Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 36)

Haven’t you heard? Tuesday Travel Trivia is sweeping the nation, having already inspired hundreds of tattoos, poems, songs, and even a feature film! [Note: These claims have not been verified. -ed.]

Last week‘s big winners were Jessica South and Matthew Celesta, both of whom managed to get 6 out of 10 very, very tough questions correct. Nicely done, you two!

Want to become this week’s trivia winner? Check out the following ten questions and leave your answers in the Comments. Come back next Tuesday for the answers and a new batch of questions. Good luck!

  1. What 19th-Century French author once wrote, “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”?
  2. The president of what Central American country was ousted only days ago in a coup d’etat?
  3. The largest non-auto-racing stadium in the world and home to the yearly Arirang performances, the 150,000-seat Rungrado May Day Stadium is located in what country?
  4. Name one country besides the United States whose official currency is the US dollar.
  5. What British sitcom named for a fictional hotel is often cited as one of the best British programs (or programmes) of all time despite only containing twelve episodes?
  6. What massive Asian city (pictured) did The Economist recently name the world’s most expensive city?
  7. What is the only US state ever to change its postal abbreviation, to avoid confusion with a Canadian maritime province? (Thanks to Jeopardy! all-star Ken Jennings for this question.)
  8. The Roaming Gnome is featured in commercials for what travel booking site?
  9. What fun-to-say Arabic dish is typically made of mashed eggplant, tahini, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil and often served with pita bread?
  10. In many Spanish-speaking countries, the week-long festival of Semana Santa takes place during the week preceding what Christian holiday?

Look below the fold for last week‘s answers…

  1. What seven-letter word for a “long, wandering journey” is also in the title of a several thousand-year-old work of literature? Answer: Odyssey
  2. Home to some of the world’s best surfing, the town of La Libertad is located in what country? Answer: El Salvador
  3. What is the basic unit of currency in China? Answer: The yuan
  4. Founded in 1965, NOLS is one of the world’s foremost outdoor education institutions, with alumni including Anderson Cooper, John F. Kennedy Jr., author Sebastian Junger, and actor Andrew McCarthy. But what does the acronym NOLS stand for? Answer: National Outdoor Leadership School (Not, as one player guessed, “Nerds Out Lost Somewhere”)
  5. What tasty chocolate bar known for its triangular sections is manufactured by Kraft Foods Switzerland and often found in airport duty-free shops? Answer: Toblerone
  6. The site of perhaps the world’s most impressive Mayan ruins, Tikal is located in what Latin American country? Answer: Guatemala
  7. Only two nations in the world have sovereign-state flags that are square, not rectangular. Name one of them. Answer: Vatican City and Switzerland
  8. On what type of device will you find a derailleur, a rear dropout, a spoke nipple, and a cassette? Answer: A bicycle
  9. What southern US city’s slogan implores you to keep the town “weird”? Answer: Austin, Texas
  10. Lomond, Ness, Awe, and Morar are the four largest what? Answer: Lakes in Scotland