Americans aren’t exactly known for their geographical knowledge. But, being an international student, studying international development, I thought it was time to brush up on my country-finding skills. I went to a very large, very modern bookstore in Rome to buy a world map:
As I struggled to hold up the map alone and tape all four corners simultaneously, I happened to glance at the middle of the map, and what I saw caused me to say, “No. Nonononononononono. NOOOOoooooOOOooOOoOOoo!”
What was it that I saw?
As I mentioned previously, I am by no means a geography expert. That being said, I do know that “Zaire” has not been a country for at least 15 years.
So I dug the map cover out of the recycling pile and looked for a publication date: 28-7-87
1987. Of-freaking-course. Nice of them to update the PRICE, but keep a totally outdated, useless product on the shelves.
Fool me once, shame on you, Italy… but it is my fault, because I should have known to check the publication date before I spent 8 Euro.
Excuse me, I have to go re-write country names now.
Ciao, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Welcome to 2010.