Culture Quiz: Celebrity Geography Gaffes

Can you tell which public figures made which embarrassing remarks about world geography?

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If only the world were laid out according to the minds of the rich and famous: Chicago would get two senators, and the Germans would speak French. Can you guess which public figures made which goofs about world geography?

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1.  Who described the following as one of the benefits of her job: "I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada"?

A. Sarah Palin

B. Britney Spears

C. Hillary Clinton

D. Avril Lavigne

2.  What movie bombshell, in addition to making men salivate, once said: "I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our 52 states."

A. Raquel Welch

B. Brigitte Bardot

C. Angelina Jolie

D. Jenny McCarthy

3.  Testifying in a libel case, celebutante Paris Hilton—who also said she thought all Europeans spoke French—responded in which of the following ways when asked if U.K. papers had published a false story she was accused of planting?

A. "'U.K.'? Like, as in 'unknown'?"

B. "I didn't know FCUK made paper stuff."

C. "No, there is stuff in London."

D. "Of course not, the story was in English."

4.  How did Britney Spears complete the following sentence: "I've never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. I know that's very popular out there in _."

A. China

B. Africa

C. Europe

D. Atlantis

5.  Who, after a low point in his career in 2002, said of his future prospects: "I guess I'm going to fade into Bolivian."

A. Al Gore

B. Mike Tyson

C. Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel

D. Senator Trent Lott

6.  Who reportedly once asked: "So where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?"

A. Ashton Kutcher

B. Jessica Simpson

C. Justin Bieber

D. Christina Aguilera

7.  Finish the following rather obvious observation by former French president Charles De Gaulle: "China is a big country, inhabited by many ."

A. people who don't know good wine

B. people who eat rice

C. Chinese

D. Communists

8.  Where was Dan Quayle metaphorically trying to rub broad shoulders when he infamously goofed by saying, "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of "?

A. Chicago

B. Puerto Rico

C. Washington, D.C.

D. Canada

9.  Where was Michele Bachmann campaigning when she said, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord," referring to Revolutionary War events that took place in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.

A. Washington, D.C.

B. New Hampshire

C. Fort Sumter, S.C.

D. Arizona

10.  Which reality star, notoriously associated with a place she's not actually from, once asked: "Where is Montana? Is that a state?"

A. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

B. Paris Hilton

C. Heidi Montag

D. LuAnn de Lesseps

NOTE: Scroll down for answers.

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  1. (B) Britney Spears

  2. (A) Raquel Welch

  3. (C) "No, there is stuff in London."

  4. (B) Africa

  5. (B) Mike Tyson

  6. (D) Christina Aguilera

  7. (C) Chinese

  8. (A) Chicago

  9. (B) New Hampshire

  10. (A) Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

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—Michael Y. Park is a writer living in New York City and a regular contributor to

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