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Dec. 12th, 2010 09:45 am Trivia Quiz Idea

Last week – I think while flying back from SMOFcon – I hit upon an idea for a moderately hard trivia quiz.  If I ever were to come up with it, however, I’d have to make sure nobody had access to the internet which would probably make it trivial (no pun intended) to get the right answers.

The quiz would consist of three columns.  The first column would contain the ITIA code – or probably the shortened ITIA 3 letter codes which are more recognizable to most people. The second would have the city or metro area served by the airport.  The third would have the current, or possibly past in some cases, name of the airport stripped of any city information.  The task would be to match the code with both the city and the airport name.

So, for example, three of the answers might be “ORD,” “Chicago,” and “(blank) O’Hare International Airport.”  These would be a matched set.

Obviously there are quite a few easy ones (“JFK,” “New York,” “John F. Kennedy International Airport,” for example).  But I know of some that are pretty darn obscure – which I’m not going to share here in case I ever create such a quiz for use someplace.

Thinking about this, limiting this to well traveled parts of the world might make this easier.  I’m sure that there are several grouping that are quite obscure to most of us that involve places in India, Africa, Asia or parts of the Pacific Ocean.

I might even entertain suggestions for groupings.

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Date:December 12th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
O'Hare is named for Edward "Butch" O'Hare, whose father was a lawyer (and eventually turned on) Al Capone.

Of course, for Chicago, you could use Midway or the old Meigs Field and New York also has LaGuardia.
Date:December 12th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Of course, for Chicago, you could use Midway or the old Meigs Field

Wasn't the code for Meigs Field: CHI? At least partially explaining how neither Midway nor Orchard Field got that code.
Date:December 12th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
There's an interesting side-effect which might make some IT folks have an advantage: I've worked for at least two companies now which named data centers and other facilities after their nearest airport: SEA1, IAD1, ORD1, etc...

This seems at least semi-common in companies which have data centers, and it often leads to people learning small airport codes they would probably never travel to. (That, for example, is how I learned where the SQL airport is, in an oddly appropriate location.)
Date:December 12th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I've seen similar myself. Back in the 1990s, many Motorola cellular telephone switches were named using three letters for the location, usually the IATA code for the major airport, three letters for the company and a number. So, for example the first switch in Sacramento for PacTel was "SMFPAC1," which later got renamed "SMFAIR1."

It was not uncommon for this switch to be called "Smurf Pac" or "Smurf Air."

Yes, it is appropriate that SQL is in the bay area.