Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 27)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, a weekly ritual for literally tens of travel-loving people all over the world.

Congrats to last week‘s big winner, my old pal Jen Laceda, whose travel blog Folie à deux would be worth a bookmark even if Jen wasn’t a trivia whiz.

Want to become this week’s champ? Check out the following ten questions, leave your guesses in the comments, and come back next Tuesday for the answers. No Googling!

  1. What five-letter word is used broadly to describe almost any spiced, sauce-based dish in southern and southeastern Asian cuisine?
  2. How much does the “September 11 Security Fee” add to the cost of every plane ticket purchased for flights originating in the United States?
  3. What is Africa’s most populous city?
  4. Who was the host of the popular show Survivorman, which tested the host’s ability to survive for seven days in extreme climates and locales?
  5. What French novelist born in 1871 once wrote that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”?
  6. Next year’s World Cup will be held in South Africa, but what country has been chosen to host the 2014 World Cup?
  7. What German filmmaker was the creator of the critically-acclaimed documentaries Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World?
  8. What legendary actor is currently Priceline.com’s “Negotiator” pitchman?
  9. How many runners participated in this year’s Boston Marathon (within 3,000)?
  10. Which US President was in office when travel to Cuba by Americans was first prohibited?

Last week‘s questions and answers can be found below the fold…

  1. The world’s largest swimming pool is located in what South American country? Answer: Chile
  2. Spain has one official language (Spanish, duh) and four co-official languages. Name two of them. Answer: Basque, Catalan/Valencian, Aranese, Galician
  3. Home to the Pilsner Urquell brewery, the town of Plzen is located in what European country? Answer: The Czech Republic
  4. Which of the following airlines has had no “fatal events” (also known as deaths) since 1970? A) American Airlines B) US Airways C) Southwest Airlines D) Delta Airlines Answer: C – Southwest
  5. What Chinese philosopher famously wrote, “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step”? Answer: Lao-Tzu (not Confucius)
  6. In a recent contest between Ashton Kutcher and CNN to see who could be the first to acquire one million followers on Twitter, Kutcher promised that if he won, he would donate 10,000 of what item to families in Africa? Answer: Bed nets
  7. The famed “Three Tenors” was a group composed of the Spanish vocalist Placido Domingo, the Italian Luciano Pavarotti, and… that other guy. Who was the other guy? Answer: Jose Carreras (although I like one player’s guess of Frank Stallone)
  8. What is the origin of the word “Sabbatical,” which refers to a rest from work which usually lasts several months? Answer: It’s from the word “Sabbath,” the Jewish day of rest
  9. Ireland uses one currency, but Northern Ireland uses another. What do each use? Answer: Euro and Pound, respectively
  10. Which US state is home to Badlands National Park and Custer State Park? Answer: Beautiful South Dakota