It’s easy to sit at home in your underwear watching game shows and screaming at idiots who don’t know what the biggest city in Canada is, but if you think you’re as good as the contestants on TV, why not try signing up? As a pub quiz aficionado, game show viewer and general knowledge nerd, I’ve always wanted to be a contestant, but I assumed there must be some catch—that I wouldn’t be good enough or photogenic enough.
People hate taxes yet love lotteries, even though lottery winners are often quite unlucky in the long run.
Adrienne Raphel has a really lovely profile of Klaus Teuber, a dental technician from Darmstadt, Germany who designed games in his basement during his spare time. One of those games ended up taking off and later designated by Wired as “The Monopoly Killer.” Teuber’s game: The Settlers of Catan, which I’ve only gotten to play once but found it really fun.