John Casey, a self-proclaimed expert at pub trivia, was surprised today to find out that the right answer to the question at his local’s trivia night was in fact “the Dunning-Kruger effect.”
Casey had mistakenly answered the question ‘what is the name given to the cognitive bias where people mistakenly assess their ability as much higher than it really is?’
“What the fuck is the Dunning-Kruger effect?” he shouted at the host. “This is bullshit!”
His team had to calm him down, before Casey quietly googled the term on his phone under the table.
The pub trivia legend, who claims to have read “the internet” including “millions, if not billions” of wikipedia articles and “all the important websites, books and mad magazines in multiple languages, backwards, while blindfolded,” indicated that this was the first he had heard about the Dunning-Kruger effect.
“Fuck me! I was pretty sure I’d read everything there was to read,” Casey stated. “And that’s not the first time I’ve challenged the trivia host.”
“But then I checked this out and geez, it looks pretty scary,” he said. “The more I learn about it, the more I realise I don’t know about it.”
“It’s not something I’d ever want to claim being an expert in,” Casey added while tucking into his chicken parmi.
Learning about the Dunning-Kruger effect had changed him he says. “I thought I was a pub trivia expert, but now I’m not so sure,” he pondered.
“Maybe the whole time I was just a borderline alcoholic and I was really just doing it as an excuse to drink on a weeknight,” he lamented, crying into his bonus jug of beer.