August Travel Trivia: Are You A Maphead?

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They walk among us, these slightly odd people. If there’s a map on an office wall, they can’t help drifting over to stare at it dreamily, with eyes slightly glazed over. They read road atlases not at truck stops when they’re lost, but for pleasure on a rainy afternoon at home. They have favorite and least favorite world map projections. (Mercator, boo! Winkel Tripel, yay!) They are the world’s geographic elite. They are the mapheads. Are you a maphead? We’ve asked 74-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings to put together a tricky test of world geography knowledge so you can find out.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What mountain range between Tennessee and North Carolina is also the most-visited national park in the U.S.?
  • 2. 
    Until the mid-19th century, women weren’t allowed to climb what tallest mountain in Japan?
  • 3. 
    What continent would you turn to in the atlas to find the Atlas Mountains?
  • 4. 
    The Gutzon Borglum Historical Center is located just up the road from what South Dakota mountain?
  • 5. 
    Europe’s two highest outhouses are located at almost 14,000 feet up what French peak, so that its famously white, snowy top can be kept clear of human, er, leavings?
  • 6. 
    What hometown of Ludwig van Beethoven was a world capital between 1949 and 1990?
  • 7. 
    What U.S. state has had a record eight different state capitals, including Augusta and Macon?
  • 8. 
    Sugarloaf Mountain rises above Guanabara Bay in what former national capital of Brazil?
  • 9. 
    Karachi, one of the world’s most populous cities and now the provincial capital of Sindh, was what the capital of what country until 1958?
  • 10. 
    Just like the Canada's current capital, the country's first capital city, Kingston, is located in what province?
  • 11. 
    Phuket beer is named for the largest island in what country?
  • 12. 
    What tiny African country between South Africa and Mozambique was ruled between 1899 and 1982—82 years, a world record—by King Sobhuza II?
  • 13. 
    Where would you find Wilkes Land, Ellsworth Land, Queen Maud Land, and George V Land?
  • 14. 
    Most of Assateague Island, home to a famous herd of wild horses, is located in what U.S. state?
  • 15. 
    What island’s longest river is the Shannon, named for a mythical daughter of the sea-god Lir?
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