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Old July 24 2013, 06:32 PM   #61
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Well, Central America is a region of North America, not its own continent. The dividing line is a matter of opinion, not fact. As a practical matter, there's very little difference between Belize, Guatemala, and the very southern part of Mexico. So it's not wrong to say Mexico is part of Central America. Many Americans do tend to associate Central America with Latin America, which I tend to think is counterproductive. However, given that this conversation exists, I think the term "Central America" is probably counterproductive by itself.
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Old July 24 2013, 10:54 PM   #62
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I have a friend, who insisted the South Pole was warm, because it was south of the equator.
Well, just give it a few more years....
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Old July 25 2013, 12:23 AM   #63
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Old July 27 2013, 04:32 AM   #64
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Richard Branson posted a picture on his Facebook page saying "Sunset on Mars. Quite an amazing photo."

One of the comments was

"So pretty. I never knew Mars had a sun"
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Old July 27 2013, 05:19 AM   #65
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I saw that on my newsfeed this evening, and immediately thought of this thread. *sigh*
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Old July 27 2013, 10:19 AM   #66
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Oh, bloody hell. Sometimes I despair.
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Old July 27 2013, 11:29 AM   #67
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I suspect a lot of us here share that spark of curiosity. However, a good number of people I interact with on a daily basis have hardly given it a second thought. Odd. We've all found ourselves in this thing we call The Universe. Yet, there have been times I've been ridiculed for not having more grounded interests.
Different people are curious about different things...
I have relatives who know more about engines than me and i know a bit more about space than they do because those other things don't interest them or me...
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Old July 27 2013, 11:35 AM   #68
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Well, Central America is a region of North America, not its own continent. The dividing line is a matter of opinion, not fact. As a practical matter, there's very little difference between Belize, Guatemala, and the very southern part of Mexico. So it's not wrong to say Mexico is part of Central America. Many Americans do tend to associate Central America with Latin America, which I tend to think is counterproductive. However, given that this conversation exists, I think the term "Central America" is probably counterproductive by itself.
Hey, South America stole our name!
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Old July 27 2013, 11:14 PM   #69
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!

For those of you who don't understand the reference, Jay Leno is a late night talk/variety show host (here in the USA), who does this thing called Jay Walking. He takes a cameraman and microphone out in the street and stops people to ask them the simplest of questions that should be common knowledge- things that 3rd and 4th grade children learn in school.

The questions cover a variety of subjects, but examples are things something like this:

At what temperature does water freeze?
How many states are there?
Is California a state or a country?
What did Christopher Columbus discover?

and so on.

Sometimes he'll show people pictures of famous people or famous landmarks to see if they can identify them.

It's incredible what idiotic answers he gets from people. And ironically, sometimes the person he stops will be a teacher, and they can't answer any more than the average joe.

No doubt there are plenty of people who know the answers, but they aren't going to air those, because smart people aren't going to be entertaining.
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Old July 27 2013, 11:31 PM   #70
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We had an Australian poster here who stated that Tasmania was not a state of Australia. However i wasn't convinced she was for real, I think she might have been a sock puppet.
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Old July 28 2013, 01:17 AM   #71
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!
Which was ripped off from Rick Mercer's "Talking To Americans" spot on the show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes".
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Old July 28 2013, 10:10 AM   #72
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!
I think he's the one who once had a commercial featuring a clip of some goon answering proudly, "I don't read books."

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We had an Australian poster here who stated that Tasmania was not a state of Australia. However i wasn't convinced she was for real, I think she might have been a sock puppet.
There was somebody on TrekBBS who once tried to educate me on the fact that Alaska is not a state, but a "financial transaction."
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Old July 28 2013, 10:30 AM   #73
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I thought Alaska was a pie.
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Old July 28 2013, 11:28 AM   #74
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!
I think he's the one who once had a commercial featuring a clip of some goon answering proudly, "I don't read books."

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We had an Australian poster here who stated that Tasmania was not a state of Australia. However i wasn't convinced she was for real, I think she might have been a sock puppet.
There was somebody on TrekBBS who once tried to educate me on the fact that Alaska is not a state, but a "financial transaction."

I suppose they would classify some 15 other US states as a finacial transation as well, given that the US Purchased them from France during what is known as the Lousiaina Purchase.
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Old July 28 2013, 11:58 AM   #75
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Wasn't there decades between the purchase and Alaska becoming a state?
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