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Jimmy Kimmel Asked Americans To Name Any Country On A Map And They Failed Miserably

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Jimmy Kimmel Asked Americans To Name Any Country On A Map And They Failed Miserably

Do you know your countries from your continents? Because it seems some ofthe people of America do not, as Jimmy Kimmel found out when he put the challenge out on his show.

In the recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a camera crew was sent out on to the streets to test America's geographical knowledge, and the results were shocking.

Introducing the segment, Kimmel explained: "The president is overseas. He's visiting Belgium, England, Scotland and then his pal Putin in Finland.


"It's a big trip with many important ramifications. It's imperative that America has strong relationships with and knowledge about people in other lands, and that responsibility extends to all of us - not just the president - so we came up with a test."

The test was simple, with the aim of the game being to ask passers by to name a country on the map. Literally ANY country. They gave them a pointing stick and everything, just to make things even easier.

Credit: Jimmy Kimmel
Credit: Jimmy Kimmel

But it turns out not everyone found the light-hearted task as simple as we'd have thought. For starters, several people identified Africa as a country (it's a continent, come on!), while one woman, when asked if she could name a country in Africa, simply said: "God, no. Who knows stuff like that?"


One man did take a stab at guessing one country in Africa - specifically, South Africa, where you would have thought the clue was in the name.

Credit: Jimmy Kimmel
Credit: Jimmy Kimmel

But nope, he reckoned it was somewhere in the north-east of the continent.

One college graduate couldn't even managed to successfully name a single country on the map... but she did point to Australia when trying to identify Europe.


Thankfully, there was a ray of hope in this embarrassing ordeal - in the form of a young kid, who came over and absolutely schooled everyone with his impressive geographical know-how.

Not only was he able to identify a whole tonne of countries in South America, he also reeled off Mexico, the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand AND Papa New Guinea.

Credit: Jimmy Kimmel
Credit: Jimmy Kimmel

What an absolute LAD. Plus something tells us he could well have been going into the night listing those countries, had the segment hadn't cut off when it di.


Clearly as impressed as we were, Kimmel said: "Well, if you didn't believe that children are out future before, now you do."

Bad effort, guys. Maybe it's time to start revisiting those old geography books from school...

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: Africa, south america, Jimmy Kimmel

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