Obsolete Geographical Knowledge

“You mean there are two Koreas?” — U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Richard Kneip, when questioned about his opinion during a congressional hearing on the conflict between the North and South Korea.

Doctor, a newspaper targeted to general practitioners published once a week, was well received by the doctors due to its excellent content and service. The newspaper published a vaccination chart as one of its sections. The chart showed what vaccines are required in each country and it was depicted using a colorful world map. It was updated weekly so anyone reading it would be sure to find the latest and most relevant information.

Doctors (and of course, Doctor) are knowledgeable about medicine and human anatomy. Unfortunately, in the case of Doctor, the knowledge didn’t include geography and recent history. The maps the newspaper published in 1982 had several outdated information. For example, in place of Zimbabwe, it showed Southern Rhodesia, which was already dissolved on April 18, 1980, and became Zimbabwe. Moreover, almost half of the names of the countries of Africa were written in French.

Doctors read several human body atlases. So, perhaps, they should add updated world atlases in their reading list.

Here is more outdated geographical knowledge from Animaniacs for your enjoyment:

Unsurprisingly, Yakko’s World contained some outdated information such as calling Myanmar “Burma” and still having Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia since it was produced in 1990’s. Nonetheless, the song is rife with errors. To name a few:

  • Carribean, Hong Kong, Guam, Puerto Rico, Crete, Transylvania (and several other places named) are not considered countries even now.
  • New Guinea is indeed a country. However, its official name is Papua New Guinea.
  • Sumatra is part of Indonesia and Borneo is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
  • Korea is divided between the North and the South (which Kneip also wasn’t aware of).

Well, I don’t like to nitpick, so that’s it for now.


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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16 Responses to Obsolete Geographical Knowledge

  1. maanini says:

    Intelligent post! Love the quantum theory aspect that was brought up by a fellow blogger! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. K E Garland says:

    This is funny…and kind of scary :-/

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I find that every day offers an opportunity to learn new information. Now, when are we going to do something with our new found intelligence?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Squid says:

    The Animaniacs also mispelled Israel (as Isreal) if you look closely…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Abigail says:

    In the case of Doctors, I don’t imagine geographical inaccuracy made too much of a difference, so long as the vaccination information was correct. As “Yakoo’s World” was a program designed to teach small children geography, though, it certainly makes a difference.

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  6. Well, it still was a fun video to watch… a little fast for a child who might be trying to learn though, still cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rishhuu says:

    People in my country, India, still call it Burma in their native dialects.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. papershots says:

    I remember that cartoon episode! haha… i seem to remember it was part of a longer episode where he reels off all the countries of the world, but forgets to put them “in the form of a question” and so loses the competition (whoever he was competing with…)

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  9. masercot says:

    If quantum theory is correct, there are an infinite number of Koreas in an infinite number of universes. In one of those universes, old New York is STILL New Amsterdam…

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