Trivia Roundups

List of all trivia roundups…

  • betwixt genius and insanity, baseball promotions (5/24/2018) - Baseball has a long and rich history of promotional gimmicks. Maybe it’s because they have to fill the stands for ten times as many games as football. Maybe there’s just something about the sport that draws Barnumesque showmen. As Bill Veeck, a team owner and man known for his yeoman’s work in the field of […]
  • manic pixie trivia roundup (5/10/2018) - A roundup of manias, panics, hysterias, delusions, and bamboozlements...
  • disastrous trivia roundup (4/26/2018) - Calamities, fiascoes, debacles: a roundup of things disastrous. •     •     • 1. Occasionally I am moved to ponder the many ways nature can kill you. But I am a connoisseur of the instruments of natural catastrophe. Earthquakes are mundane and wildfires are banal; bathtub gin compared to the 47 Cheval Blanc of natural perfidy: […]
  • blood in, blood out; or, when quackery goes wrong (4/12/2018) - Postbellum Bostonians suffering from consumption, scrofula, and respiratory ailments were importuned to visit the offices of C.L. Blood, M.D. There, they would be administered something he called “oxygenized air” and advertised, confusingly and redundantly, as “A CURE IN ANY CURABLE CURE.” Oxygenized air was merely laughing gas, which was neither a cure nor air, but […]
  • the bone hoax zone (3/29/2018) - If you read the right bible, Genesis 6:4 goes like this: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” If […]
  • ignatius donnelly, king crank (3/8/2018) - The story of Ignatius Donnelly: a mountebank and charlatan and alternative thinker
  • processed trivia roundup (5/25/2017) - Rounding up the trivial, featuring shapes, cheeses, cheese foods, enigmas of the mysterious, rogue mercenary teams, and false memory...
  • illusory trivia roundup (5/18/2017) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring courtroom tv, failed soda marketing, metrication, mirages, and corpse flowers...
  • ribbed trivia roundup (4/20/2017) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring papal names, libelous slander, pork arbitrage, and fast-food abominations
  • farmers trivia roundup (4/13/2017) - Time for an old-school roundup of topics that came up at bar trivia: 80s sitcoms, giant flying beasts, compendia of ephemera, and prestigious awards...
  • how to predict the weather (3/16/2017) - The story of Dr Merryweather's Tempest Prognosticator, and how your name determines your profession
  • a partial history of barbed wire (3/2/2017) - A brief history of the invention of barbed wire, the con-man who sold it, and the cowboys who cut it down.
  • a brief history of tire fires (2/9/2017) - The history of tires and the malevolent force of tire fires
  • vintage trivia roundup (8/19/2016) - A roundup of the trivial, dredged up from the distant past...featuring billiards, ping pong, supreme court justices, elements, and the theme song from Ghostbusters II
  • a brief history of miniature golf (7/21/2016) - A brief history of miniature golf, the greatest fad the united states knew in 1930...
  • wedding trivia ii: director’s cut (6/30/2016) - Part 2 of wedding trivia, featuring current events, shapes, and transportation
  • wedding trivia i: director’s cut (6/23/2016) - A recap of wedding-themed bar trivia, with director's commentary, featuring Minnesota trivia, Wyoming trivia, and Washington trivia, with part II next week...
  • a history of vending (5/27/2016) - A brief history of the vending machine, from books to gumballs to live bait...
  • timed trivia roundup (5/12/2016) - A trivial roundup of calendars, clocks, dating conventions, missing time, and lesser-known batman villains.
  • found trivia roundup (4/30/2016) - Heads, ancient cities, ideas, and ill-considered TV shows: a roundup of things found...
  • lost trivia roundup (4/15/2016) - Gold scams, castaways, animal war heroes, desert citadels, and fever dream kids shows in a trivia roundup of things lost...
  • chevy chase trivia roundup (3/17/2016) - The Federal Reserve, a rich man's hunting club, top-secret meetings, a 19th-century female novelist, and a 15th-century fox hunt in the chevy chase trivia roundup...
