TRIVIA

TRIVIA

 


Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.


Right handed people tend to chew food on the right side of your mouth, and vice versa.

 

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.  During the Renaissance it was fashionable to shave them off. 

 

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 but declined. 

 

Honey Bees must must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowerso make a kilo of honey.

 

Pro Golf Balls have 366 dimples.
 

“Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.  

 

Aristotle stuttered.

 

Movies cost an average of 24 cents in 1940.
 

The 100 Years Warlasted 116 years.

  

A bison can jump up to 6 feet from the ground. 

  

The 7 Seas are the Red, Adriatic, Caspian, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean.

 

Elvis had a pet  monkey named Scatter.

  

Pumice is the only rock that floats. 

 

The average American consumes 87 hot dogs a year.

 

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

 

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. 

 

Sneezing with your eyes open is impossible.

 

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

 

Facetious, abstemious and arsenious contain all the vowels in the correct order. 
 

Gerald Ford worked as a fashion model while studying law at Yale. 

 

Italy legalized divorce in 1971.

 

Astronaut Alan Shepard said all he could think about before lift-off was that "everything in the capsule was supplied by the lowest bidder." 

 

Pablo Picasso defined art as a lie that makes us realize the truth.

 

Guru, the Sanskrit word for spiritual guide, literally means "heavy."

  

I Love Lucy was the first sit-com filmed on the west coast. 

 

The Rio Grande was designated the U.S. - Mexican border in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

 

The Sahara Desert is larger than the continental U.S.

 

Australia is the only continent without active volcanoes.

  

Argentina issued 10,000 blank passports for Nazis after World War II.

 

Halley's Comet, first sighted by the Chinese in 240 B.C., will not be back until 2061.

 

Ferdinand Magellan was killed by poison arrows during a stop on the island of Cebu in 1521.

  

Oreo Fact: One out of three people twist an Oreo before eating it.

 

Square watermelons cost $82 in Japan, as opposed to $10-20 for round ones.  They fit better in the fridge and are stackable ... hmmm.

 

Colgate translates in Spanish as: "Go hang yourself," thus posing a problem for marketing the toothpaste in Spanish speaking nations.

  

Montana had fewer traffic accidents when there were no speed limits.

 

Redheads make up 2 percent of the population, and 12 percent in Ireland. Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander the Great, and Isabella of Spain all had red hair.

  

Blue eyes are a genetic mutation. Before the mutation occurred, all humans had brown eyes. 

 

Strawberries are not berries, but a banana is. True berries, such as blueberries and cranberries, have seeds inside, whereas strawberry seeds are on the outside.  

  

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in Jello.

  

A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. 

 

Death Valley was named by the 49ers because it was a dead end and not a short cut.

 

Florida is the flattest U.S. state.

 

Laser stands for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation."

 

Louis XIV was born with two teeth. 

 

Poland lost 17.2 percent of its population in World War II.

 

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu banned Scrabble because he deemed it too intellectual.

 

Christopher Columbus introduced pigs to North America.

 

Spain's King Charles V proposed to build a canal on the Isthmus of Panama in 1534.

 

The Montreal Canadiens have won the most championships than any other professional sports team.

 

Nevada was the first state to outlaw gambling.

 

American Airlines invented the Frequent Flyer concept in 1981.

 

Iceland is threatened by over 100 active volcanoes. 

 

Jesse James led the first band of outlaws to rob a train in Adair, Iowa in 1873.

 

Nigeria declared a national holiday in 1996 when their soccer squad won the Olympic gold medal.

Gondolas first appeared in Venice in 1094.  DUI is the most common reason for arrest in the U.S.

 

Caffeine is the most frequently ingested mood-altering drug.

 

Charlton Heston played Moses, John the Baptist and God on the big screen.

 

The U.S. Postal Service has highest number of government workers.

 

The Black Holes theory was pioneered by J. Robert Oppenheimer in 1939.

 

Tunisia contains the site of ancient Carthage.

  

A squid has the longest eye in the animal kingdom, stretching up to 16 inches across.

 

Marco Polo introduced Italians to spaghetti in the 14th century.

 

Galieo was forced to declare the earth was motionless, but then muttered, "Nevertheless, it does move."

 

France voted to adopt a 10-day week, 10-hour day, 100-minute hour and 100-second minute in 1795.

 

Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining.

 

Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study - the ringing drove him nuts. 

