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Countries meme

March 8th, 2008 (12:51 am)
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From nwhyte - warning, it's fussy about spellings where multiple English forms exist:

99

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Posted by: Nicholas (nwhyte)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)

Well done!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)

I only got 63.

Posted by: tigerfort (tigerfort)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)

You probably just don't type as fast as parrot_knight does :)

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)

My mind did go a bit blank at times, but even if it hadn't, I don't know whether I'd have got to 99.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)

My mind took all sorts of odd routes - missing Egypt on a tour of Africa, for example.

Posted by: BegemotR (begemotr)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)

I applaud you typing skills! I only got to 89 even though I did not stop to think - except for the last five seconds when my mind went completely blank. :))

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)

That's impressive, particularly as English isn't your first language and so you grew up with different forms of these names.

Posted by: didiusjulianus (didiusjulianus)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)

Very well done.

I abandoned this about 30 seconds in because it would not accept any of about 5 perfectly well spelled versions of The Netherlands (including Holland, which would be inaccurate, but many people still call it that even though ASUI that's a region). It also didn't accept England and Scotland and I can sort of see why, however, that disgruntled me a bit too.

I think the teen & I might try a pen and paper head to head competition at this some other time though.

Posted by: louisedennis (louisedennis)
Posted at: March 8th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)

You should have missed out the "The" in Netherlands. I was interested by how it chose to assign country hood. Hong Kong, Svalbard, the Falkland Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man all apparently qualify (but not England, Scotland etc...) so it was clearly counting dependencies of various sorts as countries in their own right.

I followed up by checking out some of the countries I'd never heard of - Wallis and Futuna appears to be some sort of French protectorate, for instance.

Anyway checking tells me that it isn't UN membership, or observer status, that qualifies you as a country. It may be the ISO 3166-1 standard for country names and dependent territories - in the ISO standard Netherlands is without the "The" and the Wikipedia page for the ISO standard contains most of the countries in the list (not Kosovo, though, so it could just be that the list on the Wikipedia page is out of date).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)

I didn't know that there was an ISO standard for country names. I knew that I'd typed 'Netherlands' and was surprised that didiusjulianus reported problems. I'd worked out the distinction between dependencies (Jersey) and parts of compound states (so no England, just as no Ontario, New Hampshire) but was surprised to see elsewhere that someone was having problems with 'Trinidad and Tobago' which should be accurate.

Posted by: louisedennis (louisedennis)
Posted at: March 9th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)

I didn't know there was an ISO standard either, until I went looking...

Posted by: didiusjulianus (didiusjulianus)
Posted at: March 18th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

I would argue that England, Scotland & the other constituent parts of the UK are not the same type of entity as either a US or Canadian state. But I won't argue about their lack of inclusion because there are arguments for and against.

I did try Netherlands with a "The". And with a d instead of the th.

I think the quiz was very questionable on a number of fronts. There were several other correctly-spelled nation states it didn't like. Never mind, it was only a game, just not a very satisfying one.