10 Poll-Pourri: Fun Polls about Life
A Potpourri of Polls and Quizzes
Since signing on to Squidoo, I have found that Polls and Quizzes here are an added benefit. They are fun to take and you can earn points that help you level up, with some trophies thrown in for good measure.
Some of the quizzes are very educational, entertaining and funny. We can learn some new things, earn points and enjoy ourselves along the way. On this site, "Poll-Pourri", I have endeavored to present that same opportunity to my readers with a mixture of polls and quizzes with all sorts of topics.
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Jeopardy Board Game
Anita, a 98 year old full of energy lady, told me that she does the crossword puzzle from the newspaper each day. She enjoys word searches, and reads a minimum of four books a month from the library at her retirement home. Her take on all of this? "It keeps me sharp".
So with that in mind, how about sharpening up a little bit on the following quizzes and take some fun polls along the way?
Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary defines the word Potpourri as "A miscellaneous combination or collection." I believe that is what has been achieved here and I hope you enjoy yourself.
My "Trivial" Pursuits
I have always enjoyed trivia of all sorts. My interest was really cultivated by listening to my dad as he would sit and tell me of the things that he had seen and heard in his lifetime. He was very well read and well versed on any number of topics. To me, a wealth of information.
To further pique my interest, my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Herring, came up with a trivia game for his classes called "Junior High Bowl". He divided the class into two teams and fired away at us with questions from every topic that you could imagine. Some of the kids despised the game. Me? I couldn't wait to play.
The TV game show Jeopardy! has been a favorite of mine for years. My favorite category? Potpourri, what else? Although I have only played from the comfort of my own living room, I have often wondered how I would do when the pressure is really on as an actual contestant.
My mother once told me (probably in frustration after another mediocre test grade) "If you would put as much energy into learning things that matter as you do in these other things, you would be at the head of your class." Mom was probably right.
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Educational Insight Classroom Jeopardy
Teachers love Classroom Jeopardy. It's fun and meets student test prep needs . You can create your own games easily and tailor them to your topics. Jeopardy is exciting yet effective for reviewing before a test or quiz. Play with all the sights, sounds and thrills of the real television Jeopardy in your own classroom or home.
Educational Insights Classroom Jeopardy
Get the teacher training DVD free with purchase. Great for homeschooling also.
Do Your Research.
In order to have a successful game or polling, you need to know that your facts are worthy of the challenge. (That is unless it is a deliberate poll of misinformation that leads the player to correct details.)
There are many ways to gather information for your polls, games or questions. Personal interviews, research materials like dictionaries, encyclopedias or history books also provide a vast amount of material for your project.
Having a good dictionary like the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition will give you a good base.
Know Your Audience
When writing or creating your polls or games it is important that you know who will be participating in the project. If it is for the general public than questions should be broad for all to answer.
If your audience is for children or teens, than the questions would be written for their reading and age level. Using the correct materials for research would help you to select better questions to make the activity fun.
Use study materials like the Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary.
So You Think You Know the Answer
Some of the best questions for polls are geared toward those who think they know everything about everything. It's fun trying to come up with those polls and questions that will stump the audience.
Use reference books and study aids to help you in finding the most uncommon questions for those difficult world be participants.
Would You Like to Take a Survey?
In the 90's the shopping malls in the area where I lived were loaded with survey or poll takers. They were well-dressed men and women whose job it was to get you to stop and take their poll.
People tried to avoid them, but they were relentless. It didn't matter if you made eye contact or not, they would zero in on you. The Animaniacs cartoon did a whole segment on "Would you like to take a survey?". Upon hearing the question, they would run off screaming.
I hope that you don't run off...it's okay to scream alittle, just don't run off.
Join in and have some fun and earn some points.
Would you like to take a survey?
Let the Polling Begin
Poll #1 Voting
On voting day at your local polling place, have you ever been interviewed for your response on an exit poll?
The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information
Poll #2 Shopping
If you were in a shopping mall and someone asked you to take a survey/poll, would you?
"Must Have" Useless Books
Mom would always be amazed at the things I would remember that were absolutely useless for daily life. To me collecting tid-bits of information of the unusual kind was just something that stuck into my mind. I didn't really try to remember this kind of stuff, but once I heard or read it the information became part of my memory.
