2015 GEO QUIZ

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Published on January 21, 2016

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Slide2: 1) This monument, the largest in the world, is held together by sticky rice flour. Name it. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA Sticky rice flour, mixed with slaked lime, made a surprisingly effective and durable mortar. Slide3: 2) About which nation did Ambrose Bierce write: “A country lying in the South Sea whose … development has been unspeakably retarded by an unfortunate dispute among geographers as to whether it is a continent or an island ”? Ambrose Bierce The seven hills of Rome. AUSTRALIA Slide4: 3) Which U.S. state was named for a romance novel about Amazon warriors? CALIFORNIA The closest U.S. state to Africa is Maine. (Seriously. Look at a globe. You’ll also notice that Newfoundland is closer to Africa than any U.S. state.) Slide5: 4) This tiny European nation is run by two co-princes: the president of France and the bishop of Urgell from Catalonia, Spain. Technically it was the longest combatant in World War I because someone forgot to include it in the Treaty of Versailles. No one noticed until 1958. ANDORRA Slide6: 5) When I was a child, we used to fantasize about digging a hole to China. But if you drilled straight down from San Francisco, through the center of the Earth, where would you actually come out? In the Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. Slide7: 6) When this national currency was introduced in 1980, it was officially valued at roughly one to the U.S. dollar. This year it took 35 quadrillion of them to equal one U.S. dollar. Name it. = x After a stupefying run of hyperinflation, it was officially abandoned in 2009 in favor of a variety of foreign currencies, including the U.S. dollar. Through September, however, residents with mountains of them could have traded them for U.S. dollars at the rate of 1:35,000,000,000,000,000. ZIMBABWEAN DOLLAR Slide8: 7) Of the original “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” which is the only one still standing? There have been many versions of the list over the centuries, but the Great Pyramid is on all of them. THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA Slide9: 8) This country is in the midst of a long, two-stage national referendum over whether to change its flag, which is nearly identical to, and often confused with, that of its larger neighbor. Many of the proposed designs feature a silver fern, not some coat of arms from Middle-earth. The enormous tides of the Bay of Fundy, into which the St. John empties. NEW ZEALAND Slide10: 9) The buildings in Willemstad, the capital of this Caribbean nation, are required by law to be painted soothing shades of pastel because in 1817 the island’s governor said the glare off whitewashed buildings gave him a headache. Coincidentally or not, the governor also happened to own shares in the island’s only paint factory. CURACAO Slide11: 10) What is the popular name of the staircase connecting the Piazza di Spagna with the Piazza Trinità dei Monti in Rome? THE SPANISH STEPS Slide12: 11) Which African capital’s name comes from a Masai phrase meaning “cool water”? If you sailed due west (or east) from Cape Horn, at the southernmost tip of South America, you’d go all the way around the globe and arrive back at Cape Horn without touching any other land. That’s why it’s so windy down there. NAIROBI, KENYA Slide13: 12) In the early 1970s, this was an independent Himalayan kingdom, bordered by Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and ruled by a king called the Chogyal and his queen, former New York socialite Hope Cooke. In 1975 it was annexed to India. Name it. SIKKIM Slide14: 13) Mount Ararat is a snow-capped, 16,854-foot peak where many Bible readers believe Noah’s ark came to rest after the flood. In which modern country is it located? Mount Ararat is in eastern Turkey, not far from its borders with Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan. TURKEY Slide15: 14) The most famous constellation in the Southern Hemisphere is visible from only a few places north of the equator, including Hawaii. Name it. THE SOUTHERN CROSS Slide16: 15) Drake Passage, which probably has been responsible for the sales of more scopolamine patches than any other body of water, is located between which two land masses? It’s a curiously durable urban legend almost as old as the interstate highway system itself. Drake Passage is located between South America and Antarctica. Slide17: 16) The U.S. government pays $4,085 a year to rent this place, but the landlord — the Cuban government — refuses to cash the checks. What are we talking about? GUANTANAMO BAY Forty-five square miles of land and water that is Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, which the U.S. seized during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Fidel Castro’s government didn’t recognize the 1903 treaty. According to one report, the uncashed checks, dating back to the 1959 revolution and collectively worth about $228,000, are stuffed in a desk drawer in Castro’s office. Slide18: 17) According to local legend, this building, one of the world’s most iconic, was originally supposed to be part of a matched set, with a copy in black across the river. Name it. THE TAJ MAHAL Local guides claim this about the Taj Mahal. Alas, it is a fanciful idea historians debunk. Slide19: 18) Where can you see lions and sea lions in the wild? SOUTH AFRICA & NAMIBIA Known locally as “Cape fur seals,” the marine mammals that populate the coastal regions of southern Africa are actually sea lions. Slide20: 19) Which is farther north: Cannes, on the French Riviera, or Milwaukee, Wis.? CANNES You ought to know by now to go with the non-intuitive answer. Palm-lined Cannes, where Brigitte Bardot used to frolic in a bikini, is about 10 miles farther north than the frozen tundra of Milwaukee. Slide21: 20) You’d be well advised not to show up at a certain South American UNESCO World Heritage site wearing lederhosen, a kilt or a kimono. Which Andes site expressly forbids visitors from wearing the traditional dress of another country? MACHU PICCHU Machu Picchu. Nobody seems to know the origin of this odd rule. Slide22: 21) Which is colder: the North Pole or the South Pole? SOUTH POLE The South Pole is colder. Among other things, it stands on a thick ice sheet at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The North Pole is at sea level. Slide23: 22) What is the highest freestanding mountain — i.e., not part of a range — in the world? KILIMANJARO Kilimanjaro, at 19,341 feet. Slide24: 23) In what country would you ride the electric, narrow-gauge train known as the Circumvesuviana? ITALY Italy, specifically the Naples area. As the name implies, you can circle Mount Vesuvius aboard it. Slide25: 24) What is the largest Greek island, in terms of both physical size and population? CRETE Slide26: 25) If it’s weigh-in day at Weight Watchers, would you be better off stepping on a scale at the North Pole or the equator? EQUATOR

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