Happy National Trivia Day! by VaccaD

Champion(s):

creedofhubris


Runner(s)-Up:

LiptonM
Woof!


Quiz Description

In honor of National Trivia Day, here's a trivia contest about trivia.

Full Results:

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1 creedofhubris 459 99 15
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2 LiptonM 445 97 15
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3 minarik15 423 95 15
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5 BarrientosB 390 93 00
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6 Sharpj 379 92 15
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7 FryedBetaKappa 370 90 00
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8 BoulierJ 368 89 15
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9 MillerC37 363 87 00
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10 ElendilPickle 360 86 15
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11 Seamus 358 84 00
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11 Ethan 358 84 15
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13 GrahamJ 351 81 00
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14 GoodmanDL 347 80 15
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15 FeitelD 339 78 15
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16 GrossB 338 77 15
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17 AdamKing 335 76 15
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18 SorensonG 333 74 00
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19 MichaelT 330 71 15
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19 HowellT3 330 71 00
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22 CraneN 319 68 15
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23 gregariouschinchilla 317 67 15
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24 JordanG 311 65 15
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25 AmmermanA 308 64 15
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26 MattinglyD 307 63 15
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33 MatherV 272 52 00
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34 LoveF 270 51 00
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36 FrankJ 262 48 00
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37 DosRemediosA 257 47 15
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39 Tarn 245 43 00
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Questions:

The Romans had a goddess named Trivia, who was the goddess of crossroads, graveyards, and magic. Trivia was the Roman counterpart of WHAT GREEK GODDESS, a former Titan whose portfolio was similar to that of Trivia, but also included power over the moon, dogs, herbs, and poison?

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HECATE

In medieval Latin, the trivia were the fields of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, studied as the foundation for the later quadrivia of arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and music. WHAT TERM, still used (in translation) in higher education, was used to describe the combined trivia and quadrivia?

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ARTES LIBERALES or LIBERAL ARTS

But, in my mind, that were no policy: / The king will labour still to save his life, / The commons haply rise, to save his life; / And yet we have but trivial argument

The above quote (one of the earliest in which "trivial" is used to mean "unimportant") is from one of three plays William Shakespeare wrote about WHAT MONARCH, the King of England at the beginning of the War of the Roses?

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HENRY VI

The term for declaring something to be worthless trivia is floccinaucinihilipilification, often identified as the longest non-technical word in the English language. The word was coined by students at WHAT ELITE ENGLISH PUBLIC SCHOOL, the alma mater of 19 Prime Ministers, based on a list of verbs in their Latin grammar? (The school was founded by the king in question 3, coincidentally enough.)

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ETON COLLEGE

One of the earliest commercially available trivia games was 1885's [BLANK]'s Memory-Builder: a Game for Acquiring and Retaining all Sorts of Facts and Dates. WHAT MAN, also the author of the essays "The Awful German Language" and "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses", created this game for his children?

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MARK TWAIN

We decided that “trivial” means “proved.” So we joked with the mathematicians: “We have a new theorem - that mathematicians can prove only trivial theorems, because every theorem that’s proved is trivial.” The mathematicians didn't like that theorem.

The above quote about the different meaning "trivial" can have in a mathematical sense is taken from Surely You're Joking, Mr. [BLANK]!, the autobiography of WHAT SCIENTIST who shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga?

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RICHARD FEYNMAN

The success of G.E. College Bowl in the United States inspired the creation of a British version in 1962. WHAT NAME is given to this show, which originally ran until 1987? It was revived in 1994 with new host Jeremy Paxman, and is still on the air

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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE

The term factoid first appeared in a biography of Marilyn Monroe, originally with the meaning "a fact which had no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper". WHAT AUTHOR, better known for The Armies of the Night and Tough Guys Don't Dance, coined the term? (edited at 4:23 pm, January 4, 2016 (EST))

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NORMAN MAILER

Prior to the 1984 revival of Jeopardy! with new host Alex Trebek, there had been three versions of the show, all hosted by WHAT MAN?

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ART FLEMING

The rights to the game Trivial Pursuit are currently owned by Hasbro, but were initially licensed to Selchow & Righter. Hasbro obtained the rights because Selchow & Righter was acquired by Coleco, who lost the rights to Parker Brothers in bankruptcy, who were acquired by WHAT MINNESOTA-BASED COMPANY better known for making toy cars that was acquired by Hasbro in 1991?

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TONKA

WHAT 1990 NOVEL by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett includes a scene where the Four Riders of the Apocalypse assemble in a bar, causing a computerized trivia game to switch its questions to match the riders' particular areas of influence? (In response to a question about Elvis's death, Death denies ever taking him.)

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GOOD OMENS

In 2011, Bill Clinton appeared on WHAT NPR NEWS PANEL GAME SHOW, in which he successfully answered three trivia questions on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic posed by Carl Kasel, Peter Sagal, and Jessi Klein?

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