Commentary: It’s not trivial to have a B.S. detector

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic had begun, I served as captain of a trivia team competing in both live events at bars and online tournaments on both coasts. We’ve done fairly well, our intrepid band. Players have come and gone, in-person events went on hiatus as COVID spread, but we remained competitive, wracking up various prizes ranging from six-packs of beer to gift certificates to simple nods of approval. The secret? We try to keep a good mix of ages and interests among our players, some of whom even brush up regularly on common topics like world capitals and national flags. And rarely do we go into battle without at least one lawyer and one doctor. Pride plays a factor, too. As does the fact that I’ve made it clear to all offspring on the team that disinheritance is always on the table.