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    the San Francisco Chronicle prints one every year, and you may recall that I throw the questions onto here, just for giggles.

    Rules are simple: answer must come from your head, not from looking it up. And as soon as somebody gets the right answer, I post the next question. There are 50 of them.

    Some are very easy (I'm talking about you, No. 1), but I'll put them up anyway.

    As the paper says in its intro, "There are no prizes for acing the test—just the quiet satisfaction of knowing your grasp of geography is far better than that of those geniuses at Apple":

    1. One of the world's major rivers was named for a group of women who were said to have undergone voluntary mastectomies. Which river?

  • #2
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    Amazon?

    Woo hoo, I enjoy this every year. I also spend way too much time on the thread.

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    • #3
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      Answer as printed by the fishwrap; gh not responsible for content!

      <<1. The Amazon was named for the female warriors of Greek mythology who supposedly had their right breasts removed to improve their archery or their javelin throwing, depending on the story. Historians note that the mastectomies were not part of the original legend and don't make much sense anatomically or athletically, either.>>

      This one will be right up McGato's alley...

      2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?

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      • #4
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        Too easy. Next? I meant #1.

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        • #5
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          Your time and patience.

          Originally posted by gh
          Answer as printed by the fishwrap; gh not responsible for content!


          2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?

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          • #6
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            2. In 1974 a nickel would buy you a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. What does it cost now?

            I have no idea, and so this is truly a guess, but that's in the spirit of this quiz (which by the way, I really enjoy -- thanks gh!). So...

            ...a nickel?

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            • #7
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              that would be incorrect

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              • #8
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                The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right!
                On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!

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                • #9
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                  Does anyone still travel to Staten Island?

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Marlow
                    The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right!
                    On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!
                    Can we ever have a quiz without your injecting a spoiler into it?

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                    • #11
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                      The ferry is free...

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                      • #12
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                        <<2. It's free.>>


                        3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by gh
                          <<2. It's free.>>


                          3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.
                          I'm gonna go with "false" on the basis that I doubt Brazil is named after the nut...

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by gh
                            <<2. It's free.>>


                            3. True or false: Brazil is the only country in the world named after a nut.
                            False - Macadamia - sounds like a country - must exist somewhere

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by gh
                              Originally posted by Marlow
                              The quiz was linked to my e-mail homepage, so I took it and only got HALF right!
                              On the other hand, their answer to #23 is wrong and I knew the right answer, so I got that going for me!
                              Can we ever have a quiz without your injecting a spoiler into it?
                              How is that a spoiler??!! I have revealed nothing about any answer. If anything it builds suspense for #23! :wink:

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