Thursday, July 24, 2008

They travel in style

I'm an information packrat. Strange things, little tidbits of information, anything trivia-related; they all fascinate me. And now I know how they get the horses to the Olympics.

An unknown need has been fulfilled. =)

(By the way, if you ever encounter me at a convention, I play a mean game of Trivial Pursuit. And I've tried out for Jeopardy, twice, and made it to the final round in the college tournament candidate search. Yes, you do get to play with the buzzers.)

14 comments:

Joe Iriarte said...

Ooh, I totally want to take you on in Trivial Pursuit!

Jenny Rappaport said...

I'm up for it!

No one will play with me here in NJ. I am Trivial Pursuit deprived!

Joe Iriarte said...

My wife won't play against me . . . she freaking bought me one of the editions for Christmas--and played with me ONCE! >:O

Will you be at WorldCon?

H. L. Dyer said...

Geography is my worst thing and everyone I've ever played against knows it.

But my most satisfying win came despite my BFF's insistence I answer a geography question to win...

There's a little chant I always do (or type) when a conversation or internet thread gets too heated. It usually makes people laugh or at least takes the tension down a notch. I heard it on a sit-com a gajillion years ago.

"Here's a fact that's really neato,
The capitol of Ecuador is Quito."


Guess what my final TP question was? *snort*

Natalie said...

Oh that is so awesome. Love Jeopardy. Love horses. Love Trivial Pursuit.

Jolie said...

Oooooooh, great link! I love horses, always have. I was afraid to keep reading when they started talking about travel injuries, since if a horse breaks a leg bone it's pretty much done for (new Trivial Pursuit ammo, if you didn't know that already; I'd never have the guts to take you on anyway). And I'm stunned at the ages of the horses mentioned! 13 and 17? 17 is late middle age for a horse!

Now I have to figure out where to go ride in this city.

Nancy D'Inzillo said...

It's useful though as a lit agent to have eclectic information at the fingertips of your brain, don't you think? As an editor, I feel like having a general interest in lots of subjects (as most people do who collect trivia) is quite helpful for my work because it keeps me enjoying the diverse materials I encounter in the day to day. Admittedly, though, I tend to collect random knowledge and forget it when I need it, so I'd definitely lose at Trivial Pursuit. Alas!

Lisa Iriarte said...

Oooh, watch out, Ms. Rappaport. My husband Joe, above, is a tough opponent. He also auditioned for Jeopardy, and he won the Who Wants to be a Millionaire Disney version back when they had the attraction at Disney Studios theme park. The whole family got a cruise for his efforts. (I made it to the million point question, but missed it. Who knows when the microwave oven was patented, anyway?) Well, I can now tell you it was 1950. Sigh.

Lisa Iriarte

Jenny Rappaport said...

We are so on, Lisa and Joe. Next convention, a lobby, us, and Trivial Pursuit. =)

I won a free cruise once too, but it was purely because I bought the right raffle ticket. It was a lovely cruise though.

berlinwritergirl said...

That was pretty cool. I would love to see a horse drinking Gatorade. I have a whole commercial in mind.

Elissa M said...

Jolie,

Seventeen is not old for a horse. There's an endurance horse named Elmer Bandit still completing 100 milers at age 37. (or is it 38?)

And broken legs are not always the end. My own horse broke a fetlock when he was three. He's twenty now. In between he's competed in endurance, dressage, and western horse shows (won a bunch of ribbons, too). I still ride him and he's fine.

leesmiley said...

So, if I challenge you to a Trivial Pursuit game and win, does that mean you'll represent my novel? (wink, wink)

Joe Iriarte said...

And what does she get if you lose?

Jenny Rappaport said...

I'm not betting novel representation on Trivial Pursuit. =)