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Trivia Tie

Break the ice at parties with important information.
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Personally, the only reason I can see for wearing a tie is to distract from the fact that you've worn the same shirt three days in a row.

But.

The Trivia Tie is different. Wear it to all those dinner parties that you've dreaded going to, because you know the conversation will stall and the evening will drag into banal conversations about house prices and... house prices. The Trivia Tie is very simply made up of a zigzag of layers, so that from the front it appears to be a little cascade of tabs which can be pulled; and when they're pulled, a little card pops out of the fold with a bit of trivia on it.

Did you know that Madrid is the only European capital not situated on a major waterway?

moomintroll, Aug 03 2006

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       "Hel-lo darling.. save me from these beastly men talking shoppe all night long"
[Enter the Trivia Tie]
"OH I say Jasper... did you know Birmingham has more miles of Canal than Venice?"
"No Felicity... but apparently its got more trees than Paris too!"

brilliant! but I motion that no two ties contain the same trivia, thus encouraging the widespread use of these delightful Neck-ccessories [+]
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 03 2006
  

       I think possibly the tie itself would have little transparent plastic wallets in every fold, which you could slot little trivia cards in. That way, you could alternate, say, quotes from Mae West with Trivial Pursuit questions.
moomintroll, Aug 03 2006
  

       trivial pursuit? I need to win. my sons beat me at everything else!
po, Aug 03 2006
  

       Little tip for ya [po]: if it's a film question, the answer's always, but always, 'the Midnight Cowboy.' ;)
moomintroll, Aug 03 2006
  

       <pulls card> "Bart Simpsons' middle name is JoJo."   

       Bunned ya+
xandram, Aug 03 2006
  

       thanks, moom!
po, Aug 03 2006
  

       very classy ;) [+]
pertinax, Aug 04 2006
  

       Care would have to be taken that the trivia was appropriate to the classy dinner parties you aspire to be invited to. For example:   

       "Did you know that Saffron is the most expensive foodstuff in the world - about 2/3 of the price of gold, by weight?"   

       is better than:   

       "Did you know that the mouth of the jellyfish is also used as its anus?"
hippo, Aug 04 2006
  

       <Thinks about adding piece of trivia to list - reads about jellyfish mouth/anus - admits defeat>
Jinbish, Aug 04 2006
  

       Paper-Scissor-Stone?   

       Did you know that 41% of people go for 'stone' first?!
Jinbish, Aug 04 2006
  

       "Rock, represented by a closed fist, is commonly perceived as the most aggressive throw. It taps into memories of fist fights, tall and unmoving mountains, rugged boulders and the stone ax of the caveman. Without realizing it, most players think of Rock as a weapon and will fall back on it for protection when other strategies appear to be failing"   

       quote worldrps.
po, Aug 04 2006
  

       For some strange reason, having people yank on my tie while I'm standing around at cocktail parties in a three-day old shirt isn't particularly appealing to me.
DrCurry, Aug 04 2006
  

       //Did you know that Madrid is the only European capital not situated on a major waterway?//
Is that a Mr Don and Mr George reference? If so, I am agog.
  

       Actually, if it became a popular phenomenon (and there is no reason that it shouldn't), this could become a means by which dapper counter-popcultural types could spread lies, such as:
Corinne Bailey Rae used to play Rudy Huxtable in The Cosby Show;
Austrian Lego is made out of wood; and the hardy perennial
Shania Twain is peggedy leggedy.
calum, Aug 07 2006
  

       And "Your momma is an astronaut"...
Jinbish, Aug 07 2006
  

       ...therefore Al Gore is French...
xandram, Aug 07 2006
  

       ... who don't have a word for 'entreprenuer'...
Jinbish, Aug 07 2006
  

       //Is that a Mr Don and Mr George reference? //
Is it? I thought it was Monty Python.
moomintroll, Aug 07 2006
  
      
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