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10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand

10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Red velvet cake does not sit well with many foreigners. They dislike it because it is packed with chemicals and food coloring. Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste. They would much prefer a true chocolate or vanilla cake.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 2, 6:50 PM

I hate to break this to you Americans (and yes I am one), but not everyone likes your food.  This list highlights the fact that what we enjoy is socially crafted within our own cultural groups with distinct sensibilities.  The short list:

  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Grocery Bread
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Grits
  • Chocolate
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Spray Cheese
  • Casseroles
  • Cereal
Joy Kinley's curator insight, April 3, 7:19 AM

Culture determines what food that you eat.  American foods are a blend of different cultures as well as convenience products.  The convenience foods are full of different chemicals and perservatives that alter the flavor of foods. 

Even for foods that we think would taste the same like chocolate there is a large difference in taste.  I agree that some of the things like grits or biscuits and gravy would seem odd if you hadn't grown up with them.  Red Velvet Cake (the only part I like about it is the Cream Cheese Icing) has a chemcial taste as does the cheese products, such as cheese in a can.

However just as foreigners don't like some American foods some foreign foods taste equally strange to Americans, even things that seem that they would taste the same such as soft drinks in other countries. 

However Peanut Butter and Jelly is wonderful (it is difficult to find peanut butter in many countries) but I agree that European chocolate is much tastier.

Mr. David Burton's comment, April 5, 4:55 PM
But I oh so love everything on this list ... pfff :-)
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The Newest Countries in the world

The Newest Countries in the world | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Will Scotland follow the same fate as any of the other young nations in the world? Perhaps, but probably not. A glance down the list of the nine newest sovereign states below reveals that each situation is unique: It's hard to fully equate Scotland's situation with that of Slovakia, let alone with East Timor.

Even so, a glance back at history does show that the world's borders are changing more than we might appreciate: And the changes can sometimes take some time to settle."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 17, 5:58 AM

The recent histories of new countries getting started is important to reflect on as the world might get a new addition to this list. 

  1. South Sudan (July 2011)
  2. Kosovo (Feb 2008)
  3. Montenegro (June 2006)
  4. Serbia (June 2006)
  5. East Timor (May 2002)
  6. Palau (Oct 1994)
  7. Eritrea (Apr 1993)
  8. Czech Republic (Jan 1993)
  9. Slovakia (Jan 1993)
MsPerry's curator insight, September 18, 9:20 AM

APHG U4

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The Good Country Index

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The Good Country Index is pretty simple: a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 16, 1:56 PM

Cool look at some positive data for a change!

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Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa – Ebola Outbreak - FRONTLINE

Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa – Ebola Outbreak - FRONTLINE | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
From Patient Zero to today, here is a look back at how the West Africa Ebola outbreak grew to become the worst on record.

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Scottish Independence: Animation on Scotland and the EU

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"On 18 September there will be a referendum asking whether Scotland should be an independent country.  As the build-up to the vote continues, this animation takes a look at Scotland's relationship with the European Union."


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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.

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Stop Complaining About Gentrification Unless You Know What It Is

Stop Complaining About Gentrification Unless You Know What It Is | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"In many cities, it's become popular to hate 'gentrifiers,' rich people who move in and drive up housing prices -- pushing everyone else out. But what's going on in these rapidly-changing urban spaces is a lot more complicated than that."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 11:02 AM

Gentrification can be a very touchy subject.  What appears to be economic revitalization of a down-trodden neighborhood to one, can appear to be systematic removal of minorities to another.  This op-ed isn't a whole-hearted embrace of gentrification, but it might be seen as a critique of the gentrification critics.

  

Tags: neighborhood, gentrificationurban, place, culture, economic.

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How Google represents disputed borders between countries

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INTERNATIONAL borders are often tricky to chart on maps. Tangible topographic features can be pinned down by satellite imagery but the boundaries between many states...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 4, 9:05 PM

I've shared some links in the past that some mapping dilemmas with current events in Ukraine.  Google Maps shows international borders differently and National Geographic maps show Crimea as a part of Russia.  In this podcast we learn that this isn't the only international border dispute that is displayed differently in Google Maps.  Google uses over 30 distinct versions of international borders because there is an underlying geopolitical dimension to cartographyHowever, this article from the Economist is more explicitly geographic in its analysis of the situation and how the discipline(s) of geography/cartography shape the political situation; maps are NOT just a reflection of reality on the ground.  To paraphrase the cartographer Andy Shears, there is a lot of teaching applications and discussion material in these articles. 


