Trivia Tuesday

Portland Oregon

Props to the people of Portland who are, according to an OkCupid survey, the frontrunners in that casual sex stakes. Looking to, erm, make friends in the States? Make sure you add these cities to your itinerary: Portland (Oregon; not Maine) Seattle Pittsburgh Miami San Francisco Dallas San Bernardino (California) Denver San Diego Houston Where […]

Trivia Tuesday

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China is so interesting. It is one of the oldest civilisations on earth and was originally ruled by imperial dynasties (see: Ming, Tang, Qing, etc). Marco Polo was the first person to call it China and also popularised the term ‘china’ for porcelain. It was Mao Zedong, of Little Red Book fame, who first called it The People’s […]

Trivia Tuesday

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Until recently, I had never actually wondered this. Latin is one of those things that just is, like the sun or the stars or the neverending production of Law & Order: SVU. Guess what? It originated in the Latium region of Italy near the River Tiber and was spoken by Ancient Romans. Read more on […]

Trivia Tuesday: What is the name of the world’s newest country?

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Did you know that a new country was created at 12.01am on Saturday 9th July, 2011? After two civil wars spanning 50 years and the death of over 2 million people, the Republic of South Sudan has formed. What were they fighting about? Ostensibly, religion. The north is primarily Arab and Muslim and the south […]

Trivia Tuesday: What is the national currency of Zambia?

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If you have 100 ngwee, you would have one kwacha. The kwacha is one of the world’s most inflated currencies. Currently $1 AUD = 5, 161.40 ZMK. To give you some idea of the immense purchasing power of the kwacha, 25, 000 ZMK will buy you 15 minutes of glacial dial-up internet access; an exchange that […]

Trivia Tuesday + WIN: Who has been eating my porridge?

Police officers in Slovenia get asked this question a lot. There are so many brown bears in this small Balkan nation that they export them to other European countries to help them repopulate their wilderness areas. Funnily enough, the little girl population is inversely pegged to the bear population, while porridge consumption remains suspiciously stable. […]

Trivia Tuesday + WIN a Vibe chillout suite CD: Where is the Hotel California?

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You thought it was the title of an old Eagles’ song, didn’t you? Nah-uh. The Hotel California is a 3.5 star property in Albufeira, Portugal. Gimmicky hotel names aside, there has been a lot of conjecture about Hotel California’s lyrics. Is it about a satanic playground (see: ‘stabbing with their steely knives but they just […]

Trivia Tuesday: How many emirates are there in the UAE?

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The UAE has always confused the bejeezus out of me. Is it Dubai? Is it Abu Dhabi? For a while I thought it included Oman and Saudi Arabia (nope). So, here you have it People Who Are Probably Smarter Than Me, there are seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain. […]

Trivia Tuesday: Which US State has the dumbest laws?

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Bear wrestlers, beware! In Alabama, bear wrestling matches are prohibited. It is considered an offence to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. Boogers may […]

Trivia Tuesday: Red hot chilli peppers

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Did you know that chillies are native to South America? I always assumed that they originated from Asia because of the liberal use of chilli in many Asian dishes but this is not the case. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it: Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the […]