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Are you a trivia buff?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 17, 2007

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Photo of Beth Peterson

“I like to think so. I always win at Trivial Pursuit and always do well at ‘Jeopardy.’ I remember useless information very well.”

Photo of Scott Teeter

“No, I would say not really. I’d probably rate myself as average on trivia.”

Photo of Devon Bartel

“Yes, I am. I’m amazing, I mean really good, at trivia. I’ve been practicing since I was a wee one.”

Photo of Dan Ohlemeier

“It depends on the subject. I like movie and music trivia a lot.”

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Ceallach 10 years, 9 months ago

I find trivia fascinating, does that make me a buff? I'm not sure. I do see a pattern developing in the posts. Quick, someone find the stats on percentage of comment board posters that are trivia buffs.

Scott looks like Steve Doocy (sp?).

coolmom 10 years, 9 months ago

um no, i have trouble with that sort of info except for flashes of genius.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years, 9 months ago

I'm terrible, unless it's some information about something I really care about. I've dedicated most of my brain to the pursuit of mindreading... I HEARD THAT!~#

H_Lecter 10 years, 9 months ago

Sometimes, I tend to remember names... and where they're buried

mom_of_three 10 years, 9 months ago

Yes. My family hates playing trivial pursuit or jeopardy with me since I has in junior high school.
Mostly useless trivia. My brain also holds good stuff, as I am doing good in my college classes.

Topside 10 years, 9 months ago

YES I AM I am full of useless info...can't remember anything important (dentist appt.) but I can remember who played uncle Jessie on Dukes of Hazzard (denver pyle).

Ceallach 10 years, 9 months ago

We need a slogan for OTS, something like "OTS Peanut Gallery - Trivial but never trite."

sunflower_sue 10 years, 9 months ago

I seem to remember quite a bit of useless information. Like: Q: Who sings "Come and Get Your Love?" A: Redbone Who ever needs to know that?

trinity 10 years, 9 months ago

lol, ss-maybe you shoulda presented that as the ots trivial brain tease of the day?!

ms_canada 10 years, 9 months ago

Like many others above, my head is filled with bits of info, some useless other bits do come in handy at times. My head is especially filled with historical data and geographical nonsense. Who cares is Alexander the Great died in 332BC. Or Muhammed in 632AD.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 9 months ago

I'm not buff, but I am somewhat trivial.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 9 months ago

RI knows whereof he speaks, as he is a trivial person.

mom_of_three 10 years, 9 months ago

One of the trivial things I remember, from reading a book in the 4th grade, is the name of General Robert E. Lee's horse.

Don't know why that information just sticks with me.

dminear60 10 years, 9 months ago

mom_of_three: what was the name of Robert E.Lee's horse?

Baille 10 years, 9 months ago

" Who cares if Alexander the Great died in 332BC?"

Alexander's mom.

"Or Muhammed in 632AD?"

Every freakin' Muslim from here to Bandung.

mom_of_three 10 years, 9 months ago

His name was Traveler.

This was the horse that was used for his funeral procession. (carried his saddle and boots).
Evidently, it was his favorite, because they used him.

See, useless information, but was published in a fourth grade biography.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

My team, the Decepticons, placed fourth, then first (free bottle of jack danies!!!) then fourth again on the trivia night here in Beijing. I'm only trivially helpful for some rounds, like TV, geography, etc, but I play a good role in others, and I'm one of the reasons we won in the music round. Music rounds kick ze bootie.

wacka wacka wacka

I may be drunk.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 9 months ago

My sis tells me that Sir Francis Drake died of a ruptured testicle from playing tennis. She said she learned this in a "History before 1835" class. Apparently, the nets were lower and the balls were harder...the tennis balls, that is. (The only thing she remembers from that class.)

I remember that Tycho Brahe wore a metal nose and that he died of a ruptured bladder because he was too embarrassed to excuse himself during a dinner. However, in '96, they opened his tomb and concluded that he most likely died of mercury poisoning. Very useful information.

H_Lecter 10 years, 9 months ago

Some things that taste like chicken, aren't really chicken

sunflower_sue 10 years, 9 months ago

Hee looks like my sis either doesn't remember correctly, or the teacher was trying to see who was paying attention. Maybe it was someone else. Anybody know any famous person pre-1835 who died of a ruptured testicle? Now that's trivia! Klondike bar to the winner.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

sue: Errrr. . . . Dick Cheney?

The man IS really old!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 9 months ago

jonas, I'm putting that Klondike bar in the mail to Beijing right now! :)

ms_canada 10 years, 9 months ago

pywacket - I know all about Will Shortz. I do his crossword puzzles in my paper all the time. My Edmonton Journal prints the New York Times puzzle by Shortz. i also do the one from the Toronot Globe and Mail which I get every Saturday. Sometimes it takes me all week to do it and other times I can get it done in 2 days. I am addicted to those dang things. Do you do the crosswords, py?

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