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Old 08-02-2001, 04:11 PM
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What wrong answers have you found in Trivial Pursuit?

I should mention first that you need to take into consideration that many Trivial Pursuit cards are right when they are printed and simply get outdated(world records and things).

What questions have you known the answer to only to find that the makers of Trivial Pursuit are idiots?

The classic question is "What is the only man-made object visible from space?" The answer they give is "The Great Wall of China". Of course, many objects can be seen from space.

Here's one I've seen. "What actor has portrayed the same character on television for the longest period of time?" Their answer? "Kelsey Grammer." I'm almost positive the real answer is Carol O'Connor. One thing I do know is that Kelsey Grammer is wrong.

You find any?
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What are the three phases/types (I don't remember the exact wording) of matter? (In the science category)
According to them, they're animal, vegetable, and mineral. I lost a pie piece when I said solid, liquid, and gas (leaving out the more esoteric stuff, like plasma).
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Old 08-02-2001, 05:15 PM
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One thing I do know is that Kelsey Grammer is wrong.
Actually, I think Kelsy Grammer is correct. Remember you have to add Cheers and Frasier together.

Anyway, in science and nature one read "what is one tenth of a bel?" The answer is of course a decibel. The problem is that decibels are a logarythmic scale of pressure measured in pascals. There is no such thing as a bel, centibel, kilobel, whatever. There is only the decibel.
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Old 08-02-2001, 05:19 PM
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Oooooh, don't get me started. I remember this night like it was only 15 years ago.

I was playing Trivial Pursuit Baby BoomersTM with my parents and some friends of theirs. I was somewhere in the late teens, earlier twenties phase of life. Now this phase of life for me is most prominently noted as "Rabid Beatles Fan" phase. I knew everything about The Beatles. If a question came up in the game about The Beatles, it was pretty much forfeited to me, because I would get it right.

Then "the question": On The Beatles' White Album, what is the title of the song which is a slowed down version of [/i]Revolution[/i]?
Me (as I'm reaching for my wedge): Revolution 1
Response: No. Ha! It's Revolution 9. It say's it right here, look.
Me: That is so totally f**king wrong. Revolution 9 is an avante garde piece!

I was absolutely apoplectic. I even got the album out and played both songs for them and they still wouldn't give it to me. The bastards!!

Thanks for dredging up that traumatic experience for me.
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Old 08-02-2001, 05:22 PM
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The classic question is "What is the only man-made object visible from space?" The answer they give is "The Great Wall of China". Of course, many objects can be seen from space.
Here is what the master said on the subject.
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Old 08-02-2001, 05:25 PM
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This was years ago so I'm not sure if the question was from the Genus Edition or some other.

Q: Who is the lead singer of The Who?
A: Pete Townshend

As a fan of The Who I thought this was completely unacceptable.
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Old 08-02-2001, 07:48 PM
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Keep in mind that Trivial Pursuit includes "spoiler" questions that are intentionally wrong. This is intended to make it obvious if some other trivia game just swipes all their questions without doing research on its own.

Of course, this means that players have to suffer with their stupid spoilers.

What frustrates me is the "science" catagory. They have questions like "In Palmistry, what does the Love Line represent?" That's science??? Give me a break.
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Old 08-03-2001, 08:19 AM
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Keep in mind that Trivial Pursuit includes "spoiler" questions that are intentionally wrong. This is intended to make it obvious if some other trivia game just swipes all their questions without doing research on its own.
Is this what the manufacturers of TP claim? If so, it smacks of lame excuse-making to try to cover up their own ineptitude and lack of research.

Anyway, the one that always cheeses me off is some question about what the Duchess's baby turns into while Alice is holding her. Everyone knows it's a pig. There's even a famous Tenniel illustration showing Alice holding a pig which is wearing a baby bonnet. Trivial Pursuit says it's something else, which my latent rage will not allow me to recall at this moment. Fortunately, my wife, who knows the correct answer as well as I do, always concedes that question to me.
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Old 08-03-2001, 08:46 AM
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Dunno about the original Genus edition, but the others use many questions & answers submitted by customers. With everything they publish, it stands to reason that some are wrong.

My contribution: in the 80's edition, there's a question about Michael Keaton's highest-grossing movie of the decade. The answer given, "Beetlejuice." Batman out grossed Beetlejuice in the first two weekends alone! If I'm reading the question, I'll accept either answer.
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Old 08-03-2001, 09:07 AM
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Thought of another, also from 80's, IIRC.

