Trivia Roundups

List of all trivia roundups…

  • 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...
  • rainmaking, or a history of pluviculture (11/13/2015) - A history of American rainmaking and hucksterism, from thinking that fire makes rain to thinking that explosions make rain, to thinking that chemicals make rain.
  • 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 roundup, 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...
  • 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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