That would be my husband. He regularly spews factoids about everything under the planet, because he collects this stuff in his encyclopedic head. It doesn’t have to be something that interests him. It still sticks in his memory. Meanwhile, if I read it last year and didn’t save it in a file somewhere it’s gone. And if it’s something that doesn’t interest me (fashion or sports or physics or, oh, sports), it never even registers. So as Trivia Superman is merrily going about collecting brain fodder, what do I do? Reap the benefits.
There are many such benefits for an author who gets tired of researching EVERY LITTLE FREAKING THING. Sometimes I just ask Trivia Superman. At least half the time he knows the answer. Off the top of his head. Because he read it sometime in the late 80′s.
Then there’s the entertainment factor. We’ll be discussing garlic, and he’ll pop out with the fact that it was used to prevent gangrene during the world wars. I guess it’s geeky of me, but I find such factoids entertaining. And since I don’t know any of them, they’re always fresh and new.
It’s also quite entertaining to watch him beat every member of my family repeatedly at Trivial Pursuit. The members of my family are gregarious know-it-alls who loudly voice their knowledge. Trivia Superman is quiet and introverted, so he shocked them the first time he beat them soundly in every subject at Trivial Pursuit. I thought it was hilarious!
So who’s the Trivia Superman in your family? Do you find the tendency to spew miscellaneous facts annoying or fun? Does your family play Trivial Pursuit? What’s your favorite piece of trivia?