Who was the second person to set foot on the moon? Which of the 50 United States has the smallest population? Who is the youngest Oscar winner in the Best Actor category?
Even if you don’t know the answers to one or more of the above questions, surely you can venture at least an educated guess on this query: What do all of those questions have in common?
Answer: they are classic examples of trivia questions. And one thing that is undeniably true about trivia is that it arouses a level of passion in people that is anything but trivial.
After all, who doesn’t like some friendly competition? And who doesn’t get a kick out of demonstrating how much they know, at least in certain areas where they have devoted time and energy? If nothing else, trivia contests help justify our often-impractical pursuit for bits and scraps of obscure facts and figures.
So it’s no surprise that a relatively new enterprise, Chicago Trivia Guys, is making some substantial inroads in the market with its organizing of trivia events. Founded by Dan Burgess, the business runs more than 20 weekly games, as well as one-off events such as organizational fundraisers, company parties and private clubs.
One case in point is Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge. Next Thursday (March 5th), the club at 6901 S. Madison is hosting a Trivia Night that will span a variety of topics, including movies, music, history, geography, sports and current events.
The two-hour event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. There is no cost for participating and all people have to do is show up in order to play.
Teams of up to 10 people will match wits against one another over the course of 16 questions followed by a bonus question. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and the club is offering drink and appetizer specials to spice up the competition.
Burgess, with bachelor’s and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, previously did consulting work for commercial nuclear power stations. But his entrepreneurial zeal prompted him four years ago to launch Chicago Trivia Guys. Currently, 13 people work for him on the events, which he says have proven to be a great outlet for people looking to enjoy a family-friendly and relaxed competition over dinner and drinks, with the chance to win a prize.
During the contest, one question is asked at a time, with about three minutes for teams to submit an answer. The questions increase in difficulty throughout the game, and concludes with a bonus question, similar to the television show Jeopardy!, in which teams wager some or all of their points on a bonus category.
To learn more about Chicago Trivia Guys, visit www.facebook.com/chicagotriviaguys.