Last Friday night, I felt like a complete idiot on a quiz night.
My colleagues organised the quiz night in a community hall. A lot of local residents were keen players. About 60 people took part.
I told my colleagues that I’d be hopeless at a quiz night. I told them that I lack understanding of a lot of trivial facts in this country. They thought I was joking.
On the night, there were about 150 questions. I only got 2 rights. What’s 1/8 in percentage? What’s Formosa now known as?
I felt very frustrated half way through the quiz. It’s like listening to a foreign language the whole night: I could hear every singer word, but the words meant nothing to me.
Some trivial questions come from soap opera Eastenders, some very old singers, football and some minor geographic facts. Knowing the answers to these questions won’t improve my quality of life, nor my happiness, but it may make me a more interesting person.
I enjoyed the company of my colleagues. We had good conversations. But when we started spending the whole night working through those questions, I felt more and more sleepy. I wish I had stayed at home on a Friday night.
Doing quizzes is part of the British culture, so ingrained in the British psyche. I enjoyed certain crosswords in the newspapers, but this kind of quiz night asks a variety of topics of no significance to me, and as I was very tired on a Friday night, I felt wound up by these questions.
I took a set of questions home. These are the most interesting ones on the night. You have to find answers on all kinds of food and drink from the clues given.
I won’t give out the answers, as some of you may want to try out. My score: Zero.
For example: Mrs Blairs object of inconsequence. Answer: Sherry Trifle.
1) Adams Ale
2) A very warm pan from the red rose county.
3) Little brother precedes large sheep dog.
4) Filled escorts from thecalendar.
5) Brand new, but nonsense, as scrooge would say.
6) Will the love apple overtake those ahead.
7) Murder by milk or plain.
8) Sheep herdsman’s pastry.
9) Cold meal from this New York Hotel.
10) Napping Fish.
11) Money leads two points with these metal fasteners.
12) How to start the race.