Strange Islands Quiz

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Not every island is a stereotypical sandy paradise with a tropical breeze. In fact, some of our world's most intriguing islands are anything but that. Abandoned cities. Haunted buildings. Mysterious relics. Are you a strange island expert? Show your stuff with this quiz.

True or False: Dubai has plans to develop a group of artificial islands in the shape of a world map.

The answer is true: This artificial-island development, called "The World," will include 300 islands grouped into the shape of a world map. However, the project is currently on hold because of Dubai's debt crisis.

How many Uros people still live on the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru?

Around 1,200 Uros people still live on the 60 man-made islands that float on Lake Titicaca. The 8-to-12-feet-thick islands are made of reeds.

Which tree on Socotra Island is known for its red sap?

The dragon's blood tree on Socotra island seeps red sap, and it's also known for its peculiar umbrella-shaped branches.

Why did Don Julian hang thousands of dolls and doll parts from wire at his property, which has come to be called La Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls), in Mexico?

Property owner Don Julian dredged dolls from the Xochimilco canals and hung them from wire to ward off the spirit of a woman who drowned nearby.

How many tourists visit the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru each year?

Each year, about 200,000 tourists visit these islands, and the Uros people profit from that tourism.

Which strange island has most recently served as the set for a game show?

France's Fort Boyard island has recently served as the set for a French game show called "Fort Boyard," which is similar to America's "Fear Factor."

Which strange island is best described as an abandoned city?

Hashima Island, off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, was once the most densely populated place in the world. But after the mine on the island closed, the island city was completely abandoned.

Which of these islands once served as an asylum for the mentally ill and as a place of quarantine for plague victims?

Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice, is widely believed to be haunted because of its grim past. It was the site for an insane asylum in the late 1800s, and a place of quarantine for plague sufferers in the 1300s and 1600s.

What is the proper name for the massive statues on Easter Island?

The name for Easter Island's mysterious statues is "moai." "Ahu" is the word for the base on which the moai is placed.

How did the Easter Islanders move the average 14-ton, 13-feet-tall maois from the rock quarry to other places on the island?

Nobody really knows exactly how the Easter Islanders were able to move such wieldy statues around the island. But both of these theories have been posed.

Al Capone spent time on which of these islands?

Mobster Al Capone was one of the many violent criminals to do time at the Alcatraz prison before it closed in 1963.

The island of Madagascar broke off from which continent 165 million years ago?

Madagascar was once part of the African continent.

True or False: Ninety percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna is unique to the island.

This one is true: Amazingly, you won't find 90 percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna anywhere else on Earth.

Which of these islands is nicknamed "The Galapagos of the East"?

Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen and Somalia, is nicknamed "The Galapagos of the East" because of its unique ecosystem, which attracts ecotourists.

What is Dubai's Palm Jumeirah artificial island made of?

The island is made of boulders from a nearby mountain range and more than 120 million cubic yards (92 million cubic meters) of sand dredged from the sea floor.

How did Alcatraz get its name?

In 1775, Lt. Juan Manuel de Ayala mapped the island and decided to call it "Isla de los Alcatraces," which translates to "Island of the Pelicans," because so many seabirds roosted there.

True or false: Chinese and South Korean men were forcibly brought to the island of Hashima to work at the coal mines.

This one is true: During World War II, as demand for coal increased, men from China and South Korea were forcibly moved to Hashima to work the mines.

According to legend, why did one of the doctors at the asylum for the mentally ill on Poveglia Island leap from the bell tower?

Supposedly, he performed strange experiments on mental patients at the asylum, and that's why he committed suicide.

How many people lived on Easter Island at its height?

About 9,000 people lived on Easter Island at its height in 1550.

Was Fort Boyard ever really used as a fort?

Not really. Almost as soon as the fort was built, it was obsolete because of advancements in gun technology. But it has been used as a military prison.

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