The kid in yesterday's post with whom I was discussing Bach also knew of both Germany and Austria, and he knew that Austria and Australia are two different places.
So I complimented him on his geographical knowledge, and I mentioned
how few people I taught last spring knew where Vermont was ("It's in
Canada?" "It's in New Hampshire?"), hoping that he knew that correctly as well...
KID: Vermont...that's in Europe, right!
ME: Nope, it's in New England. One of the original 13 states.
