Monday, April 03, 2006

Trivia Time

Enough political stuff... here are some trivia questions for you. Try to answer these without looking up the answers.

1. What's the most populous U.S. state capital city? I'm just counting the city proper here, not the metro area. What's the 2nd-most?

2. This one sounds easy but it isn't... what's the largest carnivore on Earth? By "carnivore" here, I mean mammals classified within the order carnivora.


At Monday, April 3, 2006 at 1:46:00 PM PDT, Blogger xradiographer said...

1) who knows
2) whale shark (if tiny, tiny crustaceans count as "meat")

At Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2:12:00 PM PDT, Blogger Chris DuPuis said...

1.Phoenix, AZ (maybe)
2. Pacific walrus

At Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2:14:00 PM PDT, Blogger Chris DuPuis said...

Oops, I guess the southern elephant seal gets bigger than the Pacific walrus.

At Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2:51:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Chris Dupuis wins on appeal. Phoenix is #1 (what's #2?), and the southern elephant seal is the biggest carnivore. Whale sharks aren't mammals.

I hadn't realized until I stumbled across the factoid last week how large elephant seals were compared to walruses (or grizzly bears, polar bears, or Siberian tigers, for that matter), which is odd, because I'd recently seen a walrus up close at Sea World and saw northern elephant seals in the wild a few years ago near Santa Cruz. I also hadn't really thought of pinnipeds as being in carnivora before, but I guess it makes sense. Certain types of whales are meat-eaters, but they're in order cetacea, not carnivora.

It's kinda weird to think that the second-largest carnivore in the world is native to California.

At Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 11:07:00 PM PDT, Blogger Paul C. said...

I'd have to say that #2 would probably be my former adoptive home of Columbus, OH. Although I've been wrong before.


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