You’d better hope there’s not another war. I’ve seen the documentaries. Foreign and domestic personnel are differentiated by the asking of sports related questions. Such questions as: Who had the most homeruns in the 1998 Superbowl?
I’d actually argue that sports knowledge is more likely to be useful than knowing the name of the precursor to the trombone. The main reason I would remember the latter is just the funny* name. If it wasn’t for that, I’d just call it “the early version of the trombone”—and I was a music major in college. The sports info is more likely to be more modern, and to be things that I might want to know to be able to talk to people. People into sports trivia seem to be more common than those into Renaissance music trivia.
If you honestly don’t know people who enjoy both sports and jeopardy, then you might want to get out more (when it’s safe to do so). From what you’ve said so far in this thread, it seems like you lead a very narrow life.
And why do you suppose that they have so many sports related categories on Jeopardy?
My first reaction, too. Plus, it has a funny name. (heh heh he said “butt”. cool, Bevis.)
Trivia is a funny thing. There is such a thing as too obscure. Some great examples have been given. There’s the other kind of trivia, like “how many square miles does NYC contain”, or “what is the second deepest shipwreck ever discovered”, or “what is the percentage of oxygen needed in atmospheric air below which combustion is not supported”? While I wouldn’t be surprised someone knows this, you can easily stump even TOC players with these minutae-level trivia.
You’ll note that many Jeopardy! answers are thinly disgused “easy” questions, some even provide the answer or at least a serious hint, within the wording of the answer.
And how many ways the same question can be elicited by many forms of the same answer, in different categories. For example, category, Babylonian Kings. The answer, “a sculpture from King So-and So is on display in this Parisian museum.” You can be pretty sure of the correct response without even knowing Babylonian kings even existed.
And pop music. When they have modern bands, I am as lost as terentii in sports categories. But I don’t blame society.
The categories that bother more than most are the ones about brand logos, brand names, or advertising slogans. Too many of them and I start to “conspiracy theory” that these categories are thinly-veiled commercials, or “training” for people to pay more attention to commercials.