Which country had a government campaign to advise citizens that having two children, both daughters, is especially desirable?

Singapore. In the dominant Chinese culture boys have traditionally been preferable; the government was attempting to promote the value of girls.

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Which Asian country has four written alphabets but only one spoken language?

Japan. The alphabets include Kanji (pictorial characters borrowed from China), Hiragana (a syllabic alphabet for native words and written phonetically, rather than pictorially), Katakana (a simplified version of Hiragana used to write foreign words), and Romaji (using the western, Roman letter alphabet). 

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How many languages are spoken in Africa?

At least over 2,000, though some scholars believe there may be over 3,000!

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In which country did Buddhism originate? 

India. Buddhism is now less popular in India, but has become the most common religion in East Asia. 

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Which country is part of the United Kingdom but not of Great Britain? 

Northern Ireland, which in recent decades has seen itself apart from and against the rest of Ireland and the British government, for both religious and political reasons.

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In which European country do women dress in black for years following the death of a relative? 

Greece. A woman will usually wear black for three years after the death of a husband and one year following the death of another immediate family member. When the years are added together, an elderly woman may wear black until the end of her life. 

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In which Asian country do most rural people live in camel skin or felt cloth houses?

Mongolia. These houses are called yurts and gers. 

 

Which Latin American country does not have its own currency?

Panama, which uses the U.S. dollar.

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Which U.S. states are farthest south? north? west? east?

Hawaii is southernmost; Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and because it crosses the 180 degree longitude line it is also the easternmost state.

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Which Central American country uses English as the official language?

Belize, a formerly British colony. 

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Which U.S. State was once an independent country?

Texas. The Republic of Texas existed from 1836 to 1845.  

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How many U.S. states derive their names from Native American words?

26 - For example, Alaska is Aleut for 'great land.' 

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The geography of which Middle Eastern country is most comparable to California – with mild climate, beautiful beaches, and snow-capped mountains?

Lebanon. Modern Lebanon may seem out of place in the Middle East. Its mountain ski resorts, diverse religious mixture, and capital, Beirut, make it feel more European than Middle Eastern. 

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Which is the most visited city in the World?

Tijuana, Mexico. It is a major transit point for immigrants from all over Latin America heading to the USA, as well as a popular tourist destination for day-trippers from California. 

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Where is it considered rude to show the bottom of one's feet?

In several countries, but it may be considered the most offensive in Thailand. When high-ranking officials are to travel beneath a bridge, the bridge is sometimes cleared of people first, to prevent the dignitaries from being disrespected by walking under the bottoms of anyone's feet. 

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In which country is collecting mushrooms a major national hobby?

Russia. Mushrooming on summer vacation in Siberia is very popular. 

 

 

 

In which country do women sometimes have more than one husband (not the other way around?

Nepal

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Where in Europe is "yes" gestured by dipping the head, and "no" by raising up the head and eyebrows?

Greece

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Caterpillars, bees, grasshoppers, maggots, and spiders are found on the menu in which countries?

Insects are eaten worldwide (Mexico, Venezuela, Australian outback, Thailand, Japan, and others) and can be quite tasty!

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Where are Islam's two holiest cities?

Mecca and Medina, both in Saudi Arabia. 

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In which holiday, recognized by countries such as China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, do families celebrate by feasting, gift-giving, and cleaning the house to sweep away bad-luck?

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. This holiday is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, which usually places the New Year sometime in February. Festivities for the New Year will continue for 15 days, until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new lunar month.

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Which country has the most people? 

China, with over 1.3 billion people. That's nearly 20% of the world population!

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Which continent has only one river? 

Antarctica. The only river on the mostly frozen landmass flows only in the summer. 

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Of the world's tallest waterfalls, five out of ten are in which country?

Norway. The two tallest waterfalls are in Venezuela and then South Africa, however. 

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The majority of people in Japan feel culturally related most closely to people in which country?

The USA. Though the Japanese have a very distinct and unique culture, they have borrowed much from other cultures, especially American.

 

 

Which country has only one main written language but about 35 spoken languages?

China

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Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by which African people?

African-Americans of the U.S.A. celebrate Kwanzaa to celebrate their cultural heritage.

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In which region is the cure for the common cold thought to be scraping the skin on one's neck with an oiled coin?

In Vietnam. This popular practice causes redness and discomfort lasting a few days. Colds are thought to come from a bad wind, and the irritation is to provide a hole to let the wind back out. 

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In which country is selling chewing gum against the law?

Singapore has banned sales of chewing gum in order to reduce litter.

All people in the world belong to the same species, "Homo sapiens," which means 'wise man' in Latin. 

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One fifth of all Africans live in what country?

Nigeria, with a population larger than 100 million.

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Which continent has only one river? 

Antarctica. The sole river of this mostly frozen landmass flows only in the summer. 

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Which country is the largest?

Russia, covering over 1/8th of the total area of the world. It is also the 9th most populated country, coming behind China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Bangladesh. 

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Which two cities share their names with a popular breed of dog?

Chihuahua, in Mexico, and Labrador City, in Newfoundland, Canada.

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In which major city are goldfish tanks found in the front lobby of almost every office? 

Hong Kong. According to the practice of Feng-shui, the careful arrangement of furniture and other items in or around a building or other space can help insure success. Goldfish are believed to scare off evil spirits.