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Useless Information Finds Purpose on Web

Aired April 27, 2001 - 08:40   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
COLLEEN MCEDWARDS, CNN ANCHOR: Are you a fountain of useless knowledge? Do you wish you were? With so many quiz shows on television, many Americans may be looking to beef up their memory of worthless facts.

It is time to surf into Saturday, and our technology correspondent Rick Lockridge is here with the best and brightest places to make us all smarter or maybe just a little more cluttered.

RICK LOCKRIDGE, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: You can be the fascinating dinner table guest you always thought you were.

MCEDWARDS: I always thought I was, yes.

LOCKRIDGE: And you can surf into Saturday and well beyond with all the trivia that's on the Web. You know, the Internet is a great place for useless knowledge, when you think about it. So we're going to start out at uselessknowledge.com. That's an easy one to remember.

MCEDWARDS: Oh my goodness, you're kidding.

LOCKRIDGE: There's the URL right up there.

MCEDWARDS: All one word...

LOCKRIDGE: Uselessknowledge.com -- this site has a lot of trivia, fact of the day here, quote of the day by Winston Churchill -- I like this one: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

MCEDWARDS: That's the famous one.

LOCKRIDGE: So you've got a quote of the day, you've got daily trivia question -- which show featured Jim Rockford? "Rockford Files" -- you know that one?

MCEDWARDS: Yes.

LOCKRIDGE: And who's born on this day and so forth. So, useless knowledge -- plenty of useless knowledge on this site. Now...

MCEDWARDS: I guess it's interesting reading though.

LOCKRIDGE: Yes. MCEDWARDS: Even if you're not going to remember it.

LOCKRIDGE: Funtrivia.com is another site I want to show you. This claims to have more trivia questions than all the other trivia sites on the Web combined. And then -- lots of categories here -- you can see they've got Stephen King trivia, James Garner movies.

And down here you have all sorts of other different categories of trivia. You can pick the one that you think you're strong in -- another one you're weak at and you can bolster your knowledge in any one of these...

MCEDWARDS: Are any of these interactive? I mean, can you play a game with somebody else?

LOCKRIDGE: Oh yes. Absolutely. You can play games on this one.

And if you want to get serious though, you can actually take a bona fide I.Q. test on this site -- this one's kind of a tricky one to remember, but it's iqtests.virtualave -- as in "avenue" -- .net.

You find your way here, you can see that this a -- kind of a standard question you get on IQ tests. And after much deliberation, I figured out that the answer to the first question is "E" here, for the face that goes there. So I'll just check that...

MCEDWARDS: Follow the pattern.

LOCKRIDGE: ... and continue. And then the next question is a word-association question. So that's a legit IQ test.

Well, I'll tell you what -- you'll soon tire of such serious pursuits. Fortunately, there's a lot more fun stuff than there is serious stuff, so -- one of them I really like is "Win Ben Stein's Money" from the Comedy Central show.

MCEDWARDS: Oh -- Comedy Central television show.

LOCKRIDGE: So here we've got the category, just like in the show: "Deadly gases not associated with Taco Bell."

MCEDWARDS: Oh yes.

LOCKRIDGE: "May the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) be with you." "I wouldn't sit on that big icicle, but stalagmite."

(LAUGHTER)

LOCKRIDGE: Tough room here -- "Oh, Shea can you see..." and "Sonic boom shaka-laka."

MCEDWARDS: It's just like the TV show.

LOCKRIDGE: What Major League Baseball team plays its home games at Shea Stadium? You, even though Canadian, I'm sure can get this one. MCEDWARDS: Oh, no, where is Shea Stadium? I guess I need a hint.

LOCKRIDGE: It's in New York. I don't think they give you hints, but I'll give you one -- it's in New York.

MCEDWARDS: So is it the Yankees or the Mets?

LOCKRIDGE: You've got a 50-50 shot here.

MCEDWARDS: OK, we'll say Yankees.

LOCKRIDGE: You know, we really should rehearse this, shouldn't we?

MCEDWARDS: Did I get it wrong? I'm sorry.

LOCKRIDGE: It is the Mets.

MCEDWARDS: Ask me about the Blue Jays, will you?

LOCKRIDGE: And then there's -- there's one more that -- you know, the "Millionaire" show, also -- we don't have time to really get into it here -- but has a great fastest finger interactive game where they play the music. And I'll tell you what, even if you're not on the show, it makes you nervous to hear that music. I think we've been conditioned to it. It's sort of a Pavlovian thing.

MCEDWARDS: It is pretty dramatic.

LOCKRIDGE: So, lots of trivia for surfing into Saturday on the Web.

MCEDWARDS: All right Rick, thanks. Well, if you're really, really bored this weekend or just really, really paranoid about how to keep the conversation up at dinner, you can check them out. Thanks, Rick.

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