Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 14)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, the game for people who love the answers and questions on Jeopardy but can’t stand Alex Trebek. “Big ups” to last week’s winner Craig Howat, who impressed me (and the trivia gods) with a flawless 10 out of 10 performance.

Now here’s your chance to win fame, fortune, and loads of trivia groupies. Answer the following ten questions in the Comments, and come back next week for the answers. Good luck!

  1. What 1980 movie contains the following classic exchange: “Can you fly this plane and land it?” “Surely you can’t be serious!” “I am serious– and don’t call me Shirley.”
  2. What country is the world’s most populous democracy?
  3. There are cities named “Tripoli” in at least four countries. Name two of them.
  4. The fifth-largest banking center in the world, this group of islands in the Caribbean is home to more registered businesses than people.
  5. How many countries in the world end with the suffix “stan,” meaning “land”?
  6. What is geographically unique about the Russian territory called Kaliningrad?
  7. Michelangelo’s statue of David is located in a museum in what Italian city?
  8. The name of one African country contains in the middle of it (not at the beginning or end) the complete name of another African country. What are the two countries?
  9. True or false: The world’s 100 tallest mountains are all located in Asia.
  10. What American author wrote The Innocents Abroad, the story of his journey aboard a retired Civil War ship, the USS Quaker City?

Check out last week’s answers below the fold…

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