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AlmondFacialBar
1254774.  Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:48 pm Reply with quote

155 on the second attempt! Ha!

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Baryonyx
1254849.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:40 am Reply with quote

I got them all once as a teenager but i've not been revising recently!

 
crissdee
1255031.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:57 am Reply with quote

I'm not even going to try! I know my result will be in double figures.

 
monzac
1255074.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:03 pm Reply with quote

Thank you. I won't try either out of solidarity.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1255077.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:17 pm Reply with quote

I'm quite sure you'd both make triple figures. I did and was hampered by both being on my phone and wonky English spellings.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
'yorz
1255081.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:28 pm Reply with quote

I ended up in the double figures - high up, but double nevertheless. Just couldn't think of names that I do know, and was farting about with English spelling.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1255083.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:33 pm Reply with quote

I'm challenging myself to getting them all, but for some reason I always end up getting geographical fly shits like Tuvalu, but forget major countries like Malaysia. WTF, brain?

And spellings indeed. Kyrgyzstan? Btch srsly?

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
suze
1255117.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:04 pm Reply with quote

I got 190.

Four of those I really should have got (eg Zimbabwe), although I don't think I'd have got Marshall Islands or St Lucia in one thousand years.

And then there is Kosovo. By what warrant is Kosovo a country if (say) Northern Cyprus isn't? It is not a member of the UN - and never will be, since Russia has made plain that it will veto Kosovar accession for all time.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1255118.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:10 pm Reply with quote

As far as that's concerned I was far more astonished to see Palestine there.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
suze
1255124.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:56 pm Reply with quote

Actually, yes.

While mere users can create quizzes and upload them to Sporcle, that particular one was created by a staffer. And not just any old staffer either, but a fellow named Matt Rammé who invented Sporcle.

Mr Rammé is an American, and his country will not allow Palestine to join the UN until a century after Russia has relented re Kosovo.

So I don't really know what prompted me to try Palestine, but it's there.

One of the seven that I missed was Cote d'Ivoire. Does the game allow "Ivory Coast"? It allows "East Timor" for Timor-Leste, but insists on the <z> before it will allow Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maybe my Polishness is showing, but to me it feels more natural to spell it with a <c> just as actual Bosnians and indeed Hercegovinians do.


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'yorz
1255125.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:57 pm Reply with quote

Yup - I got Ivory Coast. And Palestine.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1255130.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 pm Reply with quote

It also allows North Korea instead of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but on the other hand allows only one version of Not That Congo, The Other Congo which took me about five tries to get.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Leith
1255131.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:13 pm Reply with quote

Sporcle criteria for 'country' status for those interested:
https://www.sporcle.com/blog/2013/01/what-is-a-country/

 
AlmondFacialBar
1255133.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:18 pm Reply with quote

In fairness, they make sense.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
suze
1255134.  Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:26 pm Reply with quote

Yes, I needed a couple of goes at the Congoes as well. Congo (Brazzaville) and Congo (Kinshasa) are the forms which come most naturally to me, but they don't seem to be used all that much in the big bad world.

On the upside, Czechia is allowed. I know that form isn't used all that much in the English-speaking world, but it seems to be increasing. Within the country in question, Česko is used much more than Česká Republika.

 

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