Cockroaches shall survive the apocalypse, or so the urban legend
Trivial Pursuit is a Canadian board game released in 1982. Much like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? without the overwhelming pressure, Trivial Pursuit challenges players with various general knowledge and pop culture questions. Although some questions can be nonsensical and impossible to answer, here are eleven essentials for your next conversation in the bar.
1. At what time should clocks be put forward or back for daylight saving?
A better question, “What countries don’t use Daylight Saving Time?”, to which one would answer, “Afghanistan, Aruba, Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, North Korea, Panama, Qatar, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, and many more but you get it.” DST is set at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March, the purpose of advancing the clocks one hour during summer months is to extend the light in the evening.
2. Whose funeral resulted in the postponement of the 1968 Oscar presentations?
(Martin Luther King Jr.)
Originally scheduled for April 8th, 1968, the 40th Academy Awards were postponed for two days later out of respect for Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral, held on the 9th of April, five days after his death. That’s not a riddle.
3. What U.S. city’s drivers log 142 million miles daily, as far as from Earth to Mars?
This isn’t exactly true. According to the Federal Highway Administration, L.A. drivers are 31st amongst urbanized areas ranked by driving per capita, with 23 miles driven per person, per day. With a population of 3.8 million, this would give them an 87.4 million mile average daily commute, just shy of 142 million. Www.LAcantdrive.com is a rant outlet for frustrated Los Angeles drivers to share their experiences of road rage. Although they may not drive very far, they still spend most of their days stuck in adamant traffic.
4. What U.S. president’s middle initial “S” did not stand for a name?
(Harry S. Truman)
One of the many important, highly-debated, controversies in politics today is wether or not to use a period after the “S” in Harry S. Truman. Standing for absolutely nothing, President Truman wrote the “S” between his names to compromise the two of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. The period appears in all his official signatures, despite his advice to newspaper men to omit it.
5. What U.S. city is The Queen of the Pacific?
Along with Mexico’s foremost drug trafficker, Sandra Avila Beltran, that is.
6. What does the female praying mantis do after she’s made love?
(Eats the male)
Kind of like the female human, the female praying mantis is one of the most terrifying creatures on earth. During, before, or after mating, the female mantis bites off the male’s head and eats the corpse, he obviously must’ve said something that upset her.
7. Which German city is famous for the perfume it produces?
The biggest difference between perfume and cologne isn’t that one is meant for women and the other for men, respectively, but that they have opposite concentrations of essential oils to alcohol, perfume with 30% by volume and cologne with 5-8%. Cologne, formerly Eau de Cologne, originated in its namesake and German city in the 1700’s as a homogenous fragrance delivered to royal houses in Europe.
8. How many oscars did Alfred Hitchcock win?
Your guess: “All of them.” To give Leo DiCaprio a little relief, Alfred Hitchcock, inarguably one of the greatest directors of all time, never won an Oscar, either. Hitchcock was nominated five times for an Academy Award, but despite changing the history of cinema, he never got a chance to recite his acceptance speech.
9. How many avenues radiate from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris?
If you thought transit in LA was bad, try picturing angry Parisians and confused tourists circling endlessly in Europe’s craziest round-a-bout. Dedicated to the glory of French armies, the Arc de Triomphe pays homage through a clutter and chaos of cars fed to the traffic circle by twelve branching boulevards.
10. What is the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
Don’t worry, it’s just a fancy term for Cavities, which you’ve probably had at some point. Kids are constantly warned against eating too much candy, because they don’t want to get cavities. The more a child is advised against doing something, the more obsessed they become about doing it, which is probably why 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth.
11. What spot once registered 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever in the U.S.?
A fatal temperature inside of a car is 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be reached when the outside temperature is only 70 degrees. On Jul 10, 1913, Death Valley National Park in California reached a record-breaking 134 degrees Fahrenheit, since then recording daytime highs averaging 128 °F. Next time you curse the sun as you walk across the parking lot, remember at least you’re not in Death Valley.