 

Murphy's oil soap is used to wash elephants.

 

65 % of statistics are made up (Is this one?).

 

Sharks are the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

 

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. 

 

An Ostrich's eye is bigger than its' brain.

 

Time Magazine's "Man" of the Year in 1982: The Personal Computer.

 

Pumice is the only rock that floats. 

 

Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise and Walt Disney have Dyslexia in common.

  

Porcupines float in water.  

 

Jeep got its name from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, GP.

Astronauts returning from the moon had to go through customs. 

 

35 % of Personal Ads are posted by married people.

  

Termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1. 

 

Almonds are a member of the peach family.  
 

Hell is the name of a vacation spot in Norway.
 

US Naval Academy grads in 1990 received diplomas with an important world misspelled as "Navel".
 

Estrogen allows a woman to have a greater sense of smell superior to men.

  

Con man Victor Lustig sold the Eiffel Tower to a metal dealer for $50,000. 

  

A hermit crab has more chromosomes than a human.

 

The Soviet Union flew the first supersonic airliner in 1968 but saw it crash in 1973.

 

The Dead Sea is 90 percent saltier than the ocean.

  

Howard Hughes, after trying all Baskin Robbins' 31 flavors, chose two scoops of banana nut to be served with every meal.

 

The Model T cost $850 in 1908 and less than $300 in 1927.

 

Walter Cronkite made headlines by attending two Grateful Dead concerts. 

 

Le Grand Valtel, the famous chef of Louis XIV, committed suicide after the king asked for a doggie bag. 

 

The Beatles were blasted in 1995 by Iranian leaders because it is illegal for them to say "I wanna hold your hand." 

 

Dieters gain back their weight at rate of 9 out of 10.

 

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

 

The human brain has 3,195 distinct genes. 

 

Californians must first acquire a hunting license  to legally set up a mouse trap.

 

Shogun  is the Japanese word for warlord.
 

The Ottoman  Empire’s collapse resulted in the creation of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan and Palestine.

  

Popcorn was used by the Incans to decorate bodies for burial. 

 

Muhammad Ali trained as a teenager by racing his Louisville school bus 3 miles on foot.  

   

Jimmy Carter kissed the Queen Mother on on the lips upon their first meeting. 

 

Contact Lenses were first introduced in 1930 by nearsighted fashion model Grace Robin.

  

Delta Airlines started out by being the first crop duster outfit for battling boll weevils.

 

Gordie Howe was the first grandfather to play in an NHL All-Star game.
 

India is he only nation that has a bill of rights for cows.  

 

Ammonia is the active ingredient in smelling salts.

  

Pigeons won more medals than any other animal during World War II. 

 

Basques, according to geneticists, are the most direct descendants of Cro-Magnon man.

 

Galileo invented the thermometer in 1592.

 

Kazakhstan  became one of the world's 10 largest countries after splitting from the Soviet Union.
 

Jodhpurs, English riding breeches, were named after a former state in India. 

  

Sitting is the most common trick a pet dog can perform.  

 

Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Greece.

  

The Himalayas is the Sanskrit term for "abode of snow".

 

The U.S. Navy Band was playing the "Star Spangled Banner" when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 

  

Costa Rica has a 93 percent literacy rate, the highest in South America. 

  

Plains Indians used a buffalo's gallbladder to make yellow paint. 

  

Byron White was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court 22 years after leading the NFL in rushing.

  

The dishwasher won the top prize for kitchen inventions in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair. 

  

Peculiar became the name of a Missouri town after its residents asked the postmaster to come up with "something peculiar." 

 

Deion Sandors was the first person to play in both a World Series and a Super Bowl.  

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt was Ronald Reagan's choice when voting for the first time.

 

The Dymaxion Car, invented by Buckmeister Fuller in 1934, could carry 11 passengers, exceed 120 mph and get 30  miles per gallon.

  

Peru and Chile occupy most of the western coast of South America. 

 

Antarctica is subject to the world's largest ozone hole. 

 

Big Bertha Golf Clubs were hocked by rock star Alice Cooper in 1996 TV ads. 

 

A Supernova was seen by the naked eye in 1987, the first time in 383 years. 

 

The London Bridge was classified by U.S. Customs officials as a "large antique" when en route to Lake Havasu, Arizona. 

 

Seiji Ozawa, a Japanese conductor, chose U.S. exile after a Japanese symphony canceled his contract without telling him.