  • lepidoptera trivia roundup (3/3/2016) - A roundup of trivial things, obliquely, tangentially, and tenuously linked to butterflies, including a 17th-century entomologist, a 20th-century logician, a 19th-century magician, and fake popes...
  • corrupted trivia roundup (2/11/2016) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring corruption, dams, dynamite, corrupt bargains, plunder, and gerrymandering...
  • cashed trivia roundup (1/28/2016) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring cash registers, ATMs, mysterious pits, currency, and Transylvanian princes...
  • the aristocrats (1/14/2016) - The bizarre and deeply fascinating story of Caresse Crosby, an inventor, publisher, and bon vivant of the highest order.
  • 2015, a trivial retrospective (1/12/2016) - A retrospective on the year in trivia—the absurd, whimsical, amusing, and beguiling:
  • island trivia roundup volume 2 (12/11/2015) - More obliquely island-related trivia, featuring a mysterious floating city, phantom islands, animal-human hybrids, island prisons, and HG Wells...
  • pirated trivia roundup (10/15/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring pirates, pirate-surgeons, bloodletting, the jetsons, and christian slater
  • star-crossed trivia roundup (10/2/2015) - A roundup of obliquely star-related trivia, featuring atomic age architecture, a pioneering lady astronomer, a tragic Bavarian zoologist, chewy candies, and a casino...
  • salad days trivia roundup (9/17/2015) - A roundup of the trivia related to national food days, including tabasco, tv dinners, gummy pythons, johnny appleseed, salt domes, and postbellum southern landed gentry
  • dandy trivia roundup (8/14/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring hoaxes, fops, dandies, macaroni, coxcombs, fribbles, and popinjays...
  • belled trivia roundup (7/30/2015) - A roundup of obliquely bell-related trivia, featuring baseball, Civil War spies, giant bells that may or may not exist, fast-food franchises, and Wesley Snipes...
  • tubular trivia roundup (7/18/2015) - A roundup of obliquely tube-related trivia, including potato zealots, vegetable toys, consumption, aqueducts, and Captain America…
  • haberdashed trivia roundup (7/3/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring bloomers, polo shirts, tennis, baseball, union suits, and socks with sandals...
  • groupish trivia roundup (6/19/2015) - A roundup of the group-based trivial, featuring weirdly-named people and political factions, old-timey basketball logos, and immensely powerful secret societies...
  • leftovers trivia roundup (6/4/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring dolphin movies, moldy cheeses, caves, food laws, the zipper, and chicken-controlled nuclear land mines...
  • rocky trivia roundup (5/21/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring byways, volcanoes, mysterious artifacts, confirmation bias, lemmings, and runestones...
  • credulous trivia roundup (5/7/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring masons, sects, Cagney & Lacey, the father of curioddities, and the Home of Truth...
  • april trivia roundup (4/23/2015) - A roundup of the April 23rd trivial, including the history of beer and civilization, a six million dollar man, seven million dollar woman, and an alien-controlled ape-man...
  • island trivia roundup (4/10/2015) - A roundup of obliquely island-related trivia, featuring remote islands, mutiny, castaways, and gi joe...
  • riotous trivia roundup (3/26/2015) - The various and sundry means, manner, and context of riots throughout history, including corpse snatching, plunder, murder for profit, Welsh genderbending, toll gates, silenced bells, and the medical establishment...
  • the peculiar life of aimee crocker (3/13/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring the heiress slash buddhist slash princess slash mystic slash collector of husbands Aimee Crocker, con men, and yetis.
  • ingles trivia roundup (2/26/2015) - A shingles-induced brief trivia roundup about potato chips...
  • polar trivia roundup (2/12/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring the strange history of the quest for the North Pole, and how that somehow involved meteorites, a fake summitting of McKinley, mail fraud, forgotten people, and maybe Jules Verne...
