Move over, Latin American Hong Kong!
In yet another example of geographically-challenged TV networks, now comes CBS News placing La Palma in the Iberian Peninsula, in Murcia to be precise.
I am told the network quickly corrected the blunder, but this blogger’s job is to make sure it remains in the cyberspace, like, forever.
Filing under: “Geography is our passion.”
A Brazilian publishing company charged with printing 500,000 text books for six-graders decided that a country also known as The Banana Republic could not possibly be taken serious for a Geography lesson. So, according to press reports, the books distributed by the Vanzolini Foundation didn’t even include Ecuador on their map of South America.
But wait that’s not all:
“In fact, the book distributed by the education ministry in Brazil’s most populous state botches the location of most of Brazil’s neighbors. Paraguay is switched with Uruguay, and a second “new” Paraguay is shown with a coastline at the southern tip of Brazil.”
In a recent marketing pitch, Internet travel agency Expedia.com urges visitors to rush as there are only 3 days left to get “rock-bottom fares to Central and South America” flying with Taca.
The funny thing, though, is that the image Expedia picked to promote flights to Central and South America is a photo of the ancient Atlantes de Tula, the Toltec ruins located in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.
What’s more, once you scroll down the promotional newsletter, you’ll find Expedia is also inviting you to save while traveling to the following cities: Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and … wait, here’s the best one: Columbia. Not only none of the places mentioned above are cities, but Columbia? …
Some people would let this go without an itch, but not my friend Carlos, who actually sent Expedia an email pointing out the geographical inaccuracies in the newsletter. Expedia’s reply is only funnier than the original pitch:
“Thank you for contacting us about incorrect spelling. We regret that your experience with Expedia.com was not satisfying.”