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T R I V I A ! A Game of Fun, Facts & Figures

Updated on August 12, 2018
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A few years back, the board game of Trivial Pursuit swept the country. This wasn't anything revolutionary, just a new and different slant on combining entertainment with education. The latest way to bring people together for a little friendly competition and lots of fun. Just how smart are you anyway? Can you prove your prowess of little-known facts, rarely discussed people, places and events?

Nothing spices up a get-together of peers or perks up an otherwise dull evening, than suggesting a few rounds of TRIVIA! It can get serious, sometimes crazy and pretty loud, but it's always fun. We like to think we're quite the genius, a real "winner," when we play along at home, Don't you just love, Jeopardy, Cash Cab, Who wants to be a Millionaire?,

They wake up brain cells, get the heart pumping and sometimes even boost the ego.....".Hey, I knew that answer!" Who hasn't wondered how well they'd do if actually a contestant on the show? Good question. How about a little challenge?.....a test of what's stored in that giant brain of yours? You're on your honor, so keep your own score....no one will know but you. Let's get started........


U.S. Presidents, Did you know?

Can you name the nine U.S. Presidents who never went to college? They are:

1. George Washington 2. Andrew Jackson 3. Martin VanBuren 4. Zachary Taylor 5. Millard Fillmore 6. Abraham Lincoln 7. Andrew Johnson 8. Grover Cleveland and 9. Harry Truman..

Since the existence of the Secret Service, Presidents have been assigned a secret service code name. Do you know the code names for the following five, modern-day Commanders in Chief?

President......................................................Code Name

Richard Nixon........................................... "Searchlight"

Jimmy Carter ..............................................."Deacon"

Ronald Reagan............................................ "Rawhide"

Bill Clinton..................................................... "Eagle"

George W. Bush.......................................... "Trailblazer"

(I'm afraid I have to laugh a bit on these code names. Think about it. We could have some good laughs, commenting on some of them. Off the top of my head, I would change Clinton's from "Eagle," to "Vulture," and Bush to "Dead End Trail." Sorry, couldn't resist.)


Speaking of Nixon, a tidbit of info from the year 1970: On April 1st of that year, President Richard Nixon signed legislation banning cigarette ads on U.S. TV and Radio. Yes, it was that long ago the war on smoking was born. Unfortunately, here we are in 2013, still fighting the battle, of helping people heed the many health hazards of tobacco.

Just one more in this category....Our shortest-of-stature President ever, was James Madison, at 5'4". Now, that's pretty short for a man of power, wouldn't you say? I wonder, was Abe our tallest? Good fact to research...get busy!


I'll be honest. I had no clue what the secret code names of some of our Presidents were! Well, I'm pretty sure those names weren't meant for public knowledge, at the time! At least, let's hope not.

SPORTS

To be fair, this category is usually where the men pick up speed and gain points. So ladies, these next few Trivia Facts are for you to store in your memory bank, to help even the score!

In 1997, every major league team retired the number "42".....worn by Jackie Robinson during his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Basketball SUPERSTAR Michael Jordon was actually cut the first time he tried out for his High School team, in his sophomore year!
I can guarantee you, the person(s) responsible for that BLOOPER, does not want his name in lights!!

The only professional sport banned in the U.S. during World War II was auto racing because it consumed precious fuel.

The one and only time a World Series was delayed, due to an Earthquake, was in 1989 when the game between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants was postponed a week. Oakland went on to win the trophy.

I don't think anyone one would simply venture a GUESS at the answer to this next question........How many times did Babe Ruth strike out?

Ready? 1,330 times!!! It's a FACT!

And finally... in the Sports world....Do you know how many times YANKEES' owner George Steinbrenner hired and fired Billy Martin as Manager of the team? 5 times! WHAT the.....?

Just a couple quickies...........

Q: What musical instrument is the one true American instrument?

A: The Banjo is native to the U.S.

Q: Is the Monkey Wrench named after the animal of the same name?

A: No, the wrench was developed by a man named, Charles Moncky. Did you know this....and could you have guessed?


A bit of Good & Evil

Can you name the 7 Virtues?

1. Faith 2. Hope 3. Love 4. Prudence 5. Justice 6. Fortitude and 7. Temperance.

Notice that "Studious," is not listed? Considering all the people we encounter in life from day to day, I'm pretty sure we could add a few virtues to this list that are sorely needed.


