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    And how many of you all know every single country on the map?
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    And how many of you all know every single country on the map?
    I know 1 that's me anybody else know them too?
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    (Original post by Tom_green_day)
    I don't know any American states. And to be honest I wouldn't be able to name too many of the Eastern European countries.
    This may shock some people but flawless geography is not required to be fairly intelligent.
    Not being able to name any, how is that even possible?
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    (Original post by Tom_green_day)
    I don't know any American states. And to be honest I wouldn't be able to name too many of the Eastern European countries.
    This may shock some people but flawless geography is not required to be fairly intelligent.
    That's obviously not true lol
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    (Original post by Tom_green_day)
    I don't know any American states. And to be honest I wouldn't be able to name too many of the Eastern European countries.
    This may shock some people but flawless geography is not required to be fairly intelligent.
    Honestly, I might question the intelligence of someone who doesn't know any American state.
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    I'd like to point out that the majority of Britons probably can't place more than 10 European countries at most. And in terms of US states, probably no more than 3 or 4 I'm sure. It's funny how ignorant people can be and laugh at something they probably couldn't get right themselves.
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    (Original post by TheTechN1304)
    I'd like to point out that the majority of Britons probably can't place more than 10 European countries at most. And in terms of US states, probably no more than 3 or 4 I'm sure. It's funny how ignorant people can be and laugh at something they probably couldn't get right themselves.
    To be fair the Balkan States are tricky, and anybody would be forgiven for mixing those up.
    I'd expect most Brits to be pretty solid on North and Western Europe, and honestly think that the over-under on US states would be higher than 3 or 4.
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    (Original post by just a dad)
    To be fair the Balkan States are tricky, and anybody would be forgiven for mixing those up.
    I'd expect most Brits to be pretty solid on North and Western Europe, and honestly think that the over-under on US states would be higher than 3 or 4.

    Maybe more than 3 or 4, but from past experiences, most brits seem to think we're a country made of 3 states -- california, texas and florida :P
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    (Original post by TheTechN1304)
    Maybe more than 3 or 4, but from past experiences, most brits seem to think we're a country made of 3 states -- california, texas and florida :P
    If that is your experience then I'm genuinely surprised and disappointed.

    I can never remember where to put Delaware!
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    I can't even label all the European countries lol.
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    (Original post by ChickenMadness)
    I can't even label all the European countries lol.
    That's normal, see the Balkans for example.

    I'd imagine you'd be fine with an arc from Portugal through to Poland?
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    Third one is hilarious. More spain? Another mongolia? kden
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    (Original post by just a dad)
    That's normal, see the Balkans for example.

    I'd imagine you'd be fine with an arc from Portugal through to Poland?
    From Italy to Poland, I can label everything to the left of that. Then everything else is patchy.
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    To be fair, most Europeans probably couldn't label all the countries on a map, even if they could do better than that! Although if I was asked to label the American states I'd get about five... And two of them the ones that aren't even attached :lol:


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    hahahahah! All this are fake, I like the last American!

    There is one where Brits labelled the American states.
    http://bit.ly/IfBDcJ
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    I recall doing a similar exercise in business once; most people did decently but there was one girl who labelled the UK, France and Spain and then gave up. I suspect she excused herself by saying ' I don't do geography' but it may be an exaggeration.

    Oddly, I'm pretty much perfect on most world countries, and I can place about 45ish US States (those New England ones are so close together!) but when it comes to UK counties I have very little idea what's going on. I swear I've only seen a UK county map on Sporcle.

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    (Original post by TheTechN1304)
    I'd like to point out that the majority of Britons probably can't place more than 10 European countries at most. And in terms of US states, probably no more than 3 or 4 I'm sure. It's funny how ignorant people can be and laugh at something they probably couldn't get right themselves.
    Well, you're correct. On average Brits can only lable 4.6 countires in Europe(out of 12, tbh though). I got no data to back it up, but I'd guess most Brits could place Texas, California, and at a push possibly New York(many are unaware it's a state though), majority of the other states would likely be very difficult to place on a US map.

    To the OP:

    That map isn't nearly as bad as you're trying to make it out to be. Some of those guys did okay, and were able to lable one or two Eastern European country.

    Did a bit of research on this. The only reliable study I found is one conducted by national geogrpahic in 2002, where 9 countries were tested. Results showed that, the U.S, G.B, Canada and Mexico are among the worst, whilist Sweden, Germany and Italy done the best. From the study is showed that:

    On average, Brits can name about 4.6 countries on a European map(out of 12), Americans about 2.5. On a middle Eastern map, Brits on average got 3.9 correct, and Americans, 3.1. On a north American map, Americans unsuprisingly did better than Brits, I can't find the exact numbers though.

    Overall, Brits are slighly better than Americans when it comes to basic geographic knowledge, but not by much. Americans are not nearly as ignorant as stereotypes say( majority can point to Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, Brazil and Japan, etc on a map), but it is true that Europeans on average know more about the world than Americans, just not by a overwhelming amount.

    Here's the links if anybody is interested:
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    (Original post by just a dad)
    Honestly, I might question the intelligence of someone who doesn't know any American state.
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    That's obviously not true lol
    (Original post by Wilfred Little)
    Not being able to name any, how is that even possible?
    I meant location, I wouldn't be able to find them on a map. Probably should have been a bit clearer...
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    (Original post by Tom_green_day)
    I meant location, I wouldn't be able to find them on a map. Probably should have been a bit clearer...
    Fair enough that's more understandable, but even so, Florida (the funny shaped one that sticks out at the south east coast), California (corner of the west coast) and Maine (north east) are all piss easy to find on a map. Would say Texas as well.
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    (Original post by Wilfred Little)
    Fair enough that's more understandable, but even so, Florida (the funny shaped one that sticks out at the south east coast), California (corner of the west coast) and Maine (north east) are all piss easy to find on a map. Would say Texas as well.
    I think I would add Alaska and Hawaii to the 'easy' list.

    Louisiana might be the easiest of the rest?
 
 
 
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