Trivia: How It’s Made

by Graham O’Connor

Contrary to popular belief, being trivia master consists of more than buying candy from the vending machine about 30 seconds before gathering starts.

It also consists of coming up with the trivia itself about 30 seconds before gathering starts.

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, Jack and I rarely plan trivia. We do this for two reasons:

  1. Because we’re lazy
  2. When public humiliation is imminent, you find a way to be funny

Here is a sample of your average trivia session with Graham and Jack:

24 hours before Gathering

Jack: what are we doing for trivia tomorrow?

Graham: I don’t know.

Jack: Ok.

24 seconds before Gathering

Jack: Graham why didn’t we plan for trivia??

Graham: I don’t know.

Jack: Ok.

2.4 seconds before trivia

Jack, whispering: how about we do bears?

Graham, whispering: sounds good.

You get the point. The key to being trivia master is having good improvisational skills and lots of money. Oh yeah, that’s the other thing that absolutely nobody warns you about. As trivia masters, we use about as much money as the GDP of Liechtenstein.

Hopefully, this will explain to some why our prizes are either really good, like kit-kats, or really bad, like a high five.

I’ll finish this article with a little-known fact; the secret formula to making good trivia is to either do something everybody knows about or that nobody knows about. A big part of what really makes trivia enjoyable is that anyone can relate to it, whether it be on the topic of OES community norms (fun!), or on Sicilian land disputes of the 15th century.

So, in review, here’s how Graham and Jack make trivia: no planning, spending reckless amounts of money, and choosing obscure topics. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.