Monday, November 30, 2009

Trivia Trivia

The word trivia derives from the Latin tri + via, which translates as "three streets." As a major public service in Roman times, at the intersection of three streets, there was a kind of kiosk where further info was posted for travelers. Apparently these data were so useless that citizens often ignored them entirely: thus, they were truly bits of "trivia."

6 comments:

frogponder said...

You have to wonder what bits of info were posted on those streets!

David Dust said...

I love it that you even have trivia about trivia!

XOXOXOXOXOXO

Allan S. said...

Okay, that was awesome. You have returned the X-Men trivia favor. I will mention this in convo and impress folks.

Howard said...

A most remarkable factoid. Perhaps your best yet.

Oxy said...

Have to second Howard's comment. That is brilliant! Thank you. I'm about to board a flight to snowy Germany, so I can certainly enlighten fellow passengers with that one.
It usually ensures that I get a row of seats to myself....

Joy said...

Right! What can top trivia about trivia?