  • venerated trivia roundup (1/29/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring saints, illnesses named for saints, 1980s medical dramas, Harlem numbers games, mass hallucinations, and hagiographies...
  • opposites trivia roundup (1/15/2015) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring unchecked appetites, extremely specific appetites, pre-enlightenment discoveries, the history of bloodletting, and prosthetic hands...
  • mounded trivia roundup (12/18/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring Black Hawk, the Black Hawk War, the history of lead mining, tonka trucks, lost-and-found tribes, and the pitcher's mound...
  • trivial affairs (12/4/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring dogs, animal testing, agatha christie, witchcraft and poisons, sex scandals, and not-quite-wars...
  • high seas trivia roundup (11/20/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including the bizarre history of scurvy and its cure, lady pirates, the problem of longitude, and the spelling of Pittsburgh...
  • aged trivia roundup (11/6/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring Danish vikings, sour mash bourbon, fossils, fossil hunters, shark teeth, and geologic timescales...
  • chapeau trivia roundup (10/23/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring hats, hat riots, hatters, rules of etiquette, smurfs, ascetic hermits, urine, Hardee's, and 15th-century feminists...
  • gelatinous trivia roundup (10/9/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring giant puddings, demonyms, food riots, gelatin, Jell-O, and Flemish polymaths...
  • mined trivia roundup (9/26/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, in which I confront my own intellectual shortcomings and learn all about the Comstock lode, silver mining, silver barons, giant tunnels, steam baths, miners, and people nicknamed "Old Pancake"
  • syndicated trivia roundup (8/28/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring all you ever wanted to know and more about the Stratemeyer publishing syndicate and the history of juvenile fiction series...
  • muscle car truth facts (8/26/2014) - Some trivial notes on "Engines of Change", mostly about the history of muscle cars, but also horrible names, Lee Iacocca, unbridled masculinity, and the wreck of the Andrea Doria.
  • conflicted trivia roundup (8/1/2014) - Time for an incomplete roundup of feuds, controversies, quarrels, and rows, with stakes ranging from pungent but extremely profitable to wildly superficial but lucrative...
  • intellectual trivia roundup (7/18/2014) - A roundup of the trivial: submarine movies, polymaths, clubs for formal improvement, russian political intrigue, flag myths, and merit badges for intellectuals...
  • america trivia roundup (7/3/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including baseball, daredevils, trade disputes, monopolistic business practices, union-busting, trucks, factory farming, and unbridled violence.
  • oyster trivia roundup (6/19/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including oysters, tongers, dredgers, graham crackers, sexual impulses, public health movements, old restaurants, and folk remedies...
  • The Corporation of Beers (6/5/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including beer history, beer kidnappings, corporate intrigue, one-eyed mascots, caves, St. Paul, and even more beer...
  • transportation trivia roundup (4/11/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including train robberies, botched train robberies, subways, botched subways, paddle boats, sunken paddle boats, boat thieves, vigilante justice, and floating cars...
  • technological trivia roundup (3/27/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including potentially failed hijacking/robberies, letters delivered by horse, torpedos, hollywood stars and avant-garde composers, socialist utopias, and german terrorists...
  • hated trivia roundup (3/13/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including French politicians, unpleasant Renaissance painters, a gay civil rights reformer, the "car of the future", and a pioneering corn geneticist...
  • wintersports trivia roundup (2/13/2014) - A roundup of the trivial, including yak polo, arts and crafts medals, wrestling pits, tiger hunting, figure skating actresses, chapstick tubes, and ski ballet...
  • atmospheric trivia roundup (12/5/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including balloons, parachutes, high-altitude jumps, low-altitude rapid decelerations, the parachuted and parachute-less, the history of blimps, balloon scions...
  • foodish trivia roundup (11/21/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including frankfurters, Frankfurters, beer vats, molasses vats, coconut wars, sandwich battles, and island fortresses...
