Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 15)

Trivia has been with us ever since Adam first quizzed Eve on which day of the week God formed him out of dust and blew life into his nostrils. (Spoiler alert: It was the sixth.)

Last week’s winner Alex got nine out of ten headache-inducing questions correct. Can you become our next winner? Look over the following questions and submit your answers in the comments. No Googling!

  1. In the critically-acclaimed 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, the main character, Jamal Malik, was born and raised in the slums of what Indian city?
  2. What’s the name of Brazil’s currency?
  3. The government of what island nation receives about US$4 million per year from those using its internet domain suffix “.tv”?
  4. Anthony Burgess, best known as the author of A Clockwork Orange, also wrote a book set on the Malay Peninsula called Time for a Tiger. What popular product does that title refer to?
  5. A UNESCO World Heritage Site frequented by travelers to Southeast Asia, the city of Luang Prabang is located in which Asian nation?
  6. What TV tough guy became the youngest Brit to scale Mount Everest when he accomplished the feat at age 23?
  7. Sean Penn’s 2007 film Into the Wild was based on a book of the same title written by whom?
  8. What “The” city is the Netherlands’ third largest, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam?
  9. The symbol pictured above, found on most maps, is known as a what?
  10. What three-letter airport code forms a word meaning “not strict or severe; careless or negligent”?

The answers to last week’s questions, as always, are found below the fold…

  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.” Answer: Airplane!
  2. What country is the world’s most populous democracy? Answer: India
  3. There are cities named “Tripoli” in at least four countries. Name two of them. Answer: Libya, Lebanon, the US, and Greece
  4. The fifth-largest banking center in the world, this group of islands in the Caribbean is home to more registered businesses than people. Answer: the Cayman Islands
  5. How many countries in the world end with the suffix “stan,” meaning “land”? Answer: 7 (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
  6. What is geographically unique about the Russian territory called Kaliningrad? Answer: It’s an exclave, since it’s entirely surrounded by more than one state (and neither of them are Russia).
  7. Michelangelo’s statue of David is located in a museum in what Italian city? Answer: Florence
  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? Answer: Mali and Somalia (I thought this question was a doozy– congrats to all those who got it.)
  9. True or false: The world’s 100 tallest mountains are all located in Asia. Answer: True
  10. What American author wrote The Innocents Abroad, the story of his journey aboard a retired Civil War ship, the USS Quaker City? Answer: Mark Twain