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ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 03:00 PM
This site is very international and out of interest which country are you from? (NOT where are you living now). The United States will probably make up the highest percentage, but I am intrigued to know about all the nations.

No matter how I do the poll there will be complaints. You've got a choice of English-speaking countries, and if that is not suitable select the appropriate continent/choice.

If you hail from two or more nations and cannot decide, then the poll isn't for you.

I've included India as English stands officially alongside the Hindi language.

I divided the United Kingdom into four countries as otherwise I would have 300 whinging posts from the Scots and Welsh.

alleycat
02-26-2007, 03:03 PM
Mine is pretty obvious since Tennessee is part of the United States (well, except for about four years back during the slight disagreement with the Union).

ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 03:05 PM
^ You were quick! I was doing the poll. Now it's ready.

Lady
02-26-2007, 04:20 PM
I added to the US in Illinois. (The s is slient hate it when people pronounce it like there are two of them)

Cath
02-26-2007, 04:29 PM
I've put England reluctantly since that's where I was born. Separating England, N Ireland, Scotland and Wales is like listing each of the US states separately - it's one country not four separate ones.

I know, whinge, whinge, whinge...

Stacia Kane
02-26-2007, 04:37 PM
:)

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 04:45 PM
I'm sorry to inform you that Europe is not a country.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
02-26-2007, 04:49 PM
Okay, someone's gotta do it... where's eggplant and Orlando Bloom? :D

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 04:53 PM
Okay, someone's gotta do it... where's eggplant and Orlando Bloom? :D

I thought Orlando Bloom was the spring division of Florida?

Penguin Queen
02-26-2007, 05:03 PM
I divided the United Kingdom into four countries as otherwise I would have 300 whinging posts from the Scots and Welsh.

If you put "UK", it covers all four nations (they are nations contained in one country), and I don't think anyone would whinge. Welsh, Scots and Irish poeple don't like it when poeple assume them to be English. UK covers all four.

And India has twenty-two regional (official) languages, further than Hindi. :)


I'm sorry to inform you that Europe is not a country.

Indeed not. Neither, of course, is Central America.

<----------- German

Rich
02-26-2007, 05:09 PM
I'm from Brooklyn, a dot of land that's part of the North American Continent, and one in which the United States refuses to admit owning.

ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 05:21 PM
^^


You've got a choice of English-speaking countries, and if that is not suitable select the appropriate continent/choice.

:e2tongue:

I know about the UK, I know about India. (But Hindi and English are used for official purposes).
I don't know everything. But I can't list everything I do know. :e2hammer:

Thank you for voting and for all the comments. Keep 'em coming.

Penguin Queen
02-26-2007, 05:25 PM
The question that heads your poll reads
Which country are you from? (NOT where are you living now).

ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 05:27 PM
I know. I am sorry for that mistake. But I can't edit the poll. That's why I put continent/choice in my post.

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 05:27 PM
Perhaps you should divide continental Europe into four areas: Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Southern Europe.

That would probably draw a clearer picture. The same could be done with Asia and Africa.

ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 05:30 PM
Perhaps you should divide continental Europe into four areas: Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Southern Europe.

That would probably draw a clearer picture. The same could be done with Asia and Africa.

:e2tongue:

:D You just wanted me to include Denmark really. I know!

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 05:32 PM
:D You just wanted me to include Denmark really. I know!

Perhaps Scandinavia? :D

ShapeSphere
02-26-2007, 05:42 PM
Perhaps Scandinavia? :D

:e2tongue:Next time I will do a poll with all the countries in the world. A lot of option buttons. But the number could range from 193 to 243. We'd still never agree.

That's what I like about this site. Everybody has their own opinion and isn't afraid to voice it. Makes it more interesting.
:hooray:

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 05:46 PM
Okay. I surrender, and reluctantly vote Europe. :D

PeeDee
02-26-2007, 06:06 PM
I'm from Louisiana, Baton Rouge to be specific. But I still just live in the U.S. How boring. :)

I think Texas believes that it's in Texas, so you will want to put that on your poll too. ;)

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 06:10 PM
I think Texas believes that it's in Texas, so you will want to put that on your poll too. ;)

Ouch. The NRA is coming to get you now. :D

PeeDee
02-26-2007, 06:14 PM
That's fine. I can pry guns from their cold dead fingers after lunch, I suppose. :D

Soccer Mom
02-26-2007, 06:32 PM
Nope. In Texas, we bury you with your guns and boots. It's the only honorable thing to do when a man needs killing.

