December 28, 2011
Did you know that 86 percent of all conversation we have with each other is trivial?
How much fun would it be if we were serious all the time?
As Federico Fellini said, “God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again.”
There you have it.
So much for the criticism that trivia is useless, a waste of time, and the hobgoblin of little minds.
Did you know that chocolate, for instance, contains phenylethylamine, a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love?
Certainly a tasty morsel.
The Latin neuter noun trivium (plural trivia) is from tri- "triple" and via "way", meaning "a place where three ways meet."
The pertaining adjective is triviālis.
However, the adjective trivial was adopted in Early Modern English, while the noun trivium only appears in learned usage from the 19th century, in reference to the Artes Liberales and the plural trivia in the sense of "trivialities, trifles" only in the 20th century.
Now, that’s certainly useful in itself.
Did you know that Cole Porter got a kick from fudge?
He had nine pounds of it shipped to him each month from his hometown.
A fact that'll come in handy when there’s a pause in the conversation.
If there is a pause afterwards, you can slip in, “A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.”
And it behooves men to know that 40% of women have hurled footwear at them.
Instructive to buy light footwear and remember to keep the freezer stocked with chocolate ice cream.
By the way, if you have a pet parrot, and who doesn’t, it may be useful for you to know that chocolate, avocados and alcohol are dangerous to their health.
Speaking of liquor, it may payoff to know that “white chocolate” is a contradiction in terms since it contains no chocolate liquor, which is the very essence of chocolate.
Now I’ll turn this over to our members on a day that may be useful to be as trivial as possible.