July 20th, 2012

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O my Canada, O my Newfoundland!

Isn't it disconcerting when you find, at an advanced age, that you've been ignorant of a really basic fact in a subject about which you're supposedly reasonably well informed? I like geography and history, and if North America isn't exactly my area of special knowledge I'd still have expected to have heard that Newfoundland was, within living memory, an independent country. But until I happened to read it today, I had no idea.

Was I alone?

Poll #1855055 Newfoundland

Did you know that in the 1930s Newfoundland was an independent country, a dominion like Canada and Australia?

Well duh - doesn't everyone?
5(19.2%)
Yeah, I think I knew that somewhere at the back of my mind, but I don't obsess about it
5(19.2%)
I don't think so, but it doesn't exactly surprise me
4(15.4%)
You're kidding me!
9(34.6%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
3(11.5%)

Did you know that Newfoundland only became part of Canada in 1949?

Well duh - doesn't everyone?
6(23.1%)
Yeah, I think I knew that somewhere at the back of my mind, but I don't obsess about it
4(15.4%)
I don't think so, but it doesn't exactly surprise me
3(11.5%)
You're kidding me!
10(38.5%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
3(11.5%)


Have you had any similar ignorance depth-charges go off recently?