Monday, March 28, 2005

Geography Gaffes

1. "Britons just can't seem to find 'Chicago,' 'Dallas' on a map"
"Sixty-five percent of Britons don't know in which US  city the hit musical
 'Chicago' is set in, according to a nationwide survey for an upcoming TV
 quiz show"

2. "Brits welcome Luvania to EU"
"Almost one in ten Brits thinks that a country called Luvania will be joining
 the EU this weekend, according to a survey carried out by telecoms outfit

3. "Irish EU stamp replaces Crete with Cyprus"
"A new Irish stamp issued to mark EU enlargement has Cyprus in place of Crete"

4. "Eurocrats leave Wales off EU map"
"A bureaucratic blunder has left Wales off a map of Europe on the cover of a
 prestigious EU reference book"

5. "Norwegian prince misplaces Portugal"
"Norway's Crown Prince Haakon caused a stir in his debut as royal host by
 placing Portugal on the Mediterranean Sea in a speech delivered in honor of
 that country's visiting president"

6. "Microsoft pays dear for insults through ignorance"
"[A] colour-coded world map showing time zones ... showed the disputed Jammu-
 Kashmir region as not being in India - an offence under Indian law. The
 mistake led to the whole of the Windows 95 operating system being banned in
 the country"

7. "Typing error causes nuclear scare"
"The Sudanese government had a nasty shock this week, when it read on a US
 Congress website that the Americans had conducted nuclear tests in the
 country... However, when alarmed Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail
 raised it with US officials in Khartoum, it turned out to be a typing error"