Fluffy Towel’s Travel Trivia Challenge

filed09 Dec 2013 from Carmen Jenner CategoriesCultural, World

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If you’re a fan of Fluffy Towel’s Facebook page you would have probably noticed, if not participated in Fluffy Towel’s inaugural Travel Trivia Challenge. Last week I released four questions a day as below and the person who answered the most correctly is the winner of a $50 Amazon voucher. Wanna know who the winner was? Well, you’ll have to like the page to find out. I know, I know, I can be such a tease sometimes. Anyway, here’s the answers and stay tuned for more quizzes.


1. Which is the most visited tourist attraction in the world?


Times Square receives receives over 39 million annual visitors making it the most visited tourist attraction in the world. And when you’re trying to reach the subway, it certainly feels that way.


2. In which country would you expect to hear the affectionate phrase that translates as: ‘God bless you and may your moustache grow like brushwood’?



3. Which island nation is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean?”

Photo #14 una palm tree shadow

Sri Lanka


4. Why is using the word ‘hostess’ rude in the Philippines?

Because “hostess” can also mean prostitute in the Philippines.


5. Which tropical fruit is rumoured to be a safe substitute for blood plasma?




6. Which country has a tourism tagline of “The only risk is wanting to stay?”



7. Which capital city houses this iconic sculpture?

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Philadelphia. Interestingly, it’s not protected by copyright law and is one of the most reproduced pop art images in the world.


8. Which capital city is sinking 10 times faster than Venice?

mexico city wonky building

Mexico City is sinking between 6cm to 28 cm (depending on which parts of the city) per year. It’s clearly evident from the wonky buildings, cracked pavements and that damp sinking feeling. Why? Because it was built on subterranean water reserves. I hope to return again while it’s still safe to do so.


9. Which city built the world’s first subway?


London’s Metropolitan Railway opened in 1863 filling the tunnels with dense smoke from steam trains from Paddington and Farringdon.


10. Which two cities presented smaller versions of their most iconic statues to each other?

liberty & eiffel

New York City has a miniature Arc de Triomphe in Washington Square Park and France has Statue of Liberty replicas all over the country and most notably in Paris in the Luxembourg Gardens and near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île aux Cygnes on the River Seine.


11. Which famous artist does this desk belong to?

frida's desk

Frida Khalo in her home and museum in Mexico City.


12. From which temple’s sinuous banyan-tree vines did Lara Croft swing?

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat


13. In which country is the ‘thumbs-up’ gesture deemed an insult?

Iran, where it is known as ‘bilakh’ and means ‘sit on this’


14. Where does the most expensive coffee in the world originate from?

Civet poo. The cat sized mammals gorge on the finest ripe berries in Indonesia, and excrete the partially digested beans. Kopu Luwak sells between $120 and $600 USD per pound. I do wonder how on earth did they discovered this delicacy?


15. What should you do when handed a business card in Japan?


Take the card in both hands with a little bow and read it carefully with much smiling and nodding.


16. Which is the most isolated capital city is the world?




17. Which ancient man-made landmark was occasionally filled with water to re-enact sea battles?


The Colosseum


18. Which science fiction book does Fluffy Towel get its towel reference from?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and you can find out more about it here 


19. In which iconic New York hotel did Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Robert Mapplethorpe live?

Hotel Chelsea, and Patti Smith’s biography Just Kids about her relationship with Mapplethorpe and their life at the Chelsea is an absolute must read. Check out this review in the New York Times and I couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s as though you’re on this journey with them right up to the brink of stardom.


20. Tequila is is a form of which spirit originating from agave?



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