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1st PART 100 GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS

  

7 Which African country's official language is Spanish?

The African country of Equatorial Guinea is the only African country with an official language of Spanish. The continental and island country was a colony of Spain until independence in 1968

 

8 What country has the densest population in Africa?

Rwanda is a poor rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture. It is the most densely populated country in Africa and is landlocked with few natural resources and minimal industry. Primary foreign exchange earners are coffee and tea. The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and eroded the country's ability to attract private and external investment

 

.13 What is the median age world wide?

Worldwide age 27

by contrast Congo, Democratic Republic Population: 60,085,804

Median age: total: 15.8 years male: 15.4 years female: 16.2 years

 

21 Why is Bangla Desh the poorest country in Asia?

Bangladesh came into existence in 1971 when Bengali East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan. About a third of this extremely poor country floods annually during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development.

Many people are landless and

forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land;

water-borne diseases are prevalent in surface water;

water pollution, especially of fishing areas, results from the use of commercial pesticides;

ground water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic;

intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables in the northern and central parts of the country;

soil degradation

erosion;

deforestation;

10) severe overpopulation

32 What is the literacy rate of India and China? vs. well developed countries?

India total pop: 59.5% male: 70.2% female: 48.3%

China total pop: 90.9% male: 95.1% female: 86.5% (2002)

Germany total pop: 99% (1997 est.)

US total pop: 97% male: 97% female: 97%

 

44 What is the poorest country in the Caribbean?

Haiti. In this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, 80% of the population lives in abject poverty, and natural disasters frequently sweep the nation. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agriculture sector, which consists mainly of small-scale subsistence farming.

 

Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes; periodic droughts extensive deforestation (much of the remaining forested land is being cleared for agriculture and used as fuel); soil erosion; inadequate supplies of potable water.

 

53 How many countries use the Euro as official currency?

Twenty countries use the Euro as official currency

 

 

69 What are the major island countries in Pacific Ocean?

American Samoa, Hawaii,

Christmas islands, Mariana Islands,

Cook Islands, Marshall Islands,

Coral Sea Islands Micronesia,

Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands).

Fiji, Pitcairn Islands,

Guam, Solomon Islands, Tonga

 

73 How many people live on Pitcairn Island?

Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony (in 1838) and today remains the last vestige of that empire in the South Pacific. Outmigration, primarily to New Zealand, has thinned the population from a peak of 233 in 1937 to less than 50 today

 

79 What small country in South America has a 1/3 Asian Indian population?

Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations

 

79 How big is the US in geographic area in comparison with other large countries?

about one half the size of Russia;

about three-tenths the size of Africa;

about one half the size of South America

slightly larger than Brazil);

slightly larger than China;

almost 2 1/2 times the size of the European Union

 

81 How many states end in the letter A?

An amazing twenty-one of the fifty US states end in the letter "A!"

 

90 What is the largest US island?

The largest island that is part of the United States is the island of Hawaii at 4,021 square miles (10,414 km2).

The country's second largest is Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska at 3,485 square miles (9,025 km2) and Puerto Rico is the country's third largest at 3,435 mi2 (8,897 km2)

 

92 Which state in the US has the most lakes?

The state with the most lakes is Alaska and not Minnesota despite the "10,000 Lakes" slogan on its license plates. Alaska is home to more than three million lakes.

 

94 Which states have the fewest people?

Based on the latest population estimates (July 1, 1999) by the US Bureau of the Census, the five least populous states are:

1. Wyoming - 479,602

2. Vermont - 593,740

3. Alaska - 619,500

4. North Dakota - 633,666

5. South Dakota - 733,133

 

 

99 Which states have four-letter names?

There are three states with four-letter names - I.O.U. - Iowa, Ohio, and Utah

 

109 How many countries in the world are larger than the US?

The US is the world's third-largest country by size (after Russia and Canada) and by population (after China and India).

 

113 How many dependent territories does the US own?

American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Wake Island

 

126 What state has the highest home ownership?

West Virginia 80.3% by contrast New York 54.8%

California 59.7%

 

130 How many times larger in area is Alaska than Rhode Island?

Alaska area 656,424 sq. miles

Rhode Island area 1230 sq. miles

Alaska is 500 times larger in area.

 

135 How many countries in Africa are land locked?

15 countries in Africa are land locked. Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

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136 How many countries in the world are land locked?

43 nations and other areas are landlocked, these include:

Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Holy See (Vatican City), Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, West Bank, Zambia, Zimbabwe;

Two of these, Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan, are doubly landlocked

 

142 What is the coldest, windiest, highest (on average), and driest continent?

The coldest, windiest, highest (on average), and driest continent; during summer is Antarctica. More solar radiation reaches the surface at the South Pole than is received at the Equator in an equivalent period; mostly uninhabitable.

 

146 What are the countries in the world with the most inhabited islands?

Indonesia archipelago of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited)

slightly less than three times the size of Texas

Philippines 7,107 islands pop, 87,.570,000 300,000 sq. km 255 airports

slightly larger than Arizona

 

 

169 Which country is home to the most Muslims?

The world's fourth most populous country has the largest population of Muslims. Approximately 87% of Indonesia's population are Muslims, so with a population of 216 million, Indonesia is home to approximately 188 million Muslims. The religion of Islam spread to Indonesia during the Middle Ages.

 

170 How many nations are islands that border no other nation?

98 nations and other entities are islands that border no other countries,

182 How many boys are born for every 100 girls?

There are 105 boy babies born for ever 100 girl babies worldwide but scientists haven't determined why this sex ratio is so.

 

184 What is Balkanization?

Taking it's name from the fragmentary and divisive nature of the Balkans, the term balkanization has come to refer to any region with internal turmoil or divisions. For example, the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union into fifteen countries can be referred to as the "balkanization of the Soviet Union.Ó

 

190 Which country is most reliant on fish exports?

Approximately 75% of Iceland's exports are fish so the country is very reliant on fish and the fish industry. About 12% of the country's workforce is employed in the fish industry.

 

193 What is the only country in the World whose flag is a solid color?

Libya - solid green

 

197 How many countries are members of the United Nations?

There are presently 191 member States of the United Nations.

The newest members are Palau in 1994; Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga in 1999; Tuvalu in 2000, and Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Switzerland in 2002. (Note: The Swiss have been neutral since an international agreement in 1815. They rejected UN membership in 1986 through a national referendum, but finally joined in 2002)

 

198 How many countries are not members of the UN?

Taiwan In 1971 the People's Republic of China (mainland China) replaced Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China) in the United Nations.

Vatican City / The Holy See The independent papal state of 771 people (including the Pope) was created in 1929. They have not chosen to become part of the international organization.

 

201 Which country is composed of the most islands?

Indonesia is composed of the most islands and is the world's largest archipelago with over 13,500 islands. About 6,000 of Indonesia's islands are inhabited.

 

262 What is the largest of the former Soviet republics?

Kazakhstan, the largest of the former Soviet republics in territory, excluding Russia, possesses enormous fossil fuel reserves as well as plentiful supplies of other minerals and metals. It also has a large agricultural sector featuring livestock and grain.

Kazakhstan's industrial sector rests on the extraction and processing of these natural resources and also on a growing machine-building sector specializing in construction equipment, tractors, agricultural machinery, and some defense items.

Kazakhstan enjoyed double-digit growth in 2000-01 - and more than 9% per year in 2002-05 - thanks largely to its booming energy sector, but also to economic reform, good harvests, and foreign investment. The country has embarked upon an industrial policy designed to diversify the economy away from overdependence on the oil sector, by developing light industry

 

279 How does the US compare in vital statistics with Rwanda?

(Number of children per woman, number of paved roads. telephones, etc.)

RWANDA-                                         USA

median age 18.5 years                         36.3 years

fertility rate 5.49 children per woman     2.08 children per woman

telephones 23,200                                 181,600,000

cell phones 134,000                             208,722,000

radio stations 8                                     13,500

paved roads 994 km.                         4,180,000

GDP per person $1,300                         $41,8000

age 65 and older 2.6%                             12.4%

below poverty line 60%                             12%

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)                     19,924 km.

 

Rwanda is a poor rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in (mainly subsistence) agriculture. It is the most densely populated country in Africa and is landlocked with few natural resources and minimal industry. Primary foreign exchange earners are coffee and tea.

The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and eroded the country's ability to attract private and external investment. However, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy to pre-1994 levels, although poverty levels are higher now. GDP has rebounded and inflation has been curbed. Despite Rwanda's fertile ecosystem, food production often does not keep pace with population growth, requiring food imports.

Rwanda continues to receive substantial aid money and received IMF-World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative debt relief in 2005. Kigali's high defense expenditures have caused tension between the government and international donors and lending agencies. An energy shortage and instability in neighboring states may slow growth in 2006, while the lack of adequate transportation linkages to other countries continues to handicap export growth.

 

280 How many International agreements does the US participates in?

At least seventy five International agreements.

AfDB, ANZUS, APEC, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, CBSS (observer), CE (observer), CERN (observer), CP, EAPC, EBRD, FAO, G-5, G-7, G- 8, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MIGA, MINUSTAH, NAFTA, NAM (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS, OECD, OPCW, OSCE, Paris Club, PCA, PIF (partner), SPC, UN, UN Security Council, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNITAR, UNMEE, UNMIL, UNMOVIC, UNOMIG, UNRWA, UNTSO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

 

291 What countries have most cellular Telephones?

1 European Union 314,644,700 2002     6 Italy 55,918,000         2003

2 China 269,000,000                 2003    7 U K 49,677,000         2002

3 United States 158,722,000     2003     8 Brazil 46,373,300         2003

4 Japan 86,658,600                 2003      9 France 41,683,100         2003

5 Germany 64,800,000             2003    10 Spain 37,506,700         2003

                                                            11 Korea, So 33,591,800 2003

226 Tokelau 0                                 2001

227 Saint Helena 0                         1997

228 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0     1994

229 Norfolk Island 0                     2002   


292 What is the HIV/AIDS rate in African countries?

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.6% (2003 est.) USA

1 Swaziland 38.80 2003 est.

2 Botswana 37.30 2003 est.

3 Lesotho 28.90 2003 est.

4 Zimbabwe 24.60 2001 est.

5 South Africa 21.50 2003 est.

6 Namibia 21.30 2003 est.

7 Zambia 16.50 2003 est.

8 Malawi 14.20 2003 est.

9 Central Afr Rep 13.50 2003 est.

10 Mozambique 12.20 2003 est.

ÊÊ 10 of these 10 countries are in Africa !

 

295 What countries in the world have the shortest life expectancy?

226 Swaziland 33.22 years 2005 est.

225 Botswana 33.87 2005 est.

224 Lesotho 34.47 2005 est.

223 Angola 38.43 2005 est.

222 Liberia 38.89 2005 est.

221 Zimbabwe 39.13 2005 est.

220 Zambia 39.70 2005 est.

219 Sierra Leone 39.87 2005 est.

218 Mozambique 40.32 2005 est.

217 Malawi 41.43 2005 est.

216 Afghanistan 42.90 2005 est.

9 of these 10 countries are in Africa !

300 What countries in the world have the highest inflation rates?

223 Zimbabwe 1000.00 2006 est.

222 Iraq 40.00 2005 est.

221 Guinea 25.00 2005 est.

220 Suriname 23.00 2003 est.

219 Zambia 19.00 2005 est.

218 Burma 18.00 2005 est.

217 Angola 17.70 2005 est.

216 Afghanistan 16.30 2005 est.

215 Iran 16.00 2005 est.

214 Venezuela 15.70 2005 est.

324 How many nations in the world are islands?

98 nations and other entities are islands that border no other countries

 

325 How much of the worlds land is arable land?

arable land: 10.73%.

 

333 What is a "doubly landlocked" country?

A doubly landlocked country is one that is separated from an ocean or an ocean-accessible sea by two intervening countries. Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only countries that fit this definition.

 

346 What were the former French colonies in Africa and

still today have many French- speaking people?

At least 18, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Chad, Central African Republic, Cote dÕIvoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Reunion, Senegal,

Sudan, Togo, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya

 

364 What country in Asia has no railroads?

Cambodia has no railroads, a rudimentary road system, and limited external and internal telecommunications, though the government is sponsoring major improvements in the road system with possible support from Japan.

 

378 How much arable land is there in the Bahamas?

arable land: 0.8% Bahamas Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba slightly smaller than Connecticut

 

420 What are the four corners of the US in the Southwest where 4 states converge?

Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico converge in four corners

 

428 How many gallons of water does the average American us in one day?

168

 

436 What countries border Uruguay?

Brazil and Argentina

 

453 What countries are 5 times or more times longer than they are wide?

Chile, Nepal, Togoland, and Senegal and Tunisia

 

457 What is the number one thing that stands out as you study geography

and all the countries of the World?

How badly most of sub-Saharan Africa is doing on all scales,

and how well Asia is doing on those same scales. For example:

Uganda                                         South Korea

Median age: 14.97 years                             34.51 years

Infant mortality: 67.83 deaths/1,000 live births 7.05 deaths

Total fertility: 6.74 children born/woman 1.26 children

HIV/AIDS : 4.1% (2003 est.)                 less than 0.1% (2003 est.)

