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Random trivia

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by StrangerInAStrangeLand, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Both are still existing members of the Commonwealth.
     
  2. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Are either of them in Africa?
     
  3. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Yes, at least one of them is in Africa.

    Now try to make your guess.
     
  4. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    South (west?) Africa was under German rule then became part of the Commonwealth I think, so maybe South Africa? No idea what side of the road they drive on though.
     
  5. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Yeah, you sort of got it. At least you're thinking correctly. The answer is Namibia, formerly Southwest Africa, formerly German Southwest Africa. It employed right-hand driving under German control, then switched to left-hand driving when becoming a South African protectorate after the First World War and never switched back. Your questions kind of murked the whole thing, especially because it's hard to define the country's existence... but it has always been a distinct political entity.

    What is the other country?
     
  6. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Namibia, wouldn't have gotten that. Not sure if going to be able to impress anyone with that piece of trivia, Perun...

    Anways, so second one isn't African? Asia? Or Southern hemisphere, like Australia?
     
  7. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    It's not in Africa, that's all I'm going to tell you now.
     
  8. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    You used the word "territory" earlier & I'm not sure how precise you were being there. Is this a former German colony?
     
  9. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Yes, it is a former German colony. Now, this narrows it down so much that I'm not going to give you any more hints.
     
  10. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    You're shitting me? A "German colony" narrows it down?! :blink:

    German colonial territories pre-WWI were pretty extensive, were they not? Besides Africa are we talking maybe Pacific region? If it's some wee diddy island then I'm not guessing here, Perun! :p
     
  11. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    The amount of German colonies was not terribly big. It was virtually nothing compared to Britain or France. Finding a former German colony that is now an independent country in the same borders, not in Africa and now part of the Commonwealth really shouldn't be too hard. You can count them on one hand. I am also going to lean out the window and say that you've heard the name before.
     
  12. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Man, these hints are shit. Do you think Brits have some sort of encyclopedic knowledge of Commonwealth countries or something?

    Is it a wee diddy island then?
     
  13. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Depends on how you define "wee diddy". It's not exactly Madagascar, but the Germans had a lot of wee diddyilier islands.
     
  14. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Okay, my guess is New Guinea. Pretty sure that came under Australian occupation/rule after the war. Australia, NZ & all that still drive on the left; so maybe they switched from right-hand driving (under German rule) then switched to left. Sounds unlikely...

    It's not a trick question is it? Like a Caribbean country that once under brief German rule back in the New World days or something? i.e. horse & cart days?
     
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  15. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    :nonono:
     
  16. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    Samoa?
     
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  17. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    It is Samoa - and surprisingly, the switch took place recently, in 2009. The reason was because of the dominance of the American car industry on the island and the preference of Samoans to be more closely aligned to Australia and New Zealand.
     
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  18. Ariana

    Ariana Purple leopard

    Hah! It was a wild guess. :D Although your hints did help a lot.
     
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  19. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Sorry, I meant "the shit". They were the shit.
    My poor guessing must have helped too? :innocent:
    I have two final words on the matter. East Timor.
     
  20. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    When was the last time that our beloved band Iron Maiden played three gigs in a row, meaning in this context: playing concerts three days in a row (without having a one day break (or more days)). Try to mention the tour and the year. You'll get bonus points if you can guess the dates and/or places. Don't look it up!
     

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