A trillion dollars worth of trivia
What you see here are just of few of the many factoids that fill my brain, tonite allowing me to win a trillion dollars playing the Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Game with my son and grandson.
When I was a kid one of my favorite pastimes was reading those big books of facts that you could get. I'd read them over and over again. One had a story about a murderer who was caught because his image was captured on the victim's retinas. When the police looked into his lifeless but open eyes they saw the murderer. That story always gave me the creeps no matter how often I read it.
So after this childhood recreational reading and 12 years of Catholic schools I know a lot of stuff. It's proven very helpful, especially when taking the English part of the SATs and doing crossword puzzles. And you definitely want me on your Trivial Pursuit team.
Tonight my grandson, who is in the 6th grade, proved that he was indeed smarter than a 5th grader. And not to brag, but I won the game's top prize of a million dollars not once, but twice. The only question that stumped me was a second grade reading one: "What's the name of the forest that Winnie The Pooh lives in?"
Now c'mon, who knows that sort of thing? Not me. Fortunately the game gives you a "Save" token to use in just this kind of situation. I took my "do-over" and got the second question right.
And what a payoff! Xavier wrote me out a check for my first victory and added a few extra zeroes, raising my winnings to a trillion dollars. Not a bad night's work.
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