The History of Trivia – the Trivia Behind Trivia

I worked with the company MobileFWD in my latest video. I took an infographic they created for their trivia app and turned it into a video.

 

The drawings were created in Photoshop and then everything was animated in After Effects.

Click here for more screenshots.

Artwork took about 2 days to complete, animation was another 2 or 3 days. The music is Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3, 3rd movement.

Thanks to the following sites for posting about the video:

Mashable - http://mashable.com/2012/07/16/history-of-trivia/

Alltop - http://holykaw.alltop.com/think-you-know-trivia-a-history-of-trivia-vid

 

Below are my sources, plus some extra information if you want to read more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia

http://voices.yahoo.com/trivia-trivia-origins-history-trivia-393228.html?cat=37

http://www.buzztime.com/blog-trivia/1004-buzztime-web-comic-3-history-of-trivia.html

http://artgib.hubpages.com/hub/Trivia-Games-Cultural-Staple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivial_pursuit

http://boardgames.lovetoknow.com/Who_Invented_Trivia_Board_Games

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/weekinreview/06murphy.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FunTrivia

http://triviatriviatrivia.blogspot.com/2005/04/origin-of-trivia.html

http://www.word-detective.com/052206B.html#trivia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_jennings

http://universityhonors.umd.edu/HONR269J/projects/venanzi.html

http://telewatcher.com/game-shows/game-show-history/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_One_(game_show)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_$64,000_Question

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dotto

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_show_scandals

 

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  • Martin S
    July 18, 2012 - 9:17 PM | Permalink

    I find it odd that for a presentation that says so much about the concept of trivia, it doesn’t mention the actual origin of the word. The Romans used it to refer to the crossroads or intersections of their highways. It was at these locations that ad hoc markets would set up and people would engage in conversations of news and random factoids… this type of non-intellectual randomness is where our current definition of the word Trivia evolved from.

    Your own references, if followed through the paths beyond that they lead to, take one to this very same idea on the origins of the word… I’m concerned that the speed of research that the internet affords us all inadvertently gives us a false sense of understanding.

    The problem is that, if uncorrected, incomplete information leads many to believe the same because “they saw/read something on the Internet”.

    I hope you can see this as constructive.
    best regards

    • jeremiahjw
      July 18, 2012 - 9:23 PM | Permalink

      I’m aware of the very beginning origin of the word, but I couldn’t figure out a concise and clear way to explain it in a short time period, so I instead decided to focus more on how it evolved into what we know it as today.

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