Sometimes it’s just good for annoying friends and family.
I often get asked “How do you remember all this stuff?.”
(Well, it’s usually phrased as “Why do know all this random crap?!”)
People who are good at trivia have a wide range of interests. They vary, but if you speak with any of them, or read through the articles I linked above, you can see one common thread: to “know random crap” and be able to recall it, you must stay curious – have a genuine interest in the world, and don’t be afraid to find out more.
In the past two months, three individuals died who clearly fit into this ideal. All of them used their interests and passions affect the world, and generated more than their fair share of trivia questions to boot.
Sam Simon helped shape comedy for a generation as one of the driving creative forces behind The Simpsons. He had been living with terminal cancer for the past few years. He left his $100+ fortune to charity.
Most recent was Sir Terry Pratchett, author of a tonne of wonderful books. If you have read him, you know how hilarious, biting, gentle, empathic, caring, humane and wise he was. And genuinely pants-wettingly funny. If you have not read him yet, you are in for a treat.
Next time I host, I am going to have a toast to these folks, because of how much they have meant to me.
Tell me who *your* Trivial Heroes are, either in the comments, or by dropping a line to: email@example.com.