  

Milwaukee had 12 breweries and 225 saloons in 1850, despite being less than 20 years old.

  

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes that does not lap Canadian shores. 

 

Amerigo Vespucci in 1502 realized South America was a new continent and not part of Asia.

 

5 MPH was the winning speed of the first U.S. auto race in 1895. 

  

Iron accounts for 35 percent of the Earth's composition. 

 

Nevada has the highest number of entertainers per capita. 

 

John F. Kennedy had the shortest life of any U.S. president.

 

A Nuclear Reactor was built on a  squash court under the University of Chicago football stadium in 1942. 

 

 
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QUIZZES


Quiz 1


1. What Arizona town in the 1990s made it legal for folks to wear 6-shooters strapped to their hips? 

 

2.  What city in Kansas derives its name from the Sioux word meaning "a good place to dig potatoes"?

 

3.  What city is the site of the last Moorish Kingdom of Spain?

 

4.  What South American country was home to the early human "Patagonian Giants"?

 

5.  What interstate highway connects Boston to Seattle

 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Tombstone  2.) Topeka 3.) Granada  4.) Argentina  5.) I-90 

 

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Quiz 2


1. What continent was believed to be made up of two islands until explorer Finn Ronne's expedition proved otherwise?

 

2.  What is the world's highest island mountain

 

3.  What railway linked Siberia to Irkutsk in 1900?

 

4.  What Arab nation has the highest number of Christians?

 

5.  What is a round, domed dwelling built by Central Asian nomads

 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Antartica  2.) Mauna Kea  3.) Trans-Siberian Railway  4.) Lebanon  5.) Yurt

 

 

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Quiz 3
 

 

1. What is the second most populous continent?   

 

2. How many time zones did Route 66 cover when paving was completed in 1937? 

 

3. What nation gave the world Stuffed Calf's Eyes and Cow Brain Fritters?

 

4.  What city got its Dutch roots with te settlements of Breukelen and Staaten Eylandt?

 

5.  How many times per year are residents of Kentucky required by law to bathe? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Europe  2.) Three  3.) France  4.) New York City  5.) Once

 

 

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Quiz 4

 

 

1. What two African rivers did Henry Stanley prove were not connected?   

 

2. How many centimes did a Frenchman need to make change for a sou? 

 

3.  What Iowa nickname nonored Chief Black Hawk's fight against European expansionism?

 

4.  What U.S. state boasts 20,320 feet between its highest and lowest point?

 

5.  What country led the world in percentage of homes with a VCR, by 1994?

 

ANSWERS: 1.) The Congo and the Nile  2.) Five  3.) The Hawkeye State  4.) Alaska  5.) Japan

 

 

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Quiz 5

 

  

1. Which of the seven wonders of the ancient world was demolished by an earthquake in 224 B.C.?   

 

2. What Chinese river was named for the color of silt? 

 

3.  What were 30 tons of Lithuania's temporary currency converted into in 1994?

 

4.  What desert do Botswana, Namibia and South Africa have in common?

 

5.  What is the third largest continent, in square miles? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) The Collossus of Rhodes  2.) The Yellow River  3.) Toilet paper  4.) The Kalahari  5.) North America 

 

 

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Quiz 6
 

 

1. What Pennsylvania city, proclaimed "Big Mac City" has a street named Big Mac Way?  

 

2.  What American city is across the Rio Grande from Juarez

 

3.  How many trees are in Africa's Kotezebue Forest?

 

4.  What two seas flank the Caucasus Mountains?

 

5.  What country did James Cook claim for King George III in 1770? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Pittsburgh  2.) El Paso  3.) One  4.) Black Sea & Caspian Seas  5.) Australia  

 

 

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Quiz 7
 

 

1. What major city is close to the middle of the Iberian Peninsula?  

 

2.  What country dared but failed to replace the chocolate Easter Bunny with the "Chocolate Bilby"? 

 

3.  What country's Hindi name is Hind?

 

4.  What American city has only 113 divorces for every 1,000 marriages?

 

5.  What two directions does one typically travel on interstate highways with odd numbers? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Madrid  2.) Australia  3.) India  4.) Las Vegas  5.) North and South 

 

 

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Quiz 8

 

 

1. What is the only nation that has a Bill of Rights for cows?  
 

2. Tourists from what country spend the most money per capita? 

 

3.  What Turkish city has spread to both sides of the Bosporus Strait?

 

