Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

The Geographical Quiz – November 2015

  • Written by  Adam Jacot de Boinod
  • Published in Quiz
Test your global knowledge

1 Local shops

What a fine array of products the world has. You can discover Atum Bom: tinned tuna in Portugal, Bimbo: biscuits in Mexico, and Prison a Ugandan body spray. But where would you find aftershave called Kevin and butter named Noisy?
A) The Netherlands
B) France
C) Switzerland

Click here to reveal the answer:

B) FRANCE


 

2 Aging gracefully
In which country is 40 the beginning of ‘old age’, 61 the completion of the 60-year cycle; (the celebrant wears a red cap and is congratulated by everybody for having become ‘a newborn baby once more’), and 70 the ‘rare age’?
A) China
B) Japan
C) South Korea

Click here to reveal the answer:

B) JAPAN


 

3 Say what?
Idioms are one way to distinguish nations. The Germans talk of ‘taking owls to Athens’, the Russians ‘go to Tula taking their own samovar’, and the Hungarians ‘take water to the Danube’. But where do they talk of ‘selling ice to the Eskimos’?
A) Iceland
B) Norway
C) Italy

Click here to reveal the answer:

C) Italy (“vendere ghiaccio agli eschimesi”)



Related items

Geographical Week

Get the best of Geographical delivered straight to your inbox every Friday.

LATEST HEADLINES

Subscribe to Geographical!

University of Winchester

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Aberystwyth University University of Greenwich The University of Winchester

TRAVEL PARTNERS

Ponant

Silversea

Travel the Unknown

DOSSIERS

Like longer reads? Try our in-depth dossiers that provide a comprehensive view of each topic

  • The Human Game – Tackling football’s ‘slave trade’
    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
    Essential oil?
    Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habita...
    Hung out to dry
    Wetlands are vital storehouses of biodiversity and important bulwarks against the effects of climate change, while also providing livelihoods for mill...
    The Air That We Breathe
    Cities the world over are struggling to improve air quality as scandals surrounding diesel car emissions come to light and the huge health costs of po...
    When the wind blows
    With 1,200 wind turbines due to be built in the UK this year, Mark Rowe explores the continuing controversy surrounding wind power and discusses the e...

MORE DOSSIERS

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.