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Geography True or False #1

Try to guess whether these geographical statements are true or false.
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First submittedFebruary 4, 2019
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1. Mexico is south of the Equator
True
False
2. New Zealand has more sheep than people
True
False
There are more than 5 sheep for every person in New Zealand
3. There is at least one country whose name begins with each letter of the alphabet
True
False
No countries begin with X. Only the partially-recognized state of Western Sahara starts with W.
4. It's possible to drive on roads all the way from Anchorage to Buenos Aires
True
False
There are no roads through the Darién Gap in Panama and Colombia
5. China only has one time zone
True
False
6. Paris is further north than Toronto
True
False
7. Africa is bigger than Russia by land area
True
False
8. Russia borders both North Korea and Norway
True
False
9. Switzerland is part of the European Union
True
False
Switzerland didn't even join the United Nations until 2002
10. No countries share a land border with the United Kingdom
True
False
The United Kingdom borders the Republic of Ireland
11. There is a country whose currency is called the Lira
True
False
Turkey uses the Lira
12. Minnesota has a border with at least one of the Great Lakes
True
False
Minnesota borders Lake Superior
13. At least some of the Arctic Ocean is always frozen
True
False
By the end of the century, and probably earlier, this will no longer be true
14. Shanghai is further north than Beijing
True
False
15. 100% of the territory of Singapore is located on islands
True
False
16. Besides Italy, there are no countries where Italian is an official language
True
False
Italian is also official in San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican
72 Comments
+7
Level 83
Feb 5, 2019
#6 and #15: farther, not further ;-)
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2019
Both apply in those sentences.
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Level 70
Mar 29, 2019
The original observation is correct if not pedantic. It's not a hard and fast rule, but general consensus is that farther refers to physical distance while further applies to more abstract concepts. But as long as people understand the point then it doesn't really matter if they're used interchangeably.
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Level 68
Jul 20, 2019
I had allways been under the impression that one was american and the other was british... like armor and armour... and mom and mum... hmmm
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2021
In British English ‘farther’ is very rarely used.
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Level 69
Mar 5, 2019
Damn it! I 95% knew Minnesota bordered at least one of the great lakes, yet I doubted myself thinking it was a trick question.
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Level 84
Mar 29, 2019
I did as well because it said "Lakes."
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Level 35
Jun 26, 2023
I don't even know where it is, I just hoped I guessed it right
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Level 86
Mar 29, 2019
Bah! Psyched myself out on the Singapore one, thinking it must be a trick question.
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Level 63
Mar 29, 2019
It's very hard to see on a small scale and the bridges don't make it easier on a medium-big scale. Not surprising some people don't know that one.
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Level 55
Mar 27, 2020
I always thought it shared borders with Malaysia, since we crossed the borders there between Malaysia and Singapore. Guess I didn't look out the window well enough to see it was all islands.
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Level 52
Mar 29, 2019
Had to stop and think about 14 for a moment, which is pretty depressing.
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Level 55
Mar 29, 2019
Which country shares a border with the UK??
+17
Level 58
Mar 29, 2019
Ireland
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Level 28
Mar 29, 2019
Northern Ireland is part of the UK and borders Ireland on land.
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Level 50
Feb 9, 2020
Ireland and Spain (Gibraltar)
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Level 78
Mar 27, 2020
Not Spain. Gibraltar is not part of the United Kingdom.
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Level 66
May 6, 2020
JackintheBox, Gibraltar is British... It's a common fact most people know
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Level 82
Jul 26, 2021
It's a British overseas territory, but it's quite definitely not part of the UK.
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2021
There isn't any caveat that says no overseas territories so...
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2023
Doesn't need to be. There is a clear definition of what constitutes the UK and it doesn't include Gibraltar or other overseas territories.
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Level 60
Jun 26, 2023
I think there's no caveat regarding overseas territories because it doesn't matter for the sake of this quiz.
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Level 64
Oct 21, 2020
TamuAudwodia - Gibraltar is not part of the United Kingdom. It is a British Overseas Territory.
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Level 32
Apr 22, 2023
uk is sharing a land border with ireland. Fun fact: uk also own a really small area called Gibraltar and it borders spain
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Level 49
Mar 29, 2019
I thought it was Monaco and not Morocco so I pressed True :D cant read
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Level 45
Mar 29, 2019
Why do the roads just stop in southern Panama? Why wouldn't they connect it all the way to Colombia?
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Level 62
Mar 29, 2019
The Panama Canal.
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Level 76
Mar 29, 2019
The Panama canal has bridges and also is in the middle of the country. You can't cross from Panama to Colombia because there is a dense jungle in the border called the Darién Gap
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Level 70
Mar 29, 2019
You know it's some crazy, crazy jungle when they choose not to build a road through it, and yet - just north of there - they dug an enormous system of trenches literally across the entire country so ships could move across land. One of the world's most audacious engineering projects in human history was more a palatable and ultimately doable idea than 60+ miles of tarmac.
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Level 50
Apr 4, 2019
It is a crazy dangerous jungle. But there are some important historical reasons for which the road was never built. Panama was a part of Colombia, and after gaining independence wasn't too interested in building a road that would allow a Colombian army to march right into the country. Later, the dense rain forest of the Darien gap partially protected Panama by containing some Colombia's problems, including the civil war, drug smuggling and outbreaks of hoof and mouth disease. Although policy makers are less concerned about the environment, ecologically speaking, the construction of a highway would be a total disaster, bisecting one of the most diverse ecological hot spots in the world and giving loggers access to the largest continuous rain forest in Central America and the biggest in South America after the Amazon.
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Level 41
May 2, 2019
It's not just the jungle. Gangs operate out of the jungle there which makes the project not only expensive but dangerous as well.

there isn't enough reason for them to build a highly expensive and dangerous road.

