Category Archives: Trivia

August 13, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz Answers

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Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest! Last week, we posted a Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz. Tallest building, oldest living man, longest river . . . you get the picture!  How many did you get correct? Check out the answers below.

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
    ANSWER: United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the U.A.E. city that boasts the tallest habitable building in the world. It climbed to the top of the charts when it was completed in 2010. It has 160 stories, is 2716.5 ft., and includes a hotel, apartments, restaurants, office space, and a viewing deck.
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old?
    ANSWER: 112 years old.  According to Guinness World Records, Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez was born in 1901, and currently lives in Grand Island, New York. His hobbies include vegetable gardening and crossword puzzles. Incidentally, he is not the world’s oldest living person. SHE is 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
    ANSWER: 3 minutes and 43 seconds! The record was set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco.  Yikes, I run a mile in 11 minutes. He’d run laps around me!
  4. Which is the longest river in the world?
    ANSWER: The Nile. Running through Africa, the Nile is over 4,000 miles long. #2 is the Amazon, #3 is the Yangtze in China, and #4 the Mississippi.
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall?
    ANSWER: 54.6 cm. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s shortest man (72-year-old Chandra Bahadur who is 54.6 cm) and world’s shortest woman (18-year-old Iyoti Amage who is 62.8 cm) met for the first time for the production of the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool?
    ANSWER: Chile. It’s called The San Alfonso del Mar sea water pool. Lying beside the Pacific Ocean, special machines draw sea water from the Pacific Ocean in at one end of the pool, filter and treat it, and pump it back out the other end!
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster?
    ANSWER: Six Flags, NJ. According to the Scholastic Book of World Records, “Kingda Ka” has been the world’s tallest coaster since opening in 2005 at 456 feet high. It reaches a top speed of 128 scream-filled miles per hour!
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers?
    ANSWER: New York City. The Big Apple has 210 buildings over 500 feet tall. The newest and tallest skyscraper in New York is One World Trade Center, a.k.a. the Freedom Tower.

If you’re in the mood for more, check out The 2013 Guinness Book of World Records. I could get lost in there for hours! See you next Trivia Tuesday.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 6, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz

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Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest. For today’s Trivia Tuesday we are taking a look at some of the world’s top record holders. Can you guess the answers to our Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz? Ready? Go!

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old? A) 103 years B) 112 years C) 118 years
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
  4. Which is the longest river in the world? A) Nile B) Amazon C) Mississippi D) Yangtze
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall? A) 30 cm (1 foot tall) B) 54 cm (just under 2 feet) C) 98 cm
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool? A) Disney World B) Chile C) Australia
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster? A) Disney World B) Busch Gardens, Virginia C) Nagasima Spa Land, Japan D) Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers over 500 feet tall? A) New York B) Hong Kong C) Chicago D) Tokyo

Let us know your guesses in the Comments below, and check back next week for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 23, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Answers

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Happy Summer! Last week we posted a Sun Safety Trivia Quiz. We know you are busy with lots of pool time, camp fun, and sprinkler running, but now the answers have arrived. How are your summer sun smarts? Check out answers below.

