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This happened to a friend of mine, not me. Right today in English… 
25th-Feb-2008 03:49 pm
This happened to a friend of mine, not me.

Right today in English her class was writing a story pretending to be a firefighter during 9/11. The teacher was talking about how another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington. Then one girl said, "Oh my God is Washington in America? I thought it was in London!"

(The girl is 16, by the way).

I know they live in the UK, but still...that's depressing.
27th-Feb-2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
This is befuddling on so many levels! She thought the capital of a country was in her own country's capital? What did she think America's was?

I can't think of any justification! I mean, even the name gives it away. XD Goodness gracious.
28th-Feb-2008 12:18 am (UTC)
A British Colony, of course!
27th-Feb-2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
There is a UK town called Washington... http://www.washington.co.uk/ But nowhere near London!

In a possible self-mock, as a kid I assumed New York was the capital of America, they don't tend to teach American Geography in UK schools... but still, by the time you get to 16 you should have at least picked up Washington usually refers to a major US City!
27th-Feb-2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm American, and I thought Chicago was a state until I was around eight. xD It was one of those crazy earth-shattering moments when I was put right.
27th-Feb-2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Considering the laziness of the pilgrims to give original names to places in the US, there probably is a Washington in London. There's one just south west of Newcastle in northern England. That said, a 16 year old girl would have been nine when it happened - a nine year old should be aware of these things surely...
27th-Feb-2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Washington's after out first president, actually.
27th-Feb-2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's...depressing regardless of where she lives. I mean, if she lived in neither country, it might be a little more understandable.
28th-Feb-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I'm English. That's not an artifact of being English, that's an artifact of being horribly ignorant :P

There is a Washington over here but it's way up north somewhere. In Geordieland, I think. Although possibly Cumbria.
28th-Feb-2008 10:09 am (UTC) - A disgruntled Geordie speaks...
It's in the North East, but near Sunderland, not Newcastle. So emphatically not 'Geordieland', and you'd probably end up in a lot of trouble for claiming the two were the same.

There's a wildfowl park there, it's very nice.

28th-Feb-2008 02:40 am (UTC)
It scares me to think that she would have been 9 when that happened.... I remember 16! it wasn't THAT long ago was it??

28th-Feb-2008 02:49 am (UTC)

That is all I can say.
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28th-Feb-2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Many years ago, in primary school (I'm from Ireland, btw), one of my classmates refused to believe me when I told her my aunt lived near Dallas because "they just made that up for the TV show".

She continued to say that I was lying about it being a real place even after I got out an atlas and showed her.
28th-Feb-2008 10:10 am (UTC)
To be fair, I believed for years that Surbiton (where the characters in the TV Show 'The Good Life' lived) wasn't real. Well, it just sounds made-up, doesn't it?
28th-Feb-2008 09:56 am (UTC)
I know they live in the UK

Well, then she should know, shouldn't she? 0_0
28th-Feb-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
London - it's a different country from most of Britain...
29th-Feb-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I know at least ten people like that at work. :/
1st-Mar-2008 12:41 am (UTC)
...the Pentagon isn't in DC. It's in Virginia. But I realise that probably doesn't make a difference if you're across an ocean. And it is NEAR DC.
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