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 06:35 PM
Nope. In Texas, we bury you with your guns and boots. It's the only honorable thing to do when a man needs killing.

:D

PeeDee
02-26-2007, 06:37 PM
I was obviously quoting the President of the NRA, silly. Sheesh!

Er. Former president, I suppose. Charlton Heston isn't president anymore, I don't believe.

J. Weiland
02-26-2007, 06:37 PM
If this keeps up, the U.S. is going to invade Wales, on the poll.

Pagey's_Girl
02-26-2007, 06:47 PM
I came from the land of the ice and snow - at least this morning, anyway. Winter in New York = ick.

MidnightMuse
02-26-2007, 07:38 PM
I'm from the great Pacific Northwet - the part where we shave our pits, though.

The bluest skies I've ever seen are in Seattle,
and the hills the . . . well, you get the picture :D

williemeikle
02-26-2007, 07:50 PM
Another Scot here.... just trying to bump the numbers up until the Sheffield mafia cotton on that this is here :)

Willie

jvc
02-26-2007, 07:50 PM
If this keeps up, the U.S. is going to invade Wales, on the poll.

Just because in Wales they speak a weird language, have strange rituals that no one understands, have no WMD's, is led by a strange man who may have been cloned, and has no chance in defending itself, does not necessarily mean the US will invade. Perhaps when one of big dubya's daughters becomes presidente they will in retribution for Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones. At least that war would have a lot more support. And did you know, in Wales, there are no whales.

ChunkyC
02-26-2007, 08:24 PM
Jeepers, jvc, you could be talking about Canada there. Except substitute 'robot' for 'cloned', we're still not sure if Prime Minister Harper is technically alive. ;)

TrainofThought
02-26-2007, 08:24 PM
U.S.

Annie O
02-26-2007, 08:37 PM
:e2steer: I put Northern Ireland (yay, I'm the only one!) but I only spent 6 months of my life there :(, I lived in U.S for seven years :PartySmiland the rest in England (er um, some thirty or so years)! :e2headban

P.S Spent my twenties in U.S - hence the party (man, some wild times were had there) :)

WildScribe
02-26-2007, 08:48 PM
You forgot to post a separate option for California. I've been told that we are our own country by several people in the UK. Must be true...

WerenCole
02-26-2007, 08:52 PM
Montana does qualify as its own country, right?

just_a_girl
02-26-2007, 09:23 PM
I live along the US/Mexico border, which is sort of its own country.

Sean D. Schaffer
02-26-2007, 09:27 PM
I am originally from the United States, and I've never left the country save for a period of, I think it was three hours, when I went to the Mexican city of Nogales. Nogales is on the border between Mexico and the State of Arizona, and therefore there is a Nogales, Arizona, and a Nogales, Mexico. That is, to my recollection, the only time I've ever physically left the United States for any reason. I was roughly 11 or 12 years old when this took place.

Rich
02-26-2007, 09:30 PM
Along that border? Sort of its own country? That, dear just a girl, would be the most mysterious misnomer of this new century.

jvc
02-26-2007, 09:32 PM
You forgot to post a separate option for California. I've been told that we are our own country by several people in the UK. Must be true...

They weren't from Essex were they? :ROFL:

lfraser
02-26-2007, 09:53 PM
Jeepers, jvc, you could be talking about Canada there. Except substitute 'robot' for 'cloned', we're still not sure if Prime Minister Harper is technically alive. ;)

...except that we don't have our own wierd language. We spell English words the way they're supposed to be spelled.

WildScribe
02-26-2007, 10:01 PM
It was in London, Cambridge, and in Edinburgh, Scotland, actually. Many, many times. "I'm from the US."

"Which part?"

"California."

"Kind of weird out there, right? Almost like their own country or something!"

"Thanks..."

brianm
02-26-2007, 10:03 PM
From County Down, N. Ireland. However, I proudly carry a passport from the United States of America.

just_a_girl
02-26-2007, 10:10 PM
Along that border? Sort of its own country? That, dear just a girl, would be the most mysterious misnomer of this new century.

I wrote a novel set in this very place. It was rejected by 25 agents, most of whom said that they liked my writing, but the setting and the characters were too "bizarre" and "unbelievable" to appeal to a mainstream audience. I can tell these NYC agents haven't been to my neck of the woods, if they had, they may not find things so unbelievable.

Rich
02-26-2007, 10:17 PM
Mainstream/haven't been to my neck of the woods.

That's a true dichotomy, girl.

My belief is that there is a universality in writing that overcomes all bizxarre situations. Keep on plugging.

Dixie
02-26-2007, 10:50 PM
I am from the U.S. in the *ahem* State of Arkansas. (The last 's' is silent).

I hope to high heaven that Huckabee is never elected president, even if he is an ordained southern baptist minister. He's more crooked than what he lets on.

Penguin Queen
02-26-2007, 10:53 PM
Just because in Wales they speak a weird language....

And how exactly is it weird?

<------------- Cymrophile

startwearingpurple
02-26-2007, 11:03 PM
irish baby through and through

KTC
02-26-2007, 11:16 PM
i am from, and will always live in, Canada.

kristie911
02-26-2007, 11:23 PM
US...Michigan, specifically. And not Upper Michigan because they are a country unto themselves. :)

just_a_girl
02-26-2007, 11:39 PM
Mainstream/haven't been to my neck of the woods.

That's a true dichotomy, girl.

My belief is that there is a universality in writing that overcomes all bizxarre situations. Keep on plugging.

Dichotomy isn't quite the right word. I think you mean to say contradiction, as in, you think I'm contradicting myself, which probably I am.

Ms.Write
02-26-2007, 11:54 PM
I'm from Canada (Montreal).

Scribhneoir
02-27-2007, 12:09 AM
And how exactly is it weird?

<------------- Cymrophile


Those darn double L's. The rest of Welsh phonetics I can struggle along with, especially with coaching from my Welsh friend, but LL ... :flag:

Susan Flemming
02-27-2007, 12:16 AM
Born and raised in Alberta, Canada and would probably still be there, if I hadn't married a military man. Since then we've lived a variety of places. Now if the poll had asked, "Where is your home?"... I would have answered Hawaii... Maui to be specific. It is home of our hearts.

Susie
02-27-2007, 12:22 AM
I thought Orlando Bloom was the spring division of Florida?

I'm from the U.S.





I thought Orland Bloom was the official state flower of Florida! :)

rhymegirl
02-27-2007, 12:52 AM
The bluest skies I've ever seen are in Seattle,
and the hills the . . . well, you get the picture :D

Was that the theme song from that show with Bobby Sherman? Here Come the Brides?

scarletpeaches
02-27-2007, 12:55 AM
I've put England reluctantly since that's where I was born. Separating England, N Ireland, Scotland and Wales is like listing each of the US states separately - it's one country not four separate ones.

I know, whinge, whinge, whinge...

It isn't one country. Borders, legal systems, education, in some cases different languages...Four different countries. The UK is just a term used to describe those countries over which the Queen rules. (The united kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and the isles, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth...) I'm not British or from the UK - I'm Scottish.

Penguin Queen
02-27-2007, 12:56 AM
Those darn double L's. The rest of Welsh phonetics I can struggle along with, especially with coaching from my Welsh friend, but LL ... :flag:


Llandfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysili ogogogoch. No? ;)

Rosie_81
02-27-2007, 01:01 AM
It isn't one country. Borders, legal systems, education, in some cases different languages...Four different countries. The UK is just a term used to describe those countries over which the Queen rules. (The united kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and the isles, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth...) I'm not British or from the UK - I'm Scottish.

Here here! I'm biting my tongue here. I'm a fiercely proud Scot. Saying the UK is one country gets my back up.

arrowqueen
02-27-2007, 01:13 AM
'I divided the United Kingdom into four countries as otherwise I would have 300 whinging posts from the Scots and Welsh.'

Cheeky wee devil. How about a swingeing boot up the bum instead? :D

Soccer Mom
02-27-2007, 01:26 AM
Sheesh. You left Texas off the list. I had to check US.

Histry Nerd
02-27-2007, 01:34 AM
I'm with you, Soccer Mom. Give it up for the Republic!

HN

jvc
02-27-2007, 01:49 AM
It isn't one country. Borders, legal systems, education, in some cases different languages...Four different countries. The UK is just a term used to describe those countries over which the Queen rules. (The united kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and the isles, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth...) I'm not British or from the UK - I'm Scottish.


You Scots and your rebellious ways.

ChunkyC
02-27-2007, 01:49 AM
...except that we don't have our own wierd language.
Except in Quebec. ;)

Or Newfoundland.

Or Inuvik.

Hey, I just thought of something ... Canadian Tire (http://www.canadiantire.ca/home.jsp?locale=en&postal=t1w+1k2&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396672077&bmForm=form_set_price_list&bmFormID=1172526748296&bmUID=1172526748296&bmHash=4e78cb50f250bd5ff032fc422063313ec764002a) has their own money, does that make them a country?

KTC
02-27-2007, 01:55 AM
I boycott Canadian Tire. I don't like that country at all!!!!!!!!!

scarletpeaches
02-27-2007, 01:55 AM
KTC just declared himself Prime Minister of his own living room.

Weirdo.

jvc
02-27-2007, 01:57 AM
I'm the supreme dark lord of my toilet.

(give it a few minutes until the air clears)

scarletpeaches
02-27-2007, 01:58 AM
I plan an invasion force through the kitchen wall.

Chumplet
02-27-2007, 02:08 AM
My friend bought a bike entirely with Canadian Tire money. The cashier kept a straight face as she counted all the 5 cent bills.

Canadian Tire is the country all the husbands defect to on Saturday mornings so they don't have to mow the lawn. Domestic persecution, yanno?

I'm so Canadian it hurts. Acadian on one side, Mi'kmaq on the other.

lfraser
02-27-2007, 02:11 AM
Except in Quebec. ;)

Or Newfoundland.

Or Inuvik.

Hey, I just thought of something ... Canadian Tire (http://www.canadiantire.ca/home.jsp?locale=en&postal=t1w+1k2&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396672077&bmForm=form_set_price_list&bmFormID=1172526748296&bmUID=1172526748296&bmHash=4e78cb50f250bd5ff032fc422063313ec764002a) has their own money, does that make them a country?

I'm a west-coaster. We don't know anything about Newfoundlanders or Quebecers or anybody else. Life here is very groovy, and we don't want any of those eastern bad vibes to permeate our consciousness of all things natural and peaceful. We are at one with the cosmos. Peace, baby.

Should anyone doubt me, read on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amor_De_Cosmos

rhymegirl
02-27-2007, 03:18 AM
I didn't see any option for other areas. Such as Mars, Jupiter, Pluto. One of those is my home planet.


Oh wait...you did have OTHER as an option.

PeeDee
02-27-2007, 03:24 AM
I plan an invasion force through the kitchen wall.

I e-mailed HOlland and told them I was invading.

They sent me plane tickets.

So I guess I'll be gone for a day or two!

stormie
02-27-2007, 03:27 AM
I e-mailed HOlland and told them I was invading.

They sent me plane tickets.

So I guess I'll be gone for a day or two!
No!!! You can't! I just paid you $499,999,000 (the discounted price) to be my agent's agent! So that I can have the Chance That I Deserve to be published!

PeeDee
02-27-2007, 03:37 AM
Don't worry, I'll make sure all your dreams are fufilled when I come back. While I'm there, I intend to personally talk to a number of agents on your behalf, because you are my close and personal friend, and I just received your payment.

But I have to leave the country for a bit, because the AW mods have been sending me threatening PMs, angry that I'm exposing the TRUE nature of publishing. People like that MaccAllistar and Dawn and Birolio, they're all coming down on me.

But I will persevere, fighting for You and Your Personal Dreams!!!

ShapeSphere
02-27-2007, 03:39 AM
'I divided the United Kingdom into four countries as otherwise I would have 300 whinging posts from the Scots and Welsh.'

Cheeky wee devil. How about a swingeing boot up the bum instead? :D

:D Well, at the rate this thread is going - they'll be 300 whinging posts from every nation.

stormie
02-27-2007, 03:45 AM
Maybe AW should be on that list as a country.
Oh, wait. Sorry. It's not where we're living now.

KTC
02-27-2007, 04:33 AM
My friend bought a bike entirely with Canadian Tire money. The cashier kept a straight face as she counted all the 5 cent bills.

Canadian Tire is the country all the husbands defect to on Saturday mornings so they don't have to mow the lawn. Domestic persecution, yanno?

I'm so Canadian it hurts. Acadian on one side, Mi'kmaq on the other.

1. My grandmother was Mi'kmaq.
2. I defect to Home Depot on Saturdays, thank you very much!
3. I have no 3, but 2 seems too much like a pair when a few is what is needed.

aruna
02-27-2007, 11:50 AM
So I'm the only South American...

But my country, though on the mainland, is really in the West Indies and speaks English. Why didn't the West Indies get its own option, being English speaking? Why? Why?:e2hammer:
I feel discriminated. I feel left out.

PeeDee
02-27-2007, 11:55 AM
I feel dscriminated. I feel left out.