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen?
    ANSWER: B. Every 2 hours. The American Cancer Society also recommends people stay under the shade in the middle of the day, and cover up with hats and sunglasses. (Ooh la la! Great summer fashion!) Even if you’re applying sunscreen every 2 hours, don’t broil in the sun. Be sure to take lots of breaks!
  2. What does SPF stand for?
    ANSWER: Sun Protection Factor!
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much as one labeled SPF 15.
    ANSWER: False. The number actually means how long it will protect your skin from burning. You multiply the number by 15 (because your skin will start to burn in 15 minutes). SPF 15 x 15 minutes = 225 minutes protected. SPF 30 x 15 minutes = 450 minutes protected. Of course, this is only if you’re not swimming, or it doesn’t get rubbed off. So still reapply sunscreen every 2 hours!
  4. What’s stronger, waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
    ANSWER: Waterproof sunscreen is stronger. It protects your skin for about 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. Water-resistant only protects for about 40 minutes.
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should:
    ANSWER: C. Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get bad sunburn, which of the following can help?
    ANSWER: A. Aloe vera gel and moisturizers can help. Also, a cool compress. Stay away from a hot bath! Drink plenty of water, because sunburn can dehydrate you. Some people also say a cool cloth dampened with skim milk! The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film to ease the pain. But stay away from cats if you do this!
  7. The best type of sunscreen is:
    ANSWER: B. one with SPF 15 or higher. Also make sure the label says it blocks UVA and UVB rays.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon?
    ANSWER: B. Asia. Traditionally Asians did not think being tan was beautiful because it was associated with poor peasants working in the fields (and being tanned from the sun). Being lighter was a sign of being rich. Even today, many trends in Asia are for skin lightening, and women stay out of the sun.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are:
    ANSWER: D. all of the above! There are many benefits to getting sun like Vitamin D, better sleep at night, and a happier mood, but you just have to be extra careful in the summer.

What are you guys spending most of your time doing this summer? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 16, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz Answers

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Last week, History 23 created an awesome Geography Trivia Quiz for us. Were you able to guess all the places in the quiz? Read on for the answers.

  1. This location is a country in upper Europe. More folk songs are written in the language of this country than that of any other in the world. This country belonged to the Soviet Union at one point. The capital city is Tallinn. This country is mentioned in (but not the setting of) the book Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Estonia
  2. This location is an American hiking trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. People who hike the whole thing are called thru-hikers. This trail is the partial setting of the book Halfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
    Answer: Appalachian Trail
  3. This is an island country. It was under dictatorship until 1961. It shares its island with another country, and is the setting for Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Dominican Republic
  4. This is an American state. When it was first purchased as a territory, this state was called Seward’s Folly. It is the easternmost and westernmost state. It is the 49th state, and I will not give a book clue because this one is pretty easy.
    Answer: Alaska
  5. This location is also an American state. It includes the Grand Canyon, and is the 48th state to enter the Union. It is the setting for Ann Rinaldi’s book The Staircase.
    Answer: Arizona
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
    Answer: Paris
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
    Answer: Virginia
  8. Use these book titles to identify the country: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, and The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky.
    Answer: France

Thanks for these amazing questions, History23! I’m always looking for new blog post ideas. If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the Message Board and submit yours, too!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:08 am in Summer, Trivia | Permalink

SunSun Safety Trivia Quiz

Now that the dog days of summer are here to stay, we bet you’re having fun in the sun, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, running through the sprinkler, playing summer sports, and just plain soakin’ up the sun.

But to make sure you’re protecting your skin, and staying safe in the sun, slather on some Tuesday Trivia. Sunny side up! TEST YOUR SUN SMARTS!

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen? A) Every 30 minutes. B) Every 2 hours. C) Every 5 hours. D) Once at the beginning of the day.
  2. What does SPF stand for?
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
  4. What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should: A) Apply SPF 100 to the tanned area, and expose the unburned areas to the sun to even it out. B) Hide under a rock. How embarrassing! C) Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get a bad sunburn, which of the following can help? A) Aloe vera gel and moisturizers. B) Slathering on peanut butter. Yum. C) Peeling off the skin with your nails. Scrrratch! D. Rubbing a banana peel against your skin.
  7. The best type of sunscreen is: A. Something that smells like yummy coconuts! Mmmmm. B. SPF 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. C. Tanning lotion. D. Something with cute pictures on it.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are? A) It boosts your mood & makes you feel happier. B) It helps you sleep better at night. C) It gives your body Vitamin D. D) All of the above.

So get comfy in your beach chair and let us know your answers in the Comments below. Check here for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 9, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz

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Today’s Geography Trivia Quiz comes from History 23 who invented these questions about different places around the world.

Guess the place!

