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What do you know about your World?

A Little Bantering

Bantering is a non-serious, very serious, conversation, usually between friends. The purpose of bantering may at first appear to be an offensive affront to the other person. However, people engaging in such a conversation are often signaling that they are comfortable enough in each others' company to be able to say such things without causing any offense while they are attempting to educate or good-naturedly challenge a friend's beliefs and understanding.

For thousands of years most people have accepted as unquestionable and have diligently professed the religion of their parents; most people also follow in the political footsteps of their parents; and they associate with, vote and base their beliefs on the community within which they live, and they are convinced that the country of their birth is the greatest or the worst country in History.  Problem:~ as long as they do so - progress and advancement dies.

A Bantering is designed to make the reader think. To make them question their beliefs, or challenge the accepted wisdom of the day, to look behind the words to assess how they were used to camouflage the truth in a way that would benefit the speaker who uses those words. A Bantering can at first be seen as offensive or whimsical, humorous or ridiculous; but the reader who is used to such challenges of their long held beliefs must read between the lines and try to find qualified fault with the writing, knowing that it is meant only to promote thought.

If you can answer more than ten questions out of the one hundred questions in this little Bantering correctly, you were probably better educated and you are obviously far more knowledgeable than the majority of the people living in our World today.

Animated ArrowAnimated ArrowThe World on January 1st, 2010

1:  Name the Capital cities of the following nations:







Saudi Arabia





2:   Name the General who defeated the Confederacy in North America in 1815.


3:   Who issued the first Emancipation freeing African slaves in North America.


4:   Which Nation in the 21st Century has the highest percentage of its inhabitants in prison?





South Africa

United States of America


5:    What is the age of consent in the following countries?






Saudi Arabia

South Korea

United States of America


6.   Name the 21st Century French Colony in North America.


7.   Which British Colony did not join the Revolution (War of Independence) and now enjoys a GDP greater than that of the United States of America. ~ $ $69,900  compared to $$47,500?


8.   What is the religion of the majority of Caucasians?


9.   Which Union has the largest population ~ United States of America or European Union?


10.  Name the 28 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


11.   Name the major Religious Holidays in December 2009.


12.   What Party in the United States Congress has the most millionaires?


13.  Who decides if US Senior Citizens deserve a Cost of Living increase in their Pensions?


14.   Name the last seven Communist Nations in the World?


15.   Name the oldest continuous Nation in the World?


16.   Name the Terrorist wing of the Democratic Party in the United States in the last part of the 19th Century and the first part of the 20th Century?


17.   Name the 12 Countries with 21st Century Colonies, Territories & Overseas Possessions


18.   Name the South American Country with more Hindus than any other single religion?


19.   On which Continent is the Nation of Israel located?


20.   What percentage of the World�s Merchant Fleet of ships fly a United States flag?



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