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Emelie Samuelsson
875066.  Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:54 pm Reply with quote

Hello,
I wonder if anybody knows something quite interesting about Rome. If so, please post here :D

 
suze
875073.  Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:17 pm Reply with quote

It's a small town in Maine, ten miles from Belgrade and fourteen from Vienna.

That probably isn't actually the Rome you had in mind, though ...

 
Jenny
875077.  Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:21 pm Reply with quote

And it would also be good if people posted such things on the Italy thread in the QI Countries forum. Assuming you meant Rome, Italy rather than Rome, Maine, that is.

 
Emelie Samuelsson
875078.  Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:22 pm Reply with quote

No, I was thinking of the capital of Italy..

 
Strawberry
875081.  Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:24 pm Reply with quote

There's a thread with facts about Rome here, although i'm confused as to why you made the same thread twice.

 
NinOfEden
875221.  Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:07 am Reply with quote

Apparently, every inhabited continent has a town or city called Rome.

 
Neotenic
875224.  Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:11 am Reply with quote

Indeed, as the old saying goes - 'when in Rome, double check which continent you are on'

 
Starfish13
875238.  Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:49 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Apparently, every inhabited continent has a town or city called Rome.

All roads lead to Rome. But not the Rome that you are thinking of.

 
Zebra57
875478.  Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:41 pm Reply with quote

There is no Rome in Australia according to the Australian Postal Service. There is one in New Zealand.

There is a Roma Queensland named after the wife of a former governor (which at a stretch could count).

 
CB27
875498.  Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:06 pm Reply with quote

This leads me to a Qi question which often trips people up:

Q. What continent is Australia in?

Klaxon for Australasia, the answer I often hear/read.

The answer itself is a little tricky. There is a recognised continent called Australia, which includes Australia (the country), Papua New Guinea, and parts of Indonesia. However, when we talk about the 7 continents on Earth, the seventh continent is not Australia, but Oceania, which comprises the continent of Australia and Pacific islands, which includes New Zealand.

 
monzac
875503.  Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:07 am Reply with quote

Which definition of continent are you using, CB27?

OED wrote:
5. a. One of the main continuous bodies of land on the earth's surface.
Formerly two continents were reckoned, the Old and the New; the former comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa, which form one continuous mass of land; the latter, North and South America, forming another. (These two continents are strictly islands, distinguished only by their extent.) Now it is usual to reckon four or five continents, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, North and South; the great island of Australia is sometimes reckoned as another, and geographers have speculated on the existence of an Antarctic Continent.

Not sure why the 'sometimes', given the comparable size to Europe.

 
CB27
876466.  Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:05 pm Reply with quote

The definition is "One of the main continuous bodies of land on the earth's surface." The rest is a short history and an explanation of some agreements as to which are the continents.

If we are to take a a geological definition, the list would be slightly different, but different countries, organisations and different scholars have different definitions on how many continents there are and which ones.

The most common lists will have 5, 6 or 7 continents, sometimes putting North and South America as one, or combining Europe and Asia into Eurasia.

Politics and culture have a lot of influence on what belongs to a continent, so that Iceland is usually identified with Europe, Saudi Arabia identified with Asia, Madagascar with Africa, etc.

In the offical Olympic handbook, it was not until 1951 that they decided to take out the reference of continents to the Olympic ring colours, but prior to then it was usually written that the green ring was Australia (and sometimes written Oceania), blue for Europe, yellow for Asia, black for Africa, and red for America (Notrh and South represented as one). I'm guessing the particular choice of colours to their continents might have started causing some embarassment.

Have a look here for IOC continents: http://www.olympic.org/national-olympic-committees

UN entry for Australia, showing them as part of Oceania: http://data.un.org/CountryProfile.aspx?crName=Australia

Top of page 8 of athe Geography Syllabus: http://www.iseb.co.uk/pdf/Syllabus_CE_Geography.pdf

 

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