Tough Trivia, 5/6/21

Today’s Tough Trivia question is: Obsolete US currencies. Currently, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (the division of the Treasury Department that produces paper money), prints and distributes paper money in these denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. In days gone by, there were larger bills in circulation in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000 (though the $100,000 bill never circulated, and was used only for internal government transactions [remember, no electronic funds transfers at the time]). The government stopped producing them in the 1940s, and recalled them in 1969 (withdrawing them from circulation and destroying whenever they made their way into the federal reserve system), but they are still legal tender. Whose portraits graced the fronts of those bills?


Yesterday’s question was: How many national flags use only the colors red, white, and blue? Bonus points if you know how many use all three of those colors.

And the answer is:

IMG_137845 countries. 24 of them use all three; 16 use red and white only, and 5 use blue and white only. (No country’s flag is entirely red, white, or blue.)

Red white and blue: Australia, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechia, France, Iceland, North Korea, Laos, Liberia, Luxembourg, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Russia, Samoa, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Red and white: Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, Tonga, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Blue and white: Finland, Greece, Honduras, Israel, and Somalia.


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog. Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. At some point, I’ll offer a prize for whoever has the most correct answers, and another for whoever participates most often (I’ll take into account people coming in after the start: regular participation starting later is just as good as regular participation starting earlier). There may also be a prize for the funniest or most amusing wrong answer. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

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