Special Sub-Topic: Around the World in 80 Seconds
|The Kwanza is a monetary unit in which of these African countries?|
Angola. The basic unit of currency in Angola is the Kwanza. Not worth much - about 1 cent in U.S. money, 0.007 Euros and 0.006 British Pounds. Botswana's unit of currency is called Pula, Namibia uses the Shilling and Tanzania, like the U.S., is called the Dollar.
|What country's flag fits this description - a light blue background with one white star in the center?|
Somalia. Located in east Africa, Somalia depends mainly on sugar refining and textile production for its economy. The capital is Mogadishu and its "official" religion is Sunni Muslim.
|Which of these countries has a constitutional monarchy for its government?|
Spain. Lithuania is a republic, Hungary has a parliamentary democracy, and Qatar is a traditional monarchy. In a constitutional monarchy, the ruler is governed by a constitution that limits absolute power.
|In which country would you expect to see horta, giouvetsi and pa´dakia on a restaurant menu?|
Greece. These dishes are delicacies of Greece. Horta is cooked greens with a lemon juice or olive oil dressing, giouvetsi is veal or lamb cooked in a tomato sauce and pa´dakia consists of grilled lamb chops seasoned with lemon and basil.
|Zouaves, colorfully dressed military infantryman, were originated by what European country?|
France. Zouaves (pronounced ZOO'ahvz) were first mustered by the French Army in 1831 in Algeria. They were named Zouaves from the tribe of Berber recruits there. They were known for their bright blue jackets and baggy red trousers. American troops of Zouaves also served during the American Civil War and it is estimated that about 100 regiments of them fought on both sides of that conflict.
|April 22nd is observed by many Americans. What is this day known as in the United States?|
Earth Day. Earth Day stemmed from the observance of Arbor Day which was usually held in late April, and was intended to be a time for planting trees and otherwise beautifying the landscape. Earth day was first observed in 1970 and has come to be celebrated as a general improvement of all aspects of environmental conditions, not just tree planting.
|Which of these phrases comes closest in English to this German proverb - "Fahren Sie nie schneller als Ihr Wńchterengel fliegen kann"?|
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.. Literally - "Drive faster than your guard angel to never fly can." Ach! Good advice from those amazing Germans.
|Which of these communities is NOT a suburb of London?|
Bedford. Bedford is about 40 miles (64 K) from London. It has around 80,000 residents. The 1970's BBC TV show "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" was filmed in and around Bedford.
|For what is the Spingarn Medal awarded?|
For an outstanding achievement by an African American. The Spingarn Medal was first awarded in 1915 to Ernest Just for his work on biological mechanisms. Other winners included Sammy Davis Jr., Alex Haley, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Bill Cosby.
|During the "Baby Boomer" years (1946-64) in the U.S., which given name was consistently the most popular given to baby boys?|
Michael. According to data compiled by Dr. Cleveland Evans of Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, the name Michael was the most popular name given to baby boys in the 14 "baby boomer" years starting in 1950. However, for the first 4 years of that era, from 1946-50, James was the winner.
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