Team Trivia 2012 Winner

Did you know that grammar, logic and rhetoric are the three original trivia of higher education? These were the topics of basic education, foundational to the 'quadrivia' of higher education, and hence the material of basic education and an important building block for all undergraduates. The word trivia was also used to describe a place where three roads met in Ancient Rome.

Whether Hubble Trouble, the winning team at the 2012 Colloquium Team Trivia competition knew this is unclear. However they beat off stiff competition in answering challenging questions posed by Quiz Master, Marie Carroll, to take the trophy won last year by Grain Brains. The team was led by Clare Woodley. Other members from the Science Faculty were Yvonne Cheng, Eleni Khoury, Kath Farrell and Paul Weber but the contributions of Peter McCallum and Stephanie McCallum and one so-far-unidentified mysteryĀ  member were also significant to their victory. In addition to the magnificent trophy, each of the winners received a well-deserved bottle of wine.

Further investigation into the history of the word trivium reveals that it had become forgotten until, in the 1960s, nostalgic college students and others began to informally trade questions and answers about the popular culture of their youth. Since then, the plural, trivia, in particular has widened to include knowledge that is nice to have but not essential, specifically detailed knowledge on topics of popular culture. The expression has also come to suggest information of the kind useful almost exclusively for answering quiz questions.

One of the most testing questions of the evening was the origin of the trophy, a special piece of University of Sydney history. If you were not there to find out what it was, you will have to find someone to ask, or wait and enter a team to compete for it next year.

Acknowledgements to Wikipaedia for the trivia(l) information.

Many thanks to Marie Carroll and Jennifer Ungaro for gathering the questions.