On this day in 1979, the game Trivial Pursuit was born. Two Canadian journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott were playing Scrabble when they discovered that some of the game’s pieces were missing. Undeterred, they decided to create their own game. It took two years to develop and market the game, but when it was released in 1981, it became wildly popular. In 1984 more than 20 million games were sold.
The object of Trivial Pursuit is to acquire six wedge-shaped colored pieces by correctly answering trivia questions in six different categories. Since the game’s release, dozens of different editions of the game have been added, including theme-based versions, based on Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, The Beatles, and Disney. All versions of the game follow the same pattern which is based on moving around a wheel-shaped game board and answering trivia questions in six separate categories.
In 2003 Trivial Pursuit was named to the “Games Hall of Fame” by
The word trivia has its origins in Latin, from
Today’s Challenge: All Roads Lead to Trivia
The original Trivial Pursuit game, the“Genus” edition, classifies knowledge into the following six categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. What topic do you know so well that you could create a Trivial Pursuit game based on that topic? What six categories would you use todivide the knowledge about that topic? Select a single topic that you know well: a book, a movie, a television show, a sport, an author, or
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2 –The Word Detective. My Turn. 22 May 2006. http://www.word-detective.com/052206B.html#trivia.