And, the Seven Deadly Sins (according to Thomas Aquainas)

1. Anger 2. Covetousness 3. Envy 4. Gluttony 5. Lust 6. Pride 7. Sloth

On this topic, did you see the great movie, "Seven," (with Brad Pitt) that brings these deadly sins to light? Or, maybe it's darkness.


How about Refusing to play a game of TRIVIA?? OK, it's not a sin, but it IS a shame. Don't miss out on the fun!
Never shy away from joining in a game of Trivia. I know what your apprehension is all about. Trust me, I think you'll find you have what it takes to compete! Your friends will seem just as uninformed as you!

There are Trivia Games for BRAINIACS. So, if you and your circle of friends happen to be of the Genius level and find most Trivia questions simply a piece of cake with no challenge whatsoever, never fear
If you shop for a game of Trivia, you'll find those with questions that will put that enormous brain of yours through a good work-out. It can be most entertaining to simply sit through one of these High Intelligence sessions. Whatever you do, don't let it get you down that these people are so incredibly bright. Just be glad you know them!

FINALLY:

What are the TOP-selling board games in America in order of popularity?

1. TRIVIAL PURSUIT 2. Cranium 3.Monopoly 4. Scrabble 5. The Game of Life

Have you played them all, at least once? Which is your favorite?

I confess that I really enjoy Scrabble. I love it when I get to challenge someone on a word they've built on the board, that isn't really a word. That's when we discover that some of our good friends will actually try to slip one past us, hoping no one will notice! Watch out for those slippery cheaters when playing board games. Competition can bring out the sneaky side of the nicest people! It's all part of the fun.

Now, don't you feel smarter than you did when you started reading? I hope so! I don't want to think I did all this research for nothing. .....and here's one for you to look up on your own!

Has an X-rated movie ever won an Oscar for best picture?

(Find the answer within the comment section!)

Hope you enjoyed with these facts and maybe even learned a thing or two.

One Million Dollars!! Easy Question!

© 2011 Paula

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  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    John.....Thanks for reading and commenting. I'll bet you're a Trivia whiz!!

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    John Smith 

    9 months ago from New York

    Thanks Paula, useful stuff!

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Fair turn around. I just read a Trivia test based on questions coming out of the UK !! Couldn't understand why I have never heard of any of the individuals mentioned !! LOL.....Took a while to figure out why.

    Well, I'd say you're up on the deadly sins because you always want to be sure you never succumb......???? Yes? No?? I tried to help you out, Alun!

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    Greensleeves Hubs 

    3 years ago from Essex, UK

    I thought I was pretty good at trivia, or at least, history, geography and science. But all those American presidents and American sports??? Just as well we have our own version here in the UK Paula. However, it's popular culture which would most let me down - I know NOTHING about recent pop music, TV soaps, recent film releases etc etc. Zero, zilch, nope - not a thing.

    Just about the only answer I knew on this page was the Seven Deadly Sins! (Question - what does that say about me?) Alun

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    Paula 

    3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I hope all of you genius women see that very few men have taken the Trivia challenge.......afraid of being shown up by a female?? I think so.

    Once again ladies, we prove we are the superior sex. It's a tough job but someone has to do it!!

    Love you all!!!.................Hugs from Effer

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    Martie Coetser 

    3 years ago from South Africa

    Auuwww! Time to play a game of Trivia.

    Thanks for reminding me of this fun game, fpher :)

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    Mary Craig 

    3 years ago from New York

    Hey GF, think its time for a follow up?

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    3 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Paula,

    What a fun hub! I love Trivial Pursuit because even if your answer is wrong, learning the right answer is often more entertaining than fiction.

    Sharing this on FB and HP and voting it up.

    Blessings and Love,

    Gail

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    3 years ago from Central Florida

    What a great hub! I grinned at Rawhide for Reagan. Quite befitting. At least they didn't call him Bonzo! Ha ha.

    I've played all the board games you mentioned with the exception of Cranium. Scrabble's my favorite.

    This was a lot of fun, Paula. I won't tell you how I scored. Suffice it to say my knowledge of history sucks.

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    Maria Jordan 

    3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    What a fun hub...I love fun facts...try to never miss Jeopardy each night and am a sucker for Scrabble...!

    Have to share this far and wide...nothing trivial about expanding our minds, dear Paula!

    Love you and Voted UP, Maria

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    C'mon GF....you really don't want me to answer that!

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    I came back and read this again and chuckled again as well.

    I'm wondering though, what classification would I get for only knowing the virtues and sins?

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    freecampingaussie.....Hi there! Thank you for stopping by.

