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Take the Beacon of Speech Current Events Quiz --- and Fail Miserably

May 6, 2017

I like to think of myself as fairly well read on current events.  I speak often of my fondness and disdain of multiple news sites.  Well, when doing some research for a possible article idea, I needed to know who the current leader of China is.  It wasn't that I couldn't remember the person, it was that I had no f@&#ing idea who it was.

 

Then I challenged myself:  How many leaders of the 100 largest countries in the world do I know, today, May 6, 2017?  You can go ahead and play along at home.

 

100 Largest Countries:

1. China - No idea

2. India - Ditto

3. United States - Donald Trump

4. Indonesia - No idea

5. Brazil - This is getting embarrassing

6. Pakistan - Okay, leaving spots blank now....

7. Nigeria

8. Bangladesh -

9. Russia - PUTIN!

10. Japan -

11. Mexico - Not paying for wall...

12. Philippines - President who kills the drug dealers....

13. Ethiopia -

14. Vietnam - Not Ho Chi Mihn...

15. Egypt -

16. Germany - Merkel

17. Iran -

18. Turkey - Erdogan

19. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 

20. Thailand

21. France - I know their elections coming up....

22. United Kingdom - Umm, Brexit?

23. Italy

24. Myanmar

25. South Africa

26. Tanzania

27. South Korea 

28. Colombia

29. Spain

30. Kenya

31. Ukraine

32. Argentina

33. Sudan

34. Algeria

35. Uganda

36. Poland

37. Iraq - Not Saddam

38. Canada - Trudeau Jr.

39. Morocco

40. Afghanistan

41. Saudi Arabia - Some new King...

42. Peru

43. Venezuela

44. Malaysia

45. Uzbekistan

46. Nepal

47. Mozambique

48. Ghana

49. Yemen

50. North Korea - Kim Jung-Un

51. Angola

52. Madagascar

53. Australia 

54. Taiwan

55. Cameroon

56. Cote d'Ivoire

57. Sri Lanka

58. Niger

59. Romania

60. Syria -- Assad Jr

61. Burkina Faso

62. Chile

63. Kazakhstan

64. Mali

65. Netherlands

66. Malawi

67. Guatemala

68. Zambia

69. Ecuador

70. Cambodia

71. Zimbabwe

72. Senegal

73. Chad

74. Guinea

75. South Sudan

76. Rwanda

77. Cuba - R. Castro

78. Belgium

79. Tunisia

80. Burundi

81. Bolivia

82. Greece

83. Benin - Where in the hell is Benin?

84. Somalia

85. Haiti

86. Czech Republic

87. Dominican Republic

88. Portugal

89. Hungary

90. Sweden

91. Azerbaijan

92. Belarus

93. Honduras

94. Austria

95. Tajikistan

96. Israel - Netanyahu

97. Switzerland

98. Jordan - King Something or another

99. Togo

100. Bulgaria - I know the Pope is in charge of the Vatican, but they're not on the list....

 

Oof.  9/100.  That's a big fat F-.

Now, giving myself the benefit of the doubt, which I don't deserve, I asked myself if I knew any of the last 5 leaders of any of these countries.  

 

1. China - C'mon, this sucks.  Mao was, like, 7 leaders back.  I knew Mao.

2. India - Ghandi?  (No, that's about a century ago.)

3. United States - Donald Trump, Obama, Bush W., Clinton, Bush Sr.

4. Indonesia - 

5. Brazil - 

6. Pakistan - 

7. Nigeria

8. Bangladesh -

9. Russia - Putin, Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Andropov (Yeah, technically Chernenko instead of Andropov when checking my work, but close enough.)

10. Japan -

11. Mexico - Vincente Fox

12. Philippines - Marcos

13. Ethiopia -

14. Vietnam -

15. Egypt - Mubarak

16. Germany - Merkel

17. Iran - Ahmadinejad

18. Turkey - Erdogan

19. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 

20. Thailand -

21. France - 

22. United Kingdom - Tony Blair

23. Italy - Mussolini? (Again, too far back.)

24. Myanmar -

25. South Africa - Nelson Mandela

26. Tanzania

27. South Korea

28. Colombia

29. Spain

30. Kenya

31. Ukraine - The guy who got poisoned by Putin (Editor's Note: Viktor Yushchenko)

32. Argentina

33. Sudan

34. Algeria

35. Uganda

36. Poland - Walesa

37. Iraq - Saddam Hussein

38. Canada - Trudeau Jr.

39. Morocco

40. Afghanistan - That two-faced Afghan politician

(Editor's Note:  Did not even come close to counting. 

The person in my mind was Hamid Karzai.)

41. Saudi Arabia - King Fahd

42. Peru

43. Venezuela - Socialist loudmouth (Editor's Note: Hugo Chávez)

44. Malaysia

45. Uzbekistan

46. Nepal

47. Mozambique

48. Ghana

49. Yemen

50. North Korea - Kim Jung-Un, Kim Jung-Il

51. Angola

52. Madagascar

53. Australia 

54. Taiwan

55. Cameroon

56. Cote d'Ivoire

57. Sri Lanka

58. Niger

59. Romania

60. Syria -- Assad Jr, Assad Sr.

61. Burkina Faso

62. Chile

63. Kazakhstan

64. Mali

65. Netherlands

66. Malawi

67. Guatemala

68. Zambia

69. Ecuador

70. Cambodia

71. Zimbabwe

72. Senegal

73. Chad

74. Guinea

75. South Sudan

76. Rwanda

77. Cuba - R. Castro, F. Castro

78. Belgium

79. Tunisia

80. Burundi

81. Bolivia

82. Greece

83. Benin

84. Somalia

85. Haiti - Baby Doc Duvalier

86. Czech Republic

87. Dominican Republic

88. Portugal

89. Hungary

90. Sweden

91. Azerbaijan

92. Belarus

93. Honduras

94. Austria

95. Tajikistan

96. Israel - Netanyahu

97. Switzerland

98. Jordan - 

99. Togo

100. Bulgaria

29/500

Sadly, I am a dunce. Seriously. Am I stupider than most Americans? Or more stupid?

Oh forget it.  At least I can find 96/100 of the countries listed below on a map.

 

 

Note from the Author:  For the doubters out there, I spell checked my answers for the article.  You are right, I didn't know how to spell Ahmadinejad off of the top of my head.

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