Geography Quiz: Is Europe a Country? Hungary as in "Hungry"?

From Gadling travel blog: The American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler "appeared on US television game show "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" and was asked what country Budapest was the capital of. She had never even heard of Hungary, and she thought Europe was a country."

Here is one of the responses to the video on YouTube: "I'm from Budapest, Hungary, yet I don't feel offended by the lady's ignorance. Why on earth should she have known? What I think she should have known, however, is the fact that Europe is a continent rather than a country. A continent that has had separate countries for at least 2,000 years, including 1,100-year-old Hungary. A country where people are not normally hungry."

Ms. Pickler donated the money she won from the competition to charity.

By the way, I was lucky to visit Hungary in the 1980s and I agree with the general opinion that Budapest is of one the most beautiful capital cities in the world. It is actually 2 cities -- Buda and Pest divided by the Danube river.

May be Berci Mesko of ScienceRoll, who is Hungarian, will have something more to add. (whatever the name means) offers an easy way to create a map of the states and countries you have visited -- see an example here.

Link on Google Video.


  1. hahahaha....hilarious clip!!! this show totally deserves to win the People's Choice Award for Best Game Show...VOTE at

  2. Were just humans, we all do mistakes.
    So what, if she never hear that particular country, maybe she had never been there. After all the she donated the money to charity which is
    a nice thing to hear.

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