Literacy: 69.9%                                     97.9%

GDP -per capita: $1,700 (2005 est.)         $20,300 (2005 est.)

below poverty line: 35% (2001 est.)         4%

Inflation rate 9.7% (2005 est.)                 2.8% (2005 est.)

mobile cellular: 776,200 (2003)                 33,591,800 (2003)

Televisions: 500,000 (2001) 15.9 million (1997)

Telephones 61,000 (2003) 22,877,000 (2003)

Population 27,269,482                             48,422,644

Size slightly smaller than Oregon             slightly larger than Indiana

Life expectancy at birth 51.59 years         76.85 years

 

459 What two former colonial powers formerly occupied the island of Hispaniola, dividing it into Haiti and the Dominican Republic?

France -Haiti

Spain -Dominican Republic

 

469 How many times larger is Brazil than Uruguay?

48 times Brazil Area: 8,511,965 sq. km slightly smaller than the US

Uruguay Area: 176,220 sq. km smaller than the state of Washington

 

488 What is the closest country to Lesotho?

South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho.

 

559 What is the closest country to Florida?

The Bahamas. 40 miles away

728 86.9% of Canada's exports go to the ______________?

United States

 

729 What is the religion of most people in the USA?

Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10% (2002 est.)

 

730 What is the religion of most people in Canada?

Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)

  

731 What is the religion of most people in Mexico?

nominally Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%

 

827 How many countries are in Africa vs. in South America?

There are 54 countries in Africa vs. 13 Countries in South America.

 

831 What countries flags are most similar to the flag of Japan?

JapanÕs flag is a red sun and an all white background

BangladeshÕs flag is a red sun and an all green background

GreenlandÕs flag is a red sun and an all white background

the bottom half has inverted colors

a white sun and a red background

 

835 What are the largest countries with only one time zone?

China is the largest country with only one time zone (UTC+ 8).

The next largest country with only one time zone is India (UTC + 5:30).

Coincidentally, these are also the two most populous countries.

 

845 What is the largest island of the lower 48 states of the US?

The largest (and longest) island of the lower 48 states is Long Island The largest island of the United States is Hawaii, at 4,021 sq. mi / 10,414 sq. km, and still growing slowly.

 

856 What is the only island divided among three countries?

The only island shared by three countries is Borneo, in Southeast Asia, which is split between Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Cyprus is divided into Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, and two UK Sovereign Base Areas, but Northern Cyprus is a Turkish-supported de facto state in the north part of the island, unrecognized by the international community. The British bases are military outposts

 

858 Which capital lies closest to the Arctic Circle? Reykjavik 

Stockholm or  Oslo?

Reykjavik lies closest to the Arctic Circle

 

865 What country extends across 5 time zones, but uses only one?

China. extends across 5 time zones, but uses only one.

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866 Why are there 7 days in a week?

Tradition. The Romans borrowed the seven-day week from the Hebrews. The week is associated with the Old Testament, where God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The Romans once had an eight-day week, but shortened it when they adopted Christianity

 

867 Why are there 60 seconds in a minute?

Tradition. When the hour was divided into 60 minutes, consisting of 60 seconds, the number 60 was probably chosen for its mathematical convenience. It is divisible by a large number of smaller numbers without a remainder: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30.Ê

 

868 Why are there 60 minutes in an hour?

Tradition. The Babylonians divided the sky into the 12 signs of the Zodiac, and a circle into 360 degrees. They divided the day and night each into 12 hours (although in many time systems the lengths of these varied between summer and winter! Babylon was rather nearer the equator than Liverpool, so they didn't get too confused with this). The hour was split into 60 minutes and a minute into 60 seconds.

All these numbers have survived for 4000 years, despite the fact that we have changed our numbering system to base 10! In England, when I was young, we still measured with feet, each divided into 12 inches. The Americans still do! [By the way, do you know where the mile comes from? It's Roman, not Babylonian!]

 

869 Why are there 24 hours in a day?

Tradition.

 

882 How many time zones does the mainland of Africa use?

The mainland of Africa, not including islands off Africa, uses four time zones.

 

884 What is the most populous city in Africa?

Cairo, Egypt

 

887 Where are the Canary Islands?

The nearest island is 108 km from the northwest African coast of Morocco. Inhabitants: 930.015 Once known to the ancient Romans as the Fortunate Islands, the Canary Islands were named after the large dogs (Canes) found living on the islands.

Located off the northwestern coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are one of the most popular tourist destination on the planet, especially with Europeans. The Canary Island's archipelago includes (7) major islands, all remnants of very steep, extinct volcanoes. Weather conditions here are considered perfect, and the beaches - some of the best on the planet.

 

891 What are the two predominately Catholic countries of southeast Asia?

Philippines Roman Catholic 80.9%, other Christian 11.5%, Muslim 5%

East Timor. Roman Catholic 90%, Muslim 4%

909 How many islands does Russia own?

Russia owns at least 41 islands with an area greater than 3000 square kilometers.

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911 What is the smallest, most densely populated country in Central America?

El Salvador is the smallest of the Central American countries, and the most densely populated.

For much of the 20th Century, it suffered from decades of military coups and dictatorships, bloody civil wars and political corruption.

 

912 What Central American country includes over 700 offshore islands?

Panama includes over 700 offshore islands and is the connecting link (the Isthmus of Panama) between North and South America. It also separates the Caribbean Sea from the Pacific Ocean via the vital Panama Canal. Control of the canal was returned to Panama on December 31, 1999. The fertile land of Panama rises into a narrow corridor of mountains. Coastal weather is tropical (hot and humid), with a steamy May - December rainy season.

 

913 What is the most populous city in the Caribbean?

Probably Havana, Cuba

 

916 What country in Europe has the most islands?

Denmark only claims to have about 500 islands. Sweden counts 221,800 and Finland 179,584. Norway, Greece and Croatia also claim more than Denmark.

 

927 How far are the Azores in the Atlantic from Portugal?

The Azores are an archipelago of Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 km, 975 miles, from Lisbon and about 3,900 km from the east coast of North America. Official language Portuguese Autonomy 1976 Currency Euro

The nine Azorean Islands extend for more than 600 km, and lie in a northwest-southeast direction. The vast extension of the islands defines an immense exclusive economic zone of 1.1 million km2. The westernmost point of this area is 3,380 km from the North American continent. The mountain of Pico on Pico Island, at 2,351 m in altitude, is the highest in all of Portugal. The Azores are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet, as measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean. The islands are an autonomous region of Portugal.

The Azores is considered to have one of the most uncorrupt government bodies in the world today. The Azores had a population of 238,767 in 2002

S‹o Miguel Island 130,154 Ponta Delgada 6

Terceira Island 54,996 Angra do Hero’smo 2

Faial Island 14,934 Horta 1

Pico Island 14,579 Madalena 3

S‹o Jorge Island 9,522 Velas 2

Santa Maria Island 5,490 Vila do Porto 1

Graciosa Island 4,708 Santa Cruz da Graciosa 1

Flores Island 3,949 Santa Cruz das Flores 2

Corvo Island 435 Vila do Corvo 1

ÒI visited Sao Miguel last September, and it felt as if I was in paradise. I see why they call it the green island. Also I found the people to be an extension of their environment, they were just so friendlyÓ

 

939 How many time zones does Canada use?

Canada uses six primary time zones. From east to west they are Newfoundland Time Zone, Atlantic Time, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time , and the Pacific Time Zone

 

940 How many time zones does the US use?

There are nine time zones in the US and its territories, they include Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii-Aleutian, Samoa, Wake Island, and Guam.

 

945 What US industry originated the 4 time zones in the mainland US?

Time zones did not become necessary in the United States until trains made it possible to travel hundreds of miles in a day.

Until the 1860s most cities relied upon their own local ÒsunÓ time, but this time changed by approximately one minute for every 12 miles traveled east or west.

The problem of keeping track of over 300 local times was overcome by establishing railroad time zones. Until 1883 most railway companies relied on some 100 different, but consistent, time zones.

 

960 How many time zones does Australia use?

Australia uses 3 time zones.

 

977 In how many countries is French an official language?

In 29 countries French is an official language.

1. Belgium 16. Guinea

2. Benin 17. Haiti

3. Burkina 18. Luxembourg

4. Burundi 19. Madagascar

5. Cameroon 20. Mali

6. Canada 21. Monaco

7. Central African Rep 22. Niger

8. Chad 23. Rwanda

9. Comoros 24. Senegal

10. Congo 25. Seychelles

11. Congo, Dem Republic 26. Switzerland

12. Cote d'Ivoire 27. Togo

13. Djibouti 28. Vanuatu

14. France 29. Vietnam

15. Gabon

 

980 Where are the WETTEST INHABITED PLACES in the world?

WETTEST INHABITED PLACES (Rain fall in inches per year)

Buenaventira, Colombia 267"

Monrovia, Liberia 202"

Pago Pago, American Samoa 198"

Moulein, Burma (Myanmar 192"

Lae, Papua New Guinea 183"

Baguio, Philippines 180"

Sylhet, Bangladesh 178"

5 of the top 7 are in Asia!

 

981 Where are the DRIEST INHABITED PLACES in the world?

(Rain fall in inches per year)

Aswan, Egypt 0.02"

Luxor, Egypt 0.03"

Arica Desert, Chile 0.04"

Ica, Peru 0.10"

Antofagasta, Chile 0.20"

El Minya, Egypt 0.20"

Asyut, Egypt 0.20"

 

1015 Which is larger Congo, Democratic Republic, or Congo, Republic?

Congo, Democratic Rep of the Population: 60,085,804 total: 2,345,410 sq. km Central Africa, northeast of Angola

Congo, Republic of the Population: 3,039,126 total: 342,000 sq. km West Africa, bordering South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon

The Democratic Republic is 6.8 times larger, and 20 times larger in population.

 

1068 Is the Arctic a desert?

Desert - The Arctic is a cold desert because it gets very little precipitation - about the same amount as the Sahara.

 

1079 What central American country has nearly become synonymous with the term "ecotourism."

In recent years, Costa Rica has nearly become synonymous with the term "ecotourism." Its pristine rainforests are painstakingly protected, and an ever-increasing tide of people come to witness the astounding abundance of plant and animal species each year.

 

1081 How far is Bimini, the Bahamas from Florida?

Bimini is a mere 40 miles (80 km) from Florida.

 

1085 How many of the last 25 Olympics were held in Europe?

16 out of 25 Summer games were in Europe 14 out of 20 Winter games were in Europe

6 out of 25 Summer games were in N A 5 out of 20 Winter games were in N America

 

1086 How many surveillance cameras are around London?

London has about 500,000 surveillance cameras around the city? In London the average tourist is being caught on surveillance cameras about 300 times a day?

 

1095 What major European countries are part of the EU but do not use euros?

The UK, Sweden, and Denmark do not now participate; the 10 new member states may choose to adopt the euro when they meet the EU's fiscal and monetary criteria and the member states so agree.

 

1096 How many countries are in the EU?

The evolution of the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighboring states in 1951 to today's supranational organization of 25 countries across the European continent stands as an unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of history.

  

1100 Where do successful Western Europeans go in the world in winter for sun and fun vacations?They go to the Canary Islands, the Azores, and islands off North or West Africa, like Cape Verde, or Sao Tome and Principe.

 

1110 What percent of the Ukraine is arable land?

UkraineÕs arable land is 56 % very high by world standards.

 

1115 How many off shore coastal islands does Slovakia have?

Zero. It is landlocked.

 

1116 How many off shore coastal islands does Hungary have?

Zero. It is landlocked.

 

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1117 How many off shore coastal islands does the Czech Republic have?

Zero. It is landlocked.

100

 

1118 How many off shore coastal islands does Kyrgyzstan have?

Zero. It is landlocked.

 

1138 Are women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia?

Women are not permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia. Many compounds have a regular bus service to schools and shops. Employment contracts often include the cost of a driver - some families share the use of one.

 

1142 What percent of Saudi Arabia is arable land?

Land use: arable land: 1.67%

 

1148 How much money has the U.S. spent on the Iraq war so far in 2006?

$5.6 (billion) per month, estimating over $700 billion for the total cost.

One potential problem to watch for is whether that cost is "total spent" or "over and above normal peacetime spending" -- for example, a whole lot of fuel gets used by the naval units in that area whether or not they're engaged in hostile operations. Is that part of the estimated "cost of the war", and should it be? According to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz the cost of the Iraq war could be $2 trillion.

 

1172 What percent of the USA is arable land?

Land use: arable land: 19.13%

 

1186 What are the smallest states in the US?

USA States (ranked by size)

50 Rhode Island 1,045                 1 Alaska 570,374

49 Delaware 1,955                     2 Texas 261,914

48 Connecticut 4,845                 3 California 155,973

47 Hawaii 6,423                         4 Montana 145,556

46 New Jersey 7,418                 5 New Mexico 121,365

45 Massachusetts 7,838             6 Arizona 113,600

 

1197 How many credit cards are there in the US per person?

Nowadays, in America, there are five credit cards for every man, woman and child.

 

1206 How many countries are in Oceania?

There are 20 countries in Oceania.

Australia N Mariana Islands Cook Islands Palau

Fiji Islands Papua New Guinea French Territories Pitcairn Islands

Kiribati Samoa Marshall Islands Solomon Islands

Micronesia Tonga Nauru Tuvalu

New Zealand United States Territories Niue Vanuatu

 

1207 What is Australia's largest island?

Tasmania AustraliaÕs largest island. area 23,411 sq. miles

 

1218 What major South American country uses the US dollar as its currency?

Ecuador

 

1221 What percent of Chile is arable land?

Land use: arable land: 2.65%

 

1230 Where on Earth does one find the heaviest concentration of mosquitoes?

A tropical jungle? A hot festering swamp? Wrong. Experts say it's the Arctic tundra - mosquitoes can appear in swarms so thick they can turn the sky gray.

Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and water, but the females seek the blood of warm-blooded creatures (people, birds, caribou, polar bears - they're not fussy). When they bite, they inject their saliva into the wound - causing the swelling and irritation that most people are familiar with. And in the Arctic, these little flying predators can appear explosively - billions of them in a single day - bringing misery to all around them.

 

1243 What countries have had hyper-inflation in the past 20 years?

The term "hyperinflation" refers to a very rapid, very large increase in the price level. Measurement problems will be too minor to notice on this scale. There is no strict formal definition for the term, but cases of hyperinflation tend to be expressed in terms of multiples rather than percentages.

"For example, in Germany between January 1922 and November 1923 (less than two years!) the average price level increased by a factor of about 20 billion." Some representative examples of hyperinflation include

1922 Germany 5,000% 1990 Peru 7,500%

1985 Bolivia 10,000% 1993 Brazil 2,100 %

1989 Argentina 3,100 % 1993 Ukraine 5,000%

ÒOne source says that people might buy a bottle of wine in the expectation that on the following morning, the empty bottle could be sold for more than it had cost when full. Those with goods to barter resorted to barter to get food; those with nothing to barter suffered.Ó

 

1244 What is the most unusual (and diagonal) design of a flag?

Seychelles - diagonal - blue, yellow, red, white, green

 

1248 Who has visited the most Islands?

Philip Conkling has apparently visited more islands than anyone else. The director of Maine's Island Institute, he has been to about 1,000 islands in that state.

 

1257 How much of the water on the earth is salt water?

Type of Water (97% salt), (3% fresh)

 

1260 What countries have 0% arable land?

World ranking Country % arable land

199 Suriname 0.37 % 206 Falkland Islands 0.00

200. French Guiana 0.14 % 207Ê Greenland 0.00 %

201. Oman 0.12 % 208Ê Vatican City 0.00 %

202. Iceland 0.07 % 209Ê Macau 0.00 %

203. Djibouti 0.04 % 210Ê Monaco 0.00 %

204. Western Sahara 0.02 % 211Ê Nauru 0.00 %

205. Anguilla 0.00 % 212Ê Tokelau 0.00 %

Ê 213 Tuvalu 0.00 %

 

1261 What countries in the world have the most arable land?

1. Bangladesh 62.11 %`         6. Hungary 50.09

2. Ukraine 56.21 %                 7. Mauritius 49.26 %

3. Moldova 55.30 %                 8. Togo 46.15 %

4. India 54.40 %                     9. Poland 45.91 %

5. Denmark 54.02 %                 10. Lithuania 45.22 %

 

1262 What percent of the world is arable land?

Of the earth's 57 million square miles (148,000,000Êkm2) of land, more than 12 million square miles (31,000,000Êkm2) or 21% are arable.

In geography, arable land (from Latin arare, to plough ) is a form of agricultural land use, meaning land that can be (and is) used for growing crops. David Ricardo incorporated the idea of arable land into economic theory.

Most of the arable land on earth is around the largest rivers on earth. Some examples are: the Nile River, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the Yellow River, the Amazon River, the Ganges and the Rhine River. These rivers flood regularly, overspilling their banks. When the flood is over, the rivers recede, leaving behind rich silt. This silt is excellent fertilizer for crops. Even if the land is overfarmed, and all the nutrients are depleted from the soil, the land renews its fertility when the next flood comes. Rivers and streams can make desert land arable

 

1277 What is the largest river in the world?

The Amazon Basin in South America is the largest river with the greatest water flow. This is because it flows through the Amazon rain forest - the largest and wettest rainforest on Earth

 

1281 The Big Question ! How many INHABITED islands are there in the world?

98 Countries out of 192 countries are island countries 98 are inhabited

and usually have nearby smaller islands

70 territories out of 73 territories are islands 50 are inhabited

and usually have nearby smaller islands

68 Countries out of 192 countries have major island groups

There are approximately 20,000 inhabited islands in the world.

 

1302 Of 265 countries, and territories of the world, what countries vary the most internally from coast to coast or from north to south, or from border to border?

Probably United States from northern Alaska to southern Florida

and Chile from north to south.

USA mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest

Chile temperate; desert in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south

 

1359 What countries citizens have the worst knowledge of geography?

The Gallup organization had been hired by the National Geographic Society in 1989, to determine how much (or little) Americans knew about locating places when compared to citizens of nine other countries. Respondents were asked to match numbers on a world map with a list of sixteen places

.Among 18-24 year olds world-wide, on average, Americans were least able to provide correct answers to geography questions. They averaged 6.9 correct out of 16.

In fact, only 86% of Americans could identify the location of the United States on a map. Of the sixteen places, Americans had the most difficult time locating the Persian Gulf (only 25% were accurate).

 

1401 How many states in the USA are completely rectangular in shape?

What are they?

Wyoming and Colorado in the USA are completely rectangular in shape

 

1403 How many times larger is Texas than Rhode Island?

Texas is 173 times larger than Rhode Island.

 

1404 What one state in the United States has never had a temperature of 100 F?

Hawaii in the United States has never had a temperature of 100 F.

 

1407 What state borders only one other state?

Maine borders only one other state.

 

1413 How many times larger is Alaska than Texas?

Alaska is more than twice as large as Texas.

 

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1420 Which state is the highest state? The lowest state?

Colorado 6,800 ft. United States 2,500 ft.

Utah 6,100 Rhode Island 200

New Mexico 5,700 Louisiana 100

Nevada 5,500 Florida 100

Idaho 5,000 Delaware 60

Colorado is the highest state, Delaware is the lowest state.

 

1421 What state has the most colleges?

Massachusetts has the most colleges.

 

1466 Where was the heaviest snowfall in North America within 24 hours ever recorded? A.) Alaska B.) Colorado C.) Maine D.) North Dakota

The heaviest snowfall ever recorded was in Silver Lake, Colorado on April 14-15, 1921, when it snowed 78 inches

 

1486 How many provinces are there in the Canada? What is BASMOQ?

There are 13 provinces and territories in Canada. BASMOQ is an abbreviation for the 6 southernmost provinces of Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

 

 

 

2nd PART 100 GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS

 

3003 Are there any survivors of the Titanic that are alive today?

The person I was thinking of was Eva Hart and people commonly thought of her as the last surviving member for some reason. I have found however:

The Titanic Historical Society mourns the loss of Winnifred (Quick) Van Tongerloo formerly of Warren, Michigan who died at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on July 4, 2002. She was one of the four remaining known Titanic survivors

There is one left in the US and two in Britain, all are ladiesÕ Still remaining survivors of the disaster are:

Lillian Gertrude Asplund, Born 10/21/1906, age Titanic 5 1/2 yrs old, Class 3rd, Lifeboat #4, age now 91, Massachusetts, USA

Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean, Born 2/2/1912, age on Titanic 10 weeks old,

 

3004 When did the worst air-crash to date, at TenerifeÕs Las Palmas, occur?

1977. A Dutch aircraft collided with a Pan-Am jumbo on the runway.

 

3010 Greenland is still a territory of what European country?

Denmark

 

3012 Has any monarch or future monarch of Denmark ever visited Greenland?

Looks like Crown Prince Frederik went there June 2000.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark returned to Copenhagen after five months. He and the five other members of the Sirius 2000 expedition finished their great journey through the north of Greenland, from Qaanaaq to Daneborg, .

It has generally been tradition since King Christian VIII that all future and present monarchs of Denmark visit Greenland and the Faeroe Islands at least once. Since Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne it has been almost annually.

 

3016 Volkswagen, like most automakers, expanded its production into other countries. Beside Germany, where has Volkswagen produced Volkswagens?

Mexico, Brazil, USA. I admit, this is a bit of a trick question. VW built a plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania in the 1970s to manufacture the new Rabbit. They closed the plant in 1988.

 

3018 What musical instrument was formerly on the coins of Ireland?

Harp.

 

3023 When did Italy become an official country?

Italy became a nation-state belatedly - in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed.

 

3026 When was Ireland divided into north and south and when did the south gain independence?

Ireland was divided into North and South in 1921. The South was initially a 'Free State' and later a 'Republic', but it was effectively independent from 1921.

 

3043 What does the term 'Indian giver' mean?

A person who gives a gift and then asks for it back or takes it back.

Indian giver, n. Chiefly US Informal.

One who gives something as a gift to another and then takes or demands it back. Just to add that it came about from the fact that North American Indians would ask for the return of their gifts if they received nothing in exchange.

 

3047 Which type of landform is NOT found in Illinois?

Mountains. Mountains are not found in Illinois? Of course, most of the state is a plain. However, there are hills in southern Illinois.

 

3054 What is the only US monetary unit/currency/paper or coin that has Braille on it?

In March 2003, the United States Mint released the Alabama state quarter which depicts Helen Keller and is the only US currency to feature Braille

 

3056 What is North America's heaviest flying bird?

The Condor

 

3074 When Hoover's wife Lou died in 1944, where was she buried?

Palo Alto, CA. Lou Hoover was buried in Palo Alto, CA, which the Hoovers considered their home. She was reburied in West Branch, Iowa in 1964 upon the death of her husband

 

3075 What course did Hoover earn a degree for in college?

Geology. Hoover earned an AB degree from Stanford in geology in May 1895.

 

3082 What two signers of the Declaration of Independence are on currently circulating coins? .

There is only one- Thomas Jefferson on the nickel. George Washington never signed the Declaration of Independence, and Ben Franklin is not on a currently circulated coin.

 

3084 How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

56 men signed the Declaration between August 2, 1776 and January 22, 1777, including two future presidents, three vice presidents, and ten members of the United States Congress.

 

3091 How many area codes are currently being used in the United States?

Leaving out the 0800 and special rate codes, there are 269 serving the USA and 26 serving Canada

 

3092 How many international airports are there in the United States?

11

 

3097 Which US state's citizens eat more ice cream per capita than any other?

.Alaska In fact, folks in Alaska eat more ice cream per capita than in any other state in the country.

The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts. The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream on a per capita basis are: Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington.

 

 

3099 How are the two big islands of New Zealand connected?

The two islands are connected by ferries and airplanes. Sadly there is no big bridge. We Kiwis would that there was but alas Cook Strait which divides the two main islands is one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere

The only physical connection is the main power and telephone cables. We of the 'main land' often threaten to cut it and let the north island float away. The ferries take 3.5 hours to cross most of which is spent in the beautiful Queen Charlotte sounds of Marlborough.

If you ever get to NZ take the ferry across as it is a lovely trip, a great experience and a good rest time if driving.

 

3103 France gave up its claims in Canada for official possession of this Caribbean territory with the Treaty of Paris of 1763. The territory was taken over by the British during the chaos of the French Revolution. Under the command of Victor Hughes, however, the French recovered the island. What is the name of this territory, which Columbus named after a Spanish monastery?

 

Guadeloupe. The full original name of the territory was Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Estremudura, as named by Columbus on his 2nd voyage. Interestingly enough, the Swedish took control of this territory for a year, but it was returned under the Treaty of Paris of 1814.

 

3109 The US dollar is the currency of which South American country?

Ecuador

 

3110 Creoles are the biggest ethnic group in Suriname. What is the second biggest group? (The groups are almost equally big).

East Indian. 34% Creoles, 34 %, 15 % Indonesians, 10 % Black Africans.

 

3114 The Galapagos Islands are a territory of what country?

Ecuador. Galapagos means tortoise in Spanish. It was named this because of the giant tortoises inhabiting the islands.

 

3118 What South American country was first to gain independence from Spain?

Colombia was the first on 20 July 1810, closely followed by Chile on 18 September 1810.

 

3119 Can anyone give a list of the countries, presumably including the Vatican City State, that have never won an Olympic medal?

There are too many to list here. Approximately 110

 

3138 Why do some of the continents have a south-oriented tip?

  

3140 Have more people worldwide died than are alive now?

Yes. ItÕs generally estimated that about 60 billion human beings have been born since the human race began. Of these, about 6 billion are alive now.

 

3141 Which airline has the most disasters?

Cubana Airways has THE WORST SAFETY RECORD of any airline in the world.

In the United States: Accident rates differ widely by carrier. Southwest Airlines, for example, has never had a fatal crash. Delta Airlines' record shows one fatal crash for every 3.3 million flights. By contrast, both TWA and Alaska have had a fatal accident for every 1.3 million flights, the worst record among the nation's top carriers.

  

3158 What was the world's worst natural disaster ever?

Bubonic Plague (Black Death). The Mid-14th century Bubonic plague (Black Death) killed 75,000,000 people, by far the worst natural disaster based on commonly accepted data.

 

3174 What is the time difference between California and India?

India is 13 1/2 hours ahead of California, winter (or standard) time. When it is 8 am in California, it is 9:30 PM in India

 

3177 In what country was Hagen-Dazs ice cream started?

USA. The name was made up and means nothing.

 

3180 Which international organization is for people not represented in other international organizations?

UNPO is an international organization created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the world principal international organizations, such as the United Nations.

Founded in 1991, UNPO today consists of over 50 members who represent over 100 million persons. UNPO offers an international forum for occupied nations, indigenous peoples, minorities, and even oppressed majorities who currently struggle to regain their lost countries, preserve their cultural identities, protect their basic human and economic rights and safeguard the natural environment.

