Sunday, September 09, 2007

Son of Geography Trivia

Today I have one question I'd like you to try to think of the answer to without consulting any references and one in which you're welcome to use references.

1. (No references.) California is in the Pacific Time Zone. Disregarding Daylight Saving Time, or whether the same time zone in a different country might have a different name, can you tell me where you would be if (A) you traveled north along the coast from California until the time zone changed, and where you would be if (B) you traveled south along the coast from California until the time zone changed.

Take a guess and post it in the comments. You're welcome to consult a reference after you've posted a guess, but please don't post the answer after you've consulted a reference.

2. (References OK -- except for Wikipedia's ordered list of islands by population.) Can you name the five most populous islands in the United States? I'm not including territories and such like Puerto Rico or Guam. Can you put them in order?

UPDATE: I've now listed the answers in the comments.

9 Comments:

At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 8:53:00 AM PDT, Blogger Mike said...

1a. Russia

1b. Chile

2. Long Island, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Staten Island, Fantasy Island

 
At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 1:31:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Re: Mike
1. Wrong for both.
2. 3/5. The ones you got right had the correct ordering.

 
At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM PDT, Blogger hagus said...

1a. Canada
1b. Mexico

 
At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 4:00:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Hagus - Please be more specific. I don't need latitudes or anything, but just something like "the border between X and Y" or something like that.

 
At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 5:50:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Joshua said...

1a. I think the border between British Columbia and the Alaska panhandle.

2. I think Oahu would be in the top 5, probably at #3, but I can't think of what would be #5.

 
At Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 10:39:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Joshua --- right on both accounts. Now we just need the answers to 1b and Island #5.

 
At Monday, September 10, 2007 at 8:59:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Joshua said...

Well, I've already looked up the answers, so I can't post them and stay within the rules.

 
At Monday, September 10, 2007 at 9:29:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

OK. I'll post the answers myself in a couple of days if nobody else does first.

 
At Friday, September 14, 2007 at 12:22:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

The answers!

1a. The border between British Columbia and the panhandle of Alaska.

1b. The border between Baja California and Baja California Sur. The northern half of the peninsula is in the Pacific Time Zone and the southern half is in the Mountain Time Zone.

2. Long Island, Manhattan, Oahu, Staten Island, and the Big Island of Hawai'i.

 

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