A Humbling Geography Test
[via Timothy Burke at Easily Distracted]
If you have a few minutes (you are reading this blog which suggests that you have plenty of time) check out The Traveler IQ Challenge. I was both pleasantly surprised by what I know and horrified by what I thought I knew about the location of major cities, capitals, and significant historic sites. On the world map challenge, and after a few attempts, I managed to complete 9 of 12 levels. The precision of the placement of the flags and the measurement of how far you are from the actual destination is both rewarding and potentially embarrassing. I had the most difficulty with Africa and the islands in the South Pacific. Apart from Egypt and South Africa I was struck by how little I know about the geography of these two places. Even when I had placed the flag within the correct national boundaries I was usually way off the mark. The nice thing about this little test is that it does help you learn some of the more obscure places; no doubt the unfamiliarity with certain languages makes it extremely difficult to even identify the correct hemisphere. Finally, the simplicity of placing flags on a map and the race against the clock makes this mildly addicting. So give it a shot.