Useless Knowledge

People who know me often say that they would love to play Trivia Pursuit with me.  This was said by at least two people this weekend.  Not so much that I’m really smart, but that I have a weird ability to retain pointless information. 


Here is a quick conversation that happened last night while eating with a group at Red Robin.


Chris: Hey Trevor…

Me: [diverting attention from another conversation] Yeah.

Chris: What season of The Real World had that Mormon chick?

ME: Um…New Orleans, but she was also on several seasons of those Real World/Road Rules Challenges…

Chris: Thanks I knew you’d know that.

Me: Why do I know that?  I don’t watch those.

Chris: [laughs]

Me: No seriously ask me something important.  Ask me to quote one Bible verse.  Seriously off the top of my head, I can’t think of one.


This is a really sad thing to me.  Although it wasn’t entirely true because we had just gotten out of church and at our church we occasionally like to use the Bible.  But if I can somehow parlay it into cash…well, then maybe I could sleep just a little better. 


Anyways, all that to say that while reading Mental Floss this morning I thought this was interesting…


Word Origin: Maverick


“Old Sam Maverick’s friends said he refused to brand his cattle because it was cruel to animals; competing ranchers said it let him round up and claim all the unbranded cattle in the neighborhood.  In an era that has sophisticates displaying designers’ initials, the Americanism maverick now means, ‘one who bears no man’s brand,’ or in McCain’s evocation [according to recent ads] of Thoreau’s metaphor, ‘marches to the beat of his own drum.’”




Julie Hibbard said...

I might be able to quote a Bible verse or two...but ask me ANYTHING about the Brady Bunch and I know it! Sam's last name...Carol's maiden name...You name it!!
...OR OR OR...play a song from the '80s...I can name the song and the singer within a note or two!!! Every single song. I can usually tell you who I was dating when it came out, or where I was when I first heard it or where I saw the concert!
And...I can sing every single word. I have friends call me constantly to ask, "What was our song from Prom 1979." (Duh! All of my love by Led Zepplin!)Or, who opened for KISS when we saw them in 1980? (Come on! Cheap Trick!)
Yeah...I am the QUEEN of absolute useless knowledge. But, like you, we are fun people to be around all the time!!
And, we DO know the Bible verse thing too. Well, we LIVE it anyway!
Dodger Game yesterday
Angel Game tonight
Dodger Game at Petco tomorrow!!!

racheld said...

ha ha....I think I might be one of the people that said they wanted to play a trivia game with you!!! And yes I still do, but only if you are on my team.