Whether you have the travel bug or are a geography buff, you may have heard about the Schengen Area. But what is the Schengen Area, and what countries are even included? What is the Schengen Area? The Schengen Area is a region made up of 26 European countries, all of which are signatories of the […]
If you are at all familiar with radio, you might have noticed that radio stations throughout America identify themselves with four-letter sequences, and these typically start with either a K or a W. There was even a TV show from the late 1970s called “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Have you ever thought about why this is […]
If you’ve paid any attention to the news in the last year or so, you have likely heard about net neutrality. This hot topic has caused much debate and frustration among many of us. But what is net neutrality, and why does it even matter? Let’s explore net neutrality and it means for you.
The Two Congos Explained What is the Congo? You’ve probably heard of it, but do you know where it is? Looking at a map of Africa, you may be surprised (or confused!) to see that there are actually two countries that share the Congo name, both which border the Congo River. There is the Republic […]
The Capitals of Oceania Quiz is a must-play for geography nerds. Oceania/Australia is the smallest continent, but don’t let that fool you – you’ll still need some practice before you can rattle off all the countries and capitals of Oceania with ease. Luckily, we’re here to provide all the tools you need. Wondering why it’s Oceania/Australia? Which […]
Swaziland to eSwatini King Mswati III of Swaziland has announced that he is changing the name of the country to the Kingdom of eSwatini, according to a tweet from a BBC journalist. Mswati, nicknamed “The Lion”, made this announcement during a celebration of both his 50th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. Mark […]
Over 1,000 years ago, the descendants of modern Thai people came from the north in China and settled the region we currently know as Thailand. The people in this land have traditionally referred to their country as Mueang Thai, meaning “Land of the Thai.” Outsiders, however, have long had another name for the region – […]
Farthest Points in the United States Do you know what state is farthest north? How about farthest south? Or east? Or west? These probably seem like easy questions. After all, finding the answers should be as simple as looking at a map, right? Wrong!
The Capital of New Mexico Founded in the early 1600s, Santa Fe is among the oldest cities in America. It is a city famed for its great art and music scenes, rich history, and diverse culture. Despite being only the fourth largest city in New Mexico, Santa Fe is is also the capital. Why is […]
Recently, there has been increasing talk about Dubai. Its name frequently gets mentioned in the media, and it has started to get more and more recognition as a hot travel destination. Maybe you’ve even seen images of Dubai’s stunning beauty in the news or online? Dubai has no doubt emerged as a global city and […]
An Elementary Science Lesson You probably have heard of time zones, but do you know why we have them? To better understand this question, it helps to remember a few key concepts from elementary school science class. We of course live on the Earth, and the Earth spins on an axis. Every 24 hours, the […]
WWF vs. WWE If you hear the term WWF, do you think of the World Wildlife Fund (cute animals, saving the planet, etc.) or the World Wrestling Federation (Hulk Hogan, piledrivers, etc.)? This confusion and uncertainty is at the root of the wrestling group changing their name from the WWF to the WWE. But how […]
Happy National Poetry Month, Sporclers! From haiku to Greek epics, jazz poetry to Shakespearean sonnets – poetry has a little something for everyone. And ever since 1996, all kinds of people and organizations have celebrated National Poetry Month. Librarians and teachers, politicians and bloggers… even the US Post Office has gotten in on it, issuing […]
It is a region shrouded in mystery. For years, the Bermuda Triangle has captured the imaginations of many, largely due to a number of unexplained disappearances of ships and planes in the region. Explanations for these vanishing vessels range from the scientific, to the paranormal. So what is the real story behind this mysterious place? […]
Hong Kong Explained Commonly listed among the most visited cities in the world, Hong Kong consists of a mountainous terrain and subtropical monsoon climate. It is an important hub in East Asia, with global connections to many of the world’s cities. However, due to its long colonial history, there remains a little uncertainty regarding Hong […]