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  Who Gives a Fig About Turkmenistan?   best quiz  
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"The main thing that the West should know about Turkmenistan is that it exists. Most people have no idea that it exists." - Paul Theroux. Do the inhabitants of FunTrivia agree as it's one of the last countries to get its own quiz? Does anyone give a fig?
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  Why Turkmenistan is Going in My Bucket List   popular trivia quiz  
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Turkmenistan is a fascinating new country full of places to go and things to see. Here ten of these things that have made me put Turkmenistan in my bucket list.
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Turkmenistan Trivia Questions

1. A must-see when visiting Turkmenistan is located in the village of Derweze. It consists of an underground pocket of gas that has been on fire since 1971. What is the name given to this interesting location?

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Why Turkmenistan is Going in My Bucket List

Answer: Door to Hell

In 1971 while drilling for natural gas, Soviet geologists drilled into an cavern full of natural gas. Suddenly the earth beneath the drilling rig caved in, leaving a large crater. To avoid poisonous gas seeping from below, the decision was made to burn it off, a common practice at the time. It was believed the fire would only burn for a couple of days but over 40 years later the gas is still burning. The local people dubbed the caved in cavern "The Door to Hell". This flaming hole in the earth is truly spectacular when viewed at night.

2. When visiting Turkmenistan you might want to see the speedy Akhal-Teke, which is a breed of which animal often used as the national emblem?

From Quiz Why Turkmenistan is Going in My Bucket List

Answer: Horse

The Akhal-Teke is one of the oldest surviving horse breeds. These beautiful horses were bred for endurance and are noted for their golden-metallic coat. There are less than 4,000 of these special animals in existence. It is believed that the bloodline of these horses may be found in varying degrees in the Thoroughbred and Arabian breeds of horse. A visit to the national Turkmenbashi Stud Farm for Akhal-Teke breeding should be on every visitor's list.

3. Who gives a fig about Turkmenistan? Answer: Anyone visiting the "Door to Hell", that's who. This truly spectacular site has been continuously burning since 1971. What is being burned?

From Quiz Who Gives a Fig About Turkmenistan?

Answer: Natural Gas

Turkmenistan is one of the world's leading exporters of natural gas and also of oil. As a consequence, gas and electricity are free to all citizens leading to some burning their stoves 24/7 to avoid paying for matches! The "Door to Hell" is located close to the village of Darvaza which, ironically, is the Turkmen for "gate". In 1971, geologists accidentally drilled into a vast underground chamber, creating a crater of poisonous gas. Someone had the bright idea of striking a light in order to burn off the gas. Bad idea! It's continued to burn with no sign of abating. There are numerous photographs on the internet and these are well worth accessing.

4. What is the name of another point of interest featuring a bronze sculpture of a bull balancing a globe on its horns?

From Quiz Why Turkmenistan is Going in My Bucket List

Answer: The Ashgabat Earthquake Memorial and Museum

The trembling of the Earth during an earthquake is symbolized by the globe being balanced on the pointed horns of a bull. This impressive monument found in the city of Ashgabat was built in memory of the 100,000 people killed during the city's devastating 1948 earthquake. The museum is located underneath the sculpture and contains many displays and photos that depict the horror of that day. The city of Ashgabat is located at the edge of the Kopet Dag mountain range and is the capital of Turkmenistan.

5. Who gives a fig about Turkmenistan? Answer: The Guinness Book of Records, that's who. In 2008, an object was unveiled in the capital, Ashgabat, that at 133m was the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. What was it?

From Quiz Who Gives a Fig About Turkmenistan?

Answer: A flagpole

The national flag of Turkmenistan, first adopted in 1992, has a green background. Superimposed onto this are a white crescent (representing Islam) and five white stars (representing the country's five provinces). Additionally, there are five designs, said to symbolise the Turkmen tradition of carpet making, and each of these also represents a tribal grouping. The flag was revised in 1997, to include an olive branch, indicative of Turkmenistan's stance of "permanent neutrality". The State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported the flagpole's inaugural ceremony, on 3rd July 2008, with these words: "The marches and patriotic songs performed by the Orchestra of the Guard of Honour and music groups of the Ashgabat Department of Culture added solemnity to the ceremony. The official ceremony of hoisting the national flag of Turkmenistan started with the march of the Guard of Honour carrying the giant national flag 52.5 x 35 meters in size weighing 420 kg in their arms. To the accompaniment of the national anthem of Turkmenistan the magnificent green banner soared up to the heavens inspiring the participants of the ceremony and filling them with the pride in their Motherland and the present day of the Turkmen nation." To be absolutely precise, the record was for the world's tallest free-standing flagpole.

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