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Question for Jan 1: What are the ranks of Canada and the US among
countries with low infant mortality?
Answer: Canada is number 24, the US is number 34, according to the UN Population
Question for Jan 2: What is the body of water between England and
Answer: The Irish Sea, with the Celtic Sea to the south.
Question for Jan 3: What is the highest mountain in the UK?
Answer: Ben Nevis (1344 m)
Question for Jan 4: What is the longest river in the UK?
Answer: The River Severn, 220 miles long
Question for Jan 5: What point on Earth's surface is farthest from the
center of the Earth?
Answer: The peak of Mount Chimborazo, 20,700 feet, furthest from Earth's center than any
other place because the Earth bulges near the Equator.
Question for Jan 6: The Equator crosses 14 countries; how many can you
Answer: Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya,
Somalia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil
Question for Jan 7: Six different countrie's flags have flown over the
U.S. state of Texas. Name them.
Answer: Spain, France, Mexico, the U.S., the Confederacy, and the Independent Republic
Question for Jan 8: Seven U.S. states are named after Kings or Queens.
Answer: Georgia, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia,
and Maryland. (All English royals except Louis.)
Question for Jan 9: What is the highest point in the US? Canada?
Answer: Mt McKinley (Denali) (in Alaska), at 20,320 feet; Mt Logan (in the Yukon) at
19,551 ft; Pico de Orizaba (on the border of Veracruz and Puebla) at 18,491 ft
Question for Jan 10: What is the largest island that is part of the
Answer: The island of Hawai'i (4,021 sq miles), which is 15% larger than Puerto Rico
Question for Jan 11: What are the most common surnames in the world and
in the US?
Answer: In the world: Li, Zhang, Wang, and Chang are all purported to be the world's
most common surname; in the US, it is Smith.
Question for Jan 12: What country extends across the most degrees of
Answer: Canada extends 41 degrees and 21 minutes from northern Nunavut to southern
Ontario, about 4600 km, or 2900 miles. Chile extends 4270 km, 2653 miles.
Question for Jan 13: What are the most-used subway systems in the world,
Answer: Ridership in 2012: Seoul, 2560 million; Moscow, 2464 million, Beijing 2460
million, Shanghai 2276 million, Tokyo 2270 million.
Question for Jan 14: What are the 5 busiest seaports in the world, by
Answer: IN 2012, these were Shanghai, Singapore, Tianjin, Rotterdam, and Guangzhou
Question for Jan 15: What countries border the most other countries
(hint: there are 2 countries at the top of this list)
Answer: China and Russia each border 14 countries; Brazil is next with 10
Question for Jan 16: South Africa is governed from three capital cities.
Answer: Bloemfontein (Judicial), Capetown (legislative), Pretoria (administrative)
Question for Jan 17: What place holds the record for the highest
Answer: Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913, hit 56.7 C,
or 134 F.
Question for Jan 18: What place holds the record for the lowest recorded
Answer: Vostok Station, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983, recorded -89.2 C, or -128.6 F.
Question for Jan 19: What's the ratio of sheep to people in New Zealand?
Answer: The Statistics Office of the NZ government says 4.42 million people, and 31.1
million sheep, a little over 7 sheep per person
Question for Jan 20: What country has the largest number of different
Answer: Papua New Guinea has over 850 different languages; no place on Earth is more
Question for Jan 21: How many active volcanoes are there in the world?
Answer: 1511 volcanoes have erupted in the last 10 millenia, and therefore can be
considered "active" or "dormant".
Question for Jan 22: How many McDonald's and Subway restaurants are
Answer: In July, 2013, there were 34,492 McDonalds, and in November, 2013, there were
40,735 Subway Restaurants.
Question for Jan 23: What two countries are not only landlocked
themselves, but are surrounded by landlocked countries?
Answer: Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein.
Question for Jan 24: Which countries border only ONE other country?
Answer: Canada, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Gambia, Qatar, Portugal, Denmark,
Lesotho, South Korea
Question for Jan 25: Name the 7 countries whose names end with -stan.
What does 'stan' mean?
Answer: "Stan" means nation or land; countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
Question for Jan 26: What is the sovereign nation with the lowest
population density? The highest?
