Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Where in the World Is ...?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Where in the World Is ...?

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GEOGRAPHY is catching on. Consider the popularity of public television's geography quiz show, "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" And the enthusiasm for the "National Geography Bee," organized by the National Geographic Society together with corporate sponsors. Some 5 million schoolchildren took part in this year's bee, the finals of which were held in Washington last May. This week, Dec. 1-7, is "National Geography Awareness Week."

Questions put to the kids during the geography bee included such zingers as: "Cold ocean currents make it possible for penguins to live on a group of islands that straddle the Equator. Name the island group." And, "In which cardinal direction would you be traveling if you were to go from Baghdad, Iraq, to the Turkish border?" (Answers below.)

In the spirit of the week, we couldn't help coming up with a couple zingers of our own, drawn from the past month's news coverage: Where are Slovakia, Slovenia, and Slavonia? Dili is the capital of which independence-minded region in the East Indies? …

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