Questions to Ponder: Why have different cartography for different audiences?  Why does this small cartographic decision matter? How can maps be used to lie/stretch the truth?  How to governments derive political legitimacy from maps?   Why is Google the cartographic gatekeeper?


Tags: google, Ukraine, mapping, borders, political.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:10 AM

How does politics affect map-making? 

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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THIS is why we take map tests.

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Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 11:28 AM

Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 8:33 AM

Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

Scott Langston's curator insight, September 18, 5:05 PM

I like the 'not that hard, though' tag.

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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessi...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 1:15 PM

This is a very interesting article that links the issues that ISIS pose with Saudi Arabia's current ambivalence about whether to back ISIS are repudiate them.  Much of Saudi Arabia is split on the topic.   

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APHG-U3

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:46 AM

Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

John Slifko's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:17 AM

the rent of the civil war 

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 7:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

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Map Projection Transitions

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unit 1 brings projections to life!

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 7:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

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APHG-Unit 1

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Mapping and Satellite Imagery

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The rise of the megacity - Toronto Star

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The rise of the megacity
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“Everywhere, it's the big cities that are most attractive to everybody,” says Andre Sorensen, chair of the University of Toronto's human geography department.
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Oldest and Youngest Populations

Oldest and Youngest Populations | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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MARTIN'S Gonçalo Wa kapinga's curator insight, September 16, 11:27 PM

CES CARTOGRAPHIES METTENT EN EXERGUE OU VIVENT LES POPULATIONS PLUS JEUNES ET CELLES VIEILLES AU MONDE

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YOUNG AND POOR...

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2014 World Population Interactive Map


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 16, 1:42 PM

HOT off the press!  World Population Data Sheet.  Get yours today!

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Shocking Documentary Qatar's World Cup by ESPN E60 - YouTube

"Here is ESPN's shocking documentary on slave labor in Qatar."


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 14, 5:35 PM

Population/Migration unit and guest workers.

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Unit 2 Population/Migration

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.

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Costa Ricans to get postal addresses

Costa Ricans to get postal addresses | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Costa Rica has begun to reform its postal address system, which uses landmarks and directions instead of street names and numbers.
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unit 1 Do not use for SIP day review--we will be using in class this week :)

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For Yazidis, Exile From Spiritual Homeland in Iraq Dilutes Ancient Culture

For Yazidis, Exile From Spiritual Homeland in Iraq Dilutes Ancient Culture | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Some are contemplating migration, severing ties to their holy land. Others want to stay and protect their shrines.

 

The Yazidis were propelled into the international spotlight last month, when tens of thousands fled on foot, climbing into the imposing but largely barren Sinjar Mountain range to escape IS militants besieging them at its base. It's clear from talking with displaced Yazidis that entire villages have been emptied of their inhabitants.  The Yazidis' esoteric faith is intricately tied to their land, which is why their displacement and the prospect of mass migration cuts deeper even than the pain of losing one's home.


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globalization

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"Globalization is the connection of different parts of the world. Globalization results in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities."


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 6, 11:24 AM

Watch this slideshow on how globalization has affected the world.

Truthbehere2's curator insight, September 8, 9:30 AM

Its good that we interact and trade ideas and goods with each other...but when can it be too much to where it starts erasing culture colors and ways?

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The Case for Reparations

The Case for Reparations | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
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unit 7-- urban development - discusses specific examples of redlining, whitefllight, ghettoization, provides video clips and interactive maps

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What is GIS?

This is a brief introduction to what geographic information systems are.  This is not a tutorial on how to use it, but a conceptual overview on the potential uses and applications for GIS.  

 

Tags: GIS, video, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples, geospatial, mapping and location.


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What Earth looks like now

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Mercator Puzzle!

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Unit 1 super fun-- really shows the distortion of Mercator!

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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

The 9 biggest myths about ISIS | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, August 31, 1:24 PM

Perhaps most people should read this. Most of this is true

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APHG-Unit 4

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things can't get more 'current' then understanding ISIS