Monday Trivia, No. 127 [Mark Thompson wins!]

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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    They all play football/soccer.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Nations which did not exist in their current form in 5000 BC.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    Distance of their capital cities from El Paso is less than the distance between the Earth and the moon?Report

  4. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    Just a minor quibble. Northern Cyprus isn’t a recognized UN member-state.Report

  5. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    Also vague guess: Has something to do with Rugby?Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Nob Akimoto says:

      I think it has to be something sport related. The range of countries is too vast for anything real. You have hot and cold countries, warm and wet countries, new and old countries, big and small countries. No clear religious connection.

      So, yea, something sports or something quirky, like more men than woman in the population.Report

  6. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Countries which have never contained my kitchen.Report

  7. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Here’s your Tuesday hint: if the nations were to be listed in chronological order rather than alphabetically, the list would be Sri Lanka (it was called Ceylon back then), India, Israel, Central African Republic, United Kingdom, Portugal, Dominica, Norway, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Bangladesh, France, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Burundi, Rwanda, Pakistan, Haiti, Guyana, New Zealand, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Finland, Mozambique, Ukraine, Germany, Jamaica, South Korea, Moldova, Iceland, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Slovakia, Mali, Thailand, Denmark.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Sri Lanka (it was called Ceylon back then)

      Countries named after Commodores songs (or was that purely serendipitous?)Report

    • I assume that the event that triggered eligibility for this list for Yugoslavia happened specifically in Slovenia between 1929 and 1991.Report

    • Ugh. I missed that Croatia was on the list. Either way, I’m pretty sure I have the answer:

      Appointment or election of female prime ministers.Report

      • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Mark Thompson says:

        Helle, I think you got it.Report

      • This is the correct answer. My formulation of it was “a female head of government,” but it’s effectively the same thing since every one of the women in question was a Prime Minister (that’s full PM, not “acting” or “effective”) other than Angela Merkl, and my understanding of the German system of government is that the Chancellor is more like a Prime Minister than a U.S. President anyway. Turns out, most countries that have Presidents name them heads of state, rather than heads of government, so they do ceremonial things and exercise comparatively little power.

        As for countries with both female heads of state and female heads of government, I suspect that would be the UK and the Commonwealth nations from the above list — Sri Lanka, Jamaica, India, Bangladesh, UK, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, Trinidad, and Rwanda, since each of them had a female PM at the same time Elizabeth II Windsor has sat as sovereign.Report

      • Avatar James K in reply to Mark Thompson says:

        Something you need to be careful with on that score Burt is that not all Commonwealth countries have the Queen as their head of State. I’m pretty sure India doesn’t for one thing.Report