These are the type of things that Mom warned me about. Now they are in book form.
What Makes it Useless Information?
I don't know that I would really call it useless information, but rather facts about things that people don't really think about on regular basis. You might also think of it as little bits of history that is fascinating, but no one ever teaches.
There are actual books that can help you find answers to those unusual questions that you think no one knows. Selecting polls and quizzes like these for your games or activities is what adds excitement to the party or event. Here are a few books that might assist you in finding some of the most outrageous poll questions that will keep people talking.
Poll #3 Shoes
Which shoe do you put on first?
Poll #4 Fingernails
If you had a package of 24 press on fingernails, how many times could you do both hands?
Trivia, Polls & Quizzes are Popular
People are usually "game" when it comes to participating in activities that showcase their knowledge. That is why game shows are so popular and are on practically television or cable network in the world.
Gamers know that they cannot pass up a chance to play their favorite game and were delighted when manufacturers finally took advantage of the window of opportunity by creating home versions of the most played or watched trivia game show on television. Of course I'm referring to the worldwide program Jeopardy.
It is available in practically every version of electronics available like the Electric Jeopardy Game Based on the TV Game Show version you can play at home.
Trivia at Hand
Traveling with kids is something that I haven't had to do often, but I know plenty of people who have. What they all have in common is keeping the kids quiet and entertained while traveling, whether it is a short distance to a grocery store, or long distance travel.
Playing memory games or car games is something that I've even participated in while traveling with my wife. Having a hand held battery operated game system is one way of adding to the fun and sure helps when it comes to kids saying, "Are we there yet?"
The Jeopardy Handheld Game
Poll #5 Driving
What is your highway driving style?
Poll #6 Public Speaking
If asked to be the keynote speaker at a banquet, what would your response be?
Polls verses Quizzes, which do you like best?
Here are some views.
Jeopardy - Nintendo Wii
Test your knowledge across a wide range of topics through 2,400 categories in authentic Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! rounds. Play against virtual opponents or bring the whole family together in 3-person multiplayer.
Player tracking system that compiles content statistics over time. Use Wii Remote to ring in and answer clues and/or optional Wii Speak microphone to answer clues verbally just like on the show. Enjoy fun "commercial break" mini-games, show related trivia and full Mii support.
We Like Polls
We like taking polls.
littyhappykitty – 3 years ago: Definitely polls for me! They make me happy!
anonymous – 3 years ago: polls
LynetteBell – 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand: Polls are nice and easy and sometimes the quiz answers are more of an opinion than knowledge, if you know what I mean.
Laraine Sims – 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.: Any and all if I must choose.
We Prefer Quizzes
We like taking quizzes to test our knowledge.
Nuxa76 – 3 years ago: quizzes
Anonymous – 3 years ago: quizzes
Chrisilouwho – 3 years ago: both really, but quizzes a little bit more.
Othellos – 4 years ago: Knowledge and lots of points to level up.
John Dyhouse – 4 years ago from the UK: Love to learn new things and taking a quiz is a great way to find out what I don’t know.
Icichors – 4 years ago: quizzes
goo2eyes IM – 4 years ago: I like both of them because of the points. I want to be on level 81 and I have 700,000 points to go.
Gloria Freeman – 4 years ago from Alabama, USA: I like them both, but quizzes give you more points. So I go for the quizzes.
Itaya Lightbourne – 4 years ago from Topeka, KS: A little of both, but more to the quizzes side I think.
Norma-holt – 5 years ago: The quizzes are more interactive and educational, especially when they have lots of good information added.
Deadicated LM – 5 years ago: Depending on how the person sets up the quiz, I like quizzes with just one or two questions per quiz.
Poll #7 Cat Food
What is your favorite cat food?
Poll #8 Gentlemen
Do you open the car door for your wife, fiancee' or girlfriend?
Poll #9 Population
What was the total world population in 2011?
Poll #10 Aww Nuts
Which do you like: Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter?
Unofficial Poll: Potourri for Men - Tired of the girly potpourri? Take a moment to vote on your favoite potpourri scent for guys. Production depends on poll r
Which potpourri for men would you like to see developed?
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