  • arctic trivia roundup (11/7/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including lost (and found) arctic explorers, animal sexual monsters, penguins, a crazed loner who may have been a time traveler, gunfights, survival, being icebound, and The Thing...
  • rigged trivia roundup (10/23/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, featuring 18th-century lottery hacking, equatorial expeditions, kool-aid, pavlov and his dogs, a guy named twitmeyer, and pioneering but clashing female physicians...
  • hollywood trivia roundup (10/10/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including fatty arbuckle, sensationalized stories, the Hays code, scandal, scandal, scandal, and more scandal...
  • autumnal trivia roundup (9/25/2013) - A roundup of the trivial: plunging for distance, stings gone wrong, homophobia, roman empresses, mad scientists, lead poisoning, and cartoon mercenaries...
  • gamey trivia roundup (9/12/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including board games as morality plays, prophets and seers, Fireball Island, depopulated desert cities, celebrity spokespeople, and Atlantis...
  • utopian trivia roundup (8/29/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including early comic strips, bad rarebit, socialist utopias, large silverware companies, colliding trains, soda, bad publicity, and the comfort of a hammock...
  • synthesized trivia roundup (8/17/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including synthesizers, electronic lullabies, streetcars, corporate subterfuge, espionage devices, B-movies, looney tunes, and tycoonery...
  • ghost town trivia roundup (8/1/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including ghost towns, lighthouses, man-killing worms, fake gunfights, Tremors, and little-known civil war battles...
  • striking trivia roundup (7/18/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including global circumnavigation, strikes, roman rebellion, pop tarts, gin-based debauchery, and the standard 50-gallon drum...
  • freedom trivia roundup (7/4/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including silly putty, play doh, fossil intrigue, shipwrecks, Peking Man, gunpowder, fireworks, torture devices, and freedom...
  • destro trivia roundup (6/20/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including soda, bad poetry, bridge collapses, lithium, scottish mercenaries, public hangings, and frontier justice...
  • pied trivia roundup (6/6/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including pied pipers, child demagogues, bat bombs, pigeon missiles, milkshakes, blizzards, transgender spies, and Nazi infiltration of the US...
  • oniony trivia roundup (5/23/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including choose your own adventure books, pee, pee taxes, onions, pork bellies, market manipulation, moldy cantaloupes, antibiotics, and economical cars...
  • rolling trivia roundup (5/9/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including giant wooden airplanes, prehistoric fungi, talking pigs, Nazi soda, well-mannered astronomers, drunken donkeys, and US hospitality.
  • buttery trivia roundup (4/25/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including butter, lubricants, the mexican-american war, sockless loafers, Glenn Frey, Miami Vice, a tragic figure in medicine, and doctors not washing their hands.
  • spring trivia roundup (4/11/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including Lewis and Clark, founding fathers, mercury-based laxatives, tv shows about sophisticated military helicopters, shame, Network, tulips, and the Dutch East India Trading Company...
  • suburban trivia roundup (3/14/2013) - A roundup of the trivial, including dams, Thomas Edison, grocers and grocery stores, the summer olympics, memphis, oxford, and disputed bar tabs...
  • triple jeopardy (12/20/2012) - A roundup of trivial things that start with b, or c, or both, including crepes, candy bars, beryllium, cesium, chili, bedpans, and chamberpots...
  • tuesday trivia roundup (10/30/2012) - A roundup of the trivial...lumberjacks, skid row, Skid Row, guiness, statistics, pepsi, barber-surgeons, the CIA, and Orbitz
  • a jeopardy trivia roundup (v1) (4/10/2012) - A roundup of trivial things from the jeopardy test: plant genetics, pyroclastic flow, Jaws, Quint, haberdashery, and famous last words...
  • tuesday trivia roundup (3/26/2012) - A trivia roundup about cranberries, agricultural monopolies, mountain dew, bromides, flags, and spy cats
  • a three person duel is a truel (3/12/2012) - Trivial notes on the practice of duelling: Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, gouging, hot-air balloons, sausages, solemn vows, and Inigo Montoya
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