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3205 What proportions of Africa and Australia respectively are desert?

Africa is around 70% desert or drylands. Forty-four percent of Australia is desert and a further 37% is semi-arid grassland or shrub communities.

 

3207 The total number of slaves taken from Africa between 1450 and 1870 and sent to either Europe or the New World, less than 5% were transported to the US. and British North America. Over 35% ended up in a region that is today a single country. What is that country? (Remember: we're talking about the Atlantic trade only.)

Brazil And you are correct! Out of approximately 11,328,000 slaves transported to the New World from Africa, about 4,000,000 ended up in Brazil, as compared with about 500,000 in North America. The source is Hugh Thomas's "The Slave Trade" (Simon & Schuster, 1997).

These figures do not include the slaves transported from Africa to the Middle East by Arab-Muslim traders for several centuries before Europeans (the Portuguese first) became involved in the trade in the 15th century.

 

3208 Since achieving independence from Portugal, what southwest African nation has endured years of civil war, exacerbated by Cuban interference?

Angola

 

3212 The first time this was commercially used was in Japan in 1949, what was it?

The Yen... 360 equaled a dollar.

 

3217 What British enclave for 297 years, did Spain begin talks to reacquire in 2001?

Gibraltar captured by Admiral Rooke in 1704, formally ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713

 

3234 Which American state eats more tins of SPAM per head than any other?

Hawaii. Hawaiians are by far the most abundant eaters of SPAM, whether it be in its 12-ounce original tin or its more recent, pocket-sized, 7- ounce tin.

 

3240 What are the most popular names for boys and girls in Mexico?

For boys it's: JOSE, MIGUEL and JAVIER

For girls it's: MARTA, ANA and PAULA

 

3245 In the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL what teams have each won the most championships?

New York Yankees in the MLB, Boston Celtics in the NBA, Montreal Canadians in the NHL, and Green Bay Packers in the NFL

 

3251 From what source did the English word "maverick" come?

Samuel A. Maverick 1803 - 1870, a Texas engineer who did not brand his cattle.

 

3269 Who was the first US president who was a millionaire before he was elected?

Herbert Hoover

 

3288 What happened in a small laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, late in 1879?

Thomas Edison created the first incandescent light bulb

 

3291 New Jersey has a museum featuring 5400 of these?

New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country. The museum caused quite a stir when it opened.

 

3295 What is the longest cave system in the world located in south central Kentucky called?

Mammoth Cave. Over 360 miles of this cave system have been explored and mapped.

  

3302 If you threw a coin at a person across the border from the US to Mexico, would you be subject to US laws or Mexican law?

I imagine that the Mexican would be eternally grateful for your generosity

Neither, as throwing a coin at a person is not a crime, therefore no legal action is warranted

  

3313 Who is the tallest player to ever play in the NBA?

The tallest men ever to play in the NBA are Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol, both standing 7 feet 7 inches tall.

  

3319 Why was New Hampshire chosen as the first state to have a presidential primary - putting it in a very influential position?

New Hampshire has held the first-in-the-nation primary because it took the initiative in creating the primary system, and the state will continue to be first because it has taken the necessary legislative steps to ensure the future of this proud institution.

  

3321 Where is Old Zealand?

The Netherlands. The spelling is "Zeeland." The Danish island of Sj¾lland is spelled Zealand in English? It was named after the Dutch "Zeeland" but the English mistakenly thought it was named after the Danish "Zealand" so it has been spelt that way ever since.

 

3325 What was the original name of Australia?

The Dutch were not the original settlers, but they were the first Europeans to step ashore here. I think it was William Dampier who named it New Holland when he landed at Roebuck Bay, Western Australia in 1688.

The name Australia came from the practice of referring on maps to a Terra Incognita Austalis, that is an unknown southern land.

 

3329 What South American country is home to the Andes Mountains and the city of Lima?

Peru

 

3331 What does Lake Nicaragua in Central America, have that no other freshwater lake in the world has?

El Lake Nicaragua, also known as Lake Cocibolca, is home to the only freshwater sharks in the world.

 

3344 Are there any words that have no vowels?

NTH is one. There are quite a few that have a Y such as WRY, GYM, etc....

RHYTHMS Y can be either a vowel or consonant...so it doesn't count. I like Nth though, that works!

 

3360 About how many moose are there in the world?

Over 2 million world-wide, although the folks in Alaska think there must be much more.

 

3375 Which animal weighs the most: a polar bear, grizzly bear, or a walrus?

Walrus Grizzly bears are much smaller than the other two. An adult male polar bear weighs from 400 to 600 kg, occasionally being over 800 kg.

One of the polar bear's commonest victims, the walrus can weigh up to 1,800 kg.

 

3391 What is the literal meaning of 'aardvark?'

It is Dutch for 'earth pig'. Aarde (earth) and varken (pig).

 

3397 What is the name of the Igneous rock that is light enough to float?

pumice. Pumice is formed when gases escape quick cooling lava.

 

3398 What element is all Earth's life based on?

carbon.

 

3411 How old is the universe?

The fingerprint of uranium-238 in 'stellar carbon dating' puts it at 12.5 billion years.  The Hubble Space Telescope using its deep field image camera has taken pictures of galaxies 12 billion light years away.

So the current figure is around 12 billion years.

 

3418 What was the first sport to be captured on film?

Boxing filmed by Thomas Edison in the 1890s

 

3422 There's no land at the North Pole. What about the South Pole?

The South Pole is on the Antarctic continent. This continent is surrounded by cold water, known as the South Sea (really the southern extension of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans).

The North Pole is located in the Arctic Ocean, which is surrounded by the cold land in Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska.

The answer is a bit more complex than you may think. Antarctica is not a single land mass. It is a group of large islands, one of which is probably big enough to warrant being called a continent. These islands are of course connected together by massive ice sheets, but this has not always been the case. Only about 12,000 years ago the ice didn't exist, and you could have sailed between the islands if you'd been around - maybe people did, there's a thought!

As the south magnetic pole moves around, it may at times be below the ice sheet rather than below actual land! The geographic south pole does lie on land.

 

3429 Who said, "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt?"

MARK TWAIN.

 

3440 What is the only rock that humans can eat?

Pass the SALT please. Natural table salt (NaCl) as well as other types of soluble solids (MSG), but chalk as well (although not very good).

 

3469 If its zero degrees out today, and tomorrow its going to be twice as cold, how cold will it be tomorrow?

assuming this is degrees Celsius, this corresponds to a temperature of 273 Kelvins, the absolute measure of temperature. Twice as cold is half as hot, so half of this is 136.5 Kelvins, which is -136.5 degrees Celsius or -213.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

The comparison can only be made in Kelvin's as that is the only absolute scale.

 

3474 Who said "The sun never sets on the British Empire" and what was the exact quote?

Under the pseudonym Christopher North, writer John Wilson composed a serious of articles for a long-running column called ÒNoctes AmbrosianaeÓ (1822-35) for Blackwoods Magazine.

Wilson as North writes, His Majestys dominions, on which the sun never sets.

Changed to the more user-friendly, the sun never sets on the British Empire,Ó the phrase has endured as the most popular to describe the extent of BritainÕs colonial land holdings during the Age of Imperialism until its fall following the Second World War.

The Union Jack was displayed in all time zones, marking British rule on a massive scale. Britain managed to acquire such a vast amount of holdings due to its superior military and economic strength in the world at the time prior to the first and second world wars.

After W.W.I Britain entered economic depression along with the majority of the world. They remained a nation of power, though, because they were on the winning side. After W.W.II, Britain lost hold on some of their most notable colonies, including India. Many colonies were pushing for their freedom after the war, especially those of which participated in the war for Britain. With a newfound sense of national pride and purpose, as well as a greater knowledge of the outside world, natives of these countries rose in revolt.

Eventually, Britain acquiesced, giving the countries previously under British rule autonomy. Piece by piece the British Empire was dissolved.

However, at its height in the 1930s, the British Empire spanned nearly a third of the worlds land including properties in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.

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Please send your  best geography questions and answers to

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     You will be acknowledged.

 

 

3485 Who was the first man to make 1 billion dollars in a one year period?

Spencer Morton Clark was the first Superintendent of 'The Bureau of Engraving and Printing' where the dollar bills were made Bill Gates

 

3489 What is the only continent to have never hosted the Olympics?

It is AFRICA.

 

3507 What county contained the most people in the 2000 Census?

Los Angeles County was by far the largest with 9,519,338 people. Cook was 2nd with 5,376,741, Harris was 3rd with 3,400,578, NY County (Manhattan) was 17th with 1,537,195.

 

3511 Which county that did not even exist in the 1900 Census has grown exponentially in the last 100 years, and has cracked the 2000 Top 20?

The correct answer is Clark County (NV). Interestingly, all of these counties did not exist in the 1900 Census, but Clark County, home to Las Vegas, was the only "new" county that managed to make the Top 20 in 2000. Its ever-growing population in our most recent census was 1,375,765.

 

3521 What is the most popular sport in the USA?

Football is the most popular spectator sport in the US, followed by baseball, with NASCAR racing gaining fast. But I strongly suspect more people actually play basketball.

 

3529 Which two months are shark fishing months in New Jersey?

June and July. There are even shark fishing tournaments!

 

3562 Did Spain support Germany in World War II?

Spain had its own problems and was considered neutral but unofficially was sympathetic to Germany!

  

3566 What country has the most natural redheads per capita?

Scotland?

 

3567 What country has the most natural blondes per capita?

Finland?

 

3588 How many US presidents were Roman Catholics?

JFK is the ONLY one.

 

3596 What American Football Team had the Perfect Season?

The 1972 Miami Dolphins as coached by Don Shula It should be noted that, while the Dolphins had the only perfect season on record at 14-0, they had a shorter season back then. There have been a slew of teams to go 15-1.

 

3598 Which US president had the shortest term in office?

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was the first US president to die in office. At 32 days, he also had the shortest term in office

 

3599 What year was the US Post Office established?

In 1639 Richard Fairbanks' tavern in Boston was the official mail depot for letters brought from or sent overseas.

Depending on your definition of a post office, this tavern could qualify as the nation's first

William Penn established a post office in Pennsylvania in 1683, which could ostensibly be considered the first official P.O.

 

3600 Why was the teddy bear named after US Pres. Theodore Roosevelt?

The story goes that Roosevelt was hunting and saw a bear cub in a tree. Roosevelt refused to kill the bear. A department store owner then decided to market his stuffed toy bears under the name 'Teddy's Bear' for 'Teddy' Roosevelt. Eventually people dropped the ''s

 

3601 Route 66 runs through how many US states and which ones?

Illinois, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ,and CA. Eight states. The interstate highway, now labeled Historic Route 66, begins in Illinois and runs through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

 

3607 What was the first US state to set speed limits for its roads?

Illinois

 

3608 Roughly, how many roads are there in the US?

There are over 8 million miles of them and the figure is growing

 

3616 Why is Philadelphia called " The City of Brotherly Love"?

This is what it translates as - philos is love in Greek and adelphos is brother.

The name was chosen by William Penn, who was a Quaker. The idea was that it would be a refuge for pacifist Quakers, who had undergone some persecution elsewhere.

 

3632 Paraguay is surrounded by other countries and has no sea coast. What is the geographical term for this?

landlocked. The only other landlocked country in South America is Bolivia. Paraguay's only connection to the sea is the Paraguay river which joins the Uruguay river and then forms the Rio de Plata estuary.

 

3634 What's the main language in Brazil?

Portuguese. Portuguese also spoken in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome Principe, GuinŽ Bissau, East Timor and certainly Portugal.

 

3673 When were riots dispelled in England by reading the Riot Act ?

How many words was it?

 

1715 and it was 53 words long. It occurred when group of more than twelve persons refused to disperse more than an hour after magistrates had told them to do so.

The most important feature of the Riot Act (1715) was that if the assembled group didn't disperse within one hour the meeting became felonious and those present risked the death penalty, at least until 1824. the magistrates didn't have to wait for an hour before using military force to disperse the rioters. Troops could be sent in at once to quell a riot.

The Riot Act (1715) was repealed in 1986 and replaced by a more modern Public Order Act.

 

3679 How many varieties of grapes come from Greece?

15 are indigenous. There are many that have been introduced from other countries.

 

3680 What's the Portugal population in 2004?

About 10 million. 10 million people is the population of Portugal. Spain the neighbor has about 40 million, but it's four times bigger in area.

 

3689 Why has Venice so many canals and not many roads?

It was built on small islands. Known as the 'Queen of the Adriatic', Venice is situated on 120 islands formed by canals in the lagoon between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers, at the northern extremity of the Adriatic Sea

 



rial Growth 1860

Territorial Growth 1870 Territorial Growth 1880 Territorial Growth 1900

 

3706 Name three states of Mexico?

1Aguascalientes 2Baja California Norte 3 Baja California Sur 4 Campeche

5 Coahuila 6 Colima 7 Chiapas 8 Chihuahua

9 Distrito Federal 10 Durango 11 Guanajuato 12 Guerrero

13 Hidalgo 14 Jalisco 15 Estado De MŽxicoÊ 16 Michoac‡n

17 Morelos 18 Nayarit 19 Nuevo Le—n 20 Oaxaca

21 Puebla 22 QuerŽtaro 23 Quintana Roo 24 San Luis Potos’

25 Sinaloa 26 Sonora 27 Tabasco 28 Tamaulipas

29 Tlaxcala 30 Veracruz 31 Yucat‡n 32 Zacateca

You might have gotten Baja California North and Baja California South and hopefully one other like Sonora or Mexico state or Chiapas.

