Let's Get Quizzical
2nd July 2020
To say I like a quiz is quite the understatement. I was one of those annoying kids who could recite
the alphabet backwards, name the states of America in a single minute and identify pretty much any
nation from its outline or from a picture of its flag. There was even a time when I could skip through
the entire screenplay of Mary Poppins without pause for thought...
Anyway, you get the picture. Memorising and regurgitating facts and figures for fun, has been a part
of my life for as long as I can remember, and it seems that my compulsion to test my knowledge on
everything from Geography to History,
Literature to Sport,
Music to Movies and more, is
one shared by many others.
Statistics show that Britain is a nation of quizzers. Game shows like The Chase and Who Wants to be a
Millionaire consistently rank amongst the most watched television programmes, and an ever increasing
number of websites and mobile applications are focusing their attention on the inherent human desires,
to both show what we do know, and learn what we do not.
Prior to pandemic restrictions, pub quizzes were a booming business, with almost half of the country’s
public houses running a weekly event, and participant numbers forming a continual upward trend estimated
to be in the hundreds of thousands. If anything, the Covid 19 crisis has served only to broaden our
quizzing horizons, by opening up opportunities for virtual quizzes via Zoom and other video conferencing
applications, as well as providing the perfect procrastination tool as we navigate the unchartered waters
of working from home in these strange times.
This is not just a phenomenon confined to Great Britain though. Trivia nights are commonly held across
America, Australia, New Zealand and multiple other nations, with cash prizes, charity fundraisers and
quiz leagues a feature of many local and national set ups. Enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes, from
all races and religions and across all nationalities, all bound by a common competitive streak and a
desire to test their knowledge against both other people and the clock.
Online quizzing too has seen a surge in popularity his year. The versatility this platform provides, both
in terms of the range of formats available and the seemingly infinite amount of categories on offer - from
broad subjects to little-known niches, gives users ultimate control over what they want to answer questions
on. Brainy Cow is our contribution to this field. If you're the kind of person who yells answers at the TV
set, screams in fury when a contestant gets an answer wrong or competes alongside them, secretly keeping
track of your own score, then Brainy Cow could be the perfect pit-stop for your hungry brain.