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2013-02-24 04:04:31 PM  
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2013-02-24 04:33:16 PM  
I learned geography from Animaniacs and history from Mister Peabody.
 
2013-02-24 04:39:24 PM  
 
2013-02-24 04:41:40 PM  
That's the stupidest thing I've heard since the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
 
2013-02-24 05:11:33 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: That's the stupidest thing I've heard since the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.


No, that was the Russians. That's why it's called the Cold War, because it happened in the wintertime.
 
2013-02-24 05:26:50 PM  
Came for some Carmen SanDeigo love...
And Ben Afflack hate...

/clearly way too early
 
2013-02-24 05:39:16 PM  

NeoCortex42: I learned geography from Animaniacs and history from Mister Peabody.


I learned geography from Uncharted and history from Assassin's Creed.
 
2013-02-24 06:36:26 PM  
Why do I need to know your county exists if you have nothing of value to steal?
 
2013-02-24 06:54:45 PM  

beautifulbob: Why do I need to know your county exists if you have nothing of value to steal?


Came here to say this. Geography is really only useful to those in the pursuit of resources, logistics, and infrastructure, and the protection of the same.

/geography nerd
 
2013-02-24 06:58:10 PM  
No wonder they get both wrong
 
2013-02-24 06:59:09 PM  

beautifulbob: Why do I need to know your county exists if you have nothing of value to steal?


There's lots of good shiat in Hazard County.
 
2013-02-24 07:02:29 PM  

calbert: I learned Mathmagic from Donald Duck

[retroflix.files.wordpress.com image 456x350]


To this day, I'm still trying to figure out the math for billiard bank shots from that.
 
2013-02-24 07:18:39 PM  
I learned geography... in junior high school.  It stuck.

/wait, does that make me un-American?
 
2013-02-24 07:19:11 PM  

edmo: beautifulbob: Why do I need to know your county exists if you have nothing of value to steal?

There's lots of good shiat in Hazard County.


Hah!  Product of the American public school system.  I know more about the city the Simpsons live in than all other Springfields combined.  Because honestly, the fictional Springfield provided me a greater value over the others.
 
2013-02-24 07:26:50 PM  
As for Argo, here is some commentary from one of the Americans who was there.
 
2013-02-24 07:27:50 PM  
When I compare today's world maps with those from my school days I think WTF.
Borders and names change every day.  Who needs to know where Amsterdam is,just buy a ticket and fly there.
 
2013-02-24 07:28:01 PM  
I learned geography from playing Risk.
And Monopoly
 
2013-02-24 07:28:34 PM  
I learned geography from Penn State University, have a B.S. in geography, and am a cartographer.

/No jokes about the place I learned geography from, please.
//Also, no, I won't show you were Mali is....although, I do know.
 
2013-02-24 07:34:57 PM  
English? Who needs that?I'm never going to England
 
2013-02-24 07:35:56 PM  
Like hell, random online article. I know for a goddamned fact that Ghandi was a genocidal maniac hellbent on nuclear holocaust, and I sure as hell didn't learn that from Hollywood.

Please.
 
2013-02-24 07:37:21 PM  
I learned geography by playing Australian Design Group's  "World In Flames" and history by reading anything not by Howard Zinn or David Irving.
 
2013-02-24 07:45:12 PM  
Wait, there weren't really Daleks assisting the War, nor a tragedy at a local hospital involving a child with a gas mask?
 
2013-02-24 07:46:18 PM  
Whoa, we're quoting comments to articles now?  Off to YouTube, this will be great
 
2013-02-24 07:46:31 PM  
Unfortunately, the rest of the world thinks this applies to all Americans.
 
2013-02-24 07:49:17 PM  
I learned geography and history from the total war series. Just read the blurbs and you could minor in history no problem.
 
2013-02-24 07:51:55 PM  

Champion of the Sun: Whoa, we're quoting comments to articles now?  Off to YouTube, this will be great


Probably subby's comment, too.  Fark, now with extra narcissism!
 
2013-02-24 08:00:08 PM  
I hear that many US Americans don't have access to maps, so this shouldn't come as a big surprise.
 
2013-02-24 08:02:20 PM  
ArtosRC:
Like hell, random online article. I know for a goddamned fact that Ghandi was a genocidal maniac hellbent on nuclear holocaust, and I sure as hell didn't learn that from Hollywood.

Please.


YOU might play him that way...
 
2013-02-24 08:03:52 PM  
Schoolhouse Rock filled many gaps in my education...
 
2013-02-24 08:07:29 PM  

sweet-daddy-2: When I compare today's world maps with those from my school days I think WTF.
Borders and names change every day.  Who needs to know where Amsterdam is,just buy a ticket and fly there.


