Contest #20

This is the last contest for this series. We’ll start the leaderboard over from scratch with contest #21.

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Contest #19 Answer

I was surprised that so many people go this one. This is the isle of Elba off Italy where Napoleon was first exiled. (Perhaps I should have picked St. Helena??) Elba is famous, but small and most people don’t see an image of the island when it comes up in discussion. When Napoleon was exiled, he was given the title “Emperor of Elba”. I’m sure he appreciated that…

Getting it right this week:

  • Karel
  • Dr. Benjamin J. Bayer, PhD
  • Wendy
  • ACG
  • Nate D.
  • Spathiinc
  • Stephen Hope
  • Ron Schott

Elba HDR
Image by Scott Ingram Photography

Elba
Image by Kalamita

Contest #18 Answer

Lots of people got this one. The answer is Manicouagan Crater, in Quebec, Canada. it is the remnant of an asteroid impact approximately 200 million years ago.

Getting this one correct:

  • Karel
  • Ron Schott
  • Roland
  • Stephen Hope
  • Nathan D
  • Spathiinc
  • Ben Bayer
  • ACG
  • Brian T
  • Andy McAllister

No photos of the crater, because honestly, it is only noticeable from space.

Contest #17 Answer

Lots of people got this one. The answer is Gibraltar. I was going to offer a bonus on point for answering “what country lies directly south?” but if you know the answer, it takes only a second to look at the map. (the answer is Spain. Yes, Spain. It is north and south. Ceuta is south of Gibraltar, not Morocco.)

Getting this one correct:

  • Karel
  • ACG
  • Brian T
  • Roland
  • Chris Christensen
  • Andy McAllistar
  • Ben Bayer
  • Spathiinc
  • Nate Dintenfass
  • Enrique


Image by Cenz


Image by Lee Kelleher

Administrative Note

Because new people are discovering the site all the time, it is sort of unfair to keep a running score forever. What I’ll be doing is breaking up contests into units of ten and declaring a winner for each ‘decade’. That way every 10, we start from scratch. I’ll also keep a record of the number of decade and century winners.

Contest #16 Answer

I knew this would be a hard one. In fact, I was surprised that anyone got it correct at all.

The image is of the Nan Modal ruins in Pohnpei, Micronesia. They are some of the least well known ancient ruins on Earth, which really should be better known. Not to mention that Micronesia is really in the middle of nowhere.

I’d be interested to know how people figured it out. The three members of the varsity squad are:

  • Ben Bayer
  • Roland
  • Karel

Nan Modal Wall at angle 2 HDR - Pohnpei, FSM

Nan Modal 9 - Pohnpei, FSM