Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 13)

Chicks dig trivia. That’s why we’re back this week with our thirteenth installment of Tuesday Travel Trivia, a game played by literally tens of people every week.

We had a brand new winner last week, Jennifer M, who shocked the world by getting 9 out of 10 of my brain-busting questions correct. Can you replace her as champion this week? Check out these questions to find out, and leave your answers in the comments. No Googling!

  1. Let’s start out with an aviation-related physics analogy: Lift is to gravity, as thrust is to _______.
  2. Which world capital is northernmost: Berlin, Germany; Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia; or Ottawa, Canada?
  3. Table Mountain, a popular destination for rock climbers, hikers, and cavers, is an important landmark in what large African city?
  4. Which of these cities is located on Australia’s western coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, or Brisbane?
  5. What’s the name of the heroic pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River last week?
  6. Who hosts the Travel Channel’s globe-trotting, gross-out travel show Bizarre Foods?
  7. What three countries, located in the northeast part of South America, are the continent’s smallest?
  8. There’s only one country in the world where women are still not permitted to drive. What is it?
  9. The subtitle of what 2002 book is “An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel”?
  10. True or false: There is a town called Springfield in every state in the United States.

The answers to last week’s questions are below the fold…

  1. What well-known Himalayan hiking trail in Nepal reaches its summit at Thorung La (5416 m) and often takes up to three weeks to complete? Answer: Annapurna Circuit
  2. The exotic-sounding Zanzibar Archipelago is located off the coast of what East African country? Answer: Tanzania
  3. What Hawaiian airline disappointed many travelers when it shut down service in 2008? Answer: Aloha Airlines
  4. In what year was the name of the Indian city of Bombay changed to Mumbai? (I’ll give you two years either way.) Answer: 1996
  5. What European nation hosted the World Cup in 2006? Answer: Germany
  6. The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, is located in what landlocked South American country? (That’s a big hint.) Answer: Bolivia (The only other landlocked South American country is Paraguay.)
  7. What travel writer, formerly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, recently began writing for the online travel website World Hum? Answer: Tom Swick
  8. On many of its flights, American Airlines offers headphones for sale. How much do they charge? Answer: Two bucks
  9. True or false: Americans and Canadians need to obtain a visa to enter Brazil. Answer: True (unfortunately)
  10. Jorge Luis Borges described the war between Britain and Argentina over what group of islands as “two bald men fighting over a comb”? Answer: The Falklands