Sat 30 Sep, 2006 07:01 pm
I've been hanging around this geography site and trying to identify all of the countries in Africa without missing one.
It's fairly easy after three or four tries, but I would like to see if any of the A2K members can ace the test on the first attempt. Be honest.
Just go here
and click on Africa.
Let me know how you did.
I could see right off I would fail miserably. I didn't take the test.
Thanks anyway, Edgar, for participating.
I love you like a brother.
It's mutual, gus.
I have always wanted to know more than I do about Africa, but I haven't the energy after all my other pursuits.
I got a 99..... out of 160-something.
I thought you were smarter than that, littlek.
Oh, THIS africa thread...
back in a bit.
Geez, I suppose I don't get to google first, do I...
Osso, I have a feeling that you are going to ace this damn thing.
No, I'm going to flunk. I'll prove it to you soon.
I've been interested in a lot of specific places in Africa, in different ways. Say, Theroux's commentary on his sexual exploits in, was it, Uganda...
and I've friends/family from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Camaroon, and once met this great couple, or, at least, prepossessing couple, from Mali, in my hotel...
but geography, fuggedit.
It's all those damn West Africa nations.
I did ace the Canada test
37, good thing i'm not planning on visiting africa any time soon
79, but I claim foul, all those look one left hints, I did, and they were always wrong.
I won't do well on the next time either, since I haven't been in my memorizing mode. Probably not on the third time. But, maybe I'll be better by the fourth..
I did get Lesotho, though..
i aced the world quiz (okay that's not really much of an accomplishment), and only missed one on the canada quiz (damn territories)
I didn't do so hot....
when they told me to click Africa....I thought it was where South America was, and was having an awful time identifying Brazil.
Oh, and I skipped two questions by overclicking (saw zimbabwe sail past my eyes...), and clicked a few apparently at the edge of a line. Pah.
Even granted I'd aim better, still a miserable score.
It's all those congos and guineas...
Would be interesting to see older maps pre and post colonial years...
and tribal maps, if there are tribal maps.
I am glad that I am helping you people grow in your geographic knowledge.
Years from now Chai Tea will tell her grandkids that Africa and South America are two separate masses of land.
And they will be impressed.
And now, Osso, let us discuss Zaire.
I have to admit I didn't do very well. There are more fricking countries than one can shake a stick at.
Heck, I didn't even know there was a Republic of Congo and a Democratic Congo, or something like that.
I feel like such a failure.
Gus, that was mean!
I adored geography as a, what, fourth grader. I still do, have been lax.
Well then I thought of it as space on a map. Now I see depths of history.
Gus, did I ever say I am Africa expert? I see borders crossing tribes and reconstitued situations and great deals of trouble.
My associations are slim, but the few people I've known have been associated with folks who have suffered greatly.
Do you wish to show my lack of knowledge of the history/geography of Zaire as an example of my hypocracy?
If so, perhaps you're right.
I have trouble mapping other places too.
My first whappo re warfare in Africa was reading in Newsweek about people being killed for wearing glasses. That was in Biafra, if I remember right. or maybe I'm confused again, at least it started with B. (I am nothing if not honest about my perceptions). Before Idi Amin.
Took me a while to understand that there are patterns and that some of what others of us have done have affected the patterns.
We also continue the conflicts in multiply bifurcated ways.