the annual geography quiz


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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:42 am

Australia?

Just thinking about this, I wonder how many countries are entirely south of the equator...
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:42 am

gm wrote:I was gonna say Palm Beach...but then I realized it said "geysers" :)

:lol: good one.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:31 am

mcgato wrote:Australia?

Just thinking about this, I wonder how many countries are entirely south of the equator...


That seems too obvious. I will go with something like Chile.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby highjumpfan » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:45 am

Argentina. Why not, It certainly is bigger then chile and all in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:48 am

highjumpfan wrote:Argentina. Why not, It certainly is bigger then chile and all in the Southern Hemisphere.


Yea, I would go with that. Chile is pretty skinny.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:54 am

I think that they are trying to trip up people who think that Brazil is entirely south of the equator. Which it isn't.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:58 am

mcgato wrote:I think that they are trying to trip up people who think that Brazil is entirely south of the equator. Which it isn't.


That could be, but doesn't everyone know that already?

But yes, that does make sense. Back to Australia! What is on the barby mate???

Where is gh in all this? Drinking eggnog I would bet.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:55 am

<<17. Australia.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:56 am

18. In Kenya, the "Lunatic Express" train connects Nairobi to what port city?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby ed gee » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:20 am

Mombassa
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:25 am

I assume that's correct. But I've no idea why it's called the Lunatic Express. I guess I'll consult my Friend Mr. G.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:55 am

<<18. Mombassa.>>

Sorry, if one cried out for some elucidation, this one was it, but it wasn't forthcoming in the answer.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:55 am

19. The aid organization known as the Red Cross goes by a different name in Islamic countries. What is it?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:59 am

The Red Crescent.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:15 pm

Is it just me, or do these seem easier than in years past.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:00 pm

So far, it's seemed pretty easy, although I can't say I've nailed them all.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:08 pm

tandfman wrote:I assume that's correct. But I've no idea why it's called the Lunatic Express. I guess I'll consult my Friend Mr. G.

In case anyone wants to know more about the Lunatic Express, here's the wiki article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uganda_Railway
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:56 pm

The Tsavo lions are part of the story. A couple of maneating lions that caused all sorts of havoc in 1898, and are now in the Field Museum in Chicago. Interesting movie about it too.

All in all, Lunatic Express seems rather apt.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Flumpy » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:00 pm

mump boy wrote:
Pego wrote:South Sudan?


My friends dad is a minister in the govt of South Sudan and she invited me to the independence celebrations. For some reason which is unfathomable to me now, i didn't go :shock: but i'm certainly going for a visit one day


I think we were both filming (Plus that Obama/Clooney promise wasn't exactly true :lol: )
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:12 pm

Conor Dary wrote:The Tsavo lions are part of the story. A couple of maneating lions that caused all sorts of havoc in 1898, and are now in the Field Museum in Chicago. Interesting movie about it too.

All in all, Lunatic Express seems rather apt.

Is "maneating lions" redundant? Are there any lions that are not maneating, given the opportunity?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:15 pm

mcgato wrote:Is it just me, or do these seem easier than in years past.


You're confusing it with a different all-subjects quiz from the same paper that I serialize. It just appeared in the paper today. And looks like another ball-buster.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:17 pm

I'll wait, but I remember the geography quiz questions of years past to be really interesting. The questions would fall into a few categories of "obscure question, but really interesting answer," "probing to see who understands the world that we are in," and goofy little things about the world that people should know.

I remember last year's really hard quiz that just went off the rails early. The first question was a Simon and Garfunkel song, then it went into totally obscure questions. Good trivia questions are hard to do. The really hard one from last year did not do it well.

That said, keep the questions coming.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:08 am

tandfman wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:The Tsavo lions are part of the story. A couple of maneating lions that caused all sorts of havoc in 1898, and are now in the Field Museum in Chicago. Interesting movie about it too.

All in all, Lunatic Express seems rather apt.

Is "maneating lions" redundant? Are there any lions that are not maneating, given the opportunity?


As i understand the phenomenon (as w/ tigers), the big cats by nature aren't predisposed to go after human flesh, but once they do, it triggers a behavior change once they discover how easy old Mr. Sapiens is to run down and snack upon. (Hell, maybe we taste extra good too!)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:15 am

<<19. The Red Crescent.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:16 am

20. If you wanted to pull a heist with the Crown Jewels, where specifically in London would you go to find them?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:22 am

Aren't they in the Tower?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:59 am

<<20. The Crown Jewels are kept in the Tower of London.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:00 am

21. Which is colder - the North Pole or the South Pole?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:04 am

South Pole. Because it is at about 10,000 ft. elevation.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:04 am

South
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:26 am

21. The South Pole is colder because it's 9,000 feet above sea level, thanks to very thick sheet ice. The North Pole sits on just a few feet of ice, and occasionally on open water.

sidebar that I'm sure has been posted before. What malady does "everybody" who goes to the South Pole get?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:27 am

22. Egypt is synonymous with pyramids, but its neighbor to the south actually has more of them. Which country?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:41 am

Sudan
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:54 am

<<22. Sudan is estimated to have about 225 pyramids, compared with about 140 in Egypt. Those in Sudan are typically shorter and steeper than their Egyptian counterparts.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:55 am

23. What is the only country named for a line of latitude?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:08 am

Ecuador
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:19 am

<<23. Ecuador is named for the equator - zero degrees latitude.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Last 2 questions were too easy !

What President is buried in Grant's tomb ? :lol:
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:45 pm

what percentage of high school seniors do you think would have gotten either one right?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby j-a-m » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:52 pm

gh wrote:<<23. Ecuador is named for the equator - zero degrees latitude.>>

What happened to Equatorial Guinea; how is that not named for the equator?
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