Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 42)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, Gadling’s weekly trivia game that rewards knowledge and is still trying to figure out a way to punish stupidity.

Congrats to last week’s winner Peter Koch, who somehow managed to get a perfect 10 out of 10 on my apparently-not-that-hard questions. Hopefully I can stump a few more people this week…

So if you want to play, check out the following ten questions and leave your answers in the comments. Come back next Tuesday to see how you did… Good luck!

  1. What is the name of the four-letter anise-flavored spirit, similar in taste to Sambuca, that is widely popular in Greece?
  2. With no rivers flowing away from it, what Central Asian sea is the largest enclosed body of water on the planet?
  3. What group of people is most affected by the phenomenon known as ‘cloud suck’?
  4. The pupusa, a thick corn flat-bread often stuffed with refried beans or cheese, originally hails from what smallest Central American country?
  5. The name of what country was also the 31st most popular name for boys in the United States from 1970-80?
  6. Constantinople, the capital city of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, now goes by what name?
  7. What is the official language of the South American department of French Guiana?
  8. What travel writer and author of a free(!) guidebook to Vietnam recently was named Lonely Planet‘s U.S. Travel Editor?
  9. The official currency of Thailand is what four-letter word?
  10. The oldest continuous festival in the world, in which participants toss colored water on one another to mark the coming of spring, takes place in what country?

Check out last week’s questions and answers below the fold…

  1. What U.S. National Landmark was administered by the country’s Lighthouse Board until 1902? (Thanks to Ken Jennings for this question.) Answer: The Statue of Liberty
  2. What Pennsylvania town calls itself the “Sweetest Place on Earth”? Answer: Hershey, PA
  3. The United States is actually one of two countries with a capital city named for a U.S. president. What is the other? Answer: Liberia (Monrovia is the capital.)
  4. In June 1985, an Afghan girl named Sharbat Gula was pictured on a now-famous cover of what magazine? Answer: National Geographic
  5. Many upscale hotels offer their guests turn-down service. What does this service usually include? Answer: Pulling back the bed sheets, placing a mint or chocolate on the pillow
  6. The Iberian Peninsula is mostly made up of what two countries? Answer: Spain and Portugal
  7. Chinggis Khaan International Airport serves what world capital? Answer: Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  8. What airline’s slogan proclaims itself “the wings of Italy”? Answer: Alitalia
  9. Which U.S. state flew its flag at half-mast on the day of the funeral for the late, great musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole? Answer: Hawaii
  10. The National Football League’s Buffalo Bills recently struck an agreement with what neighboring Canadian city to allow that city to host five regular season Bills’ games for the next five years? Answer: Toronto