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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-21 07:11
Subject: [links] Link salad on the day of rest
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Name the 51 countries of Asia — I named 44 in 10 minutes, without resorting to anything but my brain. I wouldn't have considered two of the missed answers part of Asia in the first place, I had several brain farts, and missed two answers with a strong political bias which I don't happen to share.
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User: ext_66915
Date: 2007-10-21 14:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm...Gaza, West Bank and Hong Kong. I was robbed.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-21 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I missed Gaza and West Bank, kept trying to type Borneo for Brunei (one of my brain farts) and simply refuse to see Cyrpus as an Asian country. I could be wrong about the Maldives, though. Plus I missed a couple of the 'stans.
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User: ext_66915
Date: 2007-10-21 15:07 (UTC)
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I guess Turkey will still claim part of Cyprus and the 'stans were an issue. Maldives definately Asia; should be going there at Christmas. :-)
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-10-22 09:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd tried "Palestine" and it didn't take it. Last I knew the theory was they shared an administration, though I know there have been certain... issues... with the practicality of it. I also missed Macau (through spellnig it Macao) and, oddly, Singapore. And I did cheat in that I lookde up this year's spelling of Kyrgyzstan.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-21 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That quiz is a little bit more than inaccurate... as it's actually missing several "major administrative territories": Tibet? Siberia? Abu Dhabi? The remaining, and very real, distinction between what were formerly North and South Yemen? And the spelling of some of the names leaves a great deal to be desired... that glottal stop in Q'atar is there for a reason. Then there's some confusion between "geography" (Philippines) and "administrative territory" (Philippine Republic).

About a B-.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-10-21 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That quiz is a little bit more than inaccurate... as it's actually missing several "major administrative territories": Tibet? Siberia? Abu Dhabi? The remaining, and very real, distinction between what were formerly North and South Yemen? And the spelling of some of the names leaves a great deal to be desired... that glottal stop in Q'atar is there for a reason. Then there's some confusion between "geography" (Philippines) and "administrative territory" (Philippine Republic).

About a B-.

— CEP
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-21 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yah, I took a shot at Tibet. I'll give them a pass on Q'atar, only becase Qatar is a generally accepted English spelling. (We don't do Arabic very well at the best of times.)
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Chang...  just Chang.
User: chang3002
Date: 2007-10-21 21:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This killed me. My definiton of Asia is restricted to countries where the bulk of the population has an epicanthic fold. Ah, well. I had to bust out the atlas after a while. SO I cheat, big deal!
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