FAQ Frequently asked questions

The Basics

Q: What is Trivia Happy?

Trivia Happy is a site that discovers secrets about everyday life. We use original research, great tips, and endless curiosity to find amazing and bizarre things. We’re a place where knowledge plays.

Q: Why should I sign up for your email list or follow you on a social network?

We work hard to bring you stuff you won’t see anywhere else, and we trust our content enough not to spam you with it.

Bigger questions

Q: What should I do about this offensive article or mistake?

It’s difficult writing about weird things and history, especially when our writers have such a wide range to cover. Contact us with your complaint, and we’ll do our best.

Q: Why do you feature this offensive subject/person I disagree with?

We strive to make Trivia Happy safe from politics. If we haven’t done that, we’d like to know. Find the question and tell us your issue by clicking the link on the bottom right. We’ll fix it.

Q: Why do you cite sources?

It’s important to us that authors receive credit for their work. In addition, we want it to be clear that our articles are just the tip of the iceberg. You can discover more about a subject by exploring the books, articles, and other sources we’ve used to craft our questions.

We also cite extensively because there’s a lot of inaccurate information out there. Don’t accept something unless it’s sourced from somewhere reliable!

Even if information is available on the web, via Wikipediaor another source, we’ll cite a book if we found it in a book. We believe that our sources can change how we cover a topic or view a fact, and we want to make sure everyone is aware of where we’re coming from. It also lets you know where we got our information, whether you love it or think it’s inaccurate (sometimes, it’s so you’ll know who to blame).

Q: Where do you get your sources?

Some come from the internet, some come from magazines, and some come from books. For all of these, we’re indebted to the writers, editors, and publishers who put these works into the world. We find out about them by emailing with writers and publishers and occasionally getting copies of books or articles sent to us.

In addition, our acknowledgements wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Chicago Public Library, where a good portion of our research has been conducted.

Q: What’s that picture at the top of the page?

The picture comes from the Library of Congress’s extensive image collection. This picture of schoolchildren probably comes from 1899 thanks to photographer Benjamin Johnston. It’s a cyanotype, which is probably best known for its use in blueprints.

Q: Why didn’t you answer my question?

We will! Contact us and let us know what’s on your mind.