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Level 82
Apr 5, 2019
It's not the canal. There are two major highways that go over the canal. It's jungle, mountains, national parks and politics. And on both sides of the border there just isn't much that is developed in that area. It would be extraordinarily expensive to try and finish a decent road connecting the major metropolitan areas of both countries and bridge the Darien Gap, and not economically viable since there are already many cheap and efficient water and air routes that serve the same function.
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Level 46
Mar 29, 2019
Panama Canal and Darien Pass(primitive forest between Panama and Colombia).
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Level 62
Mar 30, 2019
Darken Gap, yes. Panama Canal, no. There are bridges spanning the canal.
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Level 37
Mar 27, 2020
As another poster pointed out, Panama gained its independence from Colombia. Why make it easy for them to try and reclaim Panama? A physical barrier is one of the best protections.
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Level 60
Dec 13, 2021
You're not allowed to say a physical barrier is helpful for protecting a country's borders. That's racist now.
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Level 60
Jun 26, 2023
what a boomer a** take
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Level 56
Oct 16, 2022
The "protection" that they are talking about is from an invading force of another country. I assume that you're talking about the border wall between Mexico and the US which is a social issue due to migrants from all over central america and not because mexico are suddenly going to march their army into the US.
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Level 41
May 2, 2019
Only got the Paris/Toronto one wrong
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Level 68
Apr 14, 2020
Its crazy. Not only is Toronto further south than Paris, but also further south of Mainland France!
+3
Level 66
May 6, 2020
The southernmost part of Canada is as south as the southernmost part of Montenegro
+6
Level ∞
Oct 1, 2021
The southernmost part of Canada is also further south than the northernmost point of California.
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2023
In the heatwave last year, I heard a lot online about how far north northern Europe is compared with the USA and Canada. Even living in the UK I'd never really appreciated it before.
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Level 75
Mar 27, 2020
The time zone one made me pause for a long time. Xinjiang has, sort of, its own time zone. You have to learn which things operate on Xinjiang time (almost everything) and which things on national time.
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Level 92
Jan 20, 2021
I guess since time zones are a human construct, it makes sense, but based on sheer size, China should probably utilize multiple time zones.
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2021
Should and Do are very different
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Level 66
Apr 21, 2023
china has a single timezone
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Level 51
Jan 27, 2021
I read "Paris is further north than Toronto" as "Paris is north of Toronto", so I got it wrong. :(
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Level 43
Oct 26, 2021
I have only ever seen Singapore on a world map, so I always thought it was sitting on the peninsula with Malaysia. Had to google it to believe it, lol. Guess I learn something new every day. :)
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Level 66
Oct 26, 2021
Some of it IS on that peninsula - however the peninsula or whatever Malaysia is on is ALSO an island :D
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Level 91
Oct 26, 2021
Ummm, no. It's a peninsula on the Asian continent. You can drive from Johor Malaysia, just across from Singapore, to New Delhi.
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2022
What???
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Level 29
Oct 26, 2021
China has more than one time zone
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Level 76
Oct 28, 2021
Where's your proof?
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Level 69
Oct 26, 2021
Wales isn't a country?
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Level 77
Oct 26, 2021
I mean, not one that shares a land border with the UK, since it's part of the UK.
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2021
If you want to get technical, then yes, it is a country. However, it does not have an independent system of governance/political system from the U.K., so it is in effect a territory.
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Level 46
Oct 30, 2021
If you want to claim that part of the Arctic Ocean is always frozen, then you should give a time frame. There have been, through history, and will be, in the future, periods where the whole thing has been unfrozen.
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Level 35
Jun 26, 2023
How about the timeline of right now ?
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Level 49
Jun 13, 2022
I would write the sentence about the Lira in a different way. Thes have euro now. So maybe "is or was"...
+6
Level ∞
Apr 21, 2023
No. Turkey uses the Lira today.
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2022
For some reason I thought Turkey abolished the Lira.
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Level 64
Dec 8, 2022
You might be thinking of Italy, who also used to have a lira as currency.
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Level 29
Jan 19, 2023
Didn’t get 10 and 12 I forgot about Switzerland and San Marino and Vatican City
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2023
Maybe change the order of #10 so you're not reminded of #9 :)
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2023
Moved #10 to #16.
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Level 72
Apr 23, 2023
Can you change the Minnesota question so that it does not read like Minnesota borders all of the Great Lakes? Something like "Minnesota borders a Great Lake" or "Minnesota borders at least one Great Lake."
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2023
Changed the wording slightly.
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Level 64
May 23, 2023
ah thats why it updated
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2023
the joy i went thru when it showed 100% omgggg
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Level 39
Sep 2, 2023
Wales(Country of UK) also begining with W
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Level 23
Feb 26, 2024
Yep, l got the proverbial two disappointments. This time two in a row: Panama blocked my joyous route to Buenos Aires, and it's weird for a country the size of China to have a single time zone (even tiny Portugal has two, owing to its insular possessions in the Atlantic).