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Choosing questions for trivia is not a trivial task

Choosing questions for trivia is not a trivial task

Any 10-year-old with a smartphone has access to exponentially more information than even “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings can call to mind. Yet bar trivia games, which demand that people put away their devices to test their analog library of knowledge, are more popular than ever. So after years of writing for the World Almanac (what's an almanac, grandpa?), I put my factoid-finding skills to more entertaining use. I started a 20 Questions Trivia show at Trip, a bar in Santa Monica.

Although it's not the most difficult gig on the planet, it does take a while to master the art of inquiry.

Only a tiny percentage of the facts in an almanac make good trivia questions....

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