“Question one: What’s the longest river in Japan?” It was May 23, 2006, when I looked out on a bar mostly full of strangers and asked them all that question. And then I repeated it, because that’s what quizmasters do….

“Jeopardy! is the bane of all quiz shows,” declared Ophira Eisenberg on the fantastic NPR quiz show Ask Me Another. Why? Because its schtick infects contestants on other shows, who sometimes give answers in the form of a question. (If…

Brand-new thing for November 2013: A Question a Day via email. Every weekday, I’ll send you one trivia question. Don’t worry, you get the answer, too — but in the next email, along with a brand new question. It’s a…