Thursday, April 19

The Trivial Eye: Baseball Team Colors

by Jason Toon

If you're a baseball fan, you have no trouble identifying the cap emblems and jersey logos of Major League Baseball teams. But what about the team colors? Can you spot the subtle differences in the various shades of red and blue? Are you aware of the sometimes-esoteric third and fourth official colors of every team? I've used the "team color" info on Wikipedia, including the precise RGB codes, to put together these swatches for eight big-league teams. Can you name the teams that wear these colors?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

 

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Wednesday, April 04

The Trivial Eye: Superhero Costume Changes

by Jason Toon

Imagine you had to wear the same outfit for decades - and then suddenly got a chance to change your clothes. Chances are, your atrophied fashion sense would probably pick something heinous. So it goes with these eight storied superheroes and their brief flirtations with a new look. The comics industry just wouldn't be the comics industry without misguided attempts to ditch iconic elements for laughably "updated" versions. Can your x-ray vision see through these unfortunate togs to the familiar heroes beneath?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

If you're into this kind of thing, you may also be into The 12 Most Eighties-Style Superheroes and Supervillains and our look at the costumes of Emerald City Comicon 2012.

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Wednesday, March 14

The Trivial Eye: March Madness Team Logos

by Jason Toon

Bracket season is here! Americans across the U.S.A. are competing against their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow netizens in filling out brackets. There's even a bracket group for Woot fans (which must seem like easy prey for true bracketologists). For the next few weeks, millions of obsessives will follow the action to see whose bracket will overcome all comers and overpower all powers to take the most coveted title in online sports. (I think there's also some kind of "basket ball" tournament going on out there in meatspace.) But if filling out an entire 64-team bracket sounds too much like work to you, here's a game that demands much less commitment. Name the eight NCAA men's basketball tourney teams whose logos are partially shown below. No bracket required.

Here there be answers. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Wednesday, February 08

The Trivial Eye: Book Jackets of the 20th Century

by Jason Toon

The 20th century was lousy with wars, dictatorships, unrest, and anxiety - but how about those books, huh? All that turmoil (plus mass literacy and ever-cheaper printing) made for a spectacular outpouring of literary expression, the depth and variety and power of which dwarfed all that had come before it. Can you identify these eight works published in the 1900's by these details taken from their first edition jackets?

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Wednesday, January 18

The Trivial Eye: City Flags of North America

by Jason Toon

City flags sit in an uneasy place in our mental landscape. In some cities, you see them everywhere; in others, they might only occupy a pole behind the mayor's desk. Some of them are as vexillogically perfect as the best national flags; others are as ghastly as the worst '80s shopping mall banners. And no matter how ubiquitous a city flag is inside the city it represents, it's virtually unknown everywhere else.

So unless you're a true flag geek, you'll have to rely on the clues in the flags themselves to identify the U.S. and Canadian cities whose flags fly below. Pay attention to shapes, symbols, letters, and even color schemes. (Since some of the flags have white edges, I added a gray background. The grey bars are not part of the flags themselves.)

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia. (If this week's Trivial Eye is the kind of useless trivia you particularly like, you'll love the NAVA American City Flags Survey.)

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Wednesday, January 11

The Trivial Eye: Album Covers of the '70s

by Jason Toon

When I was a know-it-all teenage punk, I thought the '70s was music's lowest point, a tacky, lifeless Dark Age of audio macrame. Now I think the '70s produced as many vital, thrilling records as any decade save perhaps the '60s. But wherever on that spectrum you lie, nobody can deny that the era - post-'60s, pre-CD - was the heyday of the art of the album cover.

These eight covers may not be the most iconic, or the most beautiful, and certainly not the biggest-selling '70s albums. But together they represent the range and artistry of that decade's embarrassment of album-cover riches. How many of them can you name?

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Wednesday, January 04

The Trivial Eye: State Quarters

by Jason Toon

As befits such a diverse nation, the designs on the 50 State Quarters varied wildly in quality. Some states commissioned graceful, meaningful images from talented artists. Some just popped in a royalty-free clip art CD, got bored after half an hour at Illustrator, and called it done. Aw, but ain't that America?

Below you'll find details from eight quarters, depicting history and industry, heritage and livestock. Can you name the states they represent?

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Wednesday, December 21

The Trivial Eye: Name These Christmas Movie Posters

by Jason Toon

Internet trivia's a tough business. The question that can't be Googled is also the question so obscure that almost nobody would have a chance at guessing it correctly. Unless the questions aren't questions at all. while image-driven search is still in its infancy, we're rolling out the Trivial Eye, a new weekly column of visual trivia. Every Wednesday! 8 pictures! No prizes! All fun! This week…

Christmas Movie Posters

Say what you will about Christmas movies - even the funny ones can turn schmaltzy at the drop of a penny in the poorbox. But nobody can deny that without Christmas movies, there would be a lot more infomercials on basic cable this time of year. We've carved slices of eight cinematic chestnuts this week. Can you guess what movie posters they're from?

Answers can be found by clicking here.  Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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