Trivial Pursuit

What Hollywood actress was ‘The Oomph Girl’?

If you know the answer to that, can also tell us how many minor league home runs Babe Ruth hit (one), and then reveal that French (not Belgish) is the most popular language in Belgium, well, Trivial Pursuit may just be your game.

Created in 1979 by a couple of Canadians (Chris Haney and Scott Abbott) who were bored with Scrabble, the game officially launched in the US in 1982. In 1984, more than 20 million copies were sold (which meant that approximately one in every four American households were enjoying the contents of that blue cardboard box.)

And what’s not too love? It’s just a series of general trivia questions, with six color-coded categories to choose from- Geography (blue), Entertainment (pink), History (yellow), Arts & Literature (brown), Science & Nature (green), and Sports & Leisure (orange).

The game board? 73 spaces, each (except for the Roll Agains) with a rather unique old-time image. There’s the weird old fish, the antique locomotive… and what was up with that dude with the really long pipe strapped to his mouth?

Eh, no matter. By the end of ’84, Trivial Pursuit was the hottest thing going, and it’s gone on to stay relevant for the better part of three decades, with more than 40 different editions (from a Star Wars edition to the ‘Baby Boomers’ set) in more than two dozen countries.

And those two Canadians who started it all? Well, their creation was so popular that they got to shoot their very own ‘Do You Know Us?’ American Express commercial.

Ah, Trivial Pursuit… the only game where you can shout out, “Okay, this is for the yellow pie!” and no one looks at you funny.

We ♥ Trivial Pursuit.

And in case you’re wondering, Ann Sheridan was known as ‘The Oomph Girl’… but you knew that already.


~ by weheart80s on January 25, 2011.

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