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The World Has How Many Continents?

I once watched a television series where a 21st-century girl from the future fell through a time portal and ended up in her country during the 9th century.  She met and fell in love with a prince and during one of their quiet private moments together she was explaining certain things to him.  He remarked something like:  “You forget!  I already know this!”  She responded back:  “YesI know what you know and I’m trying to tell you that YOU WERE TAUGHT THE WRONG THING!”

My husband and I are from two different countries. Our differences can be clearly seen when you ask us how to spell certain words, even though we are both come from English-speaking countries. Another way our differences are clearly seen is when we respond to certain questions about history or geography.

My husband’s teachers taught him certain things and my teachers taught me certain things and all of our lives we believed the facts to be true. True until we met each other and started butting heads on which one of us was right!

I was always taught that there are seven (7) continents.

I have come to realize that people in other parts of the world were not taught the same thing!

Some were taught that there were only 6 continents and some were taught that there are only 5 continents. SHOCKING!

Please participate in this poll.

What were you taught? How many continents are there?

(P.S. Have noticed there are 5 rings to symbolize the Olympic Games?  Ever wondered why?)

  • Question of

    5 continents

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    6 continents

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    7 continents

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Hated geography. Never listened to my teachers.

    • Yes
    • No

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What do you think?

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  1. I guess you need to declare your metric for continent; are we talking land mass or do we also factor in things like plate tectonics? This doesn’t have to be about right or wrong, just different standards. So long as those standards are clearly understood, it shouldn’t be a problem…

  2. A continent is a large landmass. Aside from the point that ‘large’ is subjective, I recognize Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica as continents. Some people might consider Eurasia as a single continent, citing the fact that there is presently no separation between them. However, a separation isn’t needed between continents. North and South America are connected, for instance. In the remote past, Europe and Asia were separated, too, by a shallow sea. In fact, most of both continents were covered by that sea. At the time, North and South America weren’t joined, either. Then ocean levels dropped greatly, especially during the last ice age, and the shallow sea drained.

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