Wednesday, January 15, 2014

'North Utah, South Utah'

They asked Brits to label a map of the United States. Very funny. 


  1. I thought the alternate question - Americans being asked to label the countries in Europe - was even funnier. Some Americans think that the capital of Australia is Vienna. Explains why someone labeled Poland as Australia.

    I don't know whether I'd have any more success labelling American states. I think I might get the main ones, perhaps. If I ever needed to know where North or South Dakota are, I'd look at an atlas.

    There's too much rote learning in schools. This is one example of it.

    1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJanuary 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      backfield: "There's too much rote learning in schools"

      How would less rote learning (i.e., repetition) yield a better memory of maps and lists? What would, in your opinion, be a better method?

      Or are you saying that being able to name the US states and/or European countries is a pointless task in the first place? Truthfully, as long as I can find Italy (specifically, San Remo or Amalfi), I could care less where Belgium is (assuming Belgium still exists and haven't splintered into EUville, Flemistan, and Wallonia). Belgium... sounds like a good name for a mint-flavored antacid.

    2. Senile old fart,

      It isn't of much use for a Briton to be able to label all the American states. If you need to know where North Dakota is (or even Illinois) it's more important knowing where to go for the information.

      Knowing where the European countries are important, though. Why Germany invaded Luxembourg and Belgium at the beginning of August, 1914 for example.

      European geography is European history. American geography is largely just American Civil War history.

      Anyway. I'm getting my 14 month Staffie terrier-kelpie cross from the RSPCA refuge this morning, so I expect I'll be ceasing commenting on this blog (my time is going to become restricted). I'll still look at it - it's good for a laugh.

    3. My parents had a subscription to National Geographic, and in those days (fifties & sixties) pretty near every issue had a map of some distant land. I loved poring over those maps! That's where I learned geography, not in Public School. Public School is where they make everything BORING.

  2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJanuary 15, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Totally off topic...

    But good for a laugh.

    1. The right’s answer to the bridge scandal – Benghazi! That is funny.


    2. Well, Christie *is* said to be buddy-buddy with at least some Moslems (whom some claim are "Islamists"), so, sure, an "anti-Islamic" film sounds like a good reason.

    3. Considering that the bridge "scandal" is scandal solely to crowd out any thoughts of Benghazi, I'd say that Benghazi is the perfect answer.

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