About the Word, "Trivia"

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I believe everyone is familiar with the word, trivia. We see different trivias people posts on social medias, internet, magazines, different platform sites. Interesting ideas that would eventually make you think and say, oh, now I know!

From my understanding, trivia is about unique ideas that we did not across with.

According to Collins Dictionary, trivia is a game or competition where the competitors are asked questions about interesting but unimportant facts in many subjects.

Well, maybe many have different views about the meaning of trivia and I believe it is a good idea to talk about and share about it.

Back in the 1960's, according to Hindustantimes.com, nostalgic college students in the US started trading questions and answers about pop culture from their growth. This, in turn, led to the parlour game 'Trivia', which was published in a Columbia Daily Spectator Column in 1965.

Soon after, trivia contests started being organised, leading to authors like Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky writing the book Trivia and More Trivial Trivia.

Let me share some of the few interesting facts from the Trivia day,

  1. A village without doors: Houses in the village of Shani Shignapur in Maharashtra do not have door since people living there believe that the resident deity of the village (Lord Shani) will protect their houses and properties from thieves.

  2. Mawsynram is the wettest place in the world: This village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, records the highest recorded rainfall in the world. The record was earlier held by Mawsynram's neighbour Cherrapunji.

  3. Washington DC's cherry trees: In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship and the first two trees were planted by First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador.

  4. Highest cricket ground in the world: Chail Cricket ground in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket ground in the world. It was built in 1893 and is located at an altitude of 2,444 metres.

  5. Three countries do not follow the metric system: Myanmar, Liberia, and the US are the only three countries in the world which have not adopted the International System of Units.

There are more many trivias we are living in right now and I believe that we are also learning from them specially to those who love travelling the world, seeing the different places, their culture, food, and many more.

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