Calling all trivia junkies! Let’s jump right in and see just how smart you are. Can you name which math symbol has no value? What about the U.S. state that’s home to Area 51? Can you give the name for a group of ravens? What’s the capital of Australia?
If you answered zero, Nevada, congress and Canberra, then you’re probably a trivia master.
But here’s a “trivial” question for you: Do you know where the word “trivia” comes from? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word comes from the Latin trivialis, meaning “found everywhere, commonplace.” This is derived from the Latin noun trivium, "a meeting place of three roads.” The general belief is that this meeting place, or “crossroads,” would be about the same as a modern-day street corner, where so-called “common” folk would pass through and have everyday, common (hence, “trivial”) conversations. This is why the word “trivial” carries a meaning of “little value or importance,” according to the Oxford Dictionary.
That said, we like to think that no matter how seemingly “unimportant” trivia facts are, that doesn’t make ’em any less interesting or fun. In fact, we believe that being a trivia master earns you the ultimate bragging rights among your friends. After all, if you can recall, for example, which U.S. president made the first presidential radio broadcast, then you must be pretty smart!
So, take pride in your general knowledge abilities and go forth and ace this quiz!