of place I associated with natatoriums. I associates blobs of tar on the beach with Biloxi. And termites.

Technically a natatorium is a swimming pool with a seating area for an audience. Same suffix as "Stadium" or "Auditorium". But Trivial Pursuit was invented by a bunch of football players from Colgate, I was pretty sure they would miss that subtlety. I was right.


But Trivial Pursuit was invented by a bunch of football players from Colgate...

??
Source:
"The game was created on December 15, 1979 in Montreal by Canadian Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal's The Gazette, and Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press. After finding pieces of their Scrabble game missing, they decided to create their own game. With the help of John Haney and Ed Werner, they completed development of the game, which was released in 1981"

I remember they even made a TV movie about it.
 
2020-08-18 5:58:42 PM  
3 votes:

Reaperman: I was on a cruise ship in the 90's and there was a poolside trivia contest. I am guessing about 100 people were playing. No prizes or anything. Just for fun. They went through twenty questions and the last one was, "What is the number one form of transportation in the the world?" I answered, "Elevator". I was the only person who got it right. The host was so impressed, she gave me a free beer. The only time I have won anything to do with trivia.


It's more popular than walking?
 
2020-08-18 4:34:23 PM  
3 votes:
I was on a cruise ship in the 90's and there was a poolside trivia contest. I am guessing about 100 people were playing. No prizes or anything. Just for fun. They went through twenty questions and the last one was, "What is the number one form of transportation in the the world?" I answered, "Elevator". I was the only person who got it right. The host was so impressed, she gave me a free beer. The only time I have won anything to do with trivia.
 
2020-08-18 3:22:19 PM  
3 votes:
I have attended a trivia night near Harvard couple times. As a team by myself I have accomplished my goal of not finishing last each time.
 
2020-08-18 3:13:54 PM  
3 votes:
One night at trivia the subject was Family Guy.  I've seen a few of them, but not this episode.  The question was: Peter and Brian are having breakfast.  Peter says: "Oh my God, Brian, there's a message in my Alpha-bits.  It says 'oooooo'".  What does Brian say in response?

I had no idea but I figured the answer probably came out of a writer's room so I figured it was probably the most obvious joke.  My guess was he was eating either Froot Loops or Cherios, and that the writers probably went with Cherios because the name incorporates the letter.

So I blind guessed and got it right: "Peter, those are Cherios"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doo7s​y​e41Ow
 
2020-08-18 1:13:03 PM  
3 votes:

psilocyberguy: I answered Final Jeopardy correctly BEFORE the clue was revealed. No, the shows were not repeats lol.



That is how we play in our house too. Once they announce the category you have until they reveal the answer to come up with your question. There are few greater joys in life than winning this game :)

My CSB for the theme goes all the way back to freshman algebra in HS. My head buried in my arms on my desk, half asleep, I hear the teacher scornfully ask me to solve for X. I raised my head, blinked slowly while trying to focus on the board and confidently said, "Twelve!" then lowered my head without waiting for his acknowledgement that I was correct.

For at least the rest of my HS career and perhaps for years afterwards, maybe even now, students would exclaim "Twelve!" in various ways without any idea why people in our school did such a thing. I knew though :p
 
2020-08-18 12:50:40 PM  
3 votes:
When Trivial Pursuit fist came out (yeah, I'm old), my wife and I were invited to a party to play. Host said "Be careful, we are pretty good." I got 4 pies on my first turn and won the game on my second, nobody else had pies. We were never invited back.
 
2020-08-18 12:49:34 PM  
3 votes:
I'm a fountain of useless knowledge.  I was at an IBM event where they had Watson and I got most of the questions right.  If it's sport or literature I'm probably craptastic so I'm in no way well rounded.

Fast forward a few years and my entire family went on a cruise.  My siblings and I would go to the trivia challenge each day and usually dominated.  By the end of the week we each won a cookbook and a few other trinkets.
 
2020-08-19 10:56:58 AM  
2 votes:
About 7 years ago I was playing team pub trivia and the question was "Which country has the most coastline?" "Russia!" I excitedly barked.

Then I leaned into my table and whispered  "Guys, it's definitely Canada."

We got it right. Table next to us said Russia and got it wrong.

