the annual geography quiz


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the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:52 am

the San Francisco Chronicle prints one every year, and you may recall that I throw the questions onto here, just for giggles.

Rules are simple: answer must come from your head, not from looking it up. And as soon as somebody gets the right answer, I post the next question. There are 50 of them.

Some are very easy (I'm talking about you, No. 1), but I'll put them up anyway.

As the paper says in its intro, "There are no prizes for acing the test—just the quiet satisfaction of knowing your grasp of geography is far better than that of those geniuses at Apple":

1. One of the world's major rivers was named for a group of women who were said to have undergone voluntary mastectomies. Which river?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:16 am

Amazon?

Woo hoo, I enjoy this every year. I also spend way too much time on the thread.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:21 am

Answer as printed by the fishwrap; gh not responsible for content!

<<1. The Amazon was named for the female warriors of Greek mythology who supposedly had their right breasts removed to improve their archery or their javelin throwing, depending on the story. Historians note that the mastectomies were not part of the original legend and don't make much sense anatomically or athletically, either.>>

This one will be right up McGato's alley...

2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby jeremyp » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:21 am

Too easy. Next? I meant #1.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby ed gee » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:00 am

Your time and patience.

gh wrote:Answer as printed by the fishwrap; gh not responsible for content!


2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Master Po » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:01 am

2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?

I have no idea, and so this is truly a guess, but that's in the spirit of this quiz (which by the way, I really enjoy -- thanks gh!). So...

...a nickel?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:01 am

that would be incorrect
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Marlow » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:14 am

The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right! :(
On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:56 am

Does anyone still travel to Staten Island?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:57 am

Marlow wrote:The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right! :(
On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!


Can we ever have a quiz without your injecting a spoiler into it?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby AS » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:29 pm

The ferry is free...
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:31 pm

<<2. It's free.>>


3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby AS » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:32 pm

gh wrote:<<2. It's free.>>


3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.


I'm gonna go with "false" on the basis that I doubt Brazil is named after the nut...
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby bambam » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:33 pm

gh wrote:<<2. It's free.>>


3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.


False - Macadamia - sounds like a country - must exist somewhere
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Marlow » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:38 pm

gh wrote:
Marlow wrote:The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right! :(
On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!

Can we ever have a quiz without your injecting a spoiler into it?

How is that a spoiler??!! I have revealed nothing about any answer. If anything it builds suspense for #23! :wink:
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:40 pm

go ahead, make my Xmas, build more suspense.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby AS » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:05 pm

gh, having provided my answer to the Brazil question I then went and 'researched' it, and it appears Brazil was named for the tree "brazilwood', not the nut (which is not a product of said tree)... so let's move on to #4 :D
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:14 pm

<<3. False. Brazil was named not for the Brazil nut, but for the brazilwood tree (which is not where Brazil nuts come from). And no other nations are named for a nut, either.>>

sounds like bambam was completely nuts with his Macadamia response.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:14 pm

4. What U.S. city's subway system uses the CharlieCard, and why is it called that?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:34 pm

New York?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:02 pm

Not correct (how many U.S. cities actually have "subways"?) (a sidebar Q for which I have no idea)
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dj » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:40 pm

gh wrote:4. What U.S. city's subway system uses the CharlieCard, and why is it called that?


Boston, because you can use it forever to ride 'neath the streets of Boston; Charlie's the man who never returned.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby AS » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:14 pm

gh wrote:4. What U.S. city's subway system uses the CharlieCard, and why is it called that?


Chicago? And Charlie is presumably some personification of the rail network's abbreviation: Chicago Rail = CHI-RL...
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:41 pm

dj wrote:
gh wrote:4. What U.S. city's subway system uses the CharlieCard, and why is it called that?


Boston, because you can use it forever to ride 'neath the streets of Boston; Charlie's the man who never returned.


I think dj's got it ! Thank you, Kingston Trio !
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby aaronk » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:29 pm

Atlanta (MARTA) and the Bay Area (BART) have subways.
Isn't Chicago's all above ground...the EL LOOP??
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:40 pm

What US city is full of Charlies?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:36 pm

<<4. Boston uses the CharlieCard in honor of a fictional passenger in a song made famous by the Kingston Trio. Charlie was riding the subway when the fare went up, and, without an extra nickel to pay the newly imposed "exit fee," was forced to "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston." In the song, Charlie's wife goes down to the Scollay Square station each day and hands him a sandwich through an open window. Why she doesn't just hand him a nickel is a question best left to a marriage counselor.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:37 pm

5. The French call this La Manche, but the English-speaking world knows it as something else. What?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby wineturtle » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:09 pm

Gertrude Ederly got famous for swimming in The English Channel
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:26 pm

<<5. The English Channel.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:27 pm

6. In what country would you find the Great Slave Lake?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby lonewolf » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:38 pm

Canada.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby tandfman » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:06 am

aaronk wrote:Atlanta (MARTA) and the Bay Area (BART) have subways.

So do Philadelphia and Washington, in addition to others previously mentioned.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby bambam » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:22 am

gh wrote:<<3. False. Brazil was named not for the Brazil nut, but for the brazilwood tree (which is not where Brazil nuts come from). And no other nations are named for a nut, either.>>

sounds like bambam was completely nuts with his Macadamia response.


C'mon, Macadamia is a great name for a country. I think we should invent an Olympic track & field team from Macadamia.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DrJay » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:26 am

bambam wrote:C'mon, Macadamia is a great name for a country. I think we should invent an Olympic track & field team from Macadamia.


I bet you already have it invented....history, bios, stats, medalists. You should sneek one of their athletes into one of your websites and see how long it takes someone to catch it.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DrJay » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:32 am

Had to learn why it's called the Great Slave Lake:

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

Postby Pego » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:43 am

DrJay wrote:
bambam wrote:C'mon, Macadamia is a great name for a country. I think we should invent an Olympic track & field team from Macadamia.


I bet you already have it invented....history, bios, stats, medalists. You should sneek one of their athletes into one of your websites and see how long it takes someone to catch it.


Yes, I bet just about everybody would read Macedonia. I am pretty sure I would.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:54 am

<<6. Canada - it's in the Northwest Territories.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:55 am

7. Where can you ride the narrow-gauge "toy train" past tea plantations with views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby jeremyp » Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:09 am

gh wrote:7. Where can you ride the narrow-gauge "toy train" past tea plantations with views of Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain?

I'd have to guess Nepal.
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