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do you know where Lisbon is
June 4, 2007
12:14 pm
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i was made to feel like an idiot because i didnt know where Lisbon, Bali, Prague and dubai wrer. Are those pretty well known locations?

June 4, 2007
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June 4, 2007
12:24 pm
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Hi Hopefull! I am not very good with lots of subjects, geography is one of them! Sorry that someone was so judgemental. The beauty about life is we get to learn what we choose! If we are interested, we can research the subjects of our interest.

June 4, 2007
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I was curious so typed in Lisbon and saw a site that said Lisbon is the capitol of Portugal. That is not what I would have guessed by the way.

June 4, 2007
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for me...only if i look on a map will i remember. don't feel bad!

June 4, 2007
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Hi hopeful,

While I would say that yes, those are pretty well-known locations, in no way should you have been shamed and 'made to feel like an idiot' because you didn't know where they were.

I'm curious about the person who put you down for your lack of geographical knowledge... are they from a different country?

As a person from outside the US, I do feel strongly that you folks deserve better information about the outside world than many of you seem to get... but making you feel like an idiot for not knowing stuff you should have been taught, is not the way to go.

June 4, 2007
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Don't feel bad about it Hopeful. Each individual is talented in special field and it could be that geography is not on your list of passion and gifts. That's not the end of the world.

The person who judged you is being unfair. Just forgive him and forget the whole event.

Here is my take:

Lisbon is the Capital of Portugal.
Bali is an island in Indonesia.
Prague is the capital of the Czech repulic.
Dubai is the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

(((Warm Hug)))

June 4, 2007
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okay so how often in our lives do we need to know that stuff?
Can you solve problems at work and in your daily life? if so give yourself a pat on the back for being an intelligent adult. Then open up a book about something you're really interested and learn about that.

I could tell you the difference between a gerund and an infinitive but didn't know Prague and Dubai. that means I have studied lingustics and not geography.
BTW, ras, thanks for the geographical information. if we all help each other we can each be a genius!

June 4, 2007
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((hopeful)) I have a Master's Degree and I only knew where two of those places were. Intellectual snobs are awful people to be around, and I never understood why people have to make themselves feel important by degrading those around them. Many of us aren't a wealth of factual information, but we have a darn good bit of knowledge about a particular subject that interests us. Geography was never one of those subjects for me. You are fine, and I would limit my contact with the person who made you feel this way. Not nice.

BTW...have you ever seen Jay Leno's "Jaywalking"? If you want to feel smart, compare yourself to the college students he interviews who can't answer simple questions. 🙂

June 5, 2007
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No I wouldn't have known. And guess what I wouldn't have given a rat's ass. But if I did I would have looked it up and it wouldn't have ruined my day. Tell that person to get a life. And this is our little secret - there are things we know much more about than anyone else guaranteed, because we all do.

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