Some People Think Ukraine Is in Florida

by Tim Cavanaugh

“The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S to intervene,” write three of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage bloggers. That’s a fair swipe at the great fraternity of C-minus, the backbone of our nation. But I prefer to applaud Americans’ ingenuity in naming such far-flung places, including a wide swath of the American Heartland, as the coordinates of the troubled nation. In fact, I’d like to see Putin’s Russia produce a distribution like this:

People who picked the Falkland Islands deserve half credit for choosing a place where there was an active conflict within the last 100 years.

Never forget that all the Americans who answered this quiz could easily fit into the vastness of Russia, with room left over for other puny countries: