An interesting thing happened with Friday's Trivia for Tickets question: most people got it wrong.
Friday's question was “How many copies of Elton John’s ‘The Goaldiggers Song’ were pressed?” The correct answer was 500. This is backed up by multiple books about John, including "Rocket Man: Elton John From A-Z" by Claude Bernardin and Tom Stanton, "Elton John: A Visual Documentary" by Nigel Goodall, and "Sir Elton: The Definitive Biography" by Philip Norman.
So, in this day of the Internet being viewed as the Land of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know and More, how did hundreds of people choose the wrong answer?
My guess in one word: Wikipedia.
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The relevant part of Wikipedia's entry about the song says "Only 1,000 copies were pressed, with 500 of those being signed by Elton."
Guess what number most people submitted? Yep, 1,000.
Wikipedia is a great resource. The majority of it is factual and its references can be great starting points for finding authoritative information. As a user-generated site, however, it is not infallible. This is an example of one of those times.
If you're one of the people who got it wrong, take heart. There are dozens of chances to enter Trivia for Tickets, a new one every day, to be exact.
If you're not playing, you should. Every day The Eagle is printing a trivia question about Elton John or Billy Joel. Once you've figured out the answer, go to Eagletrivia.com and make your selection from the choices given. Each week we're drawing a name at random from all correct answers that week and giving away an iPod Shuffle and a $50 iTunes gift card. At the end of the five-week game, all correct answers from every week will be entered into a grand prize drawing for front row tickets to the Elton John / Billy Joel concert on March 3.
There are four weeks left in the game, so it's not too late to join in.