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Georgia - The US state was named for George II, while the former Soviet republic may get its name from either the Arabic word for 'wolf' or the Greek for 'cultivated earth'. The locals call this ex-Soviet republic Sakartvelo, but in the United States it has the same name as which Peach State?

Smithsonian - A mineralogist and chemist, James Smithson left $508,318 for a museum designed for the 'increase and diffusion of knowledge'. What museum complex is named for a British mineralogist and chemist who is now entombed in its main building?

Netherlands - Half the nation is less than 1 m above sea level. At 1,050 feet, or 321 m, the highest point in what 'Low Country' is Vaalserberg Hill?

Colorado - A mile deep, the Grand Canyon is often noticeably colder at the bottom than at the top.What river carved out one wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon, and powers another, the Hoover Dam?

Oahu - It looks down on sunbathers on Waikiki Beach.British explorers called an extinct volcano Diamond Head because they thought the volcanic crystals were diamonds. What island were they on?

Pisa - The Tower of Pisa is known locally as la Torre Pendente.Found in the Piazza dei Miracoli, where would you find the world's most famous off-kilter 185-foot, 14,700-tonne campanile?

Lake Nicaragua - The lake was originally going to be part of the canal that the Americans would eventually build in Panama. Once a bay of the Pacific Ocean, what largest lake in Central America is the world's only freshwater lake with sharks?

K2 - K2 was his original alpha-numeric designation for it when he surveyed it. It is still called Dapsang by the locals. What mountain, the world's second highest, was once named after surveyor Henry Haversham Godwin Austen?

By clucking your tongue - Zulu is the most spoken click language. How would you pronounce the "!" in the name of the African language !Kung?

Ghana - Zero degrees latitude meets zero degrees longitude in the Gulf of Guinea. The closest bit of land to this spot is Cape Three Points in Ghana.What country is nearest to the point where the equator and the prime meridian meet?

Nauru - Bird poo has made it one of the richest nations per capita in the world, but the industry has made 80 percent of the island environmentally uninhabitable. The world's smallest republic is too small to have a capital city. And its economy depends on phosphates from bird poo. What is it?

New Guinea - The next few largest islands, in order, are Borneo, Madagascar, Baffin Island, Sumatra, Honshu, Great Britain, Ellesmere Island and Victoria.Once you exclude Australia and Antarctica, which are really continents, the largest island in the world is Greenland. Which island is number two?

Lake Huron - This 2,766-square-kilometre island is legally part of Ontario.Manitoulin is the largest island in a freshwater lake and Lake Manitoulin is the largest lake in a lake. What lake?

Las Vegas - The very largest, the Venetian/Palazzo Megacenter, had more than 8100 rooms.As of 2009, eight of the 10 largest hotels in the world were all in which city?

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