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2020-08-18 3:31:46 PM  
14 votes:
I completed a complicated math problem on a chalkboard at the prestigious school I was working at as a janitor.
 
2020-08-18 12:50:40 PM  
11 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 4:46:57 PM  
8 votes:
Not exactly on topic but this memory still cracks me up so I'll share.

I was playing Trivial Pursuit years ago with friends. Friend A read the question: "What has 1,600 steps?"

Without missing a beat, friend B says, "Your mom's recovery program."
 
2020-08-18 3:13:54 PM  
6 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 4:59:42 PM  
5 votes:

vudukungfu: 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.


Nobody likes a quitter.
 
2020-08-18 1:13:03 PM  
5 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 8:02:19 PM  
4 votes:
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 4:18:43 PM  
4 votes:
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 3:38:02 PM  
4 votes:

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


I sort of did that the other night. The Final Jeopardy! category was Espionage, and I said it's got to be either the Rosenbergs or Kim Philby. It was Philby.
 
2020-08-19 6:37:07 AM  
3 votes:
I was at a friend's house and his roommates were watching a movie.
A character in the movie said that she was from Waukegan Illinois.
I said, "that's where Jack Benny's from".
The other character then said, "isn't that where Jack Benny's from?"

I still don't know what movie it was.
 
2020-08-18 11:47:40 PM  
3 votes:

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  
3 votes:
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 4:22:29 PM  
3 votes:
Me and girlfriend at the time went to one of her co-workers apartments for a poker night.

I was going through a jam band phase....and had picked up a String Cheese Incident live at some festival CD about a week before.
Anyhow, total dude bro begins boasting how he listens these awesome obscure bands that nerds like me wouldn't know...he bets me a dollar I can't name the next song he plays.

I still remember: it was a cover of "Freaker by the Speaker" , from the album I had just purchased....and listened to not an hour before.
As soon as it started, I walked towards him and said in my most deadpan voice, STI covering Freaker by the Speaker. Pay up.

I was knocked out of poker within 3 hands....but I still won
 
2020-08-19 9:45:25 AM  
2 votes:

grokca: 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.


I mean, you did fu*k his wife
 
2020-08-18 6:20:55 PM  
2 votes:

yakmans_dad: 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?


The trick in the question is the "number one" part.  People urinate in them, too.
 
2020-08-18 4:36:58 PM  
2 votes:
Way back in time, I was doing escape and evasion training in the military. I was just senior enough to be in charge of my element, 12 of us all together. Most were very green officers like me, one enlisted guy a few years older, and the last guy a Master Sergeant who had been avoiding the school for years. This was to his detriment as he was, by then, overweight and out of shape, perfectly suited to fail at camping in the woods for a week. He got a number of us caught by wandering around aimlessly in broad daylight.

So we're grouped back together, and the trainers are dumping on us for all the fail. And the old guy gets mentioned. Turns out he had been shedding his gear because it was "too heavy." Parts of his pack, his coat, a compass (with radioactive painted dial), and all kinds of shiat. It was like breadcrumbs to the school guys. They're really leaning on me with the "What would you do in combat with this guy, with the enemy all around looking for you?" I said I'd kill him to save everybody else. After days with this lardo, I wasn't kidding.

One of the group, the youngest looking of us greenhorns, spoke up in his defense.

The staff started in on me again. "What's with that guy?" "Can you trust him?" "Why is he questioning his leader?" "Do you know ANYTHING about this dude?" "What's his middle initial?"

Me: "S."

Staff guy looks at some papers, looks at me. "Fark, you guys are hopeless." I got a lecture on knowing my people and keeping them in line.

They leave us alone at last and young guy looks at me and asks, "How did you know my middle initial?" All I could say was, "It's on the roster."
 
2020-08-18 2:23:07 PM  
2 votes:
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).
 