Q, wild card category:
"How many rolls of toilet paper must a public toilet in LA be able to flush safely?"

A:
Five.

Five rolls!? WTF? I think they meant five wads!
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last night my older sister and i were playing trivial pursuit and in the blue geography questions it asked
"what is the capital of thailand'
now we all know that bangkok is the answer but for some reason the card said 'Kuala lumpur' which is malaysia's capital my sister didnt let me have the wedge but i was positive i was right.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:07 AM
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Well, "Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit" wouldn't fit.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:12 AM
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Well, "Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit" wouldn't fit.
Also,

One night in Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit makes the white man humble...

just doesn't have the same ring to it, you know?
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:39 AM
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There's something in the original one about what kind of animals group in pods. I answered dolphins, and the bastards I played with wouldn't give it to me because the card said "whales". Or maybe vice versa. No amount of protesting or evidence that a group of dolphins is also called a pod would get me that wedge.

So, I guess the game wasn't entirely wrong, but it wasn't right enough. Also, this was 20 years ago and I should probably just let it go...
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:28 AM
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:51 AM
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Keep in mind that Trivial Pursuit includes "spoiler" questions that are intentionally wrong. This is intended to make it obvious if some other trivia game just swipes all their questions without doing research on its own.
This is ironic since Chris Haney and Scott Abbot (the inventors of Trivial Pursuit) were sued by Fred Worth (author of a metric shit-ton of trivia books) for pillaging his life's work to create their game. And he (Fred) knew this because he laid the same traps as described in the above post. Ken Jennings details the shenanigans in his book "Brainiac".

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In October 1984, Fred L. Worth, author of The Trivia Encyclopedia, Super Trivia, and Super Trivia II, filed a $300 million lawsuit against the distributors of Trivial Pursuit. He claimed that more than a quarter of the questions in the game's Genus Edition had been taken from his books, even to the point of reproducing typographical errors and deliberately placed misinformation. One of the questions in Trivial Pursuit was "What was Columbo's first name?" with the answer "Philip". That information had been fabricated to catch anyone who might try to violate his copyright.
The courts, though, ruled in favor of the TP dudes, stating that facts are not protected by copyright.

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I "learned" from Trivial Pursuit that the inventor of the brassiere was the aptly-named Otto Titzling. Several years later, I was taking a Games magazine quiz which required the reader to distinguish factual tales of invention and origin from fictional ones. I got to the question about Titzling and Phillip de Brassiere and thought, "Aha! Otto was real, but de Brassiere was made up, since the origin of 'brassiere' is related to the Spanish brazo, for arm!" Imagine my surprise when I checked the answer page and learned Titzling himself was a figment of Wallace Reyburn's imagination!

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:25 PM
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This is ironic since Chris Haney and Scott Abbot (the inventors of Trivial Pursuit) were sued by Fred Worth (author of a metric shit-ton of trivia books) for pillaging his life's work to create their game. And he (Fred) knew this because he laid the same traps as described in the above post. Ken Jennings details the shenanigans in his book "Brainiac".
It was from a dozen years ago but I suspect that was what the person who originally posted was half remembering.
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Mozart did not in fact write "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." He just wrote variations on it.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:03 PM
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Q: What fictional character has been played by the largest number of actors in TV shows and movies?

Their answer: Sherlock Holmes

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:55 PM
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Back when I was a little tyke, I read and re-read our battered copies of the Guiness Book of World Records, circa 1968, back when it had lots of interesting information about many topics, not just stunts.

One of the sections in the book was geography, and it quite clearly stated that the largest sea in the world was the South China Sea.

So we were at a family camp once and my parents were playing in the TP tournament, and I was kibbitzing, and the question came up "what is the largest sea in the world", and I told them with great certitude that it was the South China Sea. The card said "Mediterranean". My parents, being mature and level headed, did not care. I'm still bitter about it 30+ years later.

That said, I can't really call it an ERROR per se, given that "sea" is a fairly poorly defined term.