Answer: Lowest population density, Mongolia, about 5 people per sq. mile; highest,
Monaco, close to 48,000 per sq. miles.
Question for Jan 27: Where will you find the world's largest Parliament
Answer: The government building in Bucharest, Romania contains both houses of Romania's
Parliament. It has 1100 rooms, and a floorspace of 3,700,000 sq. ft.
Question for Jan 28: The UAE is a federation of seven emirates. How
many can you name?
Answer: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.
Question for Jan 29: What country produces the most rice? Exports the
most? Imports the most?
Answer: China produces the most; Thailand exports the most; the Philippines import the
Question for Jan 30: The Sea of Axov is an arm of what larger body of
Answer: The Black Sea
Question for Jan 31: What is the most widely-accepted Maori name for New
Zealand? What does it mean?
Answer: Aotearoa, which is usually said to mean "long white cloud"
Question for Feb 1: What are the two official languages of Kenya?
Answer: English and Swahili
Question for Feb 2: South Africa has eleven official languages. How
many can you name?
Answer: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga,
Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
Question for Feb 3: What is the largest reservoir in the world (by
Answer: Lake Kariba, on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border.
Question for Feb 4: What is special about the Sargasso Sea, and where is
Answer: A vast patch of free-floating seaweed (Sargassum), in the central North Atlantic
Question for Feb 5: What are the three largest wine-producing countries,
according to the FAO?
Answer: France, Italy, and Spain, in that order
Question for Feb 6: How is the North Magnetic Pole different from the
Geographic one? Where is it?
Answer: The point that all compasses point to, near the Geographic North Pole; it moves,
from near Ellesmere Island 10 years ago, towards Russia, at 55 to 60 km per year.
Question for Feb 7: Here are three capitals; name the countries:
Bratislava, Chisinau, Baku
Answer: Slovakia, Moldova, Azerbaijan
Question for Feb 8: What countries were previously called Abyssinia?
Upper Volta? Northern Rhodesia?
Answer: Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Zambia
Question for Feb 9: Where are these mountain ranges -- Queen Alexandra,
Queen Elizabeth, Queen Maud?
Question for Feb 10: What is the basic currency in Greenland?
Answer: The Danish Krone
Question for Feb 11:What countries use these currencies: hryvnia, pula,
Answer: Ukraine, Botswana, Bhutan, Myanmar
Question for Feb 12: What ten members of the EU do not use the Euro?
Answer: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania,
Sweden, and the UK
Question for Feb 13: Canada has about 25% of all the coastline on Earth.
How long is it?
Answer: 243,792 KM or 151,485 miles
Question for Feb 14: What is the latitude of the Arctic Circle?
Answer: 66 degrees, 33 minutes North
Question for Feb 15: Travel in a straight line from Paris to Moscow --
what countries do you touch?
Answer: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia
Question for Feb 16: Sail directly East from New York City; what country
do you first touch?
Question for Feb 17: Only two South American countries DO NOT touch
Brazil. Name them.
Answer: Ecuador and Chile
Question for Feb 18: What river flows through Dublin? through Zagreb?
Answer: Dublin: Liffey; Zagreb: Sava; Warsaw: Wisla (Vistula)
Question for Feb 19: Naypyidaw is the new administrative capital of what
Answer: Myanmar (Burma)
Question for Feb 20: Which is larger in area, Asia or the surface of the
Answer: Asia (17 million sq. miles) is larger than the Moon (15 million sq. miles)
Question for Feb 21: The Danube River flows into what body of water?
Answer: The Black Sea
Question for Feb 22: What language uses the Hangul script?
Question for Feb 23: What country speaks Magyar?
Question for Feb 24: What is the name of the strait that separates
mainland South America from Tierra Del Fuego?
Answer: Strait of Magellan
Question for Feb 25: The term Pangaea was created by geologist Alfred
Wegener to give a name to what land mass?
Answer: The supercontinent that existed during Paleozoic and Mesozoic times that broke
apart with continental drift
Question for Feb 26: Noah's Ark is said to have landed on Mt Ararat. In
what modern country is Mt Ararat?
Answer: In far Eastern Turkey, near the borders of Armenia and Iran.
Question for Feb 27: What is the English name for the Islas Malvinas,
islands claimed by both the UK and Argentina?
Answer: The Falkland Islands
Question for Feb 28: What US city's subway system uses the "Charlie
Card", and who is it named after?
Answer: Boston; it is named after "Charlie on the MTA", a song by the Kingston Trio
Question for Mar 1: In what country will you find Great Bear Lake and
Great Slave Lake?
Question for Mar 2: The Gambia is entirely surrounded by what country?
Question for Mar 3: Green Bay is a bay of which of the Great Lakes?
Answer: Lake Michigan
Question for Mar 4: What are the capitals of Burkina Faso, Mali, and
Answer: Ouagadougou, Bamako, Niamey
Question for Mar 5: The Gaspe Peninsula is located in which Canadian
Question for Mar 6: Which river flows through St Petersburg, Russia?
Answer: The Neva River
Question for Mar 7: What is the native-language name for Easter Island?
Answer: Rapa Nui
Question for Mar 8: For each of these airports, name the country:
Pearson, Changi, Haneda, Schiphol.
Answer: Canada (Toronto), Singapore, Japan (Tokyo), Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Question for Mar 9: How wide is the Demilitarized Zone between North and
Answer: 4 KM wide
Question for Mar 10: Lake Sakakawea is the third largest man-made lake
in the US. It is located in which state?
Answer: North Dakota
Question for Mar 11: Which world city is the only one to have an
independent country entire within it?
Answer: Rome (Vatican City)
Question for Mar 12: On average, how many earthquakes of magnitude 7.0
or higher occur each year?
Question for Mar 13: Where is Nunavut located, and what it its capital?
Answer: Iqaluit, in Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island
Question for Mar 14: In the great seal of the US, what is the eagle
holding in its talons?
Answer: 13 arrows in one, and an olive branch in the other
Question for Mar 15: The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world's
longest over-water bridge; where is the world's longest bridge?
Answer: Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge of the Beijing to Shanghai High-Speed Railway
Question for Mar 16: Only one of the 50 United States has a name that is
a single syllable. Which one?
Question for Mar 17: A few airports to decode -- name the cities -- FAT,
HOT, WOW, EZE, HAM, BUD
Answer: Fresno, CA; Hot Springs, AR; Willow, AK; Buenos Aires; Hamburg, Germany;
Question for Mar 18: Limited access highways are called Turnpikes or
Interstates in the US, and Motorways in the UK. What are they called in France?
Question for Mar 19: Which two countries are found on the island of
Answer: Dominican Republic and Haiti
Question for Mar 20: In which city are the Petronas Towers, at one time
the world's tallest bulidngs?
Answer: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Question for Mar 21: Here are three US craft beers -- name the state of
Answer: All three are from Oregon
Question for Mar 22: Some have 10 or more, but four US states have only
THREE distinct Interstate Highways. Name the states.
Answer: Delaware (95, 295, 495), New Mexico (10, 25, 40), North Dakota (29, 94, 194),
Rhode Island (95, 195, 295)
Question for Mar 23: Name the single unbroken land mass that was formed
by the Earth's continents around 200 million years ago.
Question for Mar 24: What country provides heat and hot water from
geothermal energy for around 90% of all buildings?
Question for Mar 25: What day does the Sun never set at the North Pole?
At the South Pole?
Answer: South Pole, Dec 21-2; North Pole, June 21-
Question for Mar 26: Five US state capitals begin with the letter A.
Answer: Albany, Annapolis, Atlanta, Augusta, Austin
Question for Mar 27: Pago Pago is on what island, in what US territory?
Answer: Tutuila, in American Samoa
Question for Mar 28: Besides California, where can you find the town of
San Rafael near the city of San Francisco?
Question for Mar 29: Name the two land-locked countries of South
Answer: Bolivia and Paraguay
Question for Nar 30: When California became a state in 1850, what was
the nearest neighboring state?
Question for Mar 31: Three island nations -- name their capitals: Cyprus,
Falkland Islands, Fiji.
Answer: Nicosia, Stanley, Suva
Question for Apr 1: For each of these Australian states, name the
capital -- Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania
Answer: Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart
Question for Apr 2: Three landlocked countries are each completely
surrounded by only one country; name them.
Answer: Lesotho (South Africa); Vatican and San Marino (Italy)
Question for Apr 3: Where are the Luxembourg Gardens?
Question for Apr 4: What country's citizens are referred to as Kiwis?
Answer: New Zealand
Question for Apr 5: QANTAS is the flag carrier airline for Australia;
what does its name mean?
Answer: Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services
Question for Apr 6: Whose statues are at the center of Piccadilly Circus
and Trafalgar Square?
Answer: Eros, and Admiral Horatio Nelson
Question for Apr 7: Hollywood ranks third in film production after
Bollywood and Nollywood. Where is each located?
Answer: The US, India, Nigeria
Question for Apr 8: What three national capitals have 2-word same-letter
names (hint -- AA, PP, SS)
Answer: Addis Ababa, Phnom Penh, San Salvador
Question for Apr 9: Which of the 8 islands of Hawai'i is sometimes
referred to as The Target Isle?
Answer: Kahoolawe, used until 1990 for US Navy target practice
Question for Apr 10: Will your spaghetti take longer to cook in New York
Answer: Denver; water boils at a lower temp at higher altitudes
Question for Apr 11: A British aristocrat named John Montagu is
remembered for what food invention and what island chain's name?
Answer: He was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, thus the Sandwich and The Sandwich Islands
(Hawai'i) were named for him.
Question for Apr 12: Which two European countries have the letter Z in
the spelling of their names?
Answer: Czech Republic, Switzerland
Question for Apr 13: Name the capitals of these islands -- Bermuda,
British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde
Answer: Hamilton, Road Town, Praia
Question for Apr 14: In Lake Huron, there is an island with a lake; what
is that large "lake in a lake" called?
Answer: Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island
Question for Apr 15: Here are four currencies; name the countries: Byat;
Baht; Pula; Kuna
Answer: Burma; Thailand; Botswana; Croatia
Question for Apr 16: Locate the following "Echo" places -- Puka Puka,
Sabi Sabi, Wagga Wagga.
Answer: Cook Islands; Mpumalanga, South Africa; NSW, Australia
Question for Apr 17: Which city is furthest north, furthest south?
Portland (Oregon), Boston, or Toronto?
Answer: Portland is 130 miles north of Toronto, which is 70 miles north of Boston.
Question for Apr 18: Of each pair, which is larger -- England or
Louisiana? France or California?
Answer: England is a little smaller than Louisiana; France is 50% larger than California
Question for Apr 19: Which country's national anthem is reputed to have
been composed by Mozart?
Question for Apr 20: Rarotonga is in a group of Pacific islands names
for which explorer?
Answer: James Cook (the Cook Islands)
Question for Apr 21: Apr 21. Identify the places in Michigan,
Pennsylvania and Maine whose names mean "almost an island"
Answer: All three states have a place called Presque Isle
Question for Apr 22: What three countries share the Yucatan Peninsula?
Answer: Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala
Question for Apr 23: Two pairs of countries share a unique feature, in
that they only border each other. Name them.
Answer: The UK and Ireland; Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Question for Apr 24: In the name of the Kyrgyz Republic, the word Kyrgyz is
from the Turkic root word meaning 40. Why?
Answer: Manas, a great warrior, around 200 BCE brought together 40 clans to fight
against the Uyghurs.
Question for Apr 25: What is the only national capital in the title of a
Answer: Athens (Timon of Athens)
Question for Apr 26: New England is the name for a region of the US. It
is also a region of which other country?
Answer: Australia -- in the northern area of New South Wales
Question for Apr 27: Apr 27. If you list all the Spanish-speaking
countries of the world by number of speakers, which is the first one on the list
that is not in the Americas?
Answer: The Philippines
Question for Apr 28: What city in Luxembourg was the place where the
agreement was signed making travel across Europe's borders seamless?
Question for Apr 29: What founding member of NATO has no standing army
and no navy?
Question for Apr 30: Of the top ten most-visited amusement parks in the
world, the top 8 are Disney parks. What are #9 and #10?
Answer: Universal Studios Japan and Orlando
Question for May 1: One of the world's top travel destinations is
Milford Sound, in Fiordland; in which country?