the annual geography quiz


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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby lonewolf » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:58 pm

gm wrote:Saw this story and thought of you and your quest, lonewolf -- http://www.statesman.com/news/news/stat ... rth/nTff5/

Thanks, gm.
My courthouse odyssey started in Texas with Eastland County, famous for "Old Rip", a horned toad imprisoned in the cornerstone of the original courthouse, discovered still alive many years later ( I would have to look up the exact number)
Also, Eastland is the oil field town where Conrad Hilton started his hotel chain.

I belong to a club whose members aspire to set foot in every county/parish/borough in the US but there is no requirement to photograph the courthouse. Several have completed the 3143 county bucket list.
I have visited 3133, photographing more than 3500 new and old courthouses, lacking 10 in Alaska, but only three of those have courthouses.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:50 pm

42. What are the only two nations in South America that don't border Brazil?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:02 pm

Chile is one of them, I'm pretty sure. I'm not sure about the other one. Maybe Columbia?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:38 pm

Chile is correct.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Pego » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:41 pm

I think it could be Ecuador.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:49 pm

<<42. Ecuador and Chile.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:50 pm

I love this one!

<<43. The Pentagon, the world's largest office building, has twice as many restrooms as a structure its size needs. Why?>>

(If it had been the Senate building, of course, the answer would be because most of the inhabitants are full of shit!)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby ed gee » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:03 pm

I think at one time they had bathrooms designated for "colored people" or whatever the appropriate term was at the time.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:13 pm

Separate for officers/enlisted men.....or military/civilian...?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:40 pm

<<43. At the time of the Pentagon's construction in 1941-42, segregation laws in Virginia, where it is located, required separate bathrooms for whites and blacks. Signs identifying them as such were never put up, probably because President Franklin Roosevelt had banned discrimination in the federal government.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:41 pm

44. The Italians call it Monte Cervino. What does almost everyone else call it?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:57 pm

I think it is the Matterhorn (not the one at Disneyland).
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:21 pm

<<44. The Matterhorn. The peak straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy, but is not nearly as distinctive looking on the latter side.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:22 pm

45. The River Danube flows out of Germany's Black Forest and passes through or alongside 10 countries. What body of water does it empty into?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dj » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:49 pm

gh wrote:45. The River Danube flows out of Germany's Black Forest and passes through or alongside 10 countries. What body of water does it empty into?


The Black Sea.

And that's Dah-NOOB, Alex.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:02 am

<<45. The Black Sea.>>

Sidebar: what 4 national capitals does it pass through?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:04 am

46. What city has been called the Manchester of Japan?

(and no, I don't think it has anything to do with a soccer club)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Pego » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:02 am

gh wrote:<<45. The Black Sea.>>

Sidebar: what 4 national capitals does it pass through?


Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby pakillo » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:41 am

Pego wrote:
gh wrote:<<45. The Black Sea.>>

Sidebar: what 4 national capitals does it pass through?


Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade

Once that was a trick question in my geography class, though little different- what 4 "letter B" national capitals does it pass through (in my language Vienna begins with B).
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:08 am

pakillo wrote:(in my language Vienna begins with B).

Igivup. What language is that?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby pakillo » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:42 am

tandfman wrote:
pakillo wrote:(in my language Vienna begins with B).

Igivup. What language is that?

Serbian. Беч or Beč (Bech) Same in some other countries in the region. Btw, Slovenian name for Vienna is interesting- Dunaj(Danube).
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:46 am

Bosnia? Croatia? Serbia? Hungary? Romania? Turkey? Bulgaria?
Bec or Bech?
Of course, I cheated and googled it.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Pego » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:48 am

pakillo wrote:
tandfman wrote:
pakillo wrote:(in my language Vienna begins with B).

Igivup. What language is that?

Serbian. Беч or Beč (Bech) Same in some other countries in the region. Btw, Slovenian name for Vienna is interesting- Dunaj(Danube).


From your previous postings, I had an impression you are Ukrainian :D .
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby pakillo » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:02 am

Pego wrote:
pakillo wrote:
tandfman wrote:
pakillo wrote:(in my language Vienna begins with B).

Igivup. What language is that?

Serbian. Беч or Beč (Bech) Same in some other countries in the region. Btw, Slovenian name for Vienna is interesting- Dunaj(Danube).


From your previous postings, I had an impression you are Ukrainian :D .

Probably because of my grammar :D
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:24 am

gh is now off on a road trip (road trip!!!!).... the quiz sections will lie fallow for much/most of the rest of the day.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:49 am

Highway 101
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:29 am

California State Route 1
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:20 pm

gh wrote:46. What city has been called the Manchester of Japan?

(and no, I don't think it has anything to do with a soccer club)


bump

(somebody was supposed to ansewr this while I was gone!)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Dutra5 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:35 pm

Let me apologize for the board.

Osaka
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:13 pm

<<46. Osaka. Each is the third-largest city in its nation and, at the time the nickname caught on, both were heavily industrialized.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:14 pm

47. What nation's flag used to have a yarn-spinning wheel in the center but now has the Buddhist Ashoka Chakra, the wheel of law?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:20 pm

Hey, we're back up.

Wild guess to keep things moving: Sri Lanka. I will now go off to check.

Oh, and I bought a new car today. Yay me!
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:47 pm

Not Nepal. Bhutan?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:13 pm

all wrong
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:35 pm

The only other country in that region that I can think of is Sikkim.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:50 pm

India
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:55 am

Tuariki wrote:India

Why would India have a Buddhist symbol on its flag?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dj » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:41 am

tandfman wrote:
Tuariki wrote:India

Why would India have a Buddhist symbol on its flag?


India is correct. The Ashoka Chakra represents the laws of Dharma, represented in both Hinduism and Buddhism, both of which began in India.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:27 am

tandfman wrote:
Tuariki wrote:India

Why would India have a Buddhist symbol on its flag?

I had no idea I just guessed that the wheel on the Indian flag was the one GH was referring to.

Anyway, I have now looked it up and discovered that Gandhi designed the original spinning wheel flag but that was not acceptable to the Indian Congress.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:39 am

tandfman wrote:The only other country in that region that I can think of is Sikkim.

And that will most definitely be wrong because Sikkim became a state of India in 1975!
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