    Your Ex may have known a lot of trivia...but he didn't know enough to hang on to a sweet, pretty lady like yourself!! Oh well, too bad for Mr. Ex.

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    freecampingaussie 

    7 years ago from Southern Spain

    I would never play this against my ex as he knew a lot of trivia ! Enjoyed your fun hub .

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tillie....I would normally say, "Yes," but after seeing some of my grandchildren's 5th grade homework....I'm not sure any of us baby boomers would make it through grade school again!! Every time I'm asked to "help" with homework, I have to come up with another clever excuse!!Grandma may be stupid, but she ain't dumb!!

    Awwww Daisy...How sweet of you. Thank you. Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Louise Fletcher??

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    Daisy Mariposa 

    7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Paula (fpherj48),

    Something non-trivial...Happy April 10th Birthday!!!

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    Mary Craig 

    7 years ago from New York

    Between reading your hub and the comments it got, I'm not sure which is more entertaining! Great idea for a hub and great choice of trivia. Am I now supposed to feel smarter than a fifth grader ;) Loved it!

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Final Jeopardy will be the Question of all questions!!!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    You lucky, lucky lady! I'm looking forward to Final Jeopardy!

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    SS.........Congratulations!! You just won Double Jeopardy Trivia Answer of the day....to the Question: What did George Clooney roll over and whisper in Paula's ear this morning??

    Jools99......Take your notes with you for your next Trivia challenge!

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    Jools Hogg 

    7 years ago from North-East UK

    Interesting hub with lots of useful info - just wish I was ready to play Trivial Pursuit, I'd stand a better chance of winning now!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Pssst...HAPPY BIRTHDAY EFFER J!!!

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    That is F U N N Y....lol Nell Rose. I like your style!

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    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, I knew the sins, but forgot the virtues! lol! I love all these bits of information, I will have to get my game back out! cheers nell

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    UltimateMovieRankings 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    Yep I am innocent of all charges....lol.

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you Carolyn!! I really haven't met the person who doesn't love an interesting game of Trivia. It's too much fun to ignore.....and besides, we always learn something we never knew before! right?!

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    carolyn a. ridge 

    7 years ago

    This was fun and refreshing. No I did not know the answers to the questions, but still it was light-hearted, and not so serious. We need more of this. Thanks for sharing.

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well....Cogerson, looks like you will never have to pay big bucks for a DEFENSE ATTORNEY!! lol

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I confess....I googled it! I thought it was Bo Dereks 10 but it wasn't. Cogerson is innocent :)

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    aHA!!! SUNSHINE AND COGERSON.....you 2 sneaky ole varments!! I know you were up to NO good! Yes, Linda...it IS Midnight Cowboy! Did you look it up or just tap a quick email out to Mister i-know-everything-there-is-to-know-about-movies Cogerson???? Huh?? C'mon you two! Fess up!

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dexter.....If I hadn't been READING the answers, I'd have been included with the group of squirmers!!! When you play Triva, you only need to be smart enough to play with loyal friends who will NOT "talk," afterwards!!!! lol. I always appreciate your visits!

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    UltimateMovieRankings 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    You have written a very fun hub. I love all the trivia....I did not know how many times Babe Ruth struck...but now I do. I liked all the President's code names especially Rawhide...very funny. I love all the trivia games you mentioned. I had my hand up to answer the final question but I put it down when I saw I was disqualified. Thanks for sharing all this awesome information. Voted up voted useful and voted fun.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    BTW...Midnight Cowboy?

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    Dexter Yarbrough 

    7 years ago from United States

    Hi Fpherj48! Your trivia questions were the highlight of my day! I asked folks at work the questions and watched as they squirmed and gave wrong answers! Ha ha ha!! Great fun!

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    My splainin takes too long!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I thought your 'splaining would be more interesting but I'll Google it.

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's a Game Show in a NYC cab (Host, Ben Bailey) on the Discovery Channel.....Google CASH CAB.....it will SPLAIN everything.!!!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I've never heard of Cash Cab until this hub. 'Splain!

  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks Sunshine! I think you would be too much fun in the CASH CAB! You'd have everyone laughing so hard, they'd get kicked out after 2 blocks! The Cab driver would GIVE you the money, just to get you out of the cab!!!! lmao! Look out New York City....here comes Sunshine.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I love trivia but I know I couldn't be a contestant on a game show, I would have brain farts and start asking the audience members for help with the answers! When I play with family and friends I'm usually the group clown and have a blast! Fantastic hub, really make me think!?!? :))

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