unus vox wrote:Maybe it's just me, but am I missing something here? I see a semi-decent world map. Yes, Americans are supposed to be ethnocentric, and this is opposite of that. I dunno. Maybe there isn't a joke?
Sheesh, I can't believe how many people said this. It is explained in the text box above the map
, for goodness' sake! Read it again: "World according to a group of Americans who turned out to be unexpectedly good at geography, derailing our attempt to illustrate their country's attitude toward the rest of the world
". That's so blatant that you can only possibly miss the joke if you don't know what the stereotype is regarding 'merkins geographical knowledge...
bcdm wrote:That's the joke, yes. I found it funny. Of course, even the smart Americans apparently think that Finland is part of Scandinavia...
I come here to post that, and find myself beaten by the first to respond to this thread. *sigh*
Heh. That's why I came here too, and I also found it amusing that it was the first reply. However, since neither of you explained it (because 99% who come here won't get it), here's the whys and wherefores:
Scandinavia refers to the Scandinavian mountains which run between Norway and Sweden, down the centre of the Scandinavian Penninsula (the 'penis' if you look at the Europe map on a euro coin; here's a link
if you've never seen one). While Denmark isn't in this penninsula, the mountains technically would continue down and under, plus the historical, social and political links to Norway and Sweden, which mean that these are 'Scandinavia'. Finland - while at some point part of the Kingdom of Sweden - was mostly dirty swampland used as a buffer zone against the Russians. In modern days, the Nordic countries are comprised of Scandinavia, plus Finland and Iceland.
Scandinavian = Denmark, Sweden, Norway
Nordic = Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland
(This is very similar to the UK/GB thing which more of you have probably heard: Great Britain is Scotland, England, Wales while the UK is those plus Northern Ireland. Isn't it a complicated world?)
Hypoon wrote:Somebody do a handwriting analysis to see if this was actually a group of people or just Randall. There are definitely attempts at differences handwriting, at least, but some expert should satisfy our/my curiosity (other people want to know too, right?).
I suspect all of the handwriting is his, because I don't think those people actually drew this
particular finished piece. What I think is that he actually conducted a small survey of his own, maybe just as a joke, and this was more or less the result, and he has now reproduced it in his own careful style, adding comments in different handwriting to represent the discussions happening between different members of the survey while the original map was being created.