Published on August 4, 2014
PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2 26. There are five named lines of latitude. Place them in order, from north to south. Answer : The Arctic Circle, the Tropic of Cancer, the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle. PowerPoint Presentation: 27. All other things being equal, does it take longer to cook your pasta in San Francisco or Denver ? Answer : It takes a little longer in Denver because water there boils at a lower temperature. In sea-level San Francisco, water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit; in mile-high Denver it's about 202 degrees. Atmospheric pressure drops as you rise in altitude, lowering water's boiling point. 28. Which city's inhabitants are called cariocas? Answer : Rio de Janeiro . PowerPoint Presentation: 29. An English aristocrat named John Montagu may have been a leading patron of Captain Cook - the explorer tried to name the Hawaiian islands in his honor - but he is better remembered for another reason, particularly at lunchtime. Why? 30. Which city stands where France, Germany and Switzerland intersect? John Montagu Captain Cook Answer : Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, popularized the practice of eating a piece of meat between two slices of bread; it allowed him to keep his cards grease-free while playing cribbage . The Hawaiian Islands were known as the Sandwich Islands until the late 1800s. Mark Twain called them that in his books. Answer : Basel, Switzerland. Its downtown is in Switzerland, but its suburbs lie in France and Germany . PowerPoint Presentation: 31. The Barbary Coast was the nickname given to San Francisco's rollicking red-light district in the late 1800s. Where was the original Barbary Coast? 32. It's the region responsible for 90 percent of the world's earthquakes and 75 percent of its volcanic eruptions - and also a Johnny Cash hit. What is it? Answer : The original Barbary Coast was the coastal region of North Africa; the name derives from the indigenous Berber people. Answer : The Ring of Fire. PowerPoint Presentation: 33. True or false: If Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family ever fails to produce a male heir, the tiny nation loses its sovereignty and becomes part of France. 34. Which U.S. city is nicknamed "the Athens of the West"? Answer : False. It was true until 2002, when Monaco's constitution was changed. Answer : Berkeley. Some believe the slogan applies only to the university. We'll also accept Lexington , Ky. It was using that slogan back when Kentucky was considered "west." Berkeley, CA Lexington, KY PowerPoint Presentation: 35. What are the Low Countries? 36. The islands of New Britain and New Ireland are part of an archipelago named for German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. To which nation do they belong? (Hint: It's nowhere near Europe.) Answer : The "low countries" are the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium, so named because of their elevations near, and in some cases below, sea level . Answer : New Britain, New Ireland and the Bismarck Archipelago are part of Papua New Guinea . Netherlands Luxembourg Belgium Chancellor Otto von Bismarck PowerPoint Presentation: 37. What was originally built in 1190 as a fortress to protect against Viking raids, later became a royal palace and was first opened to the public during the French Revolution? 38. If you're intending to check out books from the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, you'd better bring your passport in addition to your library card. Why? Answer : The Louvre. Answer : The Haskell Free Library and Opera House straddles the U.S.-Canada border; a painted line runs right through the building. The library's 20,000 books and its opera stage are in Stanstead, Quebec, but its doors and most of its 400 opera seats are in Derby Line, Vt. PowerPoint Presentation: 39. Which two World War II combatant nations are technically still at war with each other because they never signed a peace treaty? 40. Which Asian river is named for the color of the soil it carries into a sea of the same name? Answer : Russia and Japan. The dispute largely revolves around ownership of the Kuril Islands, which the Soviet Union annexed at the end of World War II. Answer : China's Yellow River - the nation's second-longest after the Yangtze - is named for the color of the silty sediment it carries downstream into the Yellow Sea. PowerPoint Presentation: 41. Where in Europe can you see a monk protecting a young maiden from an ogre? 42. The equator passes through 12 countries . Which of the following is not among them ? Colombia , Equatorial Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Indonesia. Answer : In the Swiss Alps. The three most prominent peaks of the Bernese Oberland above Interlaken are the savage-looking Eiger ("ogre" in English) and the graceful Jungfrau (young maiden), separated by the protective Mönch (monk). Answer : The equator does not pass through Equatorial Guinea . Bernese Oberland Eiger Jungfrau Mönch PowerPoint Presentation: 43. If you went for a short walk in the Hindu Kush, where would you be? 44. Venice, as most of us know, is slowly sinking into the mud. But another, much larger city - a national capital - is sinking at a much faster rate. What is it? Answer : The Hindu Kush mountains are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Answer : Mexico City. As greater Mexico City's 20.1 million thirsty residents pump water from underground aquifers, the ground is subsiding - in some areas as much as 8 inches a year. PowerPoint Presentation: 45. What stretches for about 400 miles between Fredonyer Pass and Tehachapi Pass? 46. Which river forms the border between Canada and most of New York? Answer : The Sierra Nevada. Answer : The St. Lawrence. PowerPoint Presentation: 47. Has anybody ever swum from Europe to Africa? 48. Is Fairbanks, Alaska, north or south of the Arctic Circle? Answer : Yes. According to the Strait of Gibraltar Swimming Association, it's been done 437 times as of November 2013, including 13 swimmers who made a round trip of it. Answer : Fairbanks is about 198 road miles south of the Arctic Circle. PowerPoint Presentation: 49. This capital city's full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. What do we call it? 50. Norwegians were among the first to get around in winter by strapping boards to their feet. What is the Old Norse word for "piece of wood"? Answer : Bangkok. Answer : Ski.