The wee ones received the family version of Trivial Pursuit from my aunt and uncle for Christmas. I remember playing it growing up and loving it – the original version, of course. This version of the game is great because it has questions that are aimed at kids and questions aimed at adults so we can all play and it’s essentially fair.
And by fair, I mean that I can answer the vast majority of the questions correctly.
We’ve played it quite a bit in the week plus since Christmas, but I think I’m done playing with my mom. I know that sounds mean, but I have good reason.
When she was asked “What is the only palindromic year in the twenty-first century” she answered with 1987.
So no, she didn’t have the right century, and no, she didn’t get the idea of a palindrome. But that’s ok. Really it was more funny than anything else, although Mister Man was disturbed that she hadn’t learned about palindromes in elementary school. Personally, I’m guessing from his reaction that they just covered them in fourth grade last week.
Regardless, we all know she isn’t going to win and that’s ok. That doesn’t ruin the game. What does ruin the game, however, is when we follow the rules and have the person to the left read the question. This meant that my mom read my questions each time it was my turn.
The first question? “What raptor cheated on Rihanna” – at which point we cut her off. What? She squinted and reread about a rapper cheating on Rihanna in a duet. Again, we cut her off. Granted, entertainment is never my best category. If you’re playing with me, know that you want to ask a pink question when I’m sitting in the middle of the board with all my pie pieces. But all I could think about now was Chris Brown cheating on Rihanna.
Finally, we got the question read correctly. I needed to know what rapper collaborated with Rihanna on the 2010 hit “Love the Way You Lie.” Uhhhh. There was no chance I was answering Eminem – and, ok, probably not even if I’d heard the question correctly the first time.
My next turn? “What company refused Donkey Kong, Punch It, and The Legend ummmm…” Fortunately me being a child of the 80s, I could easily fill in “The Legend of Zelda.” But what company refused them? This wasn’t corporate drama I’d ever heard about. I knew those were Nintendo games, and since Sega was the major competitor then…
“Well, they were Nintendo games, so … Sega?” I asked hopefully.
My mom flipped the card and shook her head. “No, it’s Nintendo,” she replied.
That’s when I held my hand out for the card. Which read “What company released (my emphasis) the Donkey Kong, Punch Out!, and The Legend of Zelda video games?”
I insisted that my dad read the rest of my cards for that game since my mom refused to go get her her reading glasses. That’s only fair, right?