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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:47 AM   #17341
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An engineering student I know though that the Principality of Monaco was in Germany. Maybe because Monaco is the Italian exonimus for Munich.
And another though that Estonia was in the Balkans, near Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia.
Someone from Sicily on the chat: "you live near Venice, so you're also near Switzerland."
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I've heard one of the most difficult questions for students of International Relations in Bari is Which country borders Italy in the northeast?
Maybe because two countries (Austria and Slovenia) border Italy in the northeast.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:57 AM   #17342
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They can write both countries, so I'm not sure that's the reason.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 02:14 AM   #17343
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Kelly Sildaru, a 10-year old Estonian girl doing some freeskiing:
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 02:20 AM   #17344
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If it's Tuesday this must be Belgium.
nah Belgium lies in Illinois
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:15 AM   #17345
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That girl has balls!
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:23 PM   #17346
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Americans are so dumb they put Cannes in Northwestern Spain! (They got confused with a small village called Cans). But the French got confused too, as they put Lorca in Navarre and Figueres in Norwestern Spain. And there is actually a Lorca in Navarre and a Figueras (Spanish form of Figueres, which is Catalan) in Northwestern Spain.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:47 PM   #17347
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Americans are so dumb they put Cannes in Northwestern Spain! (They got confused with a small village called Cans). But the French got confused too, as they put Lorca in Navarre and Figueres in Norwestern Spain. And there is actually a Lorca in Navarre and a Figueras (Spanish form of Figueres, which is Catalan) in Northwestern Spain.
You really need to stop this crap that Americans are dumb. First of all there are Americans on here as well, and secondly I bet you cannot name the capitals of Nebraska or North Dakota within 3 seconds.

You are dumb to write on here that Americans are dumb.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:51 PM   #17348
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Lincoln and Bismarck . And out from memory. I know the names of all 50 capitols of the USA .
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:56 PM   #17349
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Very good. Behave yourself. The Americans are our friends, they are not dumber or smarter than us, and my good friend Michael (Penns Wood) gets offended about this ongoing anti-Americanism. And so do I. And I am not even American.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:57 PM   #17350
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Lincoln and Bismarck . And out from memory. I know the names of all 50 capitols of the USA .
still, most people -especially the youth- are not very good in geography no matter if they live in the US or in Europe. but until the GPS works, everything is OK :-)
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:07 PM   #17351
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I can confirm the geographic knowledge of many Dutch is appalling.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:17 PM   #17352
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I remember a short clip from some kind of tv show where they ask people who are on vacation in some village in the most southern part of Spain to show where they are on a map.
The closest one was near Barcelona... There was 1 person who pointed at the Dutch coast () and 1 person that pointed at the Baltic states...

On Whose Line is it anyway. Africa is a continent!

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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:33 PM   #17353
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well, i got to tell you, i love my girlfriend, and as a woman she knows the smallest things about our neighbors while I didnt even noticed that we actually have neighbors, but if i would leave her in a random country without GPS or a cell-phone, she'd most probably die of starvation. and thats not only about capitols, major cities or countries, she also would have no clue where to head east for example. because she has no clue where east is in the first place...

but i really love her
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 06:33 PM   #17354
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Someone asked me the other day where Northampton was. Many people here don't know where some well known parts of London are
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 06:50 PM   #17355
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A common mistake made by ignorant people is considering a bunch of different countries\areas, maybe very different each other or thousands of kms far away each other, like a single entity or however an integrated area.
For example I heard of someone who was surprised that a Mexican friend have never been to Brazil/Argentina because "it's the same area". Let's explain to him that Mexico and Argentina are far away each other like New York and Moscow. But for him it was just "Latin America".
From Tunis to Cape Town is all black Africa, with all people living in traditional villages, riding camels and hunting wild beasts. China, Japan, Korea, Thailand,... are just a bunch of yellow people who go to temples and produce everything for us. From Slovenia to Vladivostock is all "Slavic countries", where everybody is communist, drink a lot of vodka, go West to steal and sell drugs and women have sex with everybody for few money.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 06:57 PM   #17356
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What about western Europe, nothing interesting happening there
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 07:19 PM   #17357
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What about western Europe, nothing interesting happening there
Well, being from Western Europe most people here have a deep knowledge about various Western countries:

Italy: pizza, pasta and mafia
Germany: wurstel, beer and everybody is nazi
France: unwrapped baguettes carried under sweaty arms
UK: tea at exactly 5p.m., rain 24-7, horrible food and poor hygiene
NL: drugs, hookers, gays and lesbians
Spain: bloody bullfightings
Ireland: everybody is always drunk
Switzerland: clocks, chocholate and money laundering
Scandinavia: year-long winter and polar bears
Greece: isn't it 3rd world?
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 07:25 PM   #17358
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:11 PM   #17359
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Well, if there ever is an Estonian in a Hollywood movie, they always have a Russian accent, even though the Estonian accent is pretty much like the Finnish accent. But there's no point in getting upset about it, it is what it is.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:37 PM   #17360
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Does the Finnish accent sound like the Russian accent by any chance? Just asking.
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