Pyongyang? North Korea?
Pyongyang? North Korea?

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Unless you happen to be Dennis Rodman, or one of those curious folks who are totally into the idea of going to a hermit state — North Korea is just somewhere over in Asia.

Yet with simmering tensions between the U.S. and the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, you’d think Americans would at least know the location of the self-reliant socialist state.

But according to a survey by the New York Times, only 36 per cent of the 1,746 adults asked knew where North Korea was. 36 per cent. 

So what were the locations these adults guessed? Well, they pointed to Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, the South China Sea… I mean, pretty much everywhere else on the Asian continent cause it has to be there somewhere. Right?

We could make a joke about Americans not knowing anything outside of America, but we won’t. The Times’ map is hilarious enough. 

Although the survey’s most startling revelation is a general lack of geography knowledge from Americans, it also discovered those who couldn’t find North Korea were slightly more likely to support military action and airstrikes against the country. Just send the troops in the direction of Asia. 

In contrast, those people who could find North Korea were more likely to favour “nonmilitary strategies” such as economic sanctions, pressure on China, and cyberattacks against military targets. 

Either way, look at a map once in awhile, people. Here’s one we prepared earlier: 

Spotted.

Spotted.

Image: Getty/Planet Observer

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