That's cool, then the US government will give you money. Congratulations!

travelgal
02-27-2007, 01:10 PM
Aussie here. G'day, mate.:)

L M Ashton
02-27-2007, 01:17 PM
I'm from Canada, but will probably never live there ever again. :)

Bmwhtly
02-27-2007, 01:19 PM
Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales And Europe...

Isn't the UK part of Europe?

dpaterso
02-27-2007, 01:40 PM
Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales And Europe...
You must have been a helluva big baby!


Isn't the UK part of Europe?
Well sure, but you don't have to remind us all the time! Sheesh!

-Derek

Rhea L
02-27-2007, 02:24 PM
Poland. :) Born and raised here, still living here... at least for the next few months. :)

Mandy-Jane
02-27-2007, 04:13 PM
One of only two Australians to have posted so far....but I know there are more. I've always lived here and always will. Specifically from Victoria (also known as The Garden State) - it's just beautiful (although I must admit, I also love visiting Sydney). Okay I'm off track now. I'll stop.

J. Weiland
02-27-2007, 04:16 PM
Poland. :) Born and raised here, still living here... at least for the next few months. :)

I'm curious. Where are you going?

Penguin Queen
02-27-2007, 04:23 PM
Isn't the UK part of Europe?

Huh. Not to hear the Brits talk. They will say, "We went to Europe last summer", as though it was something entirely different from Britain. I'm fighting a losing battle here saying repeatedly & to no avail, "But Britain is a part of Europe..."
I blame the Empire. :tongue

Bmwhtly
02-27-2007, 04:47 PM
Huh. Not to hear the Brits talk.Well, I'm a Brit.

Penguin Queen
02-27-2007, 05:50 PM
Well, I'm a Brit.

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/tsmileys2/08.gif Some but not all Brits.

Rhea L
02-27-2007, 06:35 PM
I'm curious. Where are you going?

England or Ireland. I want to stay in Europe (mostly so that I can easily travel back home when I need to without having to spend too much time/money on it), but where I go will depend solely on job prospects. I'm a graphic designer and want to stay in my field when I move. =)

Thekherham
03-02-2007, 02:11 AM
Canada... Ontario

jennifer75
03-02-2007, 02:19 AM
Born and Raised in Sunny Southern California. I took a 6 month detour to Wisconsin when I was 19 ~ horrrrrrrible mistake but great life lesson. 11 of those 180 days was spent in Denver Colorado which was interesting. Other than that, my feet are planted here in Los Angeles.

ShapeSphere
03-12-2007, 03:57 PM
The poll is now closed and the results are in. *starts to open gold envelope*. The suspense is bearable.

The winner is the United States with a whopping 76 votes (60.8%). The equivalent of best movie, best director, best actor and best actress.

Best supporting star was Canada with 16 votes (12.8%). A country very skilled in Street Fighting On Ice… sorry… I meant Ice Hockey. Always get the two confused.

Third place is a country still thinking it’s a world power and locked in a 19th century mindset - England - with 7 votes (5.6%). The equivalent of best actor sporting a beard or best use of an animated whelk or something like that.

Fourth place is a tie between Europe (a continent not a country) and Scotland with 5 votes each. Scotland is a country that has given us many great things… but will always be remembered for The Krankies. The Krankies are a comedy duo (I use the term ‘comedy’ loosely) consisting of a real life husband and wife. The wife dresses up as a schoolboy for their act and utters a chilling catchphrase of "Fan'dabi'dozi". Terrifyingly sinister and very odd. Thank you Scotland. (I am going to get so much abuse for this. And deservedly so. *runs off to bunker to escape wrath of arrowqueen and others*)

A special mention must go to the international language film/movie “Alternative Spellings (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56529)”. This story centres/centers on a bloke/guy as he attempts to avoid writers strangely unaware of the international nature of the English language, and its use of alternative spellings and words. Travelling/traveling across the world he has a marvellous/marvelous time. However, at one stage he is force fed brussel/brussels/Brussel/Brussels sprouts – but survives. He is also wrongly imprisoned by the coppers/cops but escapes from gaol/jail by making a bar of soap out of gun parts. The story ends after the beginning and middle parts.

Thank you for voting.

arrowqueen
03-13-2007, 01:10 AM
No you're safe enough. I don't like the Krankies either.

Sometimes in the small hours of the morning, when the mind roves as it will, I am plagued by the dark suspicion that sometimes Mrs Krankie goes to bed still wearing her costume.

I find this very disturbing.