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Gray
100173.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:13 pm Reply with quote

Here's a forum for posting your quite interesting country factoids and quotes. At the last count, there are 206 countries (give or take), so there's a lot to cover. Detail on any cities and areas within countries is good.

Remember, we're after shocking, extraordinary or baffling factoids - generally not the kind of think you might expect to find in an encyclopedia. That's what will make it peculiary 'QI'.

One topic per country, please - use that 'Search' link top-left...

 
Gray
100178.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:04 pm Reply with quote

If you were wondering:

* Afghanistan
* Albania
* Algeria
* Andorra
* Angola
* Antarctica
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Argentina
* Armenia
* Australia
* Austria
* Azerbaijan
* Bahamas
* Bahrain
* Bangladesh
* Barbados
* Belarus
* Belgium
* Belize
* Benin
* Bhutan
* Bolivia
* Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Botswana
* Brazil
* Brunei
* Bulgaria
* Burkina Faso
* Burundi
* Cambodia
* Cameroon
* Canada
* Cape Verde
* Central African Republic
* Chad
* Chile
* China
* Colombia
* Comoros Islands
* Congo
* Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire)
* Costa Rica
* Croatia
* Cuba
* Cyprus
* Czech Republic
* Denmark
* Derbyshire
* Djibouti
* Dominica
* Dominican Republic
* East Timor
* Ecuador
* Egypt
* El Salvador
* Equatorial Guinea
* Eritrea
* Estonia
* Ethiopia
* Fiji
* Finland
* France
* Gabon
* Gaza Strip
* Georgia
* Germany
* Ghana
* Greece
* Grenada
* Guatemala
* Guinea
* Guinea-Bissau
* Guyana
* Haiti
* Honduras
* Hungary
* Iceland
* India
* Indonesia
* Iran
* Iraq
* Ireland
* Israel
* Italy
* Ivory Coast (cote d’ivoire)
* Jamaica
* Japan
* Jordan
* Kazakhstan
* Kenya
* Kiribati
* Korea, North
* Korea, South
* Kuwait
* Kyrgyzstan
* Laos
* Latvia
* Lebanon
* Lesotho
* Liberia
* Libya
* Lichtenstein
* Lithuania
* Luxembourg
* Macedonia
* Madagascar
* Malawi
* Malaysia
* Maldives
* Mali
* Malta
* Marshall Islands
* Mauritania
* Mauritius
* Mexico
* Micronesia
* Moldova
* Monaco
* Mongolia
* Montenegro
* Morocco
* Mozambique
* Myanmar (Burma)
* Namibia
* Nauru
* Nepal
* New Zealand
* Nicaragua
* Niger
* Nigeria
* Norway
* Oman
* Pakistan
* Palau
* Palestinian State
* Panama
* Papua New Guinea
* Paraguay
* Peru
* Poland
* Portugal
* Qatar
* Romania
* Russia
* Rwanda
* Samoa
* San Marino
* Saudi Arabia
* São Tomé and Príncipe
* Senegal
* Serbia
* Seychelles
* Sierra Leone
* Singapore
* Slovakia
* Slovenia
* Solomon Islands
* Somalia
* South Africa
* Spain
* Sri Lanka
* St. Kitts and Nevis
* St. Lucia
* St. Vincent and The Grenadines
* Sudan
* Suriname
* Swaziland
* Sweden
* Switzerland
* Syria
* Taiwan
* Tajikistan
* Tanzania
* Thailand
* The Gambia
* The Netherlands (inc. Holland)
* The Philippines
* Tibet
* Togo
* Tonga
* Trinidad and Tobago
* Tunisia
* Turkey
* Turkmenistan
* Tuvalu
* Uganda
* Ukraine
* United Arab Emirates
* United Kingdom (UK)
* United States of America (USA)
* Uruguay
* Uzbekistan
* Vanuatu
* Vatican City
* Venezuela
* Vietnam
* West Bank
* Western Sahara
* Yemen
* Zambia
* Zimbabwe

Although some of those stretch the definition of 'country' a little.


Last edited by Gray on Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:10 pm; edited 2 times in total

 
Luna
100182.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:21 pm Reply with quote

thanx needed that

 
simonp
100185.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:27 pm Reply with quote

Gray wrote:


* Tyne and Wear



??

 
Bergerac
100200.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:43 pm Reply with quote

Lincolnshire is a county not a country last I heard!

 
Tas
100231.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:27 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
* Antarctica


I'm pretty certain there's multiple claims to various bits of Antartica....

:-)

Tas

 
samivel
100258.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Raising these queries is all well and good, but Gray's post does say that
Quote:
some of those stretch the definition of 'country' a little.

 
cabs
100259.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:33 pm Reply with quote

I have a particular fondness for Definite Article Countries, viz:

The Netherlands
The Gambia
The Phillipines

and, potentially,

The Lebanon
The Yemen
The Dominican Republic

 
grizzly
100261.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:37 pm Reply with quote

Antarctica, Tyne and Wear, Lincolnshire?

I think you are going to have to explain yourselves guys.

If you're going to have those last 2 then you'll have to have the constituent parts of the UK and the Empire (inc Berwick Upon Tweed).

 
grizzly
100262.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:39 pm Reply with quote

BTW, are we allowed countries past present and future?

Also that list is already out of date. Montenegro is now independent of Serbia.

 
Gray
100310.  Sat Oct 07, 2006 1:57 am Reply with quote

Thanks for your eyes. See - never trust anyone else's listings!

 
Ejob
100313.  Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:16 am Reply with quote

Both Holland and The Netherlands are listed. One would suffice I think. Unless by "The Netherlands" you mean the formal name of the state (Kingdom of The Netherlands) which enveloppes The Netherlands/Holland plus The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (which are both countries if not states and therefore, I think, should be mentioned).

 
grizzly
101311.  Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:03 pm Reply with quote

How come the board has gone all alphabetical order on us?

 
eggshaped
101458.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:59 am Reply with quote

We're wondering if it would be easier for people this way. So if you had a fact for, say, Tajikistan, then it's easy to see if there's already a thread open.

I'm sure it can be moved back if people think it's not working.

 
cabs
101459.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:04 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
We're wondering if it would be easier for people this way. So if you had a fact for, say, Tajikistan, then it's easy to see if there's already a thread open.

I'm sure it can be moved back if people think it's not working.


It's a very nice idea, but it has a major drawback which will only get worse as the zoo gets fuller - if you've popped in but not read things and want to go back over them then you can't just scroll down to see which threads have been lengthened since a certain time. This plays merry hell with my time management and, ultimately, may result in me losing any semblence of remunerated employment.

And all for the benefit of fools who can't use a search function.

 

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