Thursday, March 15, 2007

The World, Listed

If 50 states in 10 minutes isn't hard enough, try 192 countries in ten minutes. (192 because that's how many countries are in the United Nations.)

I got 128, exactly two thirds. The big countdown started to throw me as it got under 2:30, and I faltered by abandoning my mental tour of the globe, which led me to miss some no-brainers, even in Europe. (Strangely, I thought of a bunch of missed countries by thinking about recent celebrity adoptions: thanks, Madonna and Angelina!) On the other hand, the test requires you to know exact names and spellings ("The Bahamas" rather than just "Bahamas"?); fuzzier logic would be good.