Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Geographically Ignorant

People are often quick to point out America's ignorance of the world - though I say it's partly understandable due to their terrible news coverage and the sheer size of their country. Nevertheless, the Americans are challenging the Brits in the geography stakes. And, the Brits are winning, but only slightly.

I reckon we should have one here. Some Australians can be remarkably ignorant about the world. America's excuse is their size and TV, what's ours? However, I cannot remember clearly learning the locations of countries at school. It's something people assume you'll pick it up on the way. I personally learnt the countries, and their capitals, of Europe by playing a simple computer game in highschool. And who said computer games weren't educational?

Update: The Americans have taken the lead by a whisker.

Update: I found the section for all countries. Australia isn't doing too well. I scored a perfect 100%, but I guessed the location of the Dominican Republic. Very lucky.

7 Comments:

Anonymous the reverend dalaillama said...

Personally, it was "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego"...

which before you laugh, was me and this cute chick playing most lunch times at school until we knew the capitols of europe backwards...

3:42 pm  
Blogger Engels said...

And she wore a red Fedora hat... you nerd. We had that game in our class. We also had a similar game where you had to chase down Ned Kelly. I shit you not.

4:16 pm  
Anonymous the reverend dalaillama said...

Well of course you bloody did... Ned Kelly was a thieving mongrel and, whats worse, was of irish decent!

As such, he is was a fellow well worthy of the gallows...

War On the Paddies!!!

4:48 pm  
Blogger Engels said...

Down with the Paddies. Causing nothing bar trouble.

6:15 pm  
Blogger Engels said...

Wiki reads:

Eureka historians have discovered that, in the area where the defensive position was established, there was a large concentration of Irish miners. The password used at the Eureka Stockade - “Vinegar Hill” - was the scene of an 1804 Irish convict uprising in New South Wales.

3:51 pm  
Anonymous aidan said...

Moved Oz above Saudi Arabia....can't have them beating us.

Would've been easier if I didn't have to remember where the fuck random little Carribbean countries are...

1:56 pm  
Blogger Engels said...

Yeah, if you get Europe, Asia (bar the stans) and some of the main Latin American nations, smooth sailing.

8:27 am  

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