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I never knew the difference of UK, Great Britain, Britain or England. I always assume they were the same but names from different periods of time. So I Binged and now know the difference and how the names came about. Here is a link I used to learn for those interested.

 

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/britain.html

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lol. Someone put Australia in Europe. I thought I felt the whole country move thousands of miles over night.  :rofl:

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That`ll please the Kiwis

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no one seems to know my state :(

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Go!

 

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Go!

The one that sticks out on the bottom right is Florida, right?

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no one seems to know my state :(

 

 

The state of depression? :D

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technically a state is now no different then a country in the EU... they are technically a "State" encapsulated in a larger nation.....

 

Technically they are very very different.

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I'd be interested to know how many could fill out the map of UK Counties.

 

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DA FAH, LOL what? :D :D

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I'm actually better at filling in a map of the US than I am Europe *ahem*.

 

My Geography is shocking, the only reason I know the US is because my company does a lot of business there and I must split leads between West/East for our San Fran/NYC offices.

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technically a state is now no different then a country in the EU... they are technically a "State" encapsulated in a larger nation.....

 

Not really. The EU is still a confederacy with a lot more autonomy granted to member states versus American states. The US leans more towards a federal model with, in theory, powers almost equally split between states and the fed. Of course, this was after you guys concluded a confederacy wasn't going to work out :p

 

As for naming counties in the state or in the UK, hell I can't even name all the counties and regions in my province except for the ones immediately surrounding Toronto.

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If you can't map out America, you're a moron... If you can't map out Europe though, that just mean you aren't European. /s :)

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If you can't map out America, you're a moron... If you can't map out Europe though, that just mean you aren't European. /s :)

Nah not everyone is even moderately interested in Geography or even has a modicum of pride in their own country.

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Any takers? :D

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Let's see if any of you can fill this out:

 

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Let's see if any of you can fill this out:

 

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So, the Baltic Sea is called the Eastern Sea in German, isn't it? That's interesting :)

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I'd be interested to know how many could fill out the map of UK Counties.

 

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Could you? even having lived in the UK my whole life I couldn't fill all that out.

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Could you? even having lived in the UK my whole life I couldn't fill all that out.

 

Don't feel bad...few Russians can fill this map out. It's a shame.

 

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I'll hold my hands up. I couldn't map out the states of America, i couldn't map out the countries of Europe, i couldn't even map out the counties in England, Scotland or Wales.

 

Does this make me a bad person? No. Does it mean i have shocking Geography? No. Although i do have shocking geography. :p

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I'll hold my hands up. I couldn't map out the states of America, i couldn't map out the countries of Europe, i couldn't even map out the counties in England, Scotland or Wales.

 

Does this make me a bad person? No. Does it mean i have shocking Geography? No. Although i do have shocking geography. :p

 

A few days ago some people were all in huff about Harvard students not knowing the capital of Canada.

 

The only time geography like this actually means anything is locally. If you grew up in Canada and don't know the capital, that's pretty bad. Otherwise, geography is nothing but trivia, because it's utterly trivial. Some might argue that knowing geography shows a level of awareness, and maybe that's true to a small degree. Still, there are much more important things to know.

 

Einstein always wrote down addresses and phone numbers, because he said they weren't worth the amount of finite memory they take up. He had better things to keep in his memory, and when he needed to know an address or a phone number, he could just look them up.

 

I think a lot of the emphasis put on knowing geography comes from the so-called "whiz kids" on late night talk shows that can name every state, state capital, every state bird, etc.. That has nothing to do with being "smart" though. It just shows a good memory, which young children excel at.

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