  1. This location is a country in upper Europe. More folk songs are written in the language of this country than that of any other in the world. This country belonged to the Soviet Union at one point. The capital city is Tallinn. This country is mentioned in (but not the setting of) the book Second Fiddleby Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
  2. This location is an American hiking trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. People who hike the whole thing are called thru-hikers. This trail is the partial setting of the bookHalfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
  3. This is an island country. It was under dictatorship until 1961. It shares its island with another country, and is the setting for Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free (for ages 12 and up).
  4. This is an American state. When it was first purchased as a territory, this state was called Seward’s Folly. It is the easternmost and westernmost state. It is the 49th state, and I will not give a book clue because this one is pretty easy.
  5. This location is also an American state. It includes the Grand Canyon, and is the 48th state to enter the Union. It is the setting for Ann Rinaldi’s book The Staircase.
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
  8. Use these book titles to identify the country: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, and The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky.

I love how History23 gives book clues that make me want to find out about the place AND read the book! How many of these places do you know? Leave your guesses in the Comments and then check the official answers.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 2, 2013

Taj Mahal Fun Facts

Posted by at 1:29 am in Trivia | Permalink

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The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet? This month, you could have a chance to win a Harry Potter Boxed Set!
This week’s reading milestone is the Taj Mahal. Did you know these true facts about this domed wonder in Agra, India?tajmahal

  • The Mogul emperor had the Taj Mahal built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife when she died in 1631. He wanted to honor her by creating the most beautiful building in the world. What a guy!
  • The name Taj Mahal comes from Mumtaz Mahal which means “Chosen of the Palace.” This was the nickname given to the emperor’s wife because she was his favorite . . . the Chosen of the Palace. Get it?
  • It was completed in 1648 after 17 years of construction. More than 20,000 laborers worked on it.
  • The tombs of the emperor and his wife lie side by side in the inner chamber enclosed by a screen of pierced marble. The screen is decorated with delicate designs of lilies and poppies, and is inlaid with gemstones.
  • The Taj Mahal is famous for its glistening white marble, but it is starting to turn yellow because of pollution, so in 1993, the Indian government ordered 228 of the most polluting factories to close.
  • Security is so tight when you visit the Taj Mahal, you are not even allowed to bring in books or newspapers! That would be a problem for me. I don’t go anywhere without a book!

Do you think the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building in the world? Let us know in the Comments!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

“Taj Mahal.” The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 25 June 2013.
Photo © Brian Vikander/Corbis

June 25, 2013

American History Guess the Book Answers

Posted by at 1:01 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

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Here are the answers to last week’s American History Guess the Book Quiz for you!

The images below are from books that have something to do with American History. Did you guess the titles of all 5 American historical fiction books? If you love books about historical times, you should definitely read all of these!

1) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell is an orphan growing up in Michigan in the 1930s. But he yearns to find his long-lost father. Come along as he sets off on a search for a famous jazz musician who he believes is his father, dispensing advice and showing plenty of pluck along the way.

2) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Growing up with six brothers in rural Texas in 1899, 12-year-old Callie does not like sewing and cooking. She prefers exploring the river, observing animals, and keeping notes on what she sees. Callie’s interest in nature creates a bond with her grandfather, an amateur naturalist. After they discover an unknown species of vetch, he attempts to have it officially recognized.

3) The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
It’s 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn’t exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all–”the gadget.” None of them know how much “the gadget” is about to change their lives.

4) Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls and her family leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

5) Dear America: Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
In her beloved diary, 11-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart chronicles the despair and the hope of the winter of 1777 and 1778, when she witnesses the struggles of George Washington and his soldiers on the fields of Valley Forge in the war for American independence.

Some people noticed that if you roll your mouse over the pictures in the quiz, the image title gives you a clue, but it did not give away the whole title! Did you get the real titles or just the clue? Tell us what you think of these books in the Comments! And if you’re looking for more books, head over to our Books & Authors website.

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer