1. Taylor Momsen
During a gig, said that "Glasgow is the craziest crowd in all of England".
Learn something from this: Glasgow is a city in Scotland (but not the capital! That's Edinburgh). Scotland and England are both countries in the United Kingdom.
2. Lady Gaga
When playing a show in Dublin in 2012, Lady Gaga told the crowd she was "delighted to be back in the UK".
Learn something from this: Dublin is the capital of Ireland, a country which is not part of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
3. Britney Spears
"I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada."
"I've never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular out there in Africa."
Learn something from this: Britney is from the US. Canada is not overseas from the US; the countries share a border, in fact. Japan is in Asia. Fish is indeed pretty popular there, but people also eat many other things.
4. Paris Hilton
“I love Africa in general. South Africa and West Africa. They are both great countries.”
Learn something from this: South Africa is indeed a country, but West Africa is a subregion in the continent of Africa. Here's a map.
5. Kim Kardashian
We are here in Botswana, South Africa! Wow what a long flight!— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) 14 de julho de 2009
Learn something from this: Botswana is a country. South Africa is also a country. They are both in the continent of Africa.
"Where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?"
Learn something from this: Cannes is a city in France. That's where the Cannes Film Festival is held, every year.
7. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber tried to list all the continents in the world to David Letterman. They are, according to him, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, Antarctica, the North Pole, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Learn something from this: Different countries/education systems teach the continents differently. In my education system, it was Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, Antarctica and America. However, there is a lot of variation, which is why some people refer to the continent of Oceania as just "Australia", for example, or divide America into 2 continents (North & South). Some systems also consider "Eurasia" as just one continent. But FYI the North Pole and Canada aren't continents in any system.
Bonus: book recs
Did your education system fail you? You can still learn, if you are willing. Doubling down on ignorance ain't cute, and pretending that "everyone else" also doesn't know basic facts might make you feel better, but won't make you more knowledgeable (also, it's just not true). Here's some book recs for people interested in learning more about geography (and some history and politics, too). See if your local library has them!
- Geography of the World
- Geography: a Visual Encyclopedia
- Geography for Dummies
- Prisoners of Geography: 10 Maps that Explain Everything about the World
- A History of the World in 12 Maps
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