New Mexico? That's Mexico isn't it?

@p1kef1sh (45647)
December 17, 2009 11:59am CST
Are you a geographical illiterate when it comes to your own country. If you are a US resident what would your response to this question be? “You’ll have to go through your own embassy,” a resident of Santa Fe was told when trying to order Olympic tickets for games on American soil.
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• United States
17 Dec 09
I may be a bit challenged when it comes to geography but, I DO know that NEW Mexico is in the U.S.! Just don't ask me which coast Florida and California are on. I tend to put them opposite of where they really are.
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@Hatley (157912)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Dec 09
California is on the west coast, the Pacific, and we are on Pacific standard time. Florida is on the East coast and on eastern standard time. I am a Californian unfortunately where there are more jobless than jobs.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
Apparently west coasters are more geographically challenged than east coasters. But both struggle to be sure what is and isn't in their own country. Then again, Texas was a hardware store here!
• United States
17 Dec 09
Hi, Mikey!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
18 Dec 09
New Mexico doesn't have anything to do with Mexico. except maybe the weather. I always thought that was a bad name for a state and could be confusing. I live in the US on the eastern coast and there is a territory called New England. New Mexico is on the west coast and I've never been to New Mexico but I have heard a lot about it.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
I know. I live in "Old" England!
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
17 Dec 09
Nope, I was born there (NM) so I know exactly where it is. It is astounding how many people are geographically challenged. Heck, I can even find Azerbaijan without any assistance! I even knew, before Sarah's blunder, that South Africa is not a continent...lol
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
Makes you wonder though doesn't it?
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• United States
17 Dec 09
Unbelievable! When still living in Scotland I was quite sure England was just a suburb one had to pass through when driving to Scotland!! (tee hee)!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
Pftttt! We had to build a wall (well alright the Romans did) just to keep you in! LOL.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
18 Dec 09
ARGGG - I believe it because people are not taught geography anymore, SCREAMING SHAME ain't it?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
That may well be the case. But what do they learn instead?
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
Sounds to me that maybe they should've worn it!
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
18 Dec 09
no, actually their PARENTS should've worn it...
@littleowl (7157)
17 Dec 09
Hi p1ke..New Mexico is in Mexico as far as I know but my geographical knowledge would end you up in Timbuctoo..even when reading a map in the car for someone we get lost!! LoLo
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
Now you've been in my car - but I navigated LoLo. XXXX
@littleowl (7157)
17 Dec 09
mmm..wasnt that the lady on the dashboard navigating..mind you did have a few words to say to her! lol xxx
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
She has no sense of geography LoLo. Always interrupting me as well.
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 09
Let Me get this straight...An American ticket Agency,based in THe US,had a query from Someone in NM for US based Olympic events tickets,and they didn't know NM was part of the US? All I can Say is.. Wow...
@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Dec 09
Makes you wonder doesn't it. But somehow I'm not too surprised.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 09
Don't these call centre type places have postcode lookup programs on their computers? I know that in the UK,All You need is the House Number and a postcode to get something to the correct address..surely NM residents have a Zip code they can give out to delivery companies..
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hmm, interesting. I myself am a fan of geography. I know every state in the US and in fact even know their capital cities, or at least some of them since i start studying it since i was little. As for my own country, I try to remember as much as I can though, which makes me really guilty. I'll try exploring it on my own soon, just so i could get more "acquainted" with it (so to speak).
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
I hope that maybe in time you will get to visit some of those places too.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Yes, indeed. There is no better way to get up close and personal with a given culture than to spend time on it and explore as much as you can.
@nannacroc (4049)
17 Dec 09
Not a clue. Where's Santa Fe? All I know about the geography of my own country is that if you turn left past Coventry, you can get anywhere. If you turn right past Coventry, you fall off the edge of the world.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
Left goes south Nanna. North there be dragons and then as you say.......over the edge you go.
@nannacroc (4049)
17 Dec 09
Thank you for confirming my suspicions.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 09
Well but P1key, I hate to get technical on you but a US resident isn't the same as a US citizen. Maybe the person had a foreign passport. :-)
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
I didn't necessarily mean a US citizen Dawn. Although I do mean someone who lives in the USA.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 09
Well then, assuming they were physically IN the US when they made the inquiry, it's a silly answer whether they're a citizen or not! Probably a silly question too...
