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Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:57 GMT
What about New Guinea? It is partly in Asia anyway.
Aug 24th, 2010 at 13:06 GMT
New Guinea is, geographically at least, in Oceania. Indonesia is a trans-continental country like Russia and Turkey
Aug 24th, 2010 at 14:14 GMT
You should accept, if not change to, Seram.
Aug 24th, 2010 at 14:31 GMT
Severny and Yuzhny are, per the traditional Europe-Asia borders, in Europe. Otherwise a very good quiz.
Aug 24th, 2010 at 14:59 GMT
@Onno: Thanks, I didn't realise the name had changed.
@1447: I can't believe I didn't spot that. I've removed them from the quiz, thanks.
Aug 24th, 2010 at 17:45 GMT
I know it's not so sporcle standard - but isn't Cyprus Asian? I mean it's not even near Europe.
Aug 24th, 2010 at 20:14 GMT
@adidag0: I'd agree its an Asian island, however its not big enough to make the list.
Dec 6th, 2010 at 06:21 GMT
Indonesia shares Borneo with Malaysia and Brunei. I missed all those random Indonesian and Russian islands... can't believe I missed Timor, especially since it's shared with another country!
Jun 7th, 2012 at 18:39 GMT
Safe to say I did Shikoku on this quiz.
Jun 7th, 2012 at 20:17 GMT
@Jam1 "Indonesia is a trans-continental country like Russia and Turkey" That all depends on who you ask. Many will say that you are correct, but here on sporcle (please correct me if I'm wrong) it is not part of Oceania. If it was, it would be on the Oceania quizzes, like Turkey is on the Europe quizzes. I believe the "sporcle border" between Asia and Oceania is the Papua New Guinea/Indonesia border.
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Jun 7th, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
eurasia is the largest asain island
Jun 7th, 2012 at 22:36 GMT
@merxes: a continental land mass is, by definition, not an island.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 01:45 GMT
I would have to disagree with you Jam1, about the status of New Guinea Island!
Jun 8th, 2012 at 02:55 GMT
I agree that New Guinea shouldn't be on here (it's solidly in Oceania/Australia, not Asia), but due to Sporcle's standard it would be worth a bonus answer to explain why it's not an actual answer.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 10:58 GMT
How about the Russian islands in the Arctic Ocean? Nova Zembla isn't considered Europe, is it?
Jun 8th, 2012 at 11:27 GMT
@diving: OK, I'll add New Guinea as a bonus
@NeerlandsHoop: Zova Zembla is west of the Ural mountains, which makes it European.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 11:52 GMT
@walkalong: The sporcle standard of transcontinental countries seems a bit random. There are many more transcontinental countries than Turkey and Russia. I made a quiz on the subject, which was published by sporcle:
Since this quiz is about natural geography (islands) rather than human geography (countries), I think it's fair to stick to a geographical border between Europe and Asia rather than an arbitrary human one.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 12:50 GMT
Any definition which classes Europe and Asia as two continents instead of one is going to be arbitrary. And grouping islands with a continental landmass is often very arbitrary. If continents don't overlap and islands are part of continents, then at least one of Indonesia and New Guinea should be transcontinental... if consistency was important :)
Jun 8th, 2012 at 21:13 GMT
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Jun 13th, 2012 at 17:11 GMT
Next time, I should plan on going to the Philippines for vacation.
Jun 13th, 2012 at 17:37 GMT
Jun 13th, 2012 at 21:01 GMT
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Jun 13th, 2012 at 21:52 GMT
I'm pretty certain Japan is in Asia...
Jun 13th, 2012 at 22:04 GMT
Jun 13th, 2012 at 22:14 GMT
@speakingofsegues: Not sure if you're indulging in snark, but there is no ISLAND called "Japan." The country known as Japan consists of 4 SEPARATE primary islands (and a host of smaller islands, many tiny ones near the main islands and the chain commonly known as the Ryukyus). All 4 of the main islands are answers on the quiz (though none of the smaller ones are).
It's kind of like why there are no answers of "Indonesia" or "Philippines." While both countries consist of hundreds of islands (big and small), there are no single islands with those specific names.
Jun 13th, 2012 at 22:54 GMT
I know that the Sporcle general practice dictates not to boast in the comments, but weird knowledge got me 'October Revolution Island' and it made me happy. I also think a lot more people will remember the island too now given its interesting name and it's no coincidence it's just North of Bolshevik Island as well.
Jun 13th, 2012 at 23:25 GMT
Gets very tough very quickly. Always surprises me how big Sulawesi actually is.
Jun 14th, 2012 at 00:40 GMT
I lived on Kyushu for about three months so that was easy and visited Shikoku for a long weekend but could'nt remember the name just the main city of Matsuyama. October Revolution island-sounds like a cool place given that it's north of the Artic Circle . It's one sixth the size of Ireland and 56th biggest island on the planet and I've never heard of it until today -Thank Sporcle
Jun 14th, 2012 at 01:22 GMT
I'd never heard of October Revolution Island. Bit of a clunky address.
Jun 14th, 2012 at 02:35 GMT
Darn! What's that big island in the Sea of Okhotsk, yeah, the big one; it like starts with an s, right? Darn, what is it? If I get it right, I get 100%. What is it????!??!?!?! Oh well, (clicks 'give up'). *$%$@#$%#$%#&!!!!?!!!! SAKHALIN!!!!
Jun 14th, 2012 at 03:07 GMT
Figured I'd learn a lot and darn was I right. Also, Philippine spelling proves to be a minor undoing, but nothing compared to my vast knowledge gaps...which are now being filled. Thanks!
Jun 14th, 2012 at 12:41 GMT
If you got October Revolution Island,...
Jun 14th, 2012 at 13:36 GMT
I feel kinda stupid for not getting Java... I live right by the Starbucks capital of the world
Jun 14th, 2012 at 15:13 GMT
October Revolution Island, named after it's discoverer, Pyotr October Revolution.
Jun 14th, 2012 at 17:12 GMT
missed Hainan and Sumbawa!
Jun 14th, 2012 at 19:15 GMT
Halmahera- thanks EU3. Still did badly though...
Jun 14th, 2012 at 22:41 GMT
According to many sources, the island that Sri Lanka is on is still called Ceylon, even if the country is no longer that. Also, I learned in school the country of Taiwan was on the island of Formosa. Anyone have knowledge of those names still in use for the islands? Perhaps they should be accepted as alternate answers?
Jun 14th, 2012 at 23:01 GMT
@SteveGoodman18 I'm pretty sure that the island of Ceylon was renamed at the same time as the country (or, rather, the renaming of the island meant the nation was renamed). I say 'renamed', but obviously Lanka or Sri Lanka (as close approximations) are the names long given to the island in both Sinhala and Tamil. Ceylon is a British version of the Portuguese name. What are your sources? As for Formosa, I don't think that name has been used since the 1950s (again, it's a Portuguese name; the Chinese have long called it Taiwan, at least since the 19th century).
Jun 26th, 2012 at 18:46 GMT
? Isn't Novaya Zemlya kinda big....oh wait. That's in Europe isn't it?
Jul 19th, 2012 at 16:52 GMT
Hmm. I also thought that Ceylon and Formosa were still the names of the islands, but some research reveals that that's false. But I agree that accepting them as alternates might not be bad. Or perhaps as sort of teaser bonuses — something like "Ceylon is a formerly-used name — what's it now called?"
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