T R I V I A ! A Game of Fun, Facts & Figures
The Game that increases your knowledge!
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?
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.
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!
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.
Now, in the comment section...Add some Questions from your vast collection of knowledge!!
Take a few minutes now to present a Trivia Question or two in the comment section. The best thing about playing Trivia is that there simply is no end to the continual supply of Questions on a massive variety of subjects. And don't forget to include the answer.
Now that you're in the mood, call your friends and plan an interesting fun-filled evening for a game of Trivia. Laughs, education, bonding, snacks and best of all, everyone gets to show off their stash of facts and Brain Power! Good Luck!
One Million Dollars!! Easy Question!
© 2011 Paula