Istanbul not Constantinople...
 
2013-02-24 08:17:19 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: That's the stupidest thing I've heard since the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.


Rincewind53: No, that was the Russians. That's why it's called the Cold War, because it happened in the wintertime.


No, the Russians were in Vietnam, where they were defeated by John Rambo in the 1980s.
 
2013-02-24 08:18:52 PM  
This is so dumb.  Shame on you subby. The article has nothing to do with the headline and the quote isnt even from tfa.
 
2013-02-24 08:23:24 PM  
Are getting Reddit mixed into our Fark again?
 
2013-02-24 08:24:34 PM  

hotstud69: This is so dumb.  Shame on you subby. The article has nothing to do with the headline and the quote isnt even from tfa.


It's in the comments. I guess ripping your headlines off from TFA comments is a thing now.
 
2013-02-24 08:26:27 PM  
Is "hollywood" the hipster way of saying it now?
 
2013-02-24 08:31:54 PM  

fusillade762: sweet-daddy-2: When I compare today's world maps with those from my school days I think WTF.
Borders and names change every day.  Who needs to know where Amsterdam is,just buy a ticket and fly there.

Istanbul not Constantinople...


That's nobody's business but the Turks!
 
2013-02-24 08:33:43 PM  
I think we learn more about history by playing Sid Meier's civilization games.  I learned that India cannot be trusted, Ghandi is dick.

Also the age of empire series.  I thoroughly enjoyed age of mythology also.
 
2013-02-24 08:39:40 PM  
Oh no!! The Canadians are shaming us again!!! OH NOEZ!!!!
 
2013-02-24 08:40:19 PM  
Canadia is just mad because they didn't get their 15 minutes in "Argo."
 
2013-02-24 09:03:16 PM  
I learned both from having an inquisitive mind.

I also learned not to generalize an entire nation. Yes, there are Americans with an appallingly shallow knowledge of history and geography. And there are people in every nation on the planet that share this attribute. Just as there those in every nation that have forgotten more than I will ever learn.
 
2013-02-24 09:12:10 PM  
But who taught  subbyabout when tocapitalize proper nouns?
 
2013-02-24 09:52:39 PM  

Gergesa: I think we learn more about history by playing Sid Meier's civilization games.  I learned that India cannot be trusted, Ghandi is dick.

Also the age of empire series.  I thoroughly enjoyed age of mythology also.


Got nothing on Europa Universalis and its ilk. Crusader Kings II had wikipedia links on character profiles. You know your game is serious business when the developers get (rumoured) death threats about how their games classify Balkan cultures.
 
2013-02-24 10:10:16 PM  
I learned geography wanking to pictures of topless native women in old issues of Nat Geos.
 
2013-02-24 10:28:35 PM  

PJMurphy: I learned both from having an inquisitive mind.

I also learned not to generalize an entire nation. Yes, there are Americans with an appallingly shallow knowledge of history and geography. And there are people in every nation on the planet that share this attribute. Just as there those in every nation that have forgotten more than I will ever learn.


Sadly the loud and stupid (such as the two posts above yours) will usually drown out the reasonable and knowledgeable.
 
2013-02-24 10:38:47 PM  

Mad_Radhu: I learned geographybiology wanking to pictures of topless native women in old issues of Nat Geos.



FTFY
 
2013-02-24 10:47:48 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Canadia is just mad because they didn't get their 15 minutes in "Argo."


I think it has more to do with the total lies in the movie.
 
2013-02-24 11:17:55 PM  
Yeah, and when is Canada going to apologize for the crimes against humanity they've committed. Bryan Adams. Justin Bieber. Celene Deon. Milk in bags.

Glenn Beck, AKA  Alfred Peachous

Canadian Beer.

Start with those, Canada.
 
2013-02-24 11:31:53 PM  

BronyMedic: Yeah, and when is Canada going to apologize for the crimes against humanity they've committed. Bryan Adams. Justin Bieber. Celene Deon. Milk in bags.

Glenn Beck, AKA  Alfred Peachous

Canadian Beer.

Start with those, Canada.


hey, whoa there, you leave our beer out of this, There are plenty of dreadful American beers and plenty of fine Canadian Beers too...

/as for the "musicians", you missed Nickleback
 
2013-02-24 11:50:34 PM  

calbert: I learned Mathmagic from Donald Duck

[retroflix.files.wordpress.com image 456x350]


It's how I became a pool hustler

/still don't tug on Superman's cape, tho
 
2013-02-24 11:52:01 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Canadia is just mad because they didn't get their 15 minutes in "Argo."


Which is weird because the movie calls it the Canadian Caper, shows how important the Canadian embassy was.... and it's Britain and New Zealand who are counterfactually left out, to be considered dicks.
 
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