Turns out Americans aren't the only ones who suck at geography...


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Sounds like he was offered a job for the oil-drilling side of the Nobel family.


Steam mills. He was from Germany.

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

heh heh heh

Man I wish Texas was that big.


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Sissyl wrote:
Steam mills. He was from Germany.

Do you care to tell more? I´m always interested in genealogy, its one of my hobbies (my family is boring for the most part - most of my ancestors hardly left their home village).

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Charles Evans 25 wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
Wesleyan Garden City would be an obvious answer.

I was curious about 'Wesleyan Garden City' and googled it. It kept giving me links to places in the US, which since this thread seems to be about US geography makes sense, I guess... :)

(The most similar place name to 'Weesleyan Garden City' for a major settlement (by UK standards) that we have here in the UK is 'Welwyn Garden City'...)
[humour]I prefer to adopt a policy of remaining figuratively silent and being thought an idiot, rather opening my mouth and removing any doubt as regards my own abilities to identify US States, however...[/humour]

The people at Apple are idiots and have not included Welwyn in their dictionary but have included Wesleyan.

Absurd!

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As always, Polandball has the answer to this issue.

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To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...


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Celestial Healer wrote:

To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...

Nice idea. I think I would get at least some of them right, but that would be a hard task.


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Most of my old classmates (and me) would do fairly well on that (and US states too - though they're harder, especially the square ones in the middle and the tiny ones in the north-east). Name-geography was a big part of 7th grade.


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Sissyl wrote:

America is fifty states. That's a bloody pile of countries, most of which are pretty similar. People there speak the same language (Spanish, sometimes English), they have almost no population, are ridiculously tiny, have no famous cities (Europeans, quick, name one thing that happened in Boulder!), have mostly the same incomprehensible city layout and same big companies, and most significantly, are all full of Americans. It's not surprising, then, that we poor Europeans have a hard time differentiating. If you guys were to put together your countries a bit more, along certain themes, that would make it far easier for us.

No... what annoys us is that you don't even try to understand what is unique about a given European country. For shame!

You also forgot that their cities are so damn young... Two hundred years? Bah. Three hundred years? Meh. Oh, look, that one might be almost 400 years old soon... Yay! Welcome among the adult cities later in this century...


Celestial Healer wrote:

To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...

I couldn't run it on this computer - it kept crashing :(


The Firth of Forth and Synergistic Weirdiosity


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Here's an interesting story for you, Comrade A, although it isn't mine. A friend and I got to talking in college about where our families had come from, and he mentioned someone in another branch (the rich branch) of his mother's family, whom everybody called "Weird Uncle Fred". Apparently, Weird Uncle Fred was an absolute firebrand of a socioeconomic reformer, and got into all kinds of trouble with both his family and the law, and had to move around the continent and go to England several times to avoid getting arrested. If you haven't guessed by now, "Weird Uncle Fried" was indeed Friedrich Engels, and my friend and I both thought it was hysterical that one could be one of the shining lights of the political and social forces for change in the 19th century and still be considered the family kook.


Vive le Galt!

So, uh, SnowJade, you seein' anyone?


As SnowJade? Nope. Free as a cat. (Otherwise, I've mentioned Crazy4catnip a couple of times around the threads.)


Celestial Healer wrote:

To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...

Bah, easy!

Proceeds to write "Africa" in big letters across the map


SnowJade wrote:
As SnowJade? Nope. Free as a cat. (Otherwise, I've mentioned Crazy4catnip a couple of times around the threads.)

What's Crazy4catnip got to do with me?


Not a thing. ;)


Matt Thomason wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:

To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...

Bah, easy!

Proceeds to write "Africa" in big letters across the map

Gives both sides map of Asia reversed upside down and tells them it's Africa and asks to mark African countries on it.


Drejk wrote:
Matt Thomason wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:

To settle the question as to whether it is valid to compare a map of US states vs European countries, I propose a tie-breaker.

Give them both a map of Africa and watch them sweat.

I could do it, but with difficulty...

Bah, easy!

Proceeds to write "Africa" in big letters across the map

Gives both sides map of Asia reversed upside down and tells them it's Africa and asks to mark African countries on it.

Careful, the last time the europeans got to do that it was the cause of a lot of wars.


"We didn't start the fire..."


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Pretty sure you don't have to tell a Pole about the great powers carving countries up willy-nilly.


Or someone who grew up with Native Americans. By the time I was five, I knew more about their culture and traditions than I did about my own - and, on the whole, liked them better, too.


SnowJade wrote:
Not a thing. ;)

[Waggles eyebrows]


[Waggles whiskers right back]


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[Passes out with excitement]


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Go find yourself an unexplored country you two.


I don't know about kitty-cats, but

Goblins do it in the streets!


Cats do it on the roofs...

You don't fear heights, do you?


Meee-owww!


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SJ and DA - the musical interlude:

Put ya foot on the rock. Good God!


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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

I don't know about kitty-cats, but

Goblins do it in the streets!

Wanna find out about kitty-cats? Hmmm?


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OHFWA.


SnowJade wrote:
Wanna find out about kitty-cats? Hmmm?

[Passes out again]


Not enough blood for brain function and... excitement at the same time?


We should be so lucky.

Try loosening his corsets and burning a feather under his nose.


I should have asked someone to catch him.


I hope it wasn't one of those sloped roofs, where Doodlebug fainted...


Hadn't gotten that far yet.


And I hope that Doodlebug wasn't high... Above ground, I mean.


Nope. Above the ground, anyway; you'll have to ask Comrade A about the [bubble bubble bubble] bit of it.


GeraintElberion wrote:


Bath is down south: the most well-known spa town in the midlands is Royal Leamington Spa.

In other words, there are no well-known spa towns in the Midlands. Trick question.

GeraintElberion wrote:


St. David's (Tyddewi) is the smallest city in the country.

And here we get into the definition of a city. There are smaller settlements, but they are not termed "cities" according to British law, although there are states in the USA in which any incorporated settlement is officially a city. So let's first read up on city status in the UK.


And yes, I prefer Germany with its three Saxonies (Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Niedersachsen). Could I place them all in Germany? Absolutely. I still wouldn't have a chance with England's ceremonial counties (Scotland's council areas, I could probably manage) and definitely not all 101 départments of France.

Canadian territories and provinces? A breeze. Mexican states? Harder, I'll get lost in the middle, but okay.

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