In any case, I just googled, and came up with this list, which claims that the Phillipine sea is the largest, but does claim that SCS > MS. So there!
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:58 PM
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There are a gazillion of them, but that's what I get for playing the Genus edition in 2013.
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Not Trivial Pursuit, but another trivia game asked the (paraphrased) question, "What is the real name of Batman's enemy, 'The Penquin.'" According the the game, it was "Stinky Potwhistle." Not being aware of spoiler questions at the time, this puzzled me, and put me right off the game.
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When I was a kid, I studied the cards. (No nobody wanted to play with me)
Anyway, found question,"What are residents of the island of Lesbos called?" My 13 year old mind thought,"So that's where the word came from!" According to TP, the answer is "Lesbosians".
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:56 AM
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My answer: God
But He's not fictional, though.


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I don't remember the exact wording, but it was something like, "In MY FAIR LADY, who sings 'On the Street where You Live'?" Their answer was Rex Harrison (or Henry Higgins) but in fact it's Freddy.
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Anyway, found question,"What are residents of the island of Lesbos called?" My 13 year old mind thought,"So that's where the word came from!" According to TP, the answer is "Lesbosians".
Well, that is where the word "lesbian" comes from, due to the classical poet Sappho (see also "sapphic") who came from that isle. But so far as I know, the correct modern term for an inhabitant of Lesbos is in fact "Lesbosian".
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The questions weren't necessarily incorrect, but I remember getting the Sports expansion in the mid 80s and playing with my father. We gave up on it fairly quickly after discovering a considerable number of questions were of the form "Who wears number 9 for the Vikings?"
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Actually, I think Kelsy Grammer is correct. Remember you have to add Cheers and Frasier together.
Actually, at this point, it's the main voice actors on The Simpsons.

Three years as shorts on The Tracey Ulman show, and 25 (with at least one more on the way,) seasons as a sitcom.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:38 PM
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Actually, at this point, it's the main voice actors on The Simpsons.

Three years as shorts on The Tracey Ulman show, and 25 (with at least one more on the way,) seasons as a sitcom.
For live action, it's Richard Belzer as Detective Munch, who beat out Grammar as Crane with this season (21 years as the same character.)
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There have been actors on soap operas playing the same character for decades.

Even if we restrict it to sitcom, they've got a way to go before they beat Peter Salis (same character 1973-2010)
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For live action, it's Richard Belzer as Detective Munch, who beat out Grammar as Crane with this season (21 years as the same character.)
Bah, he's a spring chicken - William Roache has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since 9 December 1960!
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Anyway, in science and nature one read "what is one tenth of a bel?" The answer is of course a decibel. The problem is that decibels are a logarythmic scale of pressure measured in pascals. There is no such thing as a bel, centibel, kilobel, whatever. There is only the decibel.
Now that the question of longest serving actors seems to be answered, let's turn to the next "wrong answers you found in this thread":
10 decibel equal indeed 1 bel, representing a ratio of 10 between two measures of power, or sqrt(10) for measures of amplitude. This is not restricted to (sound) pressure, but can be assigned to any physical quantity - always taking care, if you handle field or power quantities.

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Something about three words ending in 'gry'.

Is there any truth to the story that Trivial Pursuit intentionally placed incorrect answers on some of their questions so that they might be able to prove that other trivia game makers stole their content?
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In the Genus edition under Science:

How many stars are in the Big Dipper?

Being a know-it-all amateur astronomy buff, I had to show off that "it could be a trick question, depending on if they are counting both Mizar and Alcor or just Mizar, so either 7 or 8."
"Which one?"
"I told you. Normally 7, but if it's a trick question, then 8"
"WHICH ONE?"
"Fine... 7"

The answer on the back said 6!

I stuffed the dice in my pocket and wouldn't proceed until everyone went outside and looked up and admitted I was right and I got my wedge.

Yeah, I was a real mature 17-year-old.
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Anyway, Santa has probably also been played by more actors that has Holmes.
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the whole games wrong, Whats Trivial About it, and there is no pursuit due to the fact you're stuck in your house playing the game
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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last night my older sister and i were playing trivial pursuit and in the blue geography questions it asked
"what is the capital of thailand'
now we all know that bangkok is the answer but for some reason the card said 'Kuala lumpur' which is malaysia's capital my sister didnt let me have the wedge but i was positive i was right.
That's bizarre. I've never heard of that mistake. Of course, I didn't even know Trivial Pursuit was still around. But tell your sister that I -- someone who has lived in Bangkok for a very long time and has also spent time in Kuala Lumpur -- said you were absolutely correct and should have gotten the wedge.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:22 PM
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Here's one I've seen. "What actor has portrayed the same character on television for the longest period of time?" Their answer? "Kelsey Grammer." I'm almost positive the real answer is Carol O'Connor. One thing I do know is that Kelsey Grammer is wrong.

