I love pub quizzes, and although we don't have a regular haunt anymore, we've been to a few recently. My observations are a restatement of the points I made in "Why Board Games are Pointless (But Quiz Machines Great)", but perhaps worthy of a second telling.
“That complete pisshead is wearing Filter^ colours”
The basic point is that trivia isn't logic. Therefore questions shouldn't be seen as a puzzle that can be solved by applying a robust technique: trivia is either known (and therefore instantaneously recollected) or unkown (and there's slim chance of acquiring it). Because of the rationalisation associated with the hindsight bias I don’t want others to offer suggestions. If I know that I don’t know the answer, all that’d do is make me convince myself that I actually did – I’d rationalise a (random) answer.
I’m trying to avoid dealing with emotion, and you’re thrusting it at me.
Of course a decent trivia question can be approached in a logical manner, but from my experience the vast majority of pub quiz questions are not - they're random facts that are either known or not known.
Those who stand on the sidelines and analyse without putting in a stake – the Pub quiz geggers-in
The pub quiz is rife with Israel Kirzner's notion of alertness, which basically means "costless discovery". There's no gains to searching for the answer. It either strikes you without trying, or it aint gonna.
I don’t know. I know I don’t know.
We didn't finish the quiz, because I couldn't stomach the final question. I defy anyone to tell me what the following have in common:
- Al Pacino
- Romeo & Juliet
- Joan of Arc
- Katherine Hepburn
Finally, the absolute best graffiti I’ve experiences, truly capturing a moment that we can all appreciate:
Xmas eve 4 eva