Silly Geography Questions (for Kids)

Dr. Phillip M. Feldman

Introduction

Geography is often considered a dry subject, despite the fact that 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. What can we do about this? (I'm referring to the attitude—not the fact that 71 percent of the surface is covered by water. Don't start up about grammar and antecedents; we're learning geography at the moment—not English). With this page, I offer a modest demonstration of one approach—introducing a bit of humor.

The following questions are ordered by difficulty, with the easiest questions appearing first. An answer can be counted as correct only if the spelling is correct; there is no partial credit except as noted. In solving these, it is fair game to use (only) the following resources:

Most of the questions ask for the name of a city or cities. You may wish to use the Place Name Puzzle Solver, which can be employed as follows:

  1. Type the name of a country or U.S. state appearing in the question into the "Country, U.S. State, or Canadian Province" field.

  2. Clear the "City" field.

  3. Click on the green button.

This will produce a list of cities in the Place Name Puzzle Solver's database that match the specified criteria. Most answers come from this list. Good luck!

To submit a question (and answer) to be considered for addition to this page, send me an e-mail (webmaster@phillipmfeldman.org) and indicate how you wish to be credited, e.g., "Roberta Q., age 96, Wazoo City, Alabama".


Questions

  1. (1 point) Name a city in France where mean people are scarce. Give up or check your answer.

  2. (1 point) Name the German city where the people eat primarily hot dogs. Give up or check your answer.

  3. (1 point) Name the German city where the consumption of hot dogs is frowned upon, if not actually forbidden. Give up or check your answer.

  4. (2 points) In the United Kingdom, feminists were falsely accused of demanding that the name of this city be changed to begin with Person. What is the full name of this city? Give up or check your answer.

  5. (1 point) What country name completes the following sentence? "_____ my brains to think of a solution for this country's myriad woes." Give up or check your answer.

  6. (1 point) Explain why no one climbs the Eurasian Steppes. Give up or check your answer.

  7. (2 points—1 point for each city) If not careful when traveling, you might end up at city A in New Zealand instead of city B in California, or vice versa. Identify cities A and B.

    Click here for two free (no point penalty) hints.

    Give up or check your answer.
  8. (2 points—1 point for each city) Name a city in India where gamblers tend to do well and a city in France where they tend to lose. [To all children who are reading this page: I advise against playing games of chance for money.]

    Give up or check your answer.

  9. (2 points) When visiting this country, one may experience some flippancy. Name the country.

    Click here for a free (no point penalty) hint.

    Give up or check your answer.
  10. (2 points) In Russia, when a woman wants to have her hair curled or straightened, to what city does she go? Give up or check your answer.

  11. (3 points) What Spanish city was named after one of the main characters in J. R. R. Tolkein's classic The Hobbit?

    Click here for a free (no point penalty) hint.

    Give up or check your answer.
  12. (6 points possible if answered without any hints) Stanley ("Stan") likes to travel to unusual places and is somewhat heedless of personal safety. Stanley visited five countries in the former Soviet Union. The specific countries chosen might have something to do with his nickname. For five points—one point per country—name these five countries. One of these countries is larger than all of the others combined. For one point, name this country.

    Click here for a small hint; there is a 2-point penalty.

    Lazy puzzle solvers may click here for a massive hint; there is a 5-point penalty.

    Give up or check your answer.

  13. (3 points) What Russian city is named after the fastest animal on land? Give up or check your answer.

  14. (3 points for each city for a total of 6 points) Name a city in Russia and a city in one of the five countries visited by Stanley (see above) where criminal wizards are imprisoned.

    Click here for a free (no point penalty) hint.

    Give up or check your answer.

  15. (3 points if both names answered correctly without hints) Our friend Stanley visited a major city in Turkey. What is the name of this city, and what was its previous name?

    Click here for hints; there is a 1-point penalty.

    Give up or check your answer.

  16. (3 points) Name the Polish city where the food is the least appetizing. (Hint: How would this city's English name would be pronounced if one sounded it out phonetically?) Give up or check your answer.

  17. (3 points) What city in China is named after a Japanese form of poetry characterized by brevity? Give up or check your answer.

  18. (3 points) What city in the Middle East is named after a popular comic book superhero? (Hint: The name of this city does not appear in the Place Name Puzzle Solver database, but it can be found in Google Maps). Give up or check your answer.

Last update: 21 Jan., 2017