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I'm in Costa Rica on vacation until the 25th, but here's one of my favorite sites for you to visit if you're bored.  Check back tomorrow for another fun link.

Today I'm linking to Emily's blog, The Media Nerd.  You may remember her from her spectacular trivia quiz column on The Bathtub.  As a special treat, she has prepared an entire guest post today in the form of a trivia quiz about Costa Rica!]

Although I've moved on to nerdier and lamer things, Lauren's in Costa Rica this week, and as a guest blogger I'm filling in with a quiz on the lovely country to help relive the old Bathtub days. Now you can learn more about that place us gringos call "The Rich Coast."

1. What is the name of the Costa Rican Army?
a. Ejército
b. Contra
c. Nada
d. Enemigo

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c. Nada (nothing).  Costa Rica officially abolished their army in 1949, after their 1948 civil war, making it the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army. 

2. How has Costa Rica differentiated itself from other Central American countries (other than that whole no-army thing)?
a. It has a one-child policy
b. It has privatized its Department of Education
c. Its alphabet does not have the letter "Z"
d. It has been peaceful for the past fifty or so years

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d. Unlike other Central American countries, Costa Rica has successfully avoided most of the violence that plagues the region.

3. Which one of these companies does not have facilities in Costa Rica?
a. Intel
b. Procter & Gamble
c. GlaxoSmithKline
d. Costco

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d. There is no Costco in Costa Rica (there is one in Puerto Rico though).  In 2006, Intel's microprocessor facility in Costa Rica was responsible for 20% of the country's exports.

4. What is the biggest industry in Costa Rica?
a. Tourism
b. Bananas
c. Coffee
d. Microprocessors

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a. Tourism (it's a $1.9 billion a year industry and is the most visited country in Central America)!  Good job Lauren, way to keep their economy going.  Buy some microprocessors while you're down there too.

5. If you want the country to recognize your marriage, you must...
a. Marry a dude
b. Get married in a Catholic church
c. Go through couples therapy
d. Seek the advice of a traditional Costa Rican seer to ensure you two are compatible

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b. You have to get married in a Catholic church because it's the official state religion. 

6. What does the unofficial country's motto of "Pura Vida!" mean?
a. "This is living!"
b. "Pure life!"
c. "Distilled life!"
d. "Potable water!"

[Ed. note: I couldn't get this last picture to upload and since I need to finish packing I'm too lazy to figure out why it's not working.  Sorry.]

a. is the loose translation, but b & c are the more literal translations.  d is just plain wrong.

Hope you're having a great time Lauren, don't let them trick you into joining their non-existent army!  Adios.

[Other friends with blogs: Matt's Two Year Sprint, and Michelle's MacNamerica.]

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