I found an interesting news item for all you world travelers—whether of the actual or armchair variety—that is very revealing of something. Exactly what, I am not sure.
I am hesitant to acknowledge my source of this
likely only to me entertaining and educational information, as any of my readers younger than 50 might immediately tune-out and go back to checking their Facebook page, but the piece came out of the November, 2010, AARP bulletin.
(If you have to look up what “AARP” stands for, well, just enjoy your youth, while you still gots it. The day will come sooner than you think, when—usually unsolicited—your AARP membership application shows up in your mail, and you exclaim…WTF, I don’t feel old.)
The short introduction to the graphic read,
“Since 1960, more than half of the world’s 195 countries have been born—or reborn.”
Maybe you will find this to be an interesting exercise, to count how many of the 103 new countries you have even heard of, let alone visited. I consider myself fairly well read in travel, geography, and world news and, at least, semi well-traveled, yet I will admit I was ignorant of almost 20 countries.
I mean, Zambia and Gambia, Burkina-Faso, Mauritania and Mauritius…really?!?
And what’s with all the countries with two names, like Sao Tome AND Principe. Flip a coin or something, will ya?
An additional analysis of interest to me, was to guess what was happening politically worldwide where one decade developed 42 new countries and another only four. Any guesses, educated or otherwise?
Click the START button below the graphic to show the individual decades, and then click on each decade under the title, “View timeline of events,” to see the entire list for that ten-year period.
If you are really bored and need one more brainteaser, have someone read the lists to you and see how many you can actually spell. Me, not so much.
Yes, I know it does not take much to entertain me or capture my attention…oh look, shiny object…
Where was I?