The Origin of a Trivia Question

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Dave Gottlieb

I grew up in a household that tuned in to Jeopardy! every night of the week. I never realized that knowing, “A dressy term for hearts, spades, diamonds or clubs”, would help me out as an adult. Now I write and design shows for our clients across the nation. Outside of the office, I make it a point to head to the slopes at least a few times during the winter and if I told you that I didn’t like much TV, I’d be lying. I am a big fan of many series, as well as the reality shows on stations like History and A&E.

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“I have a Guinness poster in my man cave, it’s Toucan!” your teammate yells from across the table.

Chances are, one of the members of the writing team also has the poster, or knows someone who does.  

 

This is just one example of the origin of the many questions included each week during a Trivia show.  Most examples aren’t this simple, but it is important to remember that every aspect of the world is fair game when it comes to what you might expect the next time you visit your favorite Trivia venue.

 

As a writer, I could make an entire blog focused strictly on the sources of Trivia questions.  Whether it was something in a book that I am reading, or a stat that was mentioned on today’s SportsCenter, there hasn’t been a venue that hasn’t been explored in search of a great question.

 

What does this mean for you, the Trivia player?  How can this help in playing Trivia each week?  Keep your eyes peeled and your mind open.  If you have been playing Trivia with Last Call for any time at all, you know that there are questions about Taylor Swift and Jonathan Swift, the country of Brazil and Brazil Nuts, Cleveland Indians and… well you get the point.

 

Unlike the classes we took in college, there are no study guides or outlines to look over before the day of the test.  One thing that does help is the list of Trivia hints posted on the website each week.

The questions have origins in books, advertising, television and the Internet, as do the answers.  There are many ways to learn new things each day, and sometimes information comes from locations that we least expect.  The next time a Subaru commercial appears on your TV screen, take note, you might soon be asked how many stars are included in the company’s logo (It’s 6).