 

3707 What is the official currency in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon?

The official currency in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon is the Euro. Banking establishments will provide currency exchange services, however Canadian (CDN) and American dollars (USD) are widely accepted by most merchants. Major credit cards and traveler cheques are commonly accepted

 

3709 Does Canada import or export energy?

A technologically advanced and industrialized nation, Canada is a net exporter of energy because of its large fossil fuel deposits, nuclear energy generation, and hydroelectric power capacity. Its diversified economy relies heavily on an abundance of natural resources and trade, particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship.

 

3710 What percent of Canadian citizens can speak only in English?

What percent of Canadian citizens can speak only in French?

In 1996, 67% of CanadaÕs population could speak in English only,

14% of CanadaÕs population could speak in French only .

 

3713 Name four Canadian provinces?

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba

New Brunswick Newfoundland & Labrador Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario

Prince Edward Is Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Territory

 

3714 Why is Acapulco Mexico famous?

One of the most exciting cities in the world, Acapulco is famous for its explosive nightlife, postcard beaches, unlimited watersports, first-class hotels, gourmet restaurants and the breathtaking physical beauty of Acapulco Bay! Here you will find massive nightclubs that are state-of-the-art temples of sensuality packed wall-to-wall with beautiful people partying until sunrise.

Acapulco's warm water bay and pristine beaches have been irresistible to humans since the days of the Aztec Empire. The Spanish immediately recognized the strategic advantages of the perfectly formed bay and used it as their base to explore across the Pacific.

The fishing in Acapulco, particularly sailfish, is legendary, in fact, it's news when someone doesn't catch a fish. The snorkeling and SCUBA diving here is first rate and there is nothing as exciting as jumping on a jet-ski and riding at full throttle across Acapulco Bay!

 

3715 What is the official name of Mexico?

Estados Unidos Mexicanos

 

3716 What is the official language of the US?

None. There also have been moves in the past to make English the official language of the United States, but so far, this has been just a minor political issue.

The United States is home to approximately 336 languages. Although the US has no official language, English is widely spoken by about 82 percent of the population, and considered to be the de facto official language. Other widely spoken languages include Spanish (10.7%), other Indo-European (3.8%), Asian and Pacific island (2.7%), and other (0.7%)

 

3717 19 of the 20 fastest-growing US states are in what region?

The mean center of the US population continues to drift farther west and south. Between 1990 and 2000, 19 of the 20 fastest-growing states were in the West and the South

 

3728 What Canadian provinces are due North of Montana?

British Columbia. Alberta and Saskatchewan.

 

3738 What Canadian province borders the most American states?

Ontario by far. Ontario borders six American states.  Ontario directly borders Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York state,

and indirectly borders Ohio and Pennsylvania, separated by Lake Eire.

 

3753 Do any borders between American states extend due north also separating Canadian provinces?

Only New HampshireÕs eastern most border extends north into Quebec separating it eventually from New Brunswick. All other US statesÕ borders do not extend north.

 

3761 What is the only US state that borders New Brunswick?

Maine.

 

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3 rd PART 100 GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS

3003 Are there any survivors of the Titanic that are alive today?

The person I was thinking of was Eva Hart and people commonly thought of her as the last surviving member for some reason. I have found however:

ÔThe Titanic Historical Society mourns the loss of Winnifred (Quick) Van Tongerloo formerly of Warren, Michigan who died at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on July 4, 2002. She was one of the four remaining known Titanic survivors

There is one left in the US and two in Britain, all are ladiesÕ Still remaining survivors of the disaster are:

Lillian Gertrude Asplund, Born 10/21/1906, age Titanic 5 1/2 yrs old, Class 3rd, Lifeboat #4, age now 91, Massachusetts, USA

Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean, Born 2/2/1912, age on Titanic 10 weeks old,

3004 When did the worst air-crash to date, at TenerifeÕs Las Palmas, occur?

1977. A Dutch aircraft collided with a Pan-Am jumbo on the runway.

3010 Greenland is still a territory of what European country?

Denmark

3012 Has any monarch or future monarch of Denmark ever visited Greenland?

Looks like Crown Prince Frederik went there June 2000.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark returned to Copenhagen after five months. He and the five other members of the Sirius 2000 expedition finished their great journey through the north of Greenland, from Qaanaaq to Daneborg, .

It has generally been tradition since King Christian VIII that all future and present monarchs of Denmark visit Greenland and the Faeroe Islands at least once. Since Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne it has been almost annually.

3016 Volkswagen, like most automakers, expanded its production into other countries. Beside Germany, where has Volkswagen produced Volkswagens?

Mexico, Brazil, USA. I admit, this is a bit of a trick question. VW built a plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania in the 1970s to manufacture the new Rabbit. They closed

the plant in 1988.

3018 What musical instrument was formerly on the coins of Ireland?

Harp.

3023 When did Italy become an official country?

Italy became a nation-state belatedly - in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed.

3026 When was Ireland divided into north and south and when did the south gain independence?

Ireland was divided into North and South in 1921. The South was initially a 'Free State' and later a 'Republic', but it was effectively independent from 1921.

3043 What does the term 'Indian giver' mean?

A person who gives a gift and then asks for it back or takes it back.

Indian giver, n. Chiefly US Informal.

One who gives something as a gift to another and then takes or demands it back. Just to add that it came about from the fact that North American Indians would ask for the return of their gifts if they received nothing in exchange.

3047 Which type of landform is NOT found in Illinois?

Mountains. Mountains are not found in Illinois? Of course, most of the state is a plain. However, there are hills in southern Illinois.

3054 What is the only US monetary unit/currency/paper or coin that has Braille on it?

In March 2003, the United States Mint released the Alabama state quarter which depicts Helen Keller and is the only US currency to feature Braille

3056 What is North America's heaviest flying bird?

The Condor

3074 When Hoover's wife Lou died in 1944, where was she buried?

Palo Alto, CA. Lou Hoover was buried in Palo Alto, CA, which the Hoovers considered their home. She was reburied in West Branch, Iowa in 1964 upon the death of her husband

3075 What course did Hoover earn a degree for in college?

Geology. Hoover earned an AB degree from Stanford in geology in May 1895.

3082 What two signers of the Declaration of Independence are on currently circulating coins? .

There is only one- Thomas Jefferson on the nickel. George Washington never signed the Declaration of Independence, and Ben Franklin is not on a currently circulated coin.

3084 How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

56 men signed the Declaration between August 2, 1776 and January 22, 1777, including two future presidents, three vice presidents, and ten members of the United States Congress.

3091 How many area codes are currently being used in the United States?

Leaving out the 0800 and special rate codes, there are 269 serving the USA and 26 serving Canada

3092 How many international airports are there in the United States?

11

3097 Which US state's citizens eat more ice cream per capita than any other?

.Alaska In fact, folks in Alaska eat more ice cream per capita than in any other state in the country.

The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts. The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream on a per capita basis are: Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington.

3099 How are the two big islands of New Zealand connected?

The two islands are connected by ferries and airplanes. Sadly there is no big bridge. We Kiwis would that there was but alas Cook Strait which divides the two main islands is one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere

The only physical connection is the main power and telephone cables. We of the 'main land' often threaten to cut it and let the north island float away. The ferries take 3.5 hours to cross most of which is spent in the beautiful Queen Charlotte sounds of Marlborough.

If you ever get to NZ take the ferry across as it is a lovely trip, a great experience and a good rest time if driving.

3103 France gave up its claims in Canada for official possession of this Caribbean territory with the Treaty of Paris of 1763. The territory was taken over by the British during the chaos of the French Revolution. Under the command of Victor Hughes, however, the French recovered the island. What is the name of this territory, which Columbus named after a Spanish monastery?

Guadeloupe. The full original name of the territory was Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Estremudura, as named by Columbus on his 2nd voyage. Interestingly enough, the Swedish took control of this territory for a year, but it was returned under the Treaty of Paris of 1814.

3109 The US dollar is the currency of which South American country?

Ecuador

3110 Creoles are the biggest ethnic group in Suriname. What is the second biggest group? (The groups are almost equally big).

East Indian. 34% Creoles, 34 %, 15 % Indonesians, 10 % Black Africans.

3114 The Galapagos Islands are a territory of what country?

Ecuador. Galapagos means tortoise in Spanish. It was named this because of the giant tortoises inhabiting the islands.

3118 What South American country was first to gain independence from Spain?

Colombia was the first on 20 July 1810, closely followed by Chile on 18 September 1810.

3119 Can anyone give a list of the countries, presumably including the Vatican City State, that have never won an Olympic medal?

There are too many to list here. Approximately 110

3138 Why do some of the continents have a south-oriented tip

3140 Have more people worldwide died than are alive now?

Yes. ItÕs generally estimated that about 60 billion human beings have been born since the human race began. Of these, about 6 billion are alive now.

3141 Which airline has the most disasters?

Cubana Airways has THE WORST SAFETY RECORD of any airline in the world.

In the United States: Accident rates differ widely by carrier. Southwest Airlines, for example, has never had a fatal crash. Delta Airlines' record shows one fatal crash for every 3.3 million flights. By contrast, both TWA and Alaska have had a fatal accident for every 1.3 million flights, the worst record among the nation's top carriers.

3158 What was the world's worst natural disaster ever?

Bubonic Plague (Black Death). The Mid-14th century Bubonic plague (Black Death) killed 75,000,000 people, by far the worst natural disaster based on commonly accepted data.

3174 What is the time difference between California and India?

India is 13 1/2 hours ahead of California, winter (or standard) time. When it is 8 am in California, it is 9:30 PM in India

3177 In what country was HŠagen-Dazs ice cream started?

USA. The name was made up and means nothing.

3180 Which international organization is for people not represented in other international organizations?

UNPO is an international organization created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the world principal international organizations, such as the United Nations.

Founded in 1991, UNPO today consists of over 50 members who represent over 100 million persons. UNPO offers an international forum for occupied nations, indigenous peoples, minorities, and even oppressed majorities who currently struggle to regain their lost countries, preserve their cultural identities, protect their basic human and economic rights and safeguard the natural environment.

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3205 What proportions of Africa and Australia respectively are desert?

Africa is around 70% desert or drylands. Forty-four percent of Australia is desert and a further 37% is semi-arid grassland or shrub communities.

3207 The total number of slaves taken from Africa between 1450 and 1870 and sent to either Europe or the New World, less than 5% were transported to the US. and British North America. Over 35% ended up in a region that is today a single country. What is that country? (Remember: we're talking about the Atlantic trade only.)

Brazil And you are correct! Out of approximately 11,328,000 slaves transported to the New World from Africa, about 4,000,000 ended up in Brazil, as compared with about 500,000 in North America. The source is Hugh Thomas's "The Slave Trade" (Simon & Schuster, 1997).

These figures do not include the slaves transported from Africa to the Middle East by Arab-Muslim traders for several centuries before Europeans (the Portuguese first) became involved in the trade in the 15th century.

3208 Since achieving independence from Portugal, what southwest African nation has endured years of civil war, exacerbated by Cuban interference?

Angola

3212 The first time this was commercially used was in Japan in 1949, what was it?

The Yen... 360 equaled a dollar.

3217 What British enclave for 297 years, did Spain begin talks to reacquire in 2001?

Gibraltar captured by Admiral Rooke in 1704, formally ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713

3234 Which American state eats more tins of SPAM per head than any other?

Hawaii. Hawaiians are by far the most abundant eaters of SPAM, whether it be in its 12-ounce original tin or its more recent, pocket-sized, 7- ounce tin.

3240 What are the most popular names for boys and girls in Mexico?

For boys it's: JOSE, MIGUEL and JAVIER

For girls it's: MARTA, ANA and PAULA

3245 In the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL what teams have each won the most championships?

New York Yankees in the MLB, Boston Celtics in the NBA, Montreal Canadians in the NHL, and Green Bay Packers in the NFL

3251 From what source did the English word "maverick" come?

Samuel A. Maverick 1803 - 1870, a Texas engineer who did not brand his cattle.

3269 Who was the first US president who was a millionaire before he was elected?

Herbert Hoover

3288 What happened in a small laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, late in 1879?

Thomas Edison created the first incandescent light bulb

3291 New Jersey has a museum featuring 5400 of these?

New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country. The museum caused quite a stir when it opened.

3295 What is the longest cave system in the world located in south central Kentucky called?

Mammoth Cave. Over 360 miles of this cave system have been explored and mapped.

3302 If you threw a coin at a person across the border from the US to Mexico, would you be subject to US laws or Mexican law?

I imagine that the Mexican would be eternally grateful for your generosity

Neither, as throwing a coin at a person is not a crime, therefore no legal action is warranted

3313 Who is the tallest player to ever play in the NBA?

The tallest men ever to play in the NBA are Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol, both standing 7 feet 7 inches tall.

3319 Why was New Hampshire chosen as the first state to have a presidential primary - putting it in a very influential position?

New Hampshire has held the first-in-the-nation primary because it took the initiative in creating the primary system, and the state will continue to be first because it has taken the necessary legislative steps to ensure the future of this proud institution.

