Did you know that January 4th is National Trivia Day? Did you also know that the word “trivia” is plural for the word trivium? Trivium means “place where three roads meet”. From the Latin word “tri” which means three and “via” which means road. According to Dictionary.com the word “trivia” means: “matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.”
How National Trivia Day came about isn’t entirely known, there are some speculations, as well as known facts, that are believed to have helped bring about its existence. One of the speculations is that the day was created by a man named Robert L. Birch. He wanted to “raise awareness of how trivia contributes to the development of human curiosity”. Whether or not this is true is not entirely known.
One of the facts is that on February 5th, 1965 Columbia University published a trivia game in their weekly newspaper. This inspired two of the school’s students, Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky. They created and conducted trivia contests between different schools. Later, they wrote a book together called “Trivia” which made it to the New York Times Best Seller list. Another fact is that in 1979, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, created the game Trivial Pursuit. It became a registered trademark in 1981. By 1984 over 20 million games had been sold, and by 2014 there were over 50 special editions.
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