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What country has more volcanoes than any other?
A: Indonesia--it has 167 of the 850 active volcanoes known in the world.

What is the destination of an airline passenger whose luggage tags are marked AZO? or YYZ?
A: AZO is Kalmazoo, Michigan; YYZ is Toronto, Canada.

What historic leader was the first to be called the "Father of His Country"?
A: Augustus Caesar, earlier known as Octavian, grandnephew of Julius Caesar and the first Roman emperor. He ws granted the title Pater Patriae in 2 B.C. by the Roman senate and people.

What size were the 2,400 pairs of shoes Imelda Marcos left behind when she and her husband, deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, went into exile in 21986?
A: They were size 8-1/2.

On the Chinese lunar calendar, the year of the horse began January 27, 1990. Can you name the other eleven animals on the calendar?
A: The sheep (or goat), monkey, hen (or rooster), dog, pig, rat, ox (or bull), tiger, rabbit (or hare or cat), snake and horse.

How much did Aga Khan III weigh in 1946 when his followers gave him his weight in diamonds in celebration of his sixtieth year as leader of the Ismaili sect of the Shiite Muslims?
A: He tipped the scale at 243-1/2 pounds, which translated into $2.5 million in diamonds. His followers contributed that amount in cash to charities he sponsored.

What sport did King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, then 34-year-old ruler of the isolated Himalayan nation of Bhutan, engage in daily in 1990?
A: Basketball.

What unique wedding gift did Indian leader Mahatma Gandi send to England's Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they wed in 1947?
A: A hand-spun loincloth.

What country was the first to impose a general income tax?
A: Great Britain--in 1799. It was done to finance the Napoleonic Wars.

How many of Canada's 10 provinces do not border on the United States.
A: Three--Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Which is the only one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence today?
A: The Pyramids of Egypt at Giza. The other six wonders were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Tomb of Mausolus at Helicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus (Jupiter) by Phidias at Olympia, and the Pharos of Alexandria.

What country has a glacier located on the Equator?
A: Ecuador. The glacier is on a volcano known as Cayambe.

What special device did Saudi Arabia's King Fahd have installed in the ceiling of each room in his $150-million "Flying Palace"?
A: A dial with a needle that automatically points to the holy city of Mecca.

What three civilizations are believed to have been the only ones in history to invent the zero?
A :The Babylonian, Hindu and Mayan civilizations.

What were the last words of Queen Elizabeth I when she died in 1603?
A: "All my possessions for one moment of time."

Where are the highest tides in the world?
A: In the Bay of Fundy in southeastern Canada. Tides have reached 70 feet at the head of the bay.

What country is the only one to have been represented in all modern Olympic games--both summer and winter?
A: Great Britain.

What nation's flag has remained unchanged the longest?
A: Denmark's.

In the Indonesian village of Wirakan in 1985, what unusual payment were couples required to make in order to get married?
A: Ten rats--in a bid to combat a plague of rats threatening the rice harvest. Divorces cost 20 rats.


 

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