3321 Where is Old Zealand?

The Netherlands. The spelling is "Zeeland." The Danish island of Sj¾lland is spelled Zealand in English? It was named after the Dutch "Zeeland" but the English mistakenly thought it was named after the Danish "Zealand" so it has been spelt that way ever since.

3325 What was the original name of Australia?

The Dutch were not the original settlers, but they were the first Europeans to step ashore here. I think it was William Dampier who named it New Holland when he landed at Roebuck Bay, Western Australia in 1688.

The name Australia came from the practice of referring on maps to a Terra Incognita Austalis, that is an unknown southern land.

3329 What South American country is home to the Andes Mountains and the city of Lima?

Peru

3331 What does Lake Nicaragua in Central America, have that no other freshwater lake in the world has?

El Lake Nicaragua, also known as Lake Cocibolca, is home to the only freshwater sharks in the world.

3344 Are there any words that have no vowels?

NTH is one. There are quite a few that have a Y such as WRY, GYM, etc....

RHYTHMS Y can be either a vowel or consonant...so it doesn't count. I like Nth though, that works!

3360 About how many moose are there in the world?

Over 2 million world-wide, although the folks in Alaska think there must be much more.

3375 Which animal weighs the most: a polar bear, grizzly bear, or a walrus?

Walrus Grizzly bears are much smaller than the other two. An adult male polar bear weighs from 400 to 600 kg, occasionally being over 800 kg.

One of the polar bear's commonest victims, the walrus can weigh up to 1,800 kg.

3391 What is the literal meaning of 'aardvark?'

It is Dutch for 'earth pig'. Aarde (earth) and varken (pig).

3397 What is the name of the Igneous rock that is light enough to float?

pumice. Pumice is formed when gases escape quick cooling lava.

3398 What element is all Earth's life based on?

carbon.

3411 How old is the universe?

The fingerprint of uranium-238 in 'stellar carbon dating' puts it at 12.5 billion years.

The Hubble Space Telescope using its deep field image camera has taken pictures of galaxies 12 billion light years away.

So the current figure is around 12 billion years.

3418 What was the first sport to be captured on film?

Boxing filmed by Thomas Edison in the 1890s

3422 There's no land at the North Pole. What about the South Pole?

The South Pole is on the Antarctic continent. This continent is surrounded by cold water, known as the South Sea (really the southern extension of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans).

The North Pole is located in the Arctic Ocean, which is surrounded by the cold land in Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska.

The answer is a bit more complex than you may think. Antarctica is not a single land mass. It is a group of large islands, one of which is probably big enough to warrant being called a continent. These islands are of course connected together by massive ice sheets, but this has not always been the case. Only about 12,000 years ago the ice didn't exist, and you could have sailed between the islands if you'd been around - maybe people did, there's a thought!

As the south magnetic pole moves around, it may at times be below the ice sheet rather than below actual land! The geographic south pole does lie on land.

3429 Who said, "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt?"

MARK TWAIN.

3440 What is the only rock that humans can eat?

Pass the SALT please. Natural table salt (NaCl) as well as other types of soluble solids (MSG), but chalk as well (although not very good).

3469 If its zero degrees out today, and tomorrow its going to be twice as cold, how cold will it be tomorrow?

assuming this is degrees Celsius, this corresponds to a temperature of 273 Kelvins, the absolute measure of temperature. Twice as cold is half as hot, so half of this is 136.5 Kelvins, which is -136.5 degrees Celsius or -213.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

The comparison can only be made in Kelvin's as that is the only absolute scale.

3474 Who said "The sun never sets on the British Empire" and what was the exact quote?

Under the pseudonym Christopher North, writer John Wilson composed a serious of articles for a long-running column called ÒNoctes AmbrosianaeÓ (1822-35) for BlackwoodÕs Magazine.

Wilson as North writes, ÒHis MajestyÕs dominions, on which the sun never sets.Ó Changed to the more user-friendly, Òthe sun never sets on the British Empire,Ó the phrase has endured as the most popular to describe the extent of BritainÕs colonial land holdings during the Age of Imperialism until its fall following the Second World War.

The Union Jack was displayed in all time zones, marking British rule on a massive scale. Britain managed to acquire such a vast amount of holdings due to its superior military and economic strength in the world at the time prior to the first and second world wars.

After W.W.I Britain entered economic depression along with the majority of the world. They remained a nation of power, though, because they were on the ÒwinningÓ side. After W.W.II, Britain lost hold on some of their most notable colonies, including India. Many colonies were pushing for their freedom after the war, especially those of which participated in the war for Britain. With a newfound sense of national pride and purpose, as well as a greater knowledge of the outside world, natives of these countries rose in revolt.

Eventually, Britain acquiesced, giving the countries previously under British rule autonomy. Piece by piece the British Empire was dissolved.

However, at its height in the 1930s, the British Empire spanned nearly a third of the worldÕs land including properties in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.

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3485 Who was the first man to make 1 billion dollars in a one year period?

Spencer Morton Clark was the first Superintendent of 'The Bureau of Engraving and Printing' where the dollar bills were made Bill Gates

3489 What is the only continent to have never hosted the Olympics?

It is AFRICA.

3507 What county contained the most people in the 2000 Census?

Los Angeles County was by far the largest with 9,519,338 people. Cook was 2nd with 5,376,741, Harris was 3rd with 3,400,578, NY County (Manhattan) was 17th with 1,537,195.

3511 Which county that did not even exist in the 1900 Census has grown exponentially in the last 100 years, and has cracked the 2000 Top 20?

The correct answer is Clark County (NV). Interestingly, all of these counties did not exist in the 1900 Census, but Clark County, home to Las Vegas, was the only "new" county that managed to make the Top 20 in 2000. Its ever-growing population in our most recent census was 1,375,765.

3521 What is the most popular sport in the USA?

Football is the most popular spectator sport in the US, followed by baseball, with NASCAR racing gaining fast. But I strongly suspect more people actually play basketball.

3529 Which two months are shark fishing months in New Jersey?

June and July. There are even shark fishing tournaments!

3562 Did Spain support Germany in World War II?

Spain had its own problems and was considered neutral but unofficially was sympathetic to Germany!

3566 What country has the most natural redheads per capita?

Scotland?

3567 What country has the most natural blondes per capita?

Finland?

3588 How many US presidents were Roman Catholics?

JFK is the ONLY one.

3596 What American Football Team had the Perfect Season?

The 1972 Miami Dolphins as coached by Don Shula It should be noted that, while the Dolphins had the only perfect season on record at 14-0, they had a shorter season back then. There have been a slew of teams to go 15-1.

3598 Which US president had the shortest term in office?

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was the first US president to die in office. At 32 days, he also had the shortest term in office

3599 What year was the US Post Office established?

In 1639 Richard Fairbanks' tavern in Boston was the official mail depot for letters brought from or sent overseas.

Depending on your definition of a post office, this tavern could qualify as the nation's first

William Penn established a post office in Pennsylvania in 1683, which could ostensibly be considered the first official P.O.

3600 Why was the teddy bear named after US Pres. Theodore Roosevelt?

The story goes that Roosevelt was hunting and saw a bear cub in a tree. Roosevelt refused to kill the bear. A department store owner then decided to market his stuffed toy bears under the name 'Teddy's Bear' for 'Teddy' Roosevelt. Eventually people dropped the ''s

3601 Route 66 runs through how many US states and which ones?

Illinois, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ,and CA. Eight states. The interstate highway, now labeled Historic Route 66, begins in Illinois and runs through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

3607 What was the first US state to set speed limits for its roads?

Illinois

3608 Roughly, how many roads are there in the US?

There are over 8 million miles of them and the figure is growing

3616 Why is Philadelphia called " The City of Brotherly Love"?

This is what it translates as - philos is love in Greek and adelphos is brother.

The name was chosen by William Penn, who was a Quaker. The idea was that it would be a refuge for pacifist Quakers, who had undergone some persecution elsewhere.

3632 Paraguay is surrounded by other countries and has no sea coast. What is the geographical term for this?

landlocked. The only other landlocked country in South America is Bolivia. Paraguay's only connection to the sea is the Paraguay river which joins the Uruguay river and then forms the Rio de Plata estuary.

3634 What's the main language in Brazil?

Portuguese. Portuguese also spoken in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome Principe, GuinŽ Bissau, East Timor and certainly Portugal.

3673 When were riots dispelled in England by reading the Riot Act How many words was it?

1715 and it was 53 words long. It occurred when group of more than twelve persons refused to disperse more than an hour after magistrates had told them to do so.

The most important feature of the Riot Act (1715) was that if the assembled group didn't disperse within one hour the meeting became felonious and those present risked the death penalty, at least until 1824. the magistrates didn't have to wait for an hour before using military force to disperse the rioters. Troops could be sent in at once to quell a riot.

The Riot Act (1715) was repealed in 1986 and replaced by a more modern Public Order Act.

3679 How many varieties of grapes come from Greece?

15 are indigenous. There are many that have been introduced from other countries.\

3680 What's the Portugal population in 2004?

About 10 million. 10 million people is the population of Portugal. Spain the neighbor has about 40 million, but it's four times bigger in area.

3689 Why has Venice so many canals and not many roads?

It was built on small islands. Known as the 'Queen of the Adriatic', Venice is situated on 120 islands formed by canals in the lagoon between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers, at the northern extremity of the Adriatic Sea

3705 How many different kinds of maps are there?

Here is a list of at least 48 different maps and historical maps of Mexico:

Antique Maps of Mexico

Aerial/Satellite Photographs Mexico City Maps Popn, agric data, econ activities,

social indicators by Municipal Airports Map Climates Map

Fauna Map Forests Map Physiographical Map

Political Map 3 Ports Map 3 Railroads Map

Rainfall Map Rivers Map 4 Roads Map

Soils Map Temperatures Map Tectonic Map

Types of Rocks Map Vegetation Map Volcanoes

Road Maps by State Gulf of Mexico Coastline Northern States

Central Plateau Central Highlands Mexican Cities and Regions

Territorial Growth 1775 Territorial Growth 1790 Territorial Growth 1800

Territorial Growth 1810 Territorial Growth 1820 Territorial Growth 1830

Territorial Growth 1840 Territorial Growth 1850 Territorial Growth 1860

Territorial Growth 1870 Territorial Growth 1880 Territorial Growth 1900

3706 Name three states of Mexico?

1ÊÊ Aguascalientes 2ÊÊ Baja California Norte 3ÊÊ Baja California Sur 4ÊÊ Campeche

5ÊÊ Coahuila 6ÊÊ Colima 7ÊÊ Chiapas 8ÊÊ Chihuahua

9ÊÊ Distrito Federal 10 Durango 11 Guanajuato 12 Guerrero

13 Hidalgo 14 Jalisco 15 Estado De MŽxicoÊ 16 Michoac‡n

17 Morelos 18 Nayarit 19 Nuevo Le—n 20 Oaxaca

21 Puebla 22 QuerŽtaro 23 Quintana Roo 24 San Luis Potos’

25 Sinaloa 26 Sonora 27 Tabasco 28 Tamaulipas

29 Tlaxcala 30 Veracruz 31 Yucat‡n 32 Zacateca

You might have gotten Baja California North and Baja California South and hopefully one other like Sonora or Mexico state or Chiapas.

3707 What is the official currency in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon?

The official currency in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon is the Euro. Banking establishments will provide currency exchange services, however Canadian (CDN) and American dollars (USD) are widely accepted by most merchants. Major credit cards and traveler cheques are commonly accepted

3709 Does Canada import or export energy?

A technologically advanced and industrialized nation, Canada is a net exporter of energy because of its large fossil fuel deposits, nuclear energy generation, and hydroelectric power capacity. Its diversified economy relies heavily on an abundance of natural resources and trade, particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship.

3710 What percent of Canadian citizens can speak only in English?

What percent of Canadian citizens can speak only in French?

In 1996, 67% of CanadaÕs population could speak in English only,

14% of CanadaÕs population could speak in French only .

3713 Name four Canadian provinces?

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba

New Brunswick Newfoundland & Labrador Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario

Prince Edward Is Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Territory

3714 Why is Acapulco Mexico famous?

One of the most exciting cities in the world, Acapulco is famous for its explosive nightlife, postcard beaches, unlimited watersports, first-class hotels, gourmet restaurants and the breathtaking physical beauty of Acapulco Bay! Here you will find massive nightclubs that are state-of-the-art temples of sensuality packed wall-to-wall with beautiful people partying until sunrise.

Acapulco's warm water bay and pristine beaches have been irresistible to humans since the days of the Aztec Empire. The Spanish immediately recognized the strategic advantages of the perfectly formed bay and used it as their base to explore across the Pacific.

The fishing in Acapulco, particularly sailfish, is legendary, in fact, it's news when someone doesn't catch a fish. The snorkeling and SCUBA diving here is first rate and there is nothing as exciting as jumping on a jet-ski and riding at full throttle across Acapulco Bay!

3715 What is the official name of Mexico?

Estados Unidos Mexicanos

3716 What is the official language of the US?

None. There also have been moves in the past to make English the official language of the United States, but so far, this has been just a minor political issue.

The United States is home to approximately 336 languages. Although the US has no official language, English is widely spoken by about 82 percent of the population, and considered to be the de facto official language. Other widely spoken languages include Spanish (10.7%), other Indo-European (3.8%), Asian and Pacific island (2.7%), and other (0.7%)

3717 19 of the 20 fastest-growing US states are in what region?

