Monday, August 18, 2008
List of countries
I have no idea who decides -- or how anyone decides -- what makes a country. I have, however, found an interesting list of countries. Presumably, it's a list of all the countries in the world. It intrigues me to see that down at the very bottom are links to two that don't fit anywhere in the alphabetical listing, maybe because one isn't a country at all and the other because the compiler of this list (the CIA) doesn't recognize the other as an "official" country for political reasons.
We could ask ourselves: "When is a country NOT a country?" Which still leaves us with the basic question: "When IS a country a country?"
Now I wonder if there has been a book published about every country on this list. How many countries have you read about so far? Check in, everyone! Give us an update on your progress.