You find any?
I had a feeling James (Marshall Matt Dillon) Arness was right up there, and that O'Connor was nowhere close. Wiki informs us that Arness and Grammer are tied for the lead. However, run-time years reported by the Cheers and Frazier articles seems to indicate well over 20 years combined for the Frazier character, so I'm not sure how to call it.

Richard Belzer may now be in his 21st season as detective Munch. O'Connor's Archie Bunker had a combined 13-year run from two shows.
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This was years ago so I'm not sure if the question was from the Genus Edition or some other.

Q: Who is the lead singer of The Who?
A: Pete Townshend

As a fan of The Who I thought this was completely unacceptable.
I agree. Roger Daltry was undoubtedly the group's lead singer.

He was also the lead roughneck- although only 5"7" at most Wiki informs us he routinely settled business disagreements with other group members by beating them up, once going so far as to knock Townshend out cold (and Townshend had to have been at least 6" taller). It got so bad the other three kicked Daltry out of the group, not letting him return until he promised to discontinue his assaultive behavior.
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He was also the lead roughneck- although only 5"7" at most Wiki informs us he routinely settled business disagreements with other group members by beating them up, once going so far as to knock Townshend out cold (and Townshend had to have been at least 6" taller). It got so bad the other three kicked Daltry out of the group, not letting him return until he promised to discontinue his assaultive behavior.
They must have written the question during that brief period.
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.....Anyway, in science and nature one read "what is one tenth of a bel?" The answer is of course a decibel. The problem is that decibels are a logarythmic scale of pressure measured in pascals. There is no such thing as a bel, centibel, kilobel, whatever. There is only the decibel.
A bel (B) it is a seldom used logarithmic unit. A more commonly used unit is the decibel, which is one tenth of a bell and indicates the ratio of a physical quantity relative to a specified reference level. Examples are gain and loss of electrical signals in electronic equipment and levels of sound. A ratio in decibels is ten times the logarithm to base 10 of the ratio of two power quantities.

A decibel (dB) it is a logarithmic unit that indicates the ratio of a physical quantity relative to a specified reference level. Examples are gain and loss of electrical signals in electronic equipment and levels of sound. A ratio in decibels is the logarithm to base 10 of the ratio of two power quantities multiplied by ten. A decibel is one tenth of a bel, a seldom-used unit.



You can convert decibel [dB] <> bel [B] at:

http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/...o-bel-%5BB%5D/
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Not the same song!

One that infuriated me years ago (I can't remember which edition, but it wasn't one of the more esoteric ones), when my correct answer was rejected for not matching what was on the card, concerned the conflation of two songs. I can't remember the exact wording of the question, but in effect it asked: -

Q. What does the 1930's song of the same name invite you to come on and hear?
A. 'The Lullaby of Broadway'

Wrong! 'The Lullaby of Broadway' invites one to "come on along and listen to" said tune; it is 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' which entreats the listener to "come on and hear" it.

N.B. It's possible I've got this the wrong way around, and that the lyric in the question is from 'The Lullaby of Broadway' while the incorrect answer given is 'Alexander's Ragtime Band'.
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The courts, though, ruled in favor of the TP dudes, stating that facts are not protected by copyright.
That's an outrage. Facts may not be covered by copyright, but made-up crap should be!

Which reminds me of the time a few years ago when I convinced my family to play Trivial Pursuit, despite their protests that many of the questions would be out of date. As it happened, the very first card drawn from the deck read:

"What Russian city used to be named St. Petersburg?"


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Old 11-18-2014, 10:56 AM
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Longest non-mechanicl race

The question was, "what is the longest non-mechanical race." The answer was "the tour de france." Since when is a bicycle not a mechanical device?!!
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:06 PM
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Another question from the '80s Edition has to do with Timothy Dalton's final appearance as James Bond. The answer is Licence Revoked, the film's title during production, rather than Licence to Kill. Again, I accept either answer if I'm asking.

I'm guessing that the cards were published before Licence to Kill and Batman were released.
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