Online Trivia

Written by Devin Flanigan
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The continued popularity of quiz shows such as "Jeopardy" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" attest to people's unquenchable thirst for trivia. We seem to have a need to prove our mastery over the odd little facts and figures that are the background noise of our lives. The Internet has made a wealth of fun and challenging trivia available to all who have a computer and a phone line.

The world sat on the edge of its seat to see how far Ken Jennings could go on "Jeopardy" and the first TV quiz show millionaire, John Carpenter, was treated like a war hero. Our culture places a high--if odd--premium on a person's ability to retain and recall various bits of data at a moment's notice. Much more importantly, though, the pursuit of trivia is insanely fun.

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Movies, music, first ladies, historic dates and countless other categories bring out the competitor and show-off in us all. Board and party games cater to our love of this armchair sport, and new technology adds interactive DVDs to the traditional paper cards that hold all the questions and answers. The Internet makes trivia even more accessible and has quizzes and sites for fans of every subject.

Online trivia lets you brush up your Shakespeare by yourself when you want, so the next time you meet your favorite competitors, you'll know that the first line of Macbeth is "when shall we three meet again?" Constantly learning new fun facts and testing your knowledge is a great, educational way to spend your time online.

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