And now, the Nations of the world, with Wakko Bunker

Using Google searches someone has made a map of the things for which people in the world are best known. There’s a certain intellectually deficient aspect of equating page-rank with accuracy. Swedes are known for making viking longboats, but Norwegians are not? Perhaps they are confusing longboats with long tables. Besides, I have it on good authority that we are, and always have been about, adventure.

Of course there are some that are just plain odd. For insistence, I had no Idea that Ethiopians are known for “Rocksteady Records.” Nor any idea what Rocksteady records are. The entire United Kingdom has “Aristocratic kitchens?” Mongolians haver a “Wicked sense of humor?” Even assuming that Google didn’t get their information from Boston’s South Side and that is meant to be read literally, Mongolians and humor of any kind are not a set in my mind. People don’t usually build a wall to keep out humor. Unless we’re making metaphors for my social life.

Despite calling this the prejudice map. it’s really not about prejudice. It fails to fulfill the pejorative connotation. This is more like it.

Not that I like that sort of thing. I’m known for my openness and humor and my gentility and hospitality.


  1. elisabeth said,

    January 11, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    if my next country of residence was based on this map, i would choose brazil or italy.

  2. RM said,

    January 11, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Pasta Bikini Parties, eh? Sounds like a Frankie and Annette movie.

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