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Old 08-09-2005, 12:23 PM   #16
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that sucks. i thought this would be Name That Tune with music from one of the greatest bands ever, but noooo stinking brainiacs in the cellar have to test their USEFUL knowledge instead.
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:01 PM   #17
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Until I did the Asia test I'd never heard of Turkmenistan. Yesterday on TV I discovered the country has a weird government along the lines of North Korea. Posters and statues of President For Life Niyazov where, officials, teachers etc all spouting the "official" line, everyone with a pained expression telling the reporter how happy they are and how wonderful the president is, elaborate choreographed North Korean style public ceremonies. There is even a golden revolving statue of Niyazov that always faces the sun. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o:p></o:p>

He runs parliament like a medieval court and making new laws on a whim. I.e. It is unlawful for women TV presenters to wear makeup because Turkmenistan women are pretty enough already!! As he is an orphan he built a grandiose state run orphanage where the kids get a decent education while the rest of the nation are barely taught enough to be literate.

It's almost to strange to be true but it is.

http://www.turkmenistanembassy.org/t...sbio.htmlevery
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:14 PM   #18
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We touched on Niyazov here before. I still love this tidbit about him, which is no longer on the BBC's country profile of Turkmenistan:

Mr Niyazov underwent major heart surgery in 1997, after which he quit smoking, ordered all his ministers to do likewise and banned smoking in public places. When Mr Niyazov started to go bald after the operation he resorted to Chinese herbal remedies, he said, to save his people from the "unpleasantness" of having a bald leader.
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:50 PM   #19
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That was before my (Cellar) time.

On the TV show they showed a picture of him on an old bank note and commented on how he had, in the years since the note was printed, gone prematurely black.
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:43 PM   #20
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First time: 28/32, 88% correct with a 39 mile error. Better than I thought I would do. Much of this test is simply visual - matching shapes. I should have gotten a 50% score or so.
I got all the countries that amount to a piss hole in a snowbank, like China, Brunei, Japan, Brunei, India, Brunei..........
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