Friday, February 03, 2012

Southern? Well, kinda sorta

Interesting. I don't know if this kid from Columbia University thought his answer was right ("this southern national park is the largest one entirely within one state") or just couldn't come up with the right one. But his answer - Yosemite - was startling to me, because I don't think of California - even southern California, which Yosemite isn't in (it's in eastern central California) - as "southern". Sure, it's not up by Canada, but "southern" in the US doesn't even include border areas of Arizona or New Mexico. It's a pretty specific area, less geographic than historical and cultural.

But maybe the college kids think differently?

(The answer was the Everglades, of course.)

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At 12:48 PM, February 04, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Having lived in both Pennsylvania and your neck o' the woods, I was more startled when Alex came to the Goucher College student, who happened to be from Pennsylvania, and referred to Goucher as being in Pennsylvania -- and even more surprised when neither one ever corrected his misstatement.

At 1:06 PM, February 04, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

That's true - I noticed that, but figured they'd misheard him or something. Goucher's not even that close to Pennsylvania!


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