The mean center of the US population continues to drift farther west and south. Between 1990 and 2000, 19 of the 20 fastest-growing states were in the West and the South

3728 What Canadian provinces are due North of Montana?

British Columbia. Alberta and Saskatchewan.

3738 What Canadian province borders the most American states?

Ontario by far.

Ontario borders six American states.

Ontario directly borders Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York state,

and indirectly borders Ohio and Pennsylvania, separated by Lake Eire.

3753 Do any borders between American states extend due north also separating Canadian provinces?

Only New HampshireÕs eastern most border extends north into Quebec separating it eventually from New Brunswick. All other US statesÕ borders do not extend north.

3761 What is the only US state that borders New Brunswick?

Maine.

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3762 What US state borders CanadaÕs Northwest Territories?

None.

3767 What percent of Minnesotans know what Canadian provinces border Minnesota?

8 %

3768 What percent of Manitobans know what American states border Manitoba?

96 %

3769 How many of MexicoÕs states border the US?

Six.

3773 What Mexican state borders Louisiana?

None, youÕve got to be kidding me.

3779 Which is a better tourist destination, Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean or Cancun on the Caribbean Sea?

3826 Which North Vietnam bay is famous for its 3000 limestone islands?

Halong Bay is famous for it's 3000 limestone islands (in North Vietnam

3831 You are in a city in a country that has the second largest population in the world. This major city is a port on the west coast and is an important movie production center. Where are you?

Mumbai. Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is known as the Gateway to India.

3853 This east European capital city is the only one starting with Z. Name it.

Zagreb. Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia.

3856 Did all the former Soviet republics gain independence in 1991, or do some still remain in the Russian Federation?

All Soviet republics gained independence. Russia remained the largest country in the world by area, and still remains one of the most ethnically diverse.

The Soviet Union was one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries, with more than 150 distinct ethnic groups within its borders. The total population was estimated at 293 million in 1991. The majority of the population were Russians (50.78%), followed by Ukrainians (15.45%) and Uzbeks (5.84%). Other ethnic groups included the Georgians, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Tajiks, Chechens, and others.

3858 How did the country of Turkey get its name? Does it have anything to do with the bird?

The birds are called after the country, rather than the other way around. When turkeys first arrived in Europe on ships, nobody knew where they came from as the ships had called in to all sorts of ports. In England they were called turkeys because they thought they came from Turkey. In France they were called dinde (d'Inde) because they thought they came from India.

3881 You are in Europe's highest capital. An important museum in this city is the Prado. Where are you?

Madrid. .

3884 What was banned in Turkey in 1986 for spreading "separatist propaganda"?

Anything which supported Kurdish culture was classed as divisive and propaganda, resulting in the participants being jailed. Singers and musicians were not only imprisoned but also received death threats.

3892 When did rationing start and end in the UK and the United States?

Great Britain - Rationing introduced Sept. 1939, and ended Feb. 1949.

United States - Rationing introduced May 1942, and ended June 1947

3897 Yes, Madam, I am drunk, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly.' What European said this classic put-down line and to whom was it said?

Sir Winston Churchill delivered the line. The unfortunate recipient was Lady Astor.

Winston Churchill also touted Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher remarked, 'If you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee.' Churchill replied, 'Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.

3920 In what city or town was the first high school built in the USA?

Boston 1823

3931 What are the top 20 names in the US?

Top Names of 2004 Male

1. Jacob 2. Michael 3. Joshua 4. Matthew

5. Ethan 6. Andrew 7. Daniel 8. William

9. Joseph 10. Christopher 11. Anthony 12. Ryan

13. Nicholas 14. David 15. Alexander 16. Tyler

17. James 18. John 19. Dylan 20. Nathan

Female

1. Emily 2. Emma 3. Madison 4. Olivia

5. Hannah 6. Abigail 7. Isabella 8. Ashley

9. Samantha 10. Elizabeth 11. Alexis 12. Sarah

13. Grace 14. Alyssa 15. Sophia 16. Lauren

17. Brianna 18. Kayla 19. Natalie 20. Anna

3935 What US state capitals are west of Los Angeles, California?

Juneau Alaska Honolulu Hawaii

Olympia Washington Salem Oregon

Carson City Nevada Sacramento California

3941 What have 87% of all US 4-wheel drivers never done?

Driven off road According to Ford Motor Co., 87 percent of Ford Explorer owners have never taken their vehicle off-road. This is probably true of all 4-wheel drivers. This also depends on what, exactly, constitutes a road. The state of West Virginia has a different idea about that from other states.

3953 What is the coldest city in the US?

Nome, Alaska. International Falls, Minnesota

3994 Which of the these diseases is absent from the western hemisphere (polio, cholera, dangue, malaria) ?

Scientists declared the Western Hemisphere 'polio-free' in 1994.

4053 What are the countries with the most languages?

the current total of living languages is about 6,800, including many that are spoken by perilously few people and may not last another generation

COUNTRY LIVING LANGUAGES % WORLD TOTAL

ÊÊIndonesia 694 9.47% Papua N Guinea 673 9.19%

ÊÊNigeria 455 6.21% India 337 4.60%

ÊÊCameroon 247 3.37% Australia 226 3.08%

ÊÊDem R of Congo 206 2.81% Mexico 188 2.57%

ÊÊChina 186 2.54% USA 165 2.25%

4054 Which continent has the most capital cities starting with K?

Both Asia and Africa. Asia has four cities Ð Kabul, Kuwait City, Kuala Lumpur and Katmandu as does Africa Ð Kigali, Kinshasa, Kampala and Khartoum

4063 Are there any nations where women can't vote?

The United Nations enacted the Covenant on Political Rights of Women in 1952. It was the first instrument of international law to state that in all nations women should be entitled to the vote and to hold political office. Nonetheless, in the nations of the Persian Gulf--Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and the United Emirates--women still remain disenfranchised. Women are also voteless in Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Surinam, and Taiwan.

In Bhutan only one member of a household is allowed to vote. In practice, this rule has meant that few women exercise the suffrage.

4071 What is the most popular vacation place in the world?

Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world. France is also the worldÕs most visited country.

One in every six flights in the world is a flight to or from France.

Paris has long been the world's most popular destination by quite a long way with Rome and the Vatican coming second.

4072 What is the #1 vacation destination in the world?

Walt Disney World.

4088 What is a time loop?

I'll tell you last week.

4103 Is there a distinction between The Internet and The World Wide Web?

The internet is an interconnected system of networks that connects computers around the world.

The world wide web is the complete set of documents residing on all internet servers that use the http protocol, accessible to users via a simple point-and-click system.

So internet is how you get online, world wide web is what you see once you're on it.

4113 In an average human lifetime, how many years will be spent working and how many spent sleeping?

In a lifetime, the average American will spend: Six months sitting at stoplights, eight months opening junk mail, one year looking for misplaced objects, two years unsuccessfully returning phone calls, and seven years waiting in line.

The average American adult between eighteen and sixty-four watches television five times more than they read. On average, their minutes are spent each day on: Sleeping...461, Working...211, Watching TV...121, Doing Housework...101, Traveling...78, Eating...69, SocializingÉ46, Recreation...31, Caring for children...28, Dressing...28, Washing/Grooming...25, Reading...24, Conversing...24, Thinking or relaxing...9 minutes.

4118 What word contains three sets of double letters in a row?

Woolloomooloo Woolloomooloo Waters Apartments, Sydney The luxury of a hotel, the comfort of home in Sydney's historic Woolloomooloo Bay. ...

bookkeeping

4129 Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes. How does this compare to other US states and Canadian provinces?

Alaska has more than 3,000,000 lakes.

Manitoba is known as the land of 100,000 lakes.

Saskatchewan More than 12 percent of Saskatchewan is covered by lakes and rivers. Over 100,000 of the lakes and rivers are in the northern half of the province in the Canadian Shield.

Canada has an extremely large number of lakes. The number of lakes larger than 3 square kilometers is estimated at close to 31,191 by the Atlas of Canada. There is no official estimate of the number of smaller lakes.

4136 What is the largest country in Oceania?

Solomon Islands 28,450 sq km

Nauru 21 sq km

4137 What are the 7 states of Australia in order by size?

State capital area population

Western Australia Perth 975,096 mi. 2,525,500 km. 1,952,300

Queensland Brisbane 666,872 mi. 1,727,200 km. 3,796,800

Northern Territory The "Australian Outback"

Darwin 519,768 mi.. 1,346,200 km 198,400

South Australia Adelaide 379,922 mi. 984,000 km 1,527,400

New South Wales Sydney 309,498 m. 801,60 km. 6,686,600

Victoria Melbourne 87,876 mi. 227,600 km 4,917,400

Tasmania Hobart 26,178 mi. 67,800 km. 477,100

Capital Canberra 2,358 sq. km. 322,900

4138 The state of Western Australia is huge.

What % of the total area of Australia is Western Australia?

Western Australia is 33% of the total area of Australia

Western Australia is 38 times larger than the state of Tasmania.

4154 What country in Europe borders the most other European countries?

Germany. 8 other countries.

4155 What is the largest European city by population?

Paris. 10 million.

4156 What is the largest Asian city by population?

Tokyo. 27 million.

 

4157 What is the largest African city by population?

Cairo, Egypt, 10 million.

 

4166 How many countries in the Caribbean are a combination of two names?

Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean

Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean

 

4170 What is the shortest distance between the capitals of any two countries?

2.5 miles between Kinshasa, Dem Republic of the Congo and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

 

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4204 What is the ethnic break down of Texas?

Anglo 11,074,716 53.11%

Hispanic 6,669,666 31.99%

Black 2,421,653 11.61%

Other 685,785 3.29%

 

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3762 What US state borders Canadas Northwest Territories?

None.

  

3767 What percent of Minnesotans know what Canadian provinces border Minnesota?

8 %

 

3768 What percent of Manitobans know what American states border Manitoba?

96 %

 

3769 How many of Mexico's states border the US?

Six.

 

3773 What Mexican state borders Louisiana?

None, you've got to be kidding me.

 

3779 Which is a better tourist destination, Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean or Cancun on the Caribbean Sea?

 

3826 Which North Vietnam bay is famous for its 3000 limestone islands?

Halong Bay is famous for it's 3000 limestone islands (in North Vietnam

 

3831 You are in a city in a country that has the second largest population in the world. This major city is a port on the west coast and is an important movie production center. Where are you?

Mumbai. Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is known as the Gateway to India.

 

3853 This east European capital city is the only one starting with Z. Name it.

Zagreb. Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia.

 

3856 Did all the former Soviet republics gain independence in 1991, or do some still remain in the Russian Federation?

All Soviet republics gained independence. Russia remained the largest country in the world by area, and still remains one of the most ethnically diverse.

The Soviet Union was one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries, with more than 150 distinct ethnic groups within its borders. The total population was estimated at 293 million in 1991. The majority of the population were Russians (50.78%), followed by Ukrainians (15.45%) and Uzbeks (5.84%). Other ethnic groups included the Georgians, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Tajiks, Chechens, and others.

 

3858 How did the country of Turkey get its name? Does it have anything to do with the bird?

The birds are called after the country, rather than the other way around. When turkeys first arrived in Europe on ships, nobody knew where they came from as the ships had called in to all sorts of ports. In England they were called turkeys because they thought they came from Turkey. In France they were called dinde (d'Inde) because they thought they came from India.

 

3881 You are in Europe's highest capital. An important museum in this city is the Prado. Where are you?

Madrid. .

 

3884 What was banned in Turkey in 1986 for spreading "separatist propaganda"?

Anything which supported Kurdish culture was classed as divisive and propaganda, resulting in the participants being jailed. Singers and musicians were not only imprisoned but also received death threats.

 

3892 When did rationing start and end in the UK and the United States?

Great Britain - Rationing introduced Sept. 1939, and ended Feb. 1949.

United States - Rationing introduced May 1942, and ended June 1947

 

3897 Yes, Madam, I am drunk, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly.' What European said this classic put-down line and to whom was it said?

Sir Winston Churchill delivered the line. The unfortunate recipient was Lady Astor.

Winston Churchill also touted Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher remarked, 'If you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee.' Churchill replied, 'Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.

 

3920 In what city or town was the first high school built in the USA?

Boston 1823

 

3931 What are the top 20 names in the US?

Top Names of 2004 Male

1. Jacob 2. Michael 3. Joshua 4. Matthew

5. Ethan 6. Andrew 7. Daniel 8. William

9. Joseph 10. Christopher 11. Anthony 12. Ryan

13. Nicholas 14. David 15. Alexander 16. Tyler

17. James 18. John 19. Dylan 20. Nathan

Female

1. Emily 2. Emma 3. Madison 4. Olivia

5. Hannah 6. Abigail 7. Isabella 8. Ashley

9. Samantha 10. Elizabeth 11. Alexis 12. Sarah

13. Grace 14. Alyssa 15. Sophia 16. Lauren

17. Brianna 18. Kayla 19. Natalie 20. Anna

 

3935 What US state capitals are west of Los Angeles, California?

Juneau Alaska Honolulu Hawaii

Olympia Washington Salem Oregon

Carson City Nevada Sacramento California

 

3941 What have 87% of all US 4-wheel drivers never done?

Driven off road According to Ford Motor Co., 87 percent of Ford Explorer owners have never taken their vehicle off-road. This is probably true of all 4-wheel drivers. This also depends on what, exactly, constitutes a road. The state of West Virginia has a different idea about that from other states.

