Today’s Trivia





Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?


You probably knew about the talking snake in the Bible – but did you know about the talking donkey? (source)


The most awesome sport in the world is not chess-boxing as I previously thought. It is in fact ‘Tank Biathlon’. (LINKS TO VIDEO source)


President Lincoln was killed  in ‘Ford’s Theatre’. President Kennedy was shot in a Ford Lincoln. It’s trivia people! (source)


If you are not very good at something you tend to overestimate your abilities – if you are highly skilled you tend to believe you’re less skilled than you really are. (source)


It took them ten years of playing with a closed bottomed basket before they realised you could speed the game up by having the basketball fall straight through the net. (source)


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  • wanarunna

    link to no 5 – they put a hole in the net – making it more holy – runs away…..

    • James Howlett

      Ha! I’ll give you a bonus point for that runna but not what I’m looking for.

  • Nige.

    at the risk of stting QI style alarm bells and sirens off… Cant risk it. Please someone else say it.

  • Don’t Stop Me Now

    Link to #4, the writers of the Gospel weren’t the Apostles spoken about in the New Testament, they were just very good story tellers

  • Hard1

    I have come to love this little gem every day, James.

    Today’s trivia led to

    “If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. […] the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is.

    —David Dunning[7]

    • James Howlett

      I try to find something that’s interesting for everyone – thanks for the feedback Hard! I’ll mention to Pete & Cam that it’s time for a 15% raise this year. In next weeks Trivia I’ll link to a calculation of 0 + 15%…

  • david W

    King James got the King James Version of the bible translated. The above is the cover for the first printing in 1611. Link #1 obviously, but the real link is to #4, ” Sir Anthony Weldon claimed that James had been termed “the wisest fool in Christendom”, an epithet associated with his character ever since” from wikipedia.

    BTW the more accurate translation of the snake in the garden is a serpent, a word that is associated with a character slur as opposed with a literal snake. There are other scriptures that imply this serpent was an angel who was supposed to look after adam and eve and the world. So this makes more sense than a snake having a chat. The KJV is a pretty bad translation due to its lack of access and understanding of the old texts, but somehow for some reason it has lodged into the culture for 100’s of years.

    • James Howlett

      You came a long way along the right path but missed the answer sorry david…

      • david W

        hmmm the only other link which is rather tenuous is #3 that gunpowder used as the propellant to kill Lincoln, and presumably Kennedy. And the Gunpowder Plot aka Guy Fawkes occurred under the rule of King James.

    • Orange

      You really can’t do that sort of textual criticism on the OT Hebrew. It’s not like Greek at all. It really is more thought for thought, and whole sentences, paragraphs, and stories. I know that what you meant by “lodged into the culture” was actually referring to bacterial culture on agar jelly in a science lab but you’re still wrong, unless you think angels usually crawl around on their tummies. You might have an application of the text to whatever you’re making up but that’s not what it means. It means what it says.

      • david W

        Orange, thanks for your feedback. Always enjoy the motivation of checking my beliefs.

        [For those who don’t know about James Strong he spent his entire adult life managing/researching each word in the bible, giving each unique word a number, then referencing each time that word was used. An amazing effort, especially for mid 1800’s! The rational is that English have different words to Greek/Hebrew so translation into English doesn’t always capture the gist. Strongs numbers are still used today]

        So looking up the Strongs number for Serpent it is 5175. This is “from 5172; a snake (from its hiss) – serpent” and looking at 5172 “A primary root; prop, to hiss ie whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate – x certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) x enchantment, learn by experience, x indeed, diligently observe”.

        Given that 5175 is also used in Isiah 27 to poetically describe Satan, I am confidant that at least there is possibility that the interpretation mentioned in the my first comment has validity.

        I do take note that most other times 5175 is used, it is directly talking about snakes aka in Exodus / Numbers, so I can see why someone would pursue the serpent being a snake in the garden.

        • Orange

          Note that it is Strong’s concordance, not Strong’s dictionary. Yours is a common misunderstanding and misuse of the tool.

  • Cowgirl

    Umm I’m going to state the obvious and say there is a talking snake and a talking donkey in the Bible, link to #1. Too obvious?

  • Nechtan

    King James, Lebron James basketball player link item 5?

    • James Howlett

      Winner! Looks like Nechtan is back.

  • bristol

    Basketball has Christian origins. Invented by James Naismith in 1891 as part of a class assignment at a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. There is also an annual basketball tournament played in the US, named the King James Shooting Stars Classic Tournament.

  • Michael

    King James I uncle Lord Moray was Regent while James was a child. Lord Moray was assassinated in a very similar manner to JFK – shot in his carraige – and thus became the first known political assassination by firearm. Link to 3.

  • Ace

    link to #3. The presidents’ names were biblical: Abraham (OT) and John (NT)?