Things I should have known before now...

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I feel dumb for not knowing this...

"In English the country is called 'the Netherlands' (or frequently - but inaccurately - 'Holland'), while the people and the language are called 'Dutch'.

In many languages, 'Holland' (Hollande, Holanda etc.) is a common name for the Netherlands as a whole. Even the Dutch use this sometimes. Strictly speaking, Holland is only the central-western region of the country comprising two of the twelve provinces, North Holland and South Holland. "

Not unlike I thought New Zealand was above Australia because on maps it was always in a box to the side to 'fit' on the page. I learned this from a shower curtain a house mate had. I'm not helping the 'Americans are stupid' stereotype.
 

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I feel dumb for not knowing this...

"In English the country is called 'the Netherlands' (or frequently - but inaccurately - 'Holland'), while the people and the language are called 'Dutch'.

In many languages, 'Holland' (Hollande, Holanda etc.) is a common name for the Netherlands as a whole. Even the Dutch use this sometimes. Strictly speaking, Holland is only the central-western region of the country comprising two of the twelve provinces, North Holland and South Holland. "

Not unlike I thought New Zealand was above Australia because on maps it was always in a box to the side to 'fit' on the page. I learned this from a shower curtain a house mate had. I'm not helping the 'Americans are stupid' stereotype.
look, its my surname. the amount of people who dont know that is amazing. you can pull a string on my back and i'll explain that to anyone.
 

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Pineapples don't grow on trees. Only found that out a while ago and it blew my tiny little mind. I knew the Dutch thing though cos I've got an unhealthy fixation with geographical nomenclature.
 

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Pineapples don't grow on trees. Only found that out a while ago and it blew my tiny little mind.
I've only just found this out from you! Fucking hell! I only recently found out that peanuts grow underground. Also, I always thought that the Black Hole of Calcutta was just a turn of phrase and not an actual hole.
 
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I thought it was the other way around, like Holland was the country and 'The Netherlands" was a district in Holland. The New Zealand thing really blew my mind, especially since I learned it from a fucking shower curtain. Then again, I'm also the girl who always thought 'go-karting' was 'goatcarting'. Seriously not helping the cause.
 

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