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The trivia (singular trivium) are three lower Artes Liberales, i.e. grammar, logic and rhetoric. These were the topics of basic education, foundational to the quadrivia of higher education, and hence the material of basic education and an important building block for all undergraduates.

The word trivia was also used to describe a place where three roads met in Ancient Rome.

While the term is now obsolescent, in ancient times, it was appropriated to mean something very new.

In the 1960s, nostalgic college students and others began to informally trade questions and answers about the popular culture of their youth. The first known documented labeling of this casual parlor game as “Trivia” was in a Columbia Daily Spectator column published on February 5, 1965.

The authors, Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky, then started the first organized trivia contests, described below. Since the 1960s, the plural trivia in particular has widened to include but not essential, specifically detailed knowledge on topics of popular culture. The expression has also come to suggest information of the kind useful almost exclusively for answering quiz questions, hence the brand name Trivial Pursuit (1982).


The Latin neuter noun trivium (plural trivia) is from tri- “triple” and via “way”, meaning “a place where three ways meet”. The pertaining adjective is triviālis.

The adjective trivial was adopted in Early Modern English, while the noun trivium only appears in learned usage from the 19th century, in reference to the Artes Liberales and the plural trivia in the sense of “trivialities, trifles” only in the 20th century.

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The first pillow were believed to exist as far back as the Mesopotamia and Egypt days which were used as head rests for pharaohs in their tombs and also existed in ancient Greek and China which were used for the rich and powerful.

The pillow has a strong historical presence wherever people have been civilized enough to desire more comfort than that of the floor or a piece of furniture.

The first people to use pillows were those who lived in early civilizations of Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC. During this time, only the wealthy and more fortunate people of the world were the ones who used pillows.

The number of pillows symbolized status so the more pillows one owned the more affluence he or she held.

Pillows have always been produced around the world in order to help solve the old, reoccurring problem of neck, back, and shoulder pain while sleeping. The pillow was also used in order to keep bugs and insects out of peoples hair, mouth, nose, and ears while sleeping.

In ancient Egypt…

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Pillows were used in Egypt dating back to 2055-1985 B.C.

Ancient Egyptian pillows were wooden or stone headrests.

These pillows were mostly used by placing them under the heads of the deceased because the head of a human was considered to be the essence of life and sacred.

The ancient Egyptians used wooden or stone pillows in order to provide support to a corpse’s head, uphold body vigor, keep blood circulating, and keep demons away.

In ancient Europe…

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The Romans and Greeks of ancient Europe mastered the creation of the softer pillow. These pillows were stuffed with reeds, feathers, and straw in order to make them softer and more comfortable. Only upper class people typically owned these softer pillows, however all classes of people were allowed to use some type of pillow while sleeping in order to give them support.

People in ancient Europe started to use pillows when going to church in order to kneel on while praying and to place holy books on. This is a tradition that still lives on today.

Additionally, the Romans and Greeks used their pillows by placing them under the head of those deceased just like the ancient Egyptians did. European pillows continue to have a lot of popularity still to this day because of their beauty and quality.

In ancient China… 

Chinese dynasties used pillows that were made from a wide range of materials including bamboo, jade, porcelain, wood, and bronze.

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Porcelain pillows became the most popular.The use of the porcelain pillow first appeared in the Sui Dynasty between 581 and 618 while mass production of the porcelain pillow appeared in the Tang Dynasty between 618 and 907.

The Chinese decorated their pillows by making them different shapes and by painting pictures of animals, humans, and plants on them. Ancient Chinese porcelain pillows reached their peak in terms of production and use during the Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties between the 10th and 14th century, but slowly phased out during the Ming and Qing dynasties between 1368 and 1911 with the emergence of better pillow making materials.(Source Wikipedia).

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