the annual geography quiz


A place for the discussion of all things not closely related to the sport and its competitive side. (as always, locked for the duration of major international championship)

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.
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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.
mcgato
 
Posts: 1607
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Hoboken

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!)
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:15 am

<<19. The Red Crescent.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

Aren't they in the Tower?
Conor Dary
 
Posts: 6297
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: कनोर दारी in Ronald MacDonald's Home Town, and once a Duck always a Duck.

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.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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.
Conor Dary
 
Posts: 6297
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: कनोर दारी in Ronald MacDonald's Home Town, and once a Duck always a Duck.

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

South
Daisy
 
Posts: 13153
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

Sudan
dukehjsteve
 
Posts: 6057
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Fishers, IN

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.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

Ecuador
Conor Dary
 
Posts: 6297
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: कनोर दारी in Ronald MacDonald's Home Town, and once a Duck always a Duck.

Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:19 am

<<23. Ecuador is named for the equator - zero degrees latitude.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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:
dukehjsteve
 
Posts: 6057
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Fishers, IN

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
j-a-m
 
Posts: 2449
Joined: Thu May 24, 2012 8:21 pm

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.
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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.
Marlow
 
Posts: 21126
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:00 pm
Location: Somewhere over the . . . hill

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?)
tandfman
 
Posts: 15043
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am

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.................
dukehjsteve
 
Posts: 6057
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Fishers, IN

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gm
 
Posts: 4560
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: "What's the pre-cooked weight on that lab?"

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?"
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
lonewolf
 
Posts: 8816
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Indian Territory

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
.
lonewolf
 
Posts: 8816
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: Indian Territory

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: )
Marlow
 
Posts: 21126
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:00 pm
Location: Somewhere over the . . . hill

Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:27 pm

<<24. Tasmania.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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.
Conor Dary
 
Posts: 6297
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: कनोर दारी in Ronald MacDonald's Home Town, and once a Duck always a Duck.

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

Suez is longer.
DoubleRBar
 
Posts: 1114
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:21 am
Location: Mineral City

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.>>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:58 pm

26. Where is "the abode of snow"?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: the annual geography quiz

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

A literal translation of Himalaya?
catson52
 
Posts: 802
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:22 am

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.">>
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

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?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests