Friday, February 15, 2008

Time For Trivia....

I have been a huge fan of trivia, especially when it comes to general knowledge. It is always a pleasure to learn and of course to challenge myself on how much I know. Well, I was browsing through a few sites and I came across some facts that one may not have even thought about. Well, here are a few questions. Challenge yourself people, to see how much you know. If you get all the questions right, then you're a level above everyone else. Try it:-


Question 1:
Which country, about the size of Switzerland, has the world's highest unclimbed peak, has normally only one airplane in the country at any given time, has a population living in large houses where people eat lots of peppers and some beef and pork - although the religion prohibits killing animals within the country, has thousands of dogs allowed to bark all night so they can scare off evil spirits, has millions of marijuana plants growing wild, has no civil unrest or international enemies, has a national religion, which is a highly sexual form of Buddhism, and is a place where by law, almost everyone wears a robe, the men often adding argyle socks and dress shoes, while many elderly people climb mountains barefoot?

Question 2:
What country has almost no native plant life?

Question 3:
Which is the only Asian country never to have been occupied by a foreign power?

Question 4:
Which country has the highest percentage of its population incarcerated (yeah, yeah, I know some of you'll will ask me what this means - it means jailed or put in jail) ?

Question 5:
Which two capital cities in Africa have similar to the names of their respective countries?

Question 6:
What is the hottest place on Earth?

Question 7:
What is the coldest place on Earth?

Question 8:
How much space dust falls to Earth each year?

So, what was your score out of 8? I scored a 4/8. Among the toughest questions are Q2 and Q8. Anyway, the answers are below:-

Question 1:
Bhutan. This remarkable country has been described as Shangri-La. Many who have been there feel that it has just about the most splendid natural environment and precious culture left on the planet

Question 2:
Qatar. This desolate peninsular country on the Persian Gulf has managed to "green" itself only slightly with its oil revenue.

Question 3:
Thailand. The rest of East Asia has a long history of changing occupations. The USSR was both occupied and occupier: they were invaded by both Napoleon's and Hitler's army, but later controlled much of central Asia. Much of China's coast has also been under foreign domination, but now Tibet is under its rule. Holland colonized Indonesia; France controlled Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; Spain ran the Philippines; and Britain dominated a huge area, from the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent and beyond. Japan was one of the last of the occupiers, starting with Korea and China and making its way down to South East Asia before being pushed back at the end of WWII. It was then, in turn, under U.S. occupation following the war.

Question 4:
The United States of America. More than 4 people per every 1000 are in jail, South Africa is a close second.

Question 5:
Tunis – Tunisia & Algiers – Algeria

Question 6:
El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 - the hottest ever measured. In Death Valley, it got up to 134 Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.

Question 7:
Far and away, the coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok , Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

Question 8:
Estimates vary, but the USGS says at least 1,000 million grams, or roughly 1,000 tons of material enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earth's surface. One group of scientists claims microbes rain down from space, too, and that extraterrestrial organisms are responsible for flu epidemics.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude. Bhutan is in Asia. It was never occupied by a foreign power. Thailand was partially occupied by foreign powers twice during the colonial period (the Burmese in 1767 and the Japanese in 1941). Nice to get people thinking about these things, but don't rely so much on dimestore lists.

DPB said...

Hello Anonymous,

No one said Bhutan is not a part of Asia. Bhutan was never occupied
by a foreign power. True. I did not say they were. As for Thailand, they were not occupied by colonial power - there we go. The words 'foreign power' is misleading.

Cheers!

Dave