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Sure the Sahara is dry, but parts of this place haven't seen rain for more than 1 million years.
The cravat, precursor of today's necktie, isn't from France or England, but rather from this country which gave it its name.
Sorry, William Wallace, kilts weren't invented in Scotland but rather in this island nation.
Sacre bleu! Champagne wasn't invented by the French but rather by this frequent enemy of France.
India, schmindia- this country is now home to the most tigers.
Neither Pythagoras nor Euclid but rather Robert Recorde of this land invented the = sign.
Plug the dyke! Tulips didn't originate in Holland but rather in this city. (Why? That's nobody's business but the Turks.)
What's in a name? This city's moniker originated from a mistake in a notation on a British map.
Magellan never circumnavigated the globe. He was actually killed half way around in what is now this country.
Panama hats were exported through Panama but actually came from this country.
The longest mountain range on Earth isn't the Andes, but the Mid-Atlantic ridge, the only exposed portion of which is in this country.
He didn't really like it cold- the real Saint Nicholas lived in Demre in what is now this country.
Sven Lincoln? Log cabins were brought to the U.S. by settlers from this country.
Captain Cook wasn't hungry when named this place 'The Sandwich Islands.' He was just naming it after the Earl of Sandwich.
Eric the Red was engaging in propaganda when he named this place, but in his defense, the climate was warmer when he did it.
Lifeguard on duty! This place wasn't named after the swimsuit, but rather the suit (for reasons not entirely clear) was named after the place.
Contrary to popular belief, the Quaker who named this place wasn't naming for himself, but rather in honor of his father.
Though the word traces its root to German, this country contains the place with the highest annual rate of hail.
Westerners still call it by a vaguely rude name, but the official title of this county's capital is the longest official place name in the world.
The name of this country derives from the French word for 'forty', a reference to the 40 tribes of Manas and the reason for the 40 rays of the sun on its flag.
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Dec 20th, 2012 at 08:29 GMT
Interesting quiz! Kyrgyz is from Turkic, not French though.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 08:52 GMT
The Uluru clue doesn't make a lot of sense - it reads as though you're saying that the real largest rock in the world is actually found in some other country, when in fact it's in the same country as Uluru. Also, Kenya isn't a county.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 10:22 GMT
Still pretty amazed at that tiger fact. Can't find any information on it anywhere though.... link?
Dec 20th, 2012 at 13:52 GMT
Excellent feedback- thanks. I've added the 'r' back in the Kenya question. The Uluru clue is probably going to need to be replaced- I can't think of a different way to reword that and make it work. The tiger question is based on the fact that there are estimated to be fewer than 4,000 tigers remaining in the wild but between 5,000 (World Wildlife Federation estimate) and 10,000 (Big Cat Rescue estimate) tigers in zoos or in private hands in the United States.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 16:05 GMT
Tigers in zoos is BS.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 21:28 GMT
Ireland isn't considered an island nation by Sporcle definition.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 20:10 GMT
If you count animals in zoos, practically every animal an average person has heard of would live in every developed country.
Jan 1st, 2013 at 05:26 GMT
Anyone else tempted to answer Thailand ("tie-land") for the cravat question?
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