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How Much Do You Know About the World?


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#1 of 39 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted December 11 2006 - 01:11 PM

Nat'l Geographic did a study and found interesting results. An introductory page can be found here: http://www.nationalg....com/roper2006/

So how'd you do? I got 17 out of 20.

#2 of 39 OFFLINE   KurtEP

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Posted December 11 2006 - 01:31 PM

Nice, the only one I missed was about pop culture, not geography. I have to start watching more TV.
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#3 of 39 OFFLINE   Lynda-Marie

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Posted December 11 2006 - 01:49 PM

Missed the question about CSI and the percentage of population growth due to immigration. Other than that, 18/20
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#4 of 39 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:11 PM

18/20

Missed the one about the biggest export in dollars - I was thinking it might have been a trick question, so I answered China.

Missed the one about where the Alps were - I answered South America (thinking of the Andes, whoops!)

I had no idea on the population growth question but guessed and got it right.

#5 of 39 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:29 PM

Missed the export dollars and percent of immigration.

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#6 of 39 OFFLINE   Chris Lockwood

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:39 PM

20/20 - mostly pretty easy stuff.

#7 of 39 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:39 PM

I got 18/20 too...but I really have to know why I need to know where CSI got started from!

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#8 of 39 OFFLINE   Chris Lockwood

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:44 PM

It's so they can compare pop culture knowledge to geography knowledge, like "More know where the TV show CSI is set than can find Iraq on a map."

#9 of 39 OFFLINE   KurtEP

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Posted December 11 2006 - 02:49 PM

I wonder about some of the stats they use, like people not being able to find New York on a map. I know when I was taking those tests back in high school, I didn't put much, if any effort into them. I wonder if people are deliberately messing some of the stuff up. I could easily understand someone not knowing where Sri Lanka is, but New York?
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#10 of 39 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted December 11 2006 - 03:31 PM

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It's so they can compare pop culture knowledge to geography knowledge, like "More know where the TV show CSI is set than can find Iraq on a map."
Yeah, I knew that's why they were asking that question. I'm sure it's meant to be one of those "Eye Opening" things where we're all supposed to be shocked that people know more about TV pop culture than world events, but seriously, I don't even watch CSI and I knew it because the damn commercials are always playing. Hell, even in the grocery store they play them!

So I'm not too saddened by this news. I think what's even more sad is that people think it's bad that I know what city CSI started and don't know the world's population. Neither one of those facts means anything to me, so there's no reason for me to need to know either.

#11 of 39 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted December 11 2006 - 03:47 PM

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In fact, we did find that more people knew the setting for CSI than could locate several countries in the news on a map.

I don't think that's a valid comparison anyway. The CSI question is asking if you know where it takes place, not where on the map is CSI's location. A fairer comparison would be to ask what city was the first CSI located in and then to ask what country are we at war with. But asking if one knows the name of the CSI city versus asking them to actually locate some place on a map is not comparable. I think they trying too hard to get 'shocking' results.

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20/20 - mostly pretty easy stuff.

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#12 of 39 OFFLINE   David Williams

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Posted December 11 2006 - 06:27 PM

18/20 here too... missed export $ & immigration %.
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#13 of 39 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted December 11 2006 - 07:09 PM

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18/20 here too... missed export $ & immigration %.

Ditto.

What I want to know is, who the hell are the 29% who thought there were 1 to 2 billion people in the US? Posted Image

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Posted December 11 2006 - 07:17 PM

I missed Export and most spoken language.
I still think English is "spoken" more than Mandarin.

What % of Chinese people speak Cantonese?

I knew the CSI one b/c of an interview I saw. I have never seen a CSI episode.

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Posted December 11 2006 - 07:25 PM

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Ditto.

What I want to know is, who the hell are the 29% who thought there were 1 to 2 billion people in the US? Posted Image

Well, I bet the US population outweighs all those skinny pricks in India and China, yeah America, F' yeah.

#16 of 39 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted December 11 2006 - 08:11 PM

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I missed Export and most spoken language.
I still think English is "spoken" more than Mandarin.

What % of Chinese people speak Cantonese?

I knew the CSI one b/c of an interview I saw. I have never seen a CSI episode.

Those Chinese got me again, time for my Colbert Chinese impression <-- Current piss my GF off topic Posted Image .
The question referred to"first language."

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Mandarin (c. 800 million), not to be confused with Putonghua / Guoyu, often also called "Mandarin", the official spoken language of China;
Wu which includes Shanghainese, (c. 90 million)?
Cantonese (c. 80 million)?
Min which includes Taiwanese, (c. 50 million),
Xiang (c. 35 million),
Hakka (c. 35 million)?
Gan (c. 20 million)

source

#17 of 39 OFFLINE   Radioman970

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Posted December 11 2006 - 11:32 PM

12/20. Hum. I guess everybody here will proceed to put me on ignore. Posted Image



CSI. I said Chicago. Never seen any of those shows even once.

Immigration. I said 5%. It was 33%.

Muslim majority. I said India with the 48% that got that one wrong.

Langage. I said Arbic. I meant Mardarin chinese, I really did. Posted Image

Border. I said Syria/Lebanon.

largest exporter. I said China. Posted Image

Avian Flu. I said South America.

Amazon rain forest. I said Africa. Posted Image
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#18 of 39 OFFLINE   Eric_L

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Posted December 12 2006 - 12:03 AM

Missed pop growth, New Orleans wetlands, and CSI - I never watch it - I hate crime TV shows because they are ALL THE SAME! Why would I give a flying rip about where CSI was? May as well ask me what Joe Friday's sister's name is.

#19 of 39 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted December 12 2006 - 12:51 AM

17 of 20. Missed Mandarin, population growth and exporter of goods. Hmmmm, two of the three I missed were American centric. Must be my insularity kicking in. Posted Image

#20 of 39 OFFLINE   Walter C

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Posted December 12 2006 - 01:24 AM

I got 18 out of 20.

Missed the exporter and the US population questions.

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