the annual geography quiz


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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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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:59 pm

"equatorial" means near the equator... "ecuador" (in Spanish, obviously) means the equator itself, which is a line of latitude, which was the question.

but if i were your geography teacher I'd give you a half point.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Marlow » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:27 pm

gh wrote:23. What is the only country named for a line of latitude?


gh wrote:"equatorial" means near the equator... "ecuador" (in Spanish, obviously) means the equator itself, which is a line of latitude, which was the question.

No matter how you parse it, Equitorial Guinea is named for the equator. Alex Trebek agrees, as it was a Jeopardy! 'question' a while back.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Do you really think Alex Trebek makes up those questions or checks the answers? (Or should I say makes up those answers or checks the questions?)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:36 pm

Marlow wrote:
gh wrote:23. What is the only country named for a line of latitude?


gh wrote:"equatorial" means near the equator... "ecuador" (in Spanish, obviously) means the equator itself, which is a line of latitude, which was the question.

No matter how you parse it, Equitorial Guinea is named for the equator. Alex Trebek agrees, as it was a Jeopardy! 'question' a while back.



gh's "echo" strikes again.................
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:01 pm

interestingly enough, the equator doesn't touch Equitorial Guinea.

track-related sidebar: what's the connection between Equitorial Guinea and Hayward Field?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:11 pm

gh wrote:track-related sidebar: what's the connection between Equitorial Guinea and Hayward Field?


They have an equal number of nearby restaurants open past 7 pm?

OK, OK...has to be something to do with Gus Envela I would imagine?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Yeah, Envela wins multiple Oregon state titles at Hayward, goes on to represent EqG in the Olympics.

sidebar 2, back to geography: what's the demonym for a denizen of EqG?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:37 pm

24. What Australian state might be best described as "the land down under the land Down Under?"
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby lonewolf » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:39 pm

I have a good track official friend whose business frequently takes him to Equitorial Guinea
and also works T&F at Hayward Field...not the connection you are thinking of?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby lonewolf » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:40 pm

gh wrote:24. What Australian state might be best described as "the land down under the land Down Under?"

Tasmania
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Marlow » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:24 pm

tandfman wrote:Do you really think Alex Trebek makes up those questions or checks the answers? (Or should I say makes up those answers or checks the questions?)

Evoking the name of Alex Trebek brings into play the de rigeur terrestrial Trivia Experts, the 'judges' of Jeopardy! (probably a bunch of academic geek know-it-alls! :wink: )
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:27 pm

<<24. Tasmania.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:27 pm

25. Which is longer - the Panama Canal or the Suez Canal? Which is older?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:30 pm

The Suez is definitely older, and I think the Panama Canal is longer.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:46 pm

Suez is longer.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:57 pm

<<25. The Suez Canal is longer and older. It was 102 miles long when it opened in 1869, but later lengthened to 120 miles. The Panama Canal is 48 miles long; it opened in 1914.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:58 pm

26. Where is "the abode of snow"?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby catson52 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:28 pm

A literal translation of Himalaya?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:32 pm

<<26. "The abode of snow" is the literal translation from Sanskrit of "Himalaya.">>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:33 pm

27. In what U.S. state could you make a breakfast out of Bacon, Coffee and Peach counties?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:44 pm

Georgia?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby lonewolf » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:09 pm

You can get a Coffee in GA, AL or TN but Bacon and Peach are only available in GA.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:16 pm

Saw this story and thought of you and your quest, lonewolf -- http://www.statesman.com/news/news/stat ... rth/nTff5/
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:17 am

<<27. Georgia.>>

Shame he had to use "peach" as one of the clues; that's a knee-jerk reaction for GA.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:18 am

28. What's the only nation on the South American mainland that's a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, that has English as its official language and that drives on the left?
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