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Mani Ram
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Can you guess which one of these doesn't belong to the list?
  • BELGIUM
  • CANADA
  • FRANCE
  • GERMANY
  • INDIA
  • ITALY
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • NETHERLANDS
  • SPAIN
  • SRI LANKA
  • SWEDEN
  • SWITZERLAND
  • UK
  • USA
  • VATICAN

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    Rosie Vogel
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    All names but one have certain vowels in common: A, E, I, U and Y. All these vowels occur more than once in the list. The only exception is Luxembourg with its 'o'.
    But maybe that's not it. Seems a little far-fetched.
     
    HS Thomas
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    The Vatican is a Papal state - the last one I think.
    The others are countries.
    regards
     
    Mani Ram
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    Sorry...totally forgot about this thread!
    Good tries, but I was expecting something different.
    The correct answer is Canada. Can you guess why?
     
    SJ Adnams
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    canada is the only country which is spelt the same way by locals as the way you spelt them?
     
    Jim Yingst
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    Well, USA, UK and France are also spelt by the locals the way I spell them. Also true for India and Sri Lanka much of the time, except when they're using a different alphabet.
    Let's say this though: Canada is known as Canada in any language that uses the Roman alphabet (I think), while the others all have at least one variant name used in another language.
    [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
     
    Gustavo Torreti
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    Let's see.
    Vatican is actually a Country (as far as I remember).
    I'd guess that Canada is the only one that have more than one OFFICIAL language.
    All the others may have secondary languages (such as english on so many places), but the official one is still only one.
    I'm not sure if that happens in Switzerland (german/french) and India (indian?/english?) or even in the Vatican (italian/Latin... also not sure).
    That would be my guess, though... I'm not sure if those secondary langages are a 'de jure' standard (as i think it is in Canada).

    Hey, I really enjoyed this 'Programming Diversions' thread!
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    Mani Ram
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    Originally posted by Gustavo Torreti:
    I'd guess that Canada is the only one that have more than one OFFICIAL language.

    Mmmm....India has more that one OFFICIAL language (somewhere near 15 )
    And Sri Lanka has 2 - Sinhala (Sinhalese) & Tamil
    Originally posted by Gustavo Torreti:
    Hey, I really enjoyed this 'Programming Diversions' thread!

    Only this thread? Or the entire 'Programming Diversions' forum?
     
    Mani Ram
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    Okay...now to the answer.
    I have visited all the countries in the list except Canada. That's what is special about it
    Hooray...at last I managed to ask a question to which Jim couldn't give the correct answer
    I'ts not a fair game, I know....but still...Hooray
    [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]
     
    Jim Yingst
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    I have visited all the countries in the list except Canada. That's what is special about it

    So, Canada just been lucky so far?
     
    Jim Yingst
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    What about Kannada? Have you been there?
     
    Mani Ram
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    Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
    I have visited all the countries in the list except Canada. That's what is special about it

    So, Canada just been lucky so far?

    Yeap. So do 175+ countries
    But Canada won't last long. I'm going there next week
     
    Mani Ram
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    Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
    What about Kannada? Have you been there?

    No. And I don't think any one can get there!
    Though I can speak Kannada a little, which is the primary language of the state Karnataka
    [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]
     
    Jim Yingst
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    Drat, I should've remembered that.
     
    Mani Ram
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    Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
    Drat, I should've remembered that.

    No need to feel bad about it. Even I forget that often
    [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]
     
    Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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