Geography Hall of Shame

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Listed here in alphabetical order by last name are some mind scratching geography quotes by celebrities and famous people.  Got a quote to add? Email it to

Celebrity Geography Blunders

I thought Europe was a country…Don’t they speak French there? Kellie Pickler, November 2007 appearance on “Are you Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”.  Pickler was asked to name the European country for which Budapest is the capital.

“Where is Montana? Is that a state?” Nicole Polizzi, AKA Snooki, Interview with a Montana radio station, August 12, 2011.

I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan simply because I do not like eating fish.  And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa. ~ Britney Spears, 1999.

I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our 52 states. ~ Raquel Welch, Larry King Live

Politician Geography Blunders

Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease. ~ George Bush, Göteborg, Sweden, on June 14, 2001

… it is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in fifty …. seven states? I think one left to go. One left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit but my staff would not justify it.  ~ Barrack Obama, at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon, May 2008.


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