Wendy (here_be_dragons) wrote,
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Some Random Fun Stuff

I just discovered a new (to me) RSS feed . . . Universe Today. Astronomy news, updated daily. Pretty darned cool! :)

Grabbed from cathepsut: Test your European geography (Oh go on . . . nothing to be afraid of. It's just a map)!

I did all right, sort of. Okay, so I really do need to brush up on my geography. My closest score was Prague, which I hit only 5 km off (surprised me, as I've never even been there - I was 5 km farther off London, and I've been there tons of times). Also had very close good scores for Paris, Dublin, Rome, and Brussels. My worst score? Ankara (which I'd never even HEARD of *facepalm*). Turns out it's the capitol of Turkey (who knew? Well, probably most people; just not ME). I was 1244 km off that one. I think I put it in Hungary or something like that. Which, of course, is where it USED to be before they relocated it. Or something. RIGHT?!?!?!?! ;) Now, if they'd asked for Istanbul, or even *Byzantium*, I'd have had a chance :D *bangs head on desk* My worst personal *kicks self* moment? Putting Lisbon in SPAIN. DOH! Heh . . . in any case it was fun and very informative. There was only one city I'd never heard of before (thank heavens), and almost all of them I knew in which country they belonged . . . but there were a lot of countries that I simply couldn't identify just on their shape and relation to others. Western Europe, sure, and I did alright in Scandanavia. But all that stuff in the east? Not so good. I will say that I made some good guesses, based on common sense. When I wasn't sure what part of a country a city was located, I usually chose a spot along a river or the coast. A lot of those guesses came off pretty well. Humans need water.

But, yeah. I could use to spend some time with a map. Maybe I'll sit down with C sometime, and pretend I'm doing it in the interest of helping HIM learn his geography. ;) (Although, I suppose I could play the "stupid American" card and assume that in spite of it all, I scored better than 90 percent of my fellow Americans would . . . which is probably true. But I won't play that card, because it's just awful to consider).

Now . . . if they came out with one about U.S. states, I'd do better on that one. But South America? Erm, probably not. Asia - yeah, that would probably be decent. But African countries? No WAY. Oh . . . but wait! No worries. Africa IS just one country, right? According to George Bush, anyway. *snerk* (Sorry, couldn't resist that one; reference "stupid American" comment above).

And finally, a fun little meme, stolen from bekkio:

You post a topic, list, category, whatever, in my comments section.Examples: "5 Sexiest Things About (fill in the name)" or "Top 5 things to drink,." or "Top 5 reasons you don't like George Bush." (Although, if you ask that last one, don't expect me to stop at 5). ;) Then, in a separate post, I'll post the answers to all your Top 5 ideas, according to me. Then you post this offer in your own journal.
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