Question #15 – Name that Country
For which country are the following three statements true?
- It was the first country in the Western world to build a railroad.
- Its national dish is Ackee and Saltfish.
- Practicing one of the religions for which the country is known is punishable by imprisonment.
Obeahism – the Jamaican form of Voodoo – is only practiced in secret in Jamaica. It is believed that the Obeah man can summon evil spirits and bring either fortune or disaster to others. In Jamaica, the practice of Obeahism is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Question #14 – ‘Gotta Go, ‘Gotta Go!
For outdoor enthusiasts, Boulder, CO, is a great place to vacation. Home to the Flatirons, Eldorado Canyon and Flagstaff Mountain, the breathtaking scenery and clear mountain air will cleanse your body and soul. But Boulder also boasts a rather unique manmade distinction as well. What is it?
It has more residential toilets than people.
That’s right! In a recent study conducted by Redfin – the real estate company – Boulder topped the list of toilets per resident. It boasts 102 residential toilets for every 100 people. Washington, D.C. and Raleigh-Durham, NC, came in second, each having only 98.
Question #13 – OUCH!
Africa can be a dangerous vacation destination. It is home to seven very deadly animals. The top six (in order) are: mosquito, hippo, buffalo, elephant, crocodile and lion.
What is #7?
Although locusts don’t kill people directly, when weather conditions are favorable they have been known to form huge swarms eating everything in sight. In 2004 a swarm was recorded as being 12.5 miles long by 165 yards wide, and contained nearly 70 billion locusts. They not only ate the food crops in their path, but stripped the area of every minute piece of vegetation including the grass and leaves from the trees. Subsequently thousands of Africans died of starvation.
Question #12 – Let Us Pray
Members of the Hindu faith in Deshnok, India, worship these unlikely creatures, believing they are the reincarnated souls of their deceased loved ones.
What are they?
A 14th century mystic decreed that when her family members died, they would be reborn as rats until they were reincarnated again as humans. Today, the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok has become a popular tourist attraction. It is home to more than 20,000 rats that often sit beside worshippers as they pray.
Question #11 – Half Dome
Half Dome is an iconic granite rock feature in Yosemite National Park that’s famous for its challenging 16.4-mile day hike.
What else is Half Dome famous for?
Half Dome is one of the deadliest hikes in the United States, with more than 60 people killed in accidents while attempting the extreme trek to its peak. More than 20 people have been killed on the dome itself, while the remainder encountered deadly accidents somewhere along the trail.
Question #10 – Timbuktu Taboo
Timbuktu is located in this troubled African nation where U.S. citizens are cautioned not to visit. What country is it and why?
Not to be confused with ‘Bali’ which is a gorgeous island province of Indonesia, Mali is a landlocked nation located in West Africa. According to the U.S. State Department, “Mali continues to face challenges including food shortages, internally displaced persons, and the presence in northern Mali of extremist and militant factions.” In the English language, the term “Timbuktu” is used as a place holder for any locality that is far away or whose location is unknown.
Question #9 – Let’s Not Go There
Planning to visit a beach the next time you’re in Portugal? Then you need to be aware of this
unusual law that makes it illegal to … do what?
Pee in the Ocean
Yep. Although difficult to enforce for obvious reasons, tourists should be careful. You wouldn’t want to get thrown in a Portuguese prison with a bunch of “repeed” offenders. 😉
Question #8 – All Dressed Up and No Place to Go
Deep within Mexico’s Xochimilco canals lies a creepy island all decked out with a horrifying display of this beloved child’s toy.
What is it?
Decaying and Mutilated Dolls and Doll Parts
Believe it or not, tourists flock to Isla de Las Muñecas – or Island of the Dolls – to view this macabre spectacle. Legend holds that about 50 years ago, the island’s only resident found a small girl who had drowned in the canals. He attempted to please her spirit by hanging dolls and doll parts in the trees all around the island.
Question #7 – Turkey Fishing
In addition to being the country’s top turkey producer, one of this state’s top tourist attractions is their annual Fish House Parade. This whimsical parade is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Which state is it?
The Fish House Parade started in 1991 and features dozens of theme-decorated ice fish house floats. Thousands of visitors flock to Aitkin, MN, each year to view the spectacle, where the average temperature on the day after Thanksgiving is 15 degrees!
Question #6 – Makeshift Mosaic
Visitors flock to a chapel in Évora, Portugal, to see its sacred hallways decorated with this unusual wall covering. What is it?
When the Royal Church of St. Francis started running low on space to bury its dead, 16th Century monks used the bones of 5,000 people to meticulously decorate the walls of its chapel. Known as Portugal’s Chapel of Bones, this macabre chantry attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Question #5 – Every Kinda People
In southern China’s Yunnan Province a controversial theme park was built for the express purpose of hiring entertainers with a specific handicap. What handicap is it?
Socially-aware entrepreneur, Chen Mingjing, opened “Kingdom of the Little People” in 2009 to provide employment for those born with dwarfism and to encourage understanding and acceptance by others. The controversial theme park employs costumed dwarfs to entertain visitors.
Question #4 – Until Death Do Us Part
Paris is known as the City of Love and rightly so. What obscure French law takes “until death do us part” to a whole new level?
Posthumous Marriage Is Legal
Yep, you read that right! An eccentric law implemented during WWI allows for couples to marry after one of them has already bitten the dust. About 20 posthumous marriages are granted each year in France.
Question #3- Sinking City
One of the ten most populous cities in the world is sinking at the rate of about 10 centimeters a year.
Which one is it and why?
This Mexican capital city is built on top of a soft lake bed of underground water. As resources are diminished to provide water for the city’s 19.5 million inhabitants, the city is sinking at the rate of about 10 centimeters each year.
Question #2- Rawlins, WY
In the late 1800s, Wyoming physician, John Osborne, had a pair of unusual shoes custom-made for himself. They are now on display at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyoming. What are these shoes made of?
Osborne had the shoes made from the skin of outlaw Big Nose George Parrott, after his lynching on March 22, 1881.
Question #1- San Luis Obispo, CA
In downtown San Luis Obispo in southern California, there is an alleyway where the walls on either side are totally covered with this multi-colored substance. What is it?
Although no one seems quite certain of how Bubblegum Alley got started, area residents say it was prior to 1970. The 60-feet long passageway is completely covered in chewed gum and actually attracts out-of-town visitors. Feel free to leave your own contribution the next time you’re in town!