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February 25, 2007

Pursuing Trivia

Last night David and I had dinner and played Trivial Pursuit with our friends Shawn and Dave. They have the 80s edition and the 90s edition, and we used questions from both so that each of us could answer questions about the decade in which we grew up. Actually, I think they were just trying to be nice to me: David, Shawn, and Dave all went to high school and college in the 80s, but they knew that I would never be able to answer 80s questions because I was only in elementary school at the time, so they asked me questions about the 90s, the decade in which I went to high school and college.

We had a lot of fun playing the game and listening to era-appropriate music (the Police, Journey, and Public Enemy), but each time I play Trivial Pursuit I remember why it is called Trivial Pursuit. The questions are just that: trivial -- they don't ask about anything that actually matters. In the 90s edition, there was a whole category about technology, but much of it was about stuff that no longer exists and that none of us had ever heard of. Trivial Pursuit is still one of my favorite board games -- after all, it doesn't involve drawing -- but every time I play I wonder what kind of trivia-obsessed hermit wrote the questions.

Posted by eklanche at February 25, 2007 09:06 AM

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