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Old 11-25-2014, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Hmm, most Brits in my experience don't know enough about the states(if they know some exist at all)to generate such specific stereotypes. I couldn't make that map, and people are always commenting on me knowing too much about America.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:31 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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How stereotypical! We're all stoned in CO!
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:55 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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How stereotypical! We're all stoned in CO!
At least you're not known for Meth...
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Hmm, most Brits in my experience don't know enough about the states(if they know some exist at all)to generate such specific stereotypes. I couldn't make that map, and people are always commenting on me knowing too much about America.
I think it would depend on if they were looking at a blank map or a detailed map. If you're looking at a Rand McNally atlas, then I could see how someone could come up with some of those answers, particularly if he or she watches a lot of TV and movies.

I didn't realize Robocop was set in Detroit. That's funny. I thought someone would say Kid Rock. Or maybe the Rumble in the Palace.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:51 PM
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At least you're not known for Meth...
True. It's getting old, though.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:02 AM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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I had to look up why Maryland is known for cookies over there:
Maryland Cookies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:50 AM
 
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they fairly know about the US in a stereotypical way, you ask Americans to do the same to a map of the UK and most would probably have no idea other than london, the queen, tea.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Except almost all of them would center around London since most people know little else about Great Britain. I suppose "William Wallace" would appear somewhere in the vicinity of Scotland.
It would be one giant "bad teeth" label.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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That map is pretty funny. Im not sure Americans would make such a good one of Great Britain, as most of us know little about Britain outside of London. Heck I bet half of Americans would have a hard time labeling the provinces of Canada (everyone should know them) let alone any detailed knowledge of Britain. There are Americans that don't know all 50 states. I wonder how we got this way, its embarrassing when you see our citizens on TV not knowing where some country in Europe is, or even where some US states are.
I agree with the idea that most Americans are clueless about Great Britain, or in general, anywhere outside their ZIP code. I lived in New Zealand many years ago, and was constantly peppered with questions that taxed my knowledge of the States (since there's so little NZ history, they had the option of taking extra courses in world/US/Commonwealth history). I became much more well-versed in US history as a result (read Howard Zinn's "People's History" when I was there. Classic.)

But I'd take mild exception to the comment about the ignorance of people on TV. Essentially: if someone nailed the quiz and identified all 50 states, they wouldn't be on TV (unless it's a cute kid with oversized glasses - a Junior Poindexter type). Almost 100% of what you see brings to mind that great quote in Ferris Bueller's Day Off" - "I weep for the future" - but bear in mind that the TV sample is hideously skewed and the reality might not be as bad as you think. With the exception of Jeopardy, ignorance on TV is more entertaining than intelligence.

(Missouri could have been filled in with "Mark Twain")
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:38 AM
 
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I thought it was accurate.
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