 

3953 What is the coldest city in the US?

Nome, Alaska. International Falls, Minnesota

 

3994 Which of the these diseases is absent from the western hemisphere (polio, cholera, dangue, malaria) ?

Scientists declared the Western Hemisphere 'polio-free' in 1994.

 

4053 What are the countries with the most languages?

the current total of living languages is about 6,800, including many that are spoken by perilously few people and may not last another generation

COUNTRY LIVING LANGUAGES % WORLD TOTAL

Indonesia 694 9.47% Papua N Guinea 673 9.19%

Nigeria 455 6.21% India 337 4.60%

Cameroon 247 3.37% Australia 226 3.08%

Dem R of Congo 206 2.81% Mexico 188 2.57%

China 186 2.54% USA 165 2.25%

 

4054 Which continent has the most capital cities starting with K?

Both Asia and Africa. Asia has four cities Ð Kabul, Kuwait City, Kuala Lumpur and Katmandu as does Africa Ð Kigali, Kinshasa, Kampala and Khartoum

 

4063 Are there any nations where women can't vote?

The United Nations enacted the Covenant on Political Rights of Women in 1952. It was the first instrument of international law to state that in all nations women should be entitled to the vote and to hold political office. Nonetheless, in the nations of the Persian Gulf--Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and the United Emirates--women still remain disenfranchised. Women are also voteless in Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Surinam, and Taiwan.

In Bhutan only one member of a household is allowed to vote. In practice, this rule has meant that few women exercise the suffrage.

 

4071 What is the most popular vacation place in the world?

Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world. France is also the worlds 'most visited country.

One in every six flights in the world is a flight to or from France.

Paris has long been the world's most popular destination by quite a long way with Rome and the Vatican coming second.

 

4072 What is the #1 vacation destination in the world?

Walt Disney World.

 

4088 What is a time loop?

I'll tell you last week.

 

4103 Is there a distinction between The Internet and The World Wide Web?

The internet is an interconnected system of networks that connects computers around the world.

The world wide web is the complete set of documents residing on all internet servers that use the http protocol, accessible to users via a simple point-and-click system.

So internet is how you get online, world wide web is what you see once you're on it.

 

4113 In an average human lifetime, how many years will be spent working and how many spent sleeping?

In a lifetime, the average American will spend: Six months sitting at stoplights, eight months opening junk mail, one year looking for misplaced objects, two years unsuccessfully returning phone calls, and seven years waiting in line.

The average American adult between eighteen and sixty-four watches television five times more than they read. On average, their minutes are spent each day on: Sleeping...461, Working...211, Watching TV...121, Doing Housework...101, Traveling...78, Eating...69, SocializingÉ46, Recreation...31, Caring for children...28, Dressing...28, Washing/Grooming...25, Reading...24, Conversing...24, Thinking or relaxing...9 minutes.

 

4118 What word contains three sets of double letters in a row?

Woolloomooloo Woolloomooloo Waters Apartments, Sydney The luxury of a hotel, the comfort of home in Sydney's historic Woolloomooloo Bay. ...

bookkeeping

 

4129 Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes. How does this compare to other US states and Canadian provinces?

Alaska has more than 3,000,000 lakes.

Manitoba is known as the land of 100,000 lakes.

Saskatchewan More than 12 percent of Saskatchewan is covered by lakes and rivers. Over 100,000 of the lakes and rivers are in the northern half of the province in the Canadian Shield.

Canada has an extremely large number of lakes. The number of lakes larger than 3 square kilometers is estimated at close to 31,191 by the Atlas of Canada. There is no official estimate of the number of smaller lakes.

 

4136 What is the largest country in Oceania?

Solomon Islands 28,450 sq km

Nauru 21 sq km

 

4137 What are the 7 states of Australia in order by size?

State capital area population

Western Australia Perth 975,096 mi. 2,525,500 km. 1,952,300

Queensland Brisbane 666,872 mi. 1,727,200 km. 3,796,800

Northern Territory The "Australian Outback"

Darwin 519,768 mi.. 1,346,200 km 198,400

South Australia Adelaide 379,922 mi. 984,000 km 1,527,400

New South Wales Sydney 309,498 m. 801,60 km. 6,686,600

Victoria Melbourne 87,876 mi. 227,600 km 4,917,400

Tasmania Hobart 26,178 mi. 67,800 km. 477,100

Capital Canberra 2,358 sq. km. 322,900

 

4138 The state of Western Australia is huge.

What % of the total area of Australia is Western Australia?

Western Australia is 33% of the total area of Australia

Western Australia is 38 times larger than the state of Tasmania.

 

4154 What country in Europe borders the most other European countries?

Germany. 8 other countries.

 

4155 What is the largest European city by population?

Paris. 10 million.

 

4156 What is the largest Asian city by population?

Tokyo. 27 million.

 

4157 What is the largest African city by population?

Cairo, Egypt, 10 million.

 

4166 How many countries in the Caribbean are a combination of two names?

Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean

Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean

 

4170 What is the shortest distance between the capitals of any two countries?

2.5 miles between Kinshasa, Dem Republic of the Congo and

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

 

LIFE OF POLYMER CURRENCY NOTES

Australia's move from traditional rag security paper to Guardian ̈ polymer

substrate for its notes has resulted in a substantial increase in note life (by a factor of at least four).

 

4204 What is the ethnic break down of Texas?

Anglo 11,074,716 53.11%

Hispanic 6,669,666 31.99%

Black 2,421,653 11.61%

Other 685,785 3.29%

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 GEOGRAPHY AND SEX

 

290 What is the world average for sex per year for married couples of all ages ?

Married couples of all ages worldwdie have sex an average of 127 times a year

 

291 What nationality has the MOST sex per year for married people?

Greeks, Hungarians, Bulgarians, 150 times. a year,

Russians 122 times a year,

French at 121 times a year,

Those in Thailand, China, and Vietnam were the most contented with their sex life.

Three quarters of those polled are happy with their sex lives. Durex Survey 2003

 

292 What nationality has the LEAST sex per year for married people?

Americans were average on the frequency list in 2003 at 118 times per year

Sweden 102, Malaysia 100, and Singapore 96.

48% of women admitted to faking an orgasm. Durex Survey (2003)

Fins and Russians were the least happy.

 

The countries with the lowest frequency of sex are

China 69 times per year

Malaysia 62 times per year

Japan 37 times per year

 

293 Who has more sex, couples living together, or married couples?

Couples living together report having sex 146 times per year.

Married couples make love 98 times per year.

Single folks are having sex the least at 49 times a year.

all people at least once per week. 57 %

all people sex daily. 4 %

(Silicon Valley computer engineers working 16 hours a day at Google,

have sex 2 times ? a year on average if they get lucky)

"People around the world would rather go out with their friends than have sex. More than a fifth (22%) choose their peers rather than having sex with a partner (19%), while a further 10% prefer to either play sport or go shopping." Durex Survey (2001)

 

294 What is the worldwide average age for first having sex?

first time sex at an average age of 17.3 years

16 or under when they lost their virginity 35%

Young people continue to have sex at an earlier age than previous generations:

25-34s lost their virginity at 17.9

21-24 year olds were 17.5

16-20 year olds were just 16.3

 

295 Which have sex earlier worldwide, men or women?

Women sexually active - 17.2 years

Men sexually active 17.5 years

 

296 What country's people have first sex the earliest?

Iceland sex for the first time 15.6

Germans sex for the first time 15.9

Swedes 16.1

Danes 16.1

 

297 What country's people have first sex the latest?

India lose their virginity 19.8 years

Vietnamese 19.6

Indonesians 19.1

Malaysians 19

 

298 What is the worldwide average number of sexual partners for married couples?

Globally, people have had an average number of nine sexual partners

Men sexual partners 10.2

Women sexual partners 6.9

 

299 What country has the most sex partners?

Turks sexual partners 14.5 so they claim, I don't believe it Eastern Turkey is extremely conservative Muslim repressed, Istanbul only is liberal

Australians 13.3

New Zealanders 13.2

Icelanders 13

 

300 What country's people have the fewest sexual partners?

sexual partners Hong Kong 3.7 sexual partners in their lifetime

Vietnamese 3.2

Chinese 3.1

Indians 3.0

 

301 What percentage of people in Hong Kong had just one sexual partner?

65% of people in Hong Kong have had just one sexual partner

12% in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Greece have had just one sexual partner

 

302 What percentage of people worldwide have had unprotected sex?

47% of all adults globally have had unprotected sex without knowing their partners sexual history

Women - 45% have had unprotected sex,

Men 48%

  

303 Countries wanting government sex education?

Vietnam 69%

Turkey 57%

Greece 56%

Icelanders want free contraception 48%

Indonesians call for abstinence before marriage 22%

 

304 What percent of 45-55 year olds have risked unprotected sex?

65% of 45-55 year olds have risked unprotected sex

33% of 16-20 year olds

 

305 What country's people are the highest in failing to take precautions against sexually transmitted disease?

Norwegians 73% failed to take precautions

Greeks 70%

Swedes 66% failed to take precautions

Spain 27%

Hong Kong 24%

India 21% failed to take precautions

 

306 Globally, what % of adults admit to having had a sexually transmitted infection?

Globally, 13% of adults admit to having had a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

22% of 44-55 year olds have had an STI

8% of 16-20 year olds

9% have had an unplanned pregnancy aged 18 or under

 

307 Do more men or women admit to having had an STI ?

Women admit to having had an STI - 13.5%

Men admit to having had an STI 12.1%

 

308 What percent of adults worldwide have never heard of AIDS etc.?

Globally, the top three conditions affecting sexual health

HIV/AIDS (72%), syphilis (45%) and hepatitis (45%)

8% of all adults had never heard of any sexually transmitted diseases

11% 16-20 year olds

12% aged 55 and above

 

309 How many people took part in the Durex sex survey?

More than 317,000 people from 41 countries took part in the worldÕs largest ever survey on sexual attitudes and behavior.

 

310 What is the sexiest country in the world?

Greeks having sex 138 times a year -

Croatia 134

Serbia & Montenegro 128.

Global average of 103.

 

311 What nationality most advocates sex education?

For developing countries

Chileans are the nationality most desiring sex education 62%

Dutch want greater access to condoms 39%

 

312 What nationality most desires government programs of safer sex?

Encouraging governments to discuss safer sex issues is most popular in

Serbia and Montenegro 35%

Turkey 28%

Hong Kong 27%

 

313 Which sex is least satisfied with their sex life?

Men 41% want it more frequently

Women 29% want it more frequently

(in more frequently or more infrequently?)

 

314 What percent believe their sex life is monotonous?

Only 7% of people worldwide believe their sex life is monotonous

Belgium 57% top the contentment chart,

Poland 56% contented they say

Norwegians 53% contented they say

Swedes 52%

Chinese 22%

Japanese 24% are the least happy

 

315 What percent of adults worldwide have had a one-night stand?

44% of adults worldwide have had a one-night stand,

22% claiming to have had an extra marital affair

 

316 What percent of adults around the world have had sex using vibrators?

23% of adults around the world have had sex using vibrators

20% have used masks, blindfolds or other forms of bondage

Women are more likely to have used vibrators when having sex than men - 24% compared to 21%

 

317 What is most common sexual experience for men and women?

The most common experience is a one night stand for men 47% and women 40%

 

318 What nationality has had the highest number of extra marital affairs?

Turks extra marital affairs 58% ( I dont believe this is true for all of Turkey see above)

Norwegians 70% one night stands

Finns 64% one night stands

New Zealanders 64% one night stands

Swedes 64% one night stands

 

319 Where is sex with vibrators most common?

Sex using vibrators is most common in Australia 46% and the USA 45%

Most people prefer to buy vibrators from sex shops 54% or the internet 42%

18% would buy via mail order

19% would not buy via mail order

 

320 What nationality buys the most sex items over the internet ?

Norway 69%

Denmark 66% buy over the internet

Spain tops the tables for choosing sex shops 87%, followed by Croatia 74%

23% of Irish people would like to be able to buy these products in a lingerie store

52% of Indians said they would not buy sex items in a lingerie shop.

6% of Austrians said they would not buy sex items in a lingerie shop.

Taiwanese are most likely to use vibrators 47%

with Americans and the British in second place 43%

Thais use pornography more than any other country 62%

 

331 What is the most common place for adults to have sex outside their bedroom?

The most common place for adults to have sex outside their bedroom is

in the car 50%

toilets 39%

parent's bedroom 36%

in a park 31%

15% of people have had sex at work,

10% of people have had had sex at school

34% of 16-20 year olds favor the car

69% of 45-55 year olds have had sex in a car

82% of Italians have had sex in the car.

54% of Australians have had sex in a park.

 

332 What nationality is the most likely to have sex in front of a camera?

21% of Americans and Canadians have had sex in front of a camera.

22% of Turks have indulged in extra curricular activity at school

 

333 Again who are the MOST AND THE LEAST sexy people?

MOST SEXUALLY ACTIVE

Greeks 138 times a year,

Croatians 134 times a year

Serbian Montenegrins 128 times a year

Bulgarians 127 times a year

LEAST SEXUALLY ACTIVE

Indonesia 77 times a year

India 75 times a year

Singapore 73 times a year

JAPANESE HAVE SEX 37 TIMES A YEAR
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 copyright Feb 2007 David Conlon