National Trivia Day

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Do you enjoy learning and remembering facts and bits of information about a broad variety of topics? Is Jeopardy! one of your favorite game shows? Are your friends and family impressed by the amount of seemingly random knowledge you possess? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above, then National Trivia Day was created for people like you!

National Trivia Day was founded in 1980, and takes place each year on January 4.

To celebrate the day, learn something new and put your memory to the test by swapping trivia with others. Play trivia games such as Trivial Pursuit or attend or organize a trivia night in your area with friends and family! Trivia games are a great way to give your mind a workout in a social and competitive setting, and being the one to correctly remember a factoid feels incredibly satisfying!

To get you started, here is some trivia about trivia:

  • Trivia is a plural word. The singular form is trivium.
  • The first book about trivia in the modern sense was Trivialities: Bits of Information of Little Consequence by Logan Pearsall Smith, published in 1902.
  • The current longest-running trivia contest is the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, held in Appleton, Wisconsin. It celebrated its 57th year in 2022.
  • The current largest trivia contest is held by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point radio station, 90FM WWSP. It runs for 54 hours, and broadcasts 8 trivia questions each hour.
  • More than 100 million copies of Trivial Pursuit have been sold in at least 26 countries and 17 languages.
  • Over 30 countries have broadcast their own adaptations of Jeopardy!
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