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I once asked a high-school junior if she knew exactly where Alaska is located. She said sure, it is in the Pacific Ocean, south of Hawaii. On many maps of the United States, the map of Alaska is placed as an insert in exactly the place she stated. The Internet has been helpful in raising awareness of the geographic location of things, but some people still think Iraq shares a border with Afghanistan.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
They also put cities in inserts. New York's probably somewhere like Ohio!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 09
Yikes on the one about the schoolie thinking Alaska was in the same patch of ocean as Hawaii! I bet there's some Alaskans who wouldn't mind not having to fly down there!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
17 Dec 09
Hi Pikey, not at all, I've always liked to know where the bits of the world fit together, historically, geographically and culturally. I do know that some inhabitants of countries are clueless as to things beyond their own shores and have heard such things as Paris is a country, Japan is part of China, and Europe is a country.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
I once asked to go from London to Carlisle and the clerk asked if that was in Wales and I'd have to go through Cardiff! I'm like you. I like to know where these place are and ideally visit them. Although I draw the line at anywhere that bullets fly more than the birds!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
17 Dec 09
Wigan, Warrington, Lancaster, Kendal- no I didn't use to work for British rail but I'm sure that was a regular trip. The only bullets round here are aimed at the birds. Often see big men at the sight of the road with loaded shotguns.
• United States
18 Dec 09
P1ke, Iknow for a fact that New Mexico is in the US so, the question is what would I have said [in best Middle Eastern Accent] to this person would've been, "No I'm being an AMERICAN CITIZEN and YOU cannot be talking to me like that!"lol
@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Dec 09
LOL. They'd have called the cops! Goodness me - don't you know that anyone with a foreign accent MUST be a terrorist.
@liquorice (3902)
18 Dec 09
Well, I'm not too surprised, but I'm a bit shocked. I'm not a US resident, but I would have thought that a reasonable knowledge of the geography of your own country (like being able to at least recognise its states) would have been quite useful for that particular job. My geography isn't perfect by any means but I'd like to think that I'd be able to recognise most of the UK geographical areas, (and hopefully also be able to tell you whether they're in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales!) I also think that I know vaguely where most countries are in the world. (Which will be especially useful if ever I get really lost!)
@p1kef1sh (45647)
19 Dec 09
I put my hand up to say that I didn't know where the Falkland Islands were when they were invaded. I did very soon afterwards though as I was working for the Army at the time! I am astonished though just how poor some people's knowledge of even their local area is.
@carmenvj (63)
• United States
18 Dec 09
New Mexico is a state within the US. That person who known this resident of Santa Fe this is a#%&*!Lol... I have to laugh...Yes that person is geographically illerate..... Ths question should be put on are that show are you smarter than a fifth grader! This is hilarious!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
Makes you wonder doesn't it.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I'm not surprised. Geography isn't taught to our kids like it was when I was young. Hell, the schools are now starting to teach the history of the labor movement in place of American History!!! My mom taught us our country's geography by getting us a puzzle where the pieces were the fifty states. We played the card game War and used states for prizes and also used soldiers, tanks, etc. and battled to win territory. Within a month, my brother and I had a map of the U.S. in our heads along with the capitals of each state and we've never lost it.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
Sounds like the Civil War all over again there! LOL. I am stunned how little people know though. A lad that lives across the road from us couldn't tell me where the next town from us was when he was 18!!! He's 20 now, I wonder if he knows yet.
@stealthy (8189)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I live in New Mexico and when I first moved here a decade or so ago, I was very suprised at how often people around the country but it seemed like it was a lot in the East, thought New Mexico was a foreign country. I have heard many tales like yours since I have been here but fortunately havenot encountered that situation myself.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Dec 09
I don't know why I am surprised by people's ignorance of their own geography; but I am.
@maximax8 (27048)
17 Dec 09
New Mexico is in the the USA. I know that New York in the USA is very different from York in England. I have been to Sydney in Australia. There is another Sydney in Canada. I shall be visiting Nova Scotia in Canada in 2010. It has places called Halifax, Yarmouth and Bridge Water like we do in England. One naughty person put a photo of a posh looking train with an advert for tickets on it from Panama to Colombia. It really is the Darien Jungle that area of the world. It fooled some travelers.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
LOL. I used to get Washington State and Washington D.C. mixed when I was young.
@Hatley (157912)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Dec 09
nope Pikey I am up on my own country, and New Mexico isnt in old Mexico at all. That Olympic ticket seller was sure confused and knew little about the United States, New Mexico has little to do with Mexicans or old Mexico at all. Mostly white people live there now, any way the person was absolutely confused. Wonder what the Santa Fe resident had to say to that stupidity.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Dec 09
I bet that the response isn't printable Hatley! LOL.