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Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live)
A new study has found massive numbers of travelers can't find their vacation destination on a world map. When asked where Cyprus was located, 53% of respondents were stumped, pointing to countries like Greece instead. This is despite having traveled to the Mediterranean island within the past year. Turkey also had recent visitors scratching their heads, with around half of those surveyed hard-pressed to locate the nearly 1,000 mile long country on an atlas.
But perhaps we shouldn't be so hard on the French. After all, remember this famous gaffe a few years back, when a Miss Teen USA contestant was asked why a fifth of Americans couldn't locate the US on a world map?
But it's not just beauty pageant contestants that are stumped by geography. Even politicians can get tripped up, like in this interview where John McCain refers to the problems at the Iraq/Pakistan border...which doesn't exactly exist.
And then there was the time that President Obama managed to visit all corners of the US, including "about 57 states".
Do you think it matters that so many people are confused by world geography? Or is understanding maps irrelevant in this day and age of GPS and technology?