4.  What major nation is second only to Russia with the number of imprisoned citizens per capita?

 

5.  What are the three largest cities in South America
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) India  2.) Japan  3.) Istanbul  4.) United States  5.) Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro  

 

 

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Quiz 9


 

1. What European country is Greek for "monk"?  

 

2.  What term for elephant means "thick skin" in Greek

 

3.  What was the city of Edo renamed in 1869?

 

4.  What river do Mexicans call Rio Bravo?

 

5.  What European museum opened a controversial metal and glass pyramid entrance in 1989? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Monaco  2.) Pachyderm  3.) Tokyo  4.) Rio Grande  5.) The Louvre

 

 

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Quiz 10

 


1. What is the world's largest archipelago, after Indonesia?  

 

2.  What Asian nation is the world's largest importer of oil? 

 

3. What nation has the most seats in the European Parliament?

 

4.  What city is the home to the world's largest opera house?

 

5.  What river flows through Baghdad? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Philippines  2.) Japan  3.) German  4.) New York City  5.) Tigris   

 

 

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Quiz 11

 


1. What US industrialized state has the highest number of unionized workers?  

 

2.  How many nautical miles offshore constitute a nation's exclusive commercial fishing zone

 

3.  What nation shares borders with Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan?

 

4.  What is the southernmost country in Central America?

 

5.  What did "America's oldest filling station" in Lynnfield, MA, fill stagecoach laps with in 1821? 
 

 

ANSWERS: 1.) Michigan  2.) 200 miles  3.) Iran  4.) Panama  5.) Whale oil  

 

 

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Quiz 12

 


1. What is the second must populous continent? Europe

 

2.  What mountain's slope was the Delphic Oracle found on? Mount Parnassus'  

 

3.  What nation has the world's largest number of overseas territoriesBritain  

 

4.  How many time zones did Route 66 encompass when paving was completed in 1937? Three  

 

5.  What South Asian City is the world's largest feature film producer? Mumbai, India

 

 

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Quiz 13

 



1. What country's holidays include Discovery Day, Natal Day and Fete Nationale?  Canada

 

2.  What continent has the most countries represented in the United Nations? Africa

 

3.  What California town was named after a major movie studio? Paramount    

 

4.  What Boston green space, founded in 1634, was is the oldest park in America? Boston Common   

 

5.  What body of water off Britain was known by the Dutch as Noordzee?  North Sea  

 

 

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Quiz 14

 

 

1. What Portuguese explorer was killed by poison arrows during a stop on the island of Cebu in 1521? Ferdinand Magellan

 

2.  What did Hirohito refer to as a "tragic interlude" during a 1975 U.S. visit? World War II 

 

3.  What color are a zebra's black stripes during their first six months of life?  Brown

 

4.  How are you traveling in Africa if you've rented a rakumi? By camel  

 

5.  What 19th century novelist spen his last days as an inspector at New York's Custom House? Herman Melville

 

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Quiz 15


1. What country led the world in percentage of TV homes with a VCR by 1994? Japan

 

2.  What country would you be in if you visited the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu? Peru

 

3.  What U.S. City had 3 of the world's 5 tallest man-made structures in 1994?  Chicago

 

4.  What U.S. state has a difference iof 20,320 feet between its highest and lowest points? Alaska 

 

5.  What Iowa nickname honored Chief Black Hawk's fight against European expansionism? The Hawkeye State  

 

 

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Quiz 16

1. Who is the Barber of Seville? Figaro

 

2.  What does a scruple measure in the U.S.? Weight  

 

3.  What Nepalese City means "wooden temples"? Kathmandu  

 

4.  What currency must a foreigner use to pay the $20 airport tax to fly out of Zimbabwe? U.S. dollars (!)  

 

5.  What ball sport features legalized betting for its U.S. spectators? Jai alai 

 

 

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Quiz 17

1. What foreign country has the most U.S. citizens living there? Mexico

 

2.  Who had a pistol in his front pocket when addressing the U.N. General Assembly in 1984? Yasir Arafat 

 

3.  What tournament did Arnold Palmer say he would play in as long as he could walk? Masters 

 

4.  What nation is bordered on the north by Syria, Turkey and Iran? Iraq 

 

5.  Who put the most albums on the U.S. charts? Elvis Presley

 

 

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Quiz 18


1. Which 2 countries sandwich the Dead Sea? Israel and Jordan

 

2.  Whose guitar version of the Star Spangled Banner was featured in the 1996 Aiwa TV ad?  Jimi Hendrix's

 

3.  What were Louis XIV's parents surprised to see he had 2 of when he was born? 2 teeth.

  

4.  What country did the U.S. recognize in 1978, while cutting diplomatic ties with TaiwanChina

 

5.  What's a computerized axial tomography scan better known as? CAT Scan

 

 

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Quiz 19
 

1. Whose portrait is on the $50 bill ... and what building is pictured on the flip side?  U.S. Grant is on the front and the U.S. Capitol is on the back.

 

2.  What general held the rank of Supreme Allied Commander during World War II?  Dwight Eisenhower, later the Commander in Chief

 

3.  Who first suggested the idea of "daylight saving time"Ben Franklin

 

4.  Where does Batman live?  Gotham City

 

5.  What does M.A.S.H. stand for?  Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

 

 

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Quiz 20

1. Who was Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1938?  Adolf Hitler

 

2.  How many of the first 13 states can you name?  Delaware, Pennsylvania (Go Penguins), New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.

 

3.  In what game to you compete in order to collect a "piece of the pie"? Trivial Pursuit.

 

4.  If you were to add up all the numbers in a single Sudoku puzzle what would be the sum? 405

 

5. What two 5-letter words end with the letter "y" and do not contain the vowels a, e, i, o, or u?  Pygmy and gypsy.

 

 

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Quiz 21
 

1. Who was Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2009?  Tiger Woods

 

2.  Cinco de Mayo is the biggest day for Americans to eat avocados.  What is the second largest avocado eating occasion? Super Bowl Sunday

 

3.  Second to the Nile (4,145 miles), which is the world's next longest river? The Amazon at 4007 miles.

 

4.  The Eiffel Tower, 984 feet tall, was the world's tallest building in 1900.  What was the second? The Washington Monument at 555 feet.

 

5. What was America's first fast food place?  White Castle, in Wichita, Kansas in 1921

 

 

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Quiz 22

1. In what state is the geographic center of North America?  North Dakota, in Pierce County

 

2.  In Four Corners USA you can touch which four states at one time? Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico

 

3.  Just how many karats is pure gold? 24 karats

 

4.  Dyslexia is shared among many famous people.  Name a few.? Albert Einstein, Hans Christian Anderson, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, Henry Winkler ( actor, "The Fonz", a Yale graduate)

 

5. What does the Latin word "veto" mean? I forbid.

 

 

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Quiz 23


1.  What English word has consecutive u's? Vacuum

 

2. Who was the first American bilionaire? John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil in 1911

 

3. Who invented charcoal briquettes? Henry T. Ford, inventor of the automobile

 

4. Where did Wal-mart founder Sam Walton get his first job? J.C. Penney

 

5.  How many times was Gerald Ford elected U.S. President?  0

 

6.  What famous poet/writer was expelled from West Point because he showed up for a parade in his birthday suit? Edgar Allen Poe

 

 

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Quiz 24


1.  What US city has the most lawyersWashington, D.C.

 

2. Who was the first man in spaceSoviet Army Major Yuri Gagarin, on   April 12, 1962

 

3. Who was the first woman to appear on the front of the Wheaties box?  Mary Lou Retton

 

4. Three different numbers give the same result when added together as when multiplied.  What are they?  1,2,3 1. The one dollar bill is the most frequently circulated paper currency in the United States.  What's second? The $20 bill

 

2.  How many points for a hockey goal? 1

 

3.  Who is the Babe Ruth candy bar named after? Ruth Cleveland, daughter of President Grover Cleveland.

 

4.  What inventor holds the most patents? Thomas Edison holds 1,093 patents.

 

5. What is a farrier? One who shoes horses 

 

 

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Quiz 25



How many Venture Up client are inluded in Latin America's  "Best companies to work for"

Venture Up clients inlude 21 of 25, as follows

 

1. Google 

2. Microsoft 

3. Kimberly Clark 

4. Telefónica 

5. Accor 

6. McDonald's 

7. Dell 

8. Diageo 

9. Belcorp 

10. Oracle . BBVA

12. Directv

13. Mapfre

14. Royal & SunAlliance

15. FedEx

16. SC Johnson

17. Grupo Falabella

18. Monsanto

19. Nextel

20. Novartis

21. Atento

22. Coca Cola 

23. Scotiabank

24. Grünenthal

25. IBM

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