Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 18)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, the weekly quiz for fact-hoarding travel-lovers from all four corners of the wildly-distorting Mercator Projection map.

Last week’s winner was former champ Stolen, who beat out nine other trivia players by answering an impressive nine out of ten questions correctly.

Can you replace Stolen as champ this week? Check out the following ten questions and leave your non-Googled answers in the comments. The answers will be posted next Tuesday at 10:00 am– clear your schedule.

  1. Of the world’s ten longest bridges, three are located in the same US state. Where are they?
  2. The only internationally-recognized student identification card, which entitles holders to discounts at popular tourist spots worldwide, is known by what four-letter acronym?
  3. What is the world’s most populous Muslim country?
  4. Johanna Sigurðardottir– it’s okay, I can’t pronounce it either– recently became the world’s first openly gay prime minister. What country is she from?
  5. What 2008 documentary about a French tight-rope walker named Philippe Petit recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary?
  6. In the 1999 campaign for the US Presidency, Texas governor George W. Bush told a Slovakian journalist, “The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned firsthand from your foreign minister, who came to Texas. I had a great meeting with him. It’s an exciting country.” Why was this statement by Bush considered a gaffe?
  7. If the southeastern part of Italy looks like a boot, what largest Mediterranean island does it appear to be kicking?
  8. What seven-letter Russian word for “castle” or “fortress” is used to describe the official residence of Russia’s president?
  9. What early 20th-Century travel novella was the inspiration for the 1979 film Apocalypse Now?
  10. What “beautiful, blue” river has four national capitals located along its banks, the most of any river in the world? [Jeopardy devotees will know the answer to this one.]

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

  1. Which two European countries are the world’s largest producers of wine? Answer: Italy and France
  2. Which car rental company features the advertising slogan “We Try Harder”? Answer: Avis
  3. Khmer is the official language of what Asian country? Answer: Cambodia
  4. To expatriate is to leave one’s homeland in order to live abroad. What similar-sounding word describes the process of coming back to one’s native country after living abroad? Answer: Repatriate
  5. Ecuador uses one of the world’s most well-known currencies. What is it? Answer: The US Dollar
  6. Which two countries resumed sending mail back and forth to each other earlier this decade after 50 years of refusing to do so? Answer: North and South Korea
  7. The Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in what city? (No points for guessing the state, Captain Obvious.) Answer: Louisville
  8. Name two guidebook publishers whose names begin with the letter “L”. Answer: Lonely Planet and Let’s Go
  9. If you’re traveling with your child on an airplane and circumstances force you to use oxygen masks (sorry for the morbid question), whose mask are you supposed to put on first: yours or your child’s? Answer: Yours
  10. In what Central American country can you find the towns of Hopkins, Placencia, San Ignacio, and Dangriga? Answer: In beautiful Belize