/I've tried that several other times and it never worked again.
 
2020-08-18 3:39:03 PM  
2 votes:
I answered the trivial pursuit question: who was the first man featured on a playboy magazine cover. (Peter sellers) my gf at the time accused me of cheating.

But my favorite: meet a girl at a party. "Hi, I'm Bridget O'Shaughnessy."

"You killed Miles Archer!"

Such larks.
 
2020-08-19 2:52:36 PM  
1 vote:
I was in an all-hands (~70) meeting where we had to watch a presentation buy a guy that wrote a business management book that resonated with our CEO for some reason.  He writes the name Pyotr Ufimtsev on the whiteboard and asked if anyone knew who this person is.  I raised my hand.  He pointed to me and I said "He is a Russian physicist that created a model to predict how radio waves reflect off of objects."   The guy said that in 50 presentations he had done so far no one knew the name.   I remembered it because I read "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich a few years before, and that is exactly the type of trivia that sticks in my head.
 
2020-08-19 10:11:12 AM  
1 vote:
Two instances spring to mind:

Winning a darts tournament (& $100) at a bar. Only woman competing. I had only recently learned to play.

Mr. Catchow grew up in Michigan and had played Euchre a few times, whereas I had never even heard the word. One night while visiting his sister in Ferndale, her husband suggested we pair off and play. They did a quick run-through of the basic rules and we started to play. My hubby and I just killed it. I could see my BIL's rage building. Finally he dealt a round, & I looked at my hand, thought I could probably take all the tricks and said so. BIL tried to talk me out of it but I went ahead and did it. Thought BIL was going to spontaneously combust.
 
2020-08-19 3:20:21 AM  
1 vote:
Kinda stupid story to share from high school. I was in Mr. Wendt's class where instead of focusing on the subject of whatever course he actually taught (maybe something in the math realm), we were watching Wheel of Fortune. Eight blank spaces, six blank spaces, and another eight blank spaces and who knows what clue there may have been, but no letters filled in yet. He turns to the  class and says "Russian salad dressing" which was clearly wrong because there's only five letters in salad, but show contestant took their first guess and chose "T" which became the first letter of the first word. I immediately spoke up and said "Thousand Island Dressing" which turned out to be correct. It wasn't especially impressive, but it actually scored me some extra credit.

He wasn't a good teacher and he tended to spend a lot of time trying to subtly, but totally blatantly look up girls' skirts while they sat at their desks.
 
2020-08-18 11:47:40 PM  
1 vote:

AintNoAmoeba: leviosaurus: yakmans_dad: leviosaurus: The highlight of the night was the final question "What's a natatorium?" Without hesitating, I said "A swimming pool"

I think that there's a natatorium in Biloxi. Or there was one back in the very early 90s. Biloxi was not the kind of place I associated with natatoriums. I associates blobs of tar on the beach with Biloxi. And termites.

Technically a natatorium is a swimming pool with a seating area for an audience. Same suffix as "Stadium" or "Auditorium". But Trivial Pursuit was invented by a bunch of football players from Colgate, I was pretty sure they would miss that subtlety. I was right.

But Trivial Pursuit was invented by a bunch of football players from Colgate...

??
Source:
"The game was created on December 15, 1979 in Montreal by Canadian Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal's The Gazette, and Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press. After finding pieces of their Scrabble game missing, they decided to create their own game. With the help of John Haney and Ed Werner, they completed development of the game, which was released in 1981"

I remember they even made a TV movie about it.


Glad that wasn't one of the trivia questions, then
 
2020-08-18 11:36:09 PM  
1 vote:
We were playing charades with some friends at their cabin when my wife had her turn to present the clues.
She picked up the paper with the clue on it, and proceeded to count on her fingers...
11 words.
First word. Small word.
I said "the."
Next word...
I blurted out "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!"

The other team's jaws hit the floor.
 
2020-08-18 8:47:30 PM  
1 vote:

leviosaurus: Trivial Pursuit game, like a lot of other CSBs. It was a family reunion, and one of my cousins decided who would be on which team, what style of play, where we would sit... my brother and I realized she had put all the people with advanced degrees on her own team. We were the 'dumb' ones, the designated losers. Since this is a CSB, of course, we dominated.

