Here’s a little-known fact: Jan. 4 is National Trivia Day! The trivia craze has been a part of popular culture for many decades. One of the first established systems for trivia debuted on the 1940s radio program “Take It Or Leave It” and not too long after Jeopardy!, arguably America’s most iconic televised quiz show, appeared in 1964.
As trivia started to gain momentum, Trivial Pursuit emerged in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, which became one of the world’s most famous board games. Since then, our love for obscure facts has taken the world by storm and a variety of trivia formats have found success across the world. While some people may find trivia ‘trivial’, it’s the silly facts and the unique rules of the game that make it enjoyable for (almost) everyone.
Why We Love Trivia (and National Trivia Day)
1. You Don’t Have to Be Prepared
When you’re playing it for fun, there’s no real way to study for trivia so you don’t have to run the risk of embarrassment from feeling unprepared. What real use would you get out of studying trivia anyway? Instead, your own experiences and memories play a unique role in what you can contribute and even win during a game. Quizzes you don’t even have to study for? Now those are my kind of quizzes!
2. It’s Easy To Participate
Trivia is a comfortable balance of memory, knowledge, and low-pressure atmosphere. You won’t be punished for not knowing what nation has the largest defense budget (it’s United States with a $698 billion budget, by the way). Expectations and risks are low, which make it easy to participate and enjoyable for nearly everyone.
3. We Love Being Right
There’s always something to be said for the thrill of the eureka moment. Even people who find trivia ‘trivial’ are jealous of this moment, the thrill basking in your know-it-all glory. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re right about something.
How to Celebrate National Trivia Day
1. Crack Open the Encyclopedia
Let National Trivia Day be an opportunity to learn something new—gain some knowledge or gain a new perspective. Discovering a new tidbit might be refreshing, enlightening or epically awesome. If you aren’t constantly learning, you aren’t truly living.
2. Get Your Game On at a Local Trivia Night
Trivia is unique in that it can be an ice breaker, a team builder, a competitive game, an educational tool, or simply an exciting pastime. No matter your motivation, look up your nearest trivia spot to satisfy that trivia craving. Catch up with old friends or invite your go-to gang and make it a night full of factoid fun!
3. Start a Conversation with “Did You Know…?”
Today celebrates the information of little value and the fun of sharing those trinkets of information with others. Let your next trivial discovery be a quirky conversation starter. You may even make some new friends along the way!