Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $2000

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$2000 clue: Thor Heyerdahl believed this island was once colonized by a redheaded race from South America, possibly Peru

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The gist: Piloting the Kon-Tiki, a balsa-wood raft constructed based on drawings made by Spanish conquistadores in sixteenth-century Peru, Thor Heyerdahl and his six-man Norwegian-Swedish crew successfully sailed from Callao, Peru to a small islet in the French Polynesian Tuamotu island group. Although his aim was slightly off, he had demonstrated that it was theoretically possible for a craft built on ancient principles (albeit with modern provisions) to successfully sail halfway across the Pacific. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! VI: Islands of the Pacific – $1600

Jeopardy! category: ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC (19-02-2014)

$1600 clue: Anthropologists study the island of Yap for its use of 12-foot stone wheels not for transport but as this

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The gist: In many parts of the world, it may be that possession is nine-tenths of the law. Not always so on the Micronesian* island of Yap. Continue reading