2020-08-18 1:23:07 PM  
2 votes:
I once won a school Geography bee despite not knowing much about Geography. Mostly by getting questions I knew the answer to and having the "Experts" flame out on really hard questions.

It can happen to anyone but is fun too, won an inflatable globe.
 
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 11:08:09 AM  
1 vote:
Ack, spelled it wrong.  Ouagoudougou.
 
2020-08-19 11:07:39 AM  
1 vote:
A guy I know still gives me crap ten years later, because at a bar night I knew the capital of Burkina Faso.

Ougoudougou.  Got a nice ring to it.

I generally do fine at geography and history.  Need a teammate for sports and TV.
 
2020-08-19 3:46:46 AM  
1 vote:
Gf and I were watching an otherwise forgettable international spy thriller movie and very early in the movie they showed the object that all the fuss was going to be about. I said "that's a nuclear trigger".  At the end of the movie they reveal, tada, it's a nuclear trigger. She was how tf did you know that.  Somewhere, years earlier I had seen a picture of one.
 
2020-08-19 12:05:56 AM  
1 vote:
One night we were playing Pictionary "guys vs gals".

Us "guys" all worked together in the same department and we were working crazy hours to get a project in on time. We spent so much time together we were starting to finish each other's sentences.

It was my turn to draw (which I suck at). I looked at my word and not quite knowing how to convey it, I drew a jagged line in the middle of the page. Immediately my one team mate yells out "Earthquake!".

He was right!

The gals were pissed.
 
2020-08-18 8:09:42 PM  
1 vote:

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.
 
2020-08-18 6:41:34 PM  
1 vote:

Terminal Accessory: 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.


My favorite in that regard:

I was playing my girlfriend and we were using the RPM edition (heavy on pop and rock and so forth).   She had a few years on me and the game certainly had its share of rock from her high school and college years, so she was doing fine.   But I inexplicably knew a LOT of the 50s and 60s rock that predated both of us.  Best one was "What can stop the Duke of Earl?"

I just *stared* at her for a second.  I'm pretty sure she had absolutely no idea what the hell the question was about.   Then I said "Nothing.  Nothing can stop the Duke of Earl."

She turned it over and sure enough, that was the answer.  She never actually accused me of cheating but that one definitely had her wondering.
 
2020-08-18 5:58:42 PM  
1 vote:

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 5:36:30 PM  
1 vote:
Short and sweet, but not game related:

My younger brother tells me he just bought a house, and got a great deal.  I ask him "Was it built under power lines?"

Yes, yes it was.
 
2020-08-18 4:57:40 PM  
1 vote:
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 4:28:50 PM  
1 vote:
Clark?
 
2020-08-18 3:51:42 PM  
1 vote:
We were reading something by Faulkner in high school but I hadn't done the reading for the day, or much of the book at all.  Pop quiz.  4-5 multiple choice questions and 2 short paragraph questions.  I had no clue, didn't even attempt the multiple choices or the first written response.  But the question for the second was something like "What did Boon do that caused (forgotten name of character) to resist ever riding in a car with him again?

I wrote something to the effect of how he spit tobacco juice out of the window and it flew back in the car and hit her.  Completely wild-ass guess, which I wrote with much flair and embellishment to fit the space and the time we were given to answer.  It was right.
 
2020-08-18 3:29:49 PM  
1 vote:

grokca: 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.


Similar story here. Only I was ten and I was "allowed" to play to even up the teams. They realized their mistake . . . too late. We ended up dominating. Well, I did, anyways.
 
2020-08-18 2:04:54 PM  
1 vote:
On Pub Quiz night we had a final make-or-break Q. with me versus the last guy on their team.   The question:  How many miles of highway in the UK?   We went 'what?...'    So both of us had to write down a guess in miles..  My team almost fainted when I (who hates to drive in the UK because left) came up 100 miles closer than the other team's player (from the UK) and won the night for us.
 
2020-08-18 12:39:39 PM  
1 vote:
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
 
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