Countdowns suck me in!
If I'm surfing channels and come across a countdown, I have to watch it. I *must* see what the Number One Most Extreme Amphibian is… or the Top Ten List of the World's Best Hair Curlers. I can't help it. I have to know.
Oh – the other thing… if a TV show asks a trivia question right before a commercial break? Ugh. That means I have to sit through the commercials (no matter how badly I have to pee) so I can hear the answer. The question could be… "Which pitcher's ERA was less than .320 in 1962 during full moons on Saturdays on artificial turf?" and I'll sit there until I hear the answer. And chances are, I won't even recognize the person…or care. (I don't even like sports much)
The worst part? I know that the little piece of useless trivia is now occupying a portion of my mind that used to have something really important in it… like what the ADEA stands for or my phone number or something.