The highlight of the night was the final question "What's a natatorium?" Without hesitating, I said "A swimming pool". My brother and the rest of our team stared at me with their jaws down, and my brother said "Are you sure?" I said "Of course. I took a year of Latin in high school." When she confirmed that it was, indeed a swimming pool, my brother went running from the room. I found him in a corner giggling to himself. "She picked the teams, she picked the rules and we STILL BEAT HER!"

For years afterwards, my brother would look at me and say "I can't believe you knew what a natatorium was." I always respond "I did a year of farking Latin, how many times do I have to tell you this?"

/Everyone on my team went on to get advanced degrees except me. Guess that showed her.



The neural net that allows someone to soak up endless minutiae has very little to do with IQ or book learnin'.  :)
 
2020-08-18 8:02:19 PM  
1 vote:
Trivial Pursuit game, like a lot of other CSBs. It was a family reunion, and one of my cousins decided who would be on which team, what style of play, where we would sit... my brother and I realized she had put all the people with advanced degrees on her own team. We were the 'dumb' ones, the designated losers. Since this is a CSB, of course, we dominated.

The highlight of the night was the final question "What's a natatorium?" Without hesitating, I said "A swimming pool". My brother and the rest of our team stared at me with their jaws down, and my brother said "Are you sure?" I said "Of course. I took a year of Latin in high school." When she confirmed that it was, indeed a swimming pool, my brother went running from the room. I found him in a corner giggling to himself. "She picked the teams, she picked the rules and we STILL BEAT HER!"

For years afterwards, my brother would look at me and say "I can't believe you knew what a natatorium was." I always respond "I did a year of farking Latin, how many times do I have to tell you this?"

/Everyone on my team went on to get advanced degrees except me. Guess that showed her.
 
2020-08-18 6:37:40 PM  
1 vote:
I hardly ever watched Jeopardy when I was in graduate school, but one time I was at my parents' house and they had it on.  Category came up: College towns.  For some reason I looked at my father and said "Missoula".  The contestants went through the clues one by one.  When only the $1000 clue was left I looked at my dad again and said "Missoula".

Guess which college town was the $1,000 answer?  (Clue was something like "This western college town is home to the Grizzlies")

Totally blew my dad's mind.  To this day I don't know why I just *knew* that Missoula was going to be the final answer.
 
2020-08-18 4:50:53 PM  
1 vote:

McGrits: Clark?


That's not fair!!  That's his name!!
 
2020-08-18 4:18:43 PM  
1 vote:
Playing Trivial Pursuit with my parents in the early 90's.

Usually, my brother and I got "Junior", and my parents got the normal adult cards, but the junior cards were getting too easy, so we were all using normal cards.

For my Final Piece, and the win, I got:
"Who was on the cover of Time Magazine's Person of the Year Issue for 1952?"

For some unfathomable reason, me a kid of maybe 12 in the 90's, knew that it was:
Queen Elizabeth II.

My parents about fainted.
 
2020-08-18 3:47:11 PM  
1 vote:
i was on a around the world cruise ship cruise on the cruise ship costa atlantica in 2007. i'm from the usa and although 95% of the passengers were from europe and the ship departed from italy with italian registry only i knew the question about MAMIE VAN DOREN, GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, and ANNA MAGNANI. their picture that answered the trivia question and other italian movie star's trivia questions were posted in many areas. the ship's theme was practically 1950's-70's italian movie stars.
 
2020-08-18 3:41:49 PM  
1 vote:
While I wouldn't really consider it amazing, a year or so ago I was the only person in a room of at least 50 people during an after hours work trivia contest to get one of the final bonus questions correct and everyone in the room seemed rather impressed.

The question asked players to identify the website that created the card game 'Exploding Kittens'.

/I was like, duh, The Oatmeal
//everyone knows that, right?
///probably first heard about it here on Fark but that's not confirmed.
 
2020-08-18 2:23:07 PM  
1 vote:
I cleaned out the Mickey's Malt Liquor booth of prizes one day during MTV Spring Break in Daytona one year doing trivia. Then I went around handing things out like they were beads at Mardi Gras (if you know what I mean).
 
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