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That's how I got started- How else would I remember Bamako, Mali and Kigali, Rwanda?  There was also where in time and where in the usa, but the show was Where in the World is...

(And I still say it in my head like Rockapella did. Where in the world is....Carmen Sandiego?)

YAY Rockapella!!!

http://youtu.be/dGVa5MESpIs

This one has the lyrics...
"The Universe puts us in places where we can learn. They are never easy places, but they are right. Wherever we are, it's the right place and the right time. Pain that sometimes comes is part of the process of constantly being born."
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When DH and I visited mainland USA, we were complimented daily on our great English. We are Australian. One guy, upon hearing we were Australian, said something like, "wow, that's overseas, isn't it? Like Canada?" :P I don't know, is there a prevalent belief that only people in America and England speak English? We traveled around quite a bit, so it wasn't just in one place.

I would have thought that people would be vaguely aware of which countries speak the same language as you, if only for potential holiday purposes.

Although, I've actually met British people who have complained of the same problem. Maybe we were just unlucky with the numbers of clueless people we encountered.

We always replied to the compliments with, "thanks, your English isn't too bad either!"

My mother encountered this back in the 80s, but when I travelled last year we found people were generally pretty knowledgable about Australia.

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Slartibartfast, you are awesome!  I showed this game to my 10 year old geography fiend and he's been transported (pun intended)!

And I just played it again and had my bestest score ever (31750) - all five rounds put me somewhere I could identify!  (With the help of Google, but still - cool that a random roadside stand in rural Africa had a Facebook page!)

I love this game, except when the pics are blurry and I can't tell what anything is. :( That kind of bites.
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Those of you who are geography fans . . . have you tried http://geoguessr.com?  Really interesting geography game - it plops you down in a Google street view somewhere in the world, and you have to wander around a bit until you feel confident taking a guess at where you are.  You get points based on how close to accurate you were (in miles).  I found it really interesting what things I ended up using for clues - foliage, language on signs, license plates, shop names, etc.  My closest so far was .1 miles (it plopped me down in front of an easily-identifiable restaurant which was named for the bay it was in, which I've been to) and my farthest was mixing up Scotland and New Zealand  :P

To be fair parts of NZ and Scotland do look very alike and both use English so that won't help!

Don't they say that the South Island of NZ is, culturally, the most Scottish place anywhere outside Scotland?

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Those of you who are geography fans . . . have you tried http://geoguessr.com?  Really interesting geography game - it plops you down in a Google street view somewhere in the world, and you have to wander around a bit until you feel confident taking a guess at where you are.  You get points based on how close to accurate you were (in miles).  I found it really interesting what things I ended up using for clues - foliage, language on signs, license plates, shop names, etc.  My closest so far was .1 miles (it plopped me down in front of an easily-identifiable restaurant which was named for the bay it was in, which I've been to) and my farthest was mixing up Scotland and New Zealand  :P
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Vega, Texas.  Texas I knew from the sign over the Volunteer Fire Department, but not well enough to read the name.  'Vega___' I got from the water tower, but wasn't sure until Google told me there was a 'Vega.'  I must have dropped the sign on the wrong street corner. 
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Those of you who are geography fans . . . have you tried http://geoguessr.com?  Really interesting geography game - it plops you down in a Google street view somewhere in the world, and you have to wander around a bit until you feel confident taking a guess at where you are.  You get points based on how close to accurate you were (in miles).  I found it really interesting what things I ended up using for clues - foliage, language on signs, license plates, shop names, etc.  My closest so far was .1 miles (it plopped me down in front of an easily-identifiable restaurant which was named for the bay it was in, which I've been to) and my farthest was mixing up Scotland and New Zealand  :P

Great.  Something else to play around with.  My closest was Utah (my guess) from Wyoming (the true place).  The farthest was Puerto Rico (my guess) with Brazil (the true place).  On the last one, I thought the signs were in Spanish (it was Portuguese).  I've also used what side of the road cars are driving on to automatically rule out the U.K. or Australia.

ETA: Don't feel too bad, Slart-I did the exact same thing  ::)
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Slartibartfast, you are awesome!  I showed this game to my 10 year old geography fiend and he's been transported (pun intended)!

And I just played it again and had my bestest score ever (31750) - all five rounds put me somewhere I could identify!  (With the help of Google, but still - cool that a random roadside stand in rural Africa had a Facebook page!)


I love this game, except when the pics are blurry and I can't tell what anything is. :( That kind of bites.

My new addiction, thank you e-hell! "You got 18568 points in total"
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LOL I think you've gotten me addicted to it too! :)

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Those of you who are geography fans . . . have you tried http://geoguessr.com?  Really interesting geography game - it plops you down in a Google street view somewhere in the world, and you have to wander around a bit until you feel confident taking a guess at where you are.  You get points based on how close to accurate you were (in miles).  I found it really interesting what things I ended up using for clues - foliage, language on signs, license plates, shop names, etc.  My closest so far was .1 miles (it plopped me down in front of an easily-identifiable restaurant which was named for the bay it was in, which I've been to) and my farthest was mixing up Scotland and New Zealand  :P

Now I'm hooked!

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Belle wrote:

"I just learned last week that North Korea and South Korea are on the northeast side of China, right near Japan. I always thought they were southwest of China, far away from Japan (sort of in the area of Thailand). I would have bet money on it, but I was very wrong.
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It's possible, assuming you're American, that you were confused because another "North/South" country in our history is near Thailand, that being Vietnam.  It's no longer split like Korea but many people older than thirty still have North Vietnam/South Vietnam in their memory, and it also abuts China to its north, so the confusion is reasonable.

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I confess I cheated ;).  The geography game popped me out right in front of a high school sign, so I Googled it in another window  ;D.



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I got plopped down on an unmarked road in the middle of pine trees. After wandering around and only finding one sign, which was too small to read (and blurry when I zoomed in), I just guessed Washington, US.

Nope. It was Sweden.
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I got plopped down on an unmarked road in the middle of pine trees. After wandering around and only finding one sign, which was too small to read (and blurry when I zoomed in), I just guessed Washington, US.

Nope. It was Sweden.

I got the road outside of our farm. At first I thought no way. But It had the Rolling Oaks Pillar and the new Spanish style house that mark our overgrown hidden dirt road.
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OK, we have a GeoGuessr spin-off thread. Enjoy!

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=128815.0
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1049 on: November 25, 2013, 08:37:10 PM »

I had to tell my freshman year roommate not to sleep in a certain sort of feminine product. To my horror, she did so all the time and had never even heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome!  :o