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Can you name the countries mentioned by the New York Times less than Paris Hilton?
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From Jan. 1, 2000 to Dec. 23, 2010 Paris Hilton was mentioned in the New York Times 1,152 times. During the same period, what countries were less newsworthy than the celebutante?
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Project Digitizes Works From the Golden Age of Timbuktu
A Famine Looms in Niger
Chad: Rebels Declare War On France
Bahrain: Shiite Cleric Is Stripped of Citizenship
NATO Says It May Reject Macedonia Over Name
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Tunisia: President Re-elected, With Only 90% of Vote
Cameroon: 45,000 Fake Civil Servants
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Thailand Evicts 4,000 Hmong to Laos
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East Timor Considers Promoting Its Struggle for Independence as a Tourist Attraction
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Namibia: Germany Regrets Colonial Massacre
After a Century, Public Polygamy Is Re-Emerging in Tajikistan
Janet Jagan, Chicago Native Who Led Guyana, Dies at 88
Africa: Migrants Kept At Sea By Italy And Malta
Burundi: Albino Boy Killed For Parts
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Protected Reef in Belize Offers Model for Marine Conservation
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Congo Republic Declares a Polio Emergency
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New York Medical Schools Fight to End Caribbean Schools' Path
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Abkhazia Is Recognized — by Nauru
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Dec 30th, 2010 at 15:44 GMT
I like Sample Headlines listed because I am able to copy and paste the headlines into Google and read the short article about the country and learn something new...Best part about the quiz!
Dec 30th, 2010 at 19:00 GMT
lmao @ Kyrgyzstan. I'm actually surprised by Cameroon being so low. And may we conclude now that Sao Tome and Principe is the most uninteresting country?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 02:50 GMT
This is either the most entertaining or most depressing Sporcle quiz of the week. Five globes either way.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 03:43 GMT
I'd rather be in Sao Tomé than Paris Hilton.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 04:19 GMT
"Abkhazia Is Recognized — by Nauru." Something about that em dash makes that headline really mean.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 05:17 GMT
Isn't the Bhutanese electoral process totally awesome?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 05:51 GMT
apparently some of these small island countries should release sex tapes...
Dec 31st, 2010 at 15:27 GMT
@tats-thats right. theres a real problem with anti-nauruism in the new york times staff
Dec 31st, 2010 at 15:50 GMT
Dec 31st, 2010 at 18:14 GMT
I'm pretty sure Qatar would be on here too if it wasn't for that World Cup bid they won.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 19:19 GMT
Fun quiz. I might suggest knocking some time off. Many Sporclers (though not me) can name all of the countries in 15 minutes on the other quiz, so this just becomes name all of the countries minus a few obvious ones.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 19:47 GMT
Terrific quiz. I'm just curious how so many people got 'Guinea', but missed 'Papua New Guinea', 'Guinea-Bissau', and 'Equatorial Guinea'?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 22:16 GMT
great quiz. Got burkina faso in the last second, literally.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 22:53 GMT
kyrgyzstan lol! good quiz
Jan 1st, 2011 at 00:06 GMT
@MisterF and the fact that they are one of the hubs of the US's military operations in the Middle East :-/
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Jan 1st, 2011 at 01:06 GMT
Quick, name as many Caribbean island nations, Oceania, and Africa, as well as small European countries.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 09:27 GMT
@featherfish - you may be right and it seems several people agree with you. The reason I was generous with the time limit is because I thought some people may start reading the "sample headlines" while playing, which would bite into their time. I don't want people to feel rushed. That said, I'll knock two minutes off. If anyone feels 12 minutes is too short (or still too long), let me know.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 18:26 GMT
Awesome quiz, and I hate to nit-pick, but I think Kiribati's headline has something to do with Paris Hilton.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 18:55 GMT
Brilliant quiz! Very interesting, very nicely done. This must have taken a fair amount of research! A great follow up would be to compare this to other major world newspapers - perhaps Le Monde, El Pais, The Guardian, see how it differs from country to country and in other languages - I'd bet South American countries get more mentions in El Pais, for example, and all would have more mentions of European countries. You'd need to find another 'Paris Hilton' to compare to though.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 20:02 GMT
Excellent quiz. The time seemed right to me, as I still missed a couple. Qatar also has a lot of US university campuses, so doubt it will fall too far. And if the business in ivory Coast continues, more of west Africa might make headlines. Now, how about the countries mentioned less than Perez Hilton?
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 11:56 GMT
@chinawhite - but then again, so is Bahrain (where the Fifth Fleet is based) and that still made it onto the list.
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 12:25 GMT
Yeah, I was surprised Bahrain and Oman made it onto the list, given they're in a highly-reported region. Was also surprised that Tunisia, Chad and Lithuania didn't have enough mentions. Even without mentions to the World Cup, Qatar still has over 1,000 mentions more than Ms. Hilton.
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 12:26 GMT
As an aside, Qaboos, the Sultan of Oman, is one of the leaders this quiz's URL refers to. From Jan. 1, 2000 to Dec. 23, 2010 his name was mentioned in the NYT 13 times, one time less than that of Paris's beloved chihuahua.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 04:30 GMT
@Superball: Did you use a search
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Jan 3rd, 2011 at 07:22 GMT
Wow, I'm in awe of that pun. Seriously.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 18:31 GMT
I mean, I guess the point about paris hilton being mentioned more often is one thing, but I'm honestly shocked at how often some of these countries ARE mentioned. When was the last non-sporcle time you heard mention of sao tome and principe?
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 22:52 GMT
I thought I had seen (comparatively) a lot in the news about Kyrgyzstan this year. And I'm not kidding.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 23:26 GMT
Yes, Kyrgyzstan was relatively more in the news this year than in previous years, due to the violent protests against the president and the ethnic strife. Kyrgyzstan was mentioned 146 times in the NYT in 2010, the most since 2005, and more than Paris Hilton's 76 mentions last year.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 15:49 GMT
Paris Hilton could probably buy half these countries.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 16:54 GMT
Even though this is essentially another 'name obscure countries' quiz, it's a very interesting angle and the sample headlines are a great touch. The most depressing notion to me is not that Paris Hilton is somehow deemed more important than these, it's that third world countries need to wage bloody wars to get news attention... 5 sporcle thingies for this!
Jan 4th, 2011 at 18:58 GMT
Burundi: creepy headline.
Jan 5th, 2011 at 09:47 GMT
Maybe São Tomé and Príncipe would be mentioned more often if Paris visit the country!
Jan 5th, 2011 at 16:39 GMT
Jan 6th, 2011 at 01:09 GMT
I wonder how many South/Central American countries only made it over the line due to baseball? Eg. references to Dominican Republic born David Ortiz.
Jan 6th, 2011 at 08:02 GMT
I don't think anything interesting has ever happened in Suriname. At least Guyana had that crazy cult.
Jan 8th, 2011 at 05:14 GMT
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Jan 10th, 2011 at 04:34 GMT
Terrific quiz. Very fun to play.
Jan 10th, 2011 at 04:47 GMT
So glad this made the front page! 100% deserved. Congrats!
Jan 10th, 2011 at 04:49 GMT
That Kyrgyzstan headline was real. I'm reading the article right now!
Jan 10th, 2011 at 05:02 GMT
In defense of the Times I'm sure that a lot of those Hilton references were in editorials involving negative comparisons to her
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