November 08, 2005

Gee whiz, what’s with the geography problems -- particularly those related to South and Southeast Asia -- among youngish Philadelphians these days?

In a setting completely unrelated to the Bangladesh-Turkey confusion about which I blogged here last August, earlier today I caught this bit of a conversation between two twenty-something men:

Young Man No. 1: I don’t know if I want to commit to it. The project is in Sri Lanka.

Young Man No. 2: Sri Lanka? Where’s that?

Young Man No. 1: It’s near Malaysia and Indonesia.

Well, sort of near Malaysia and Indonesia, I suppose, if you consider 15 hundred miles, give or take a few hundred, to be “near.”

Where have we gone wrong?


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