Thursday, December 12, 2013

25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia: Day 12

We're halfway to Christmas Eve, so that means we're just about halfway through my 25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia. So without preamble, I'm diving right into the trivia question for Day 12 (it's a fill-in-the-blank question; same word or phrase for both blanks):
One-quarter of the globe, or 48 million square miles, is ________ covered at some time during the year. Worldwide, about one-third of the water used for irrigation comes from _______.   (Note: These values were accurate circa 1998 and I have not done any digging to update them; they may have shifted). 

While looking for a song to accompany today's trivia, I found myself gravitating toward tunes that might have provided too strong a hint to the answer. Then, I found this one in my archives. "Christmas is a Friend of Mine," was released in 1981 by Dutch singer-songwriter Fay Lovsky. It was a minor top 40 hit in the Netherlands where it peaked at #37 in January of 1982. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the trivia theme or the current question. It is simply an overlooked gem of the beloved 80s.

Contest Notes:

Remember, 25 Days of Winter Holiday Trivia is an actual contest. If you want to participate, all you have to do is send me your answer to each question I've posted (and for which I have not yet posted the answer). I'll start posting answers on Wednesday, but will likely only go through the first week of trivia. So you still have time to go back through the posted questions and rack up some points.

Points? Yes! The three folks who rack up the most points in my trivia game will receive a gift card!

If you want to participate, simply message me your answers. Don't post in the comments unless you don't mind sharing your work. (Just DM me on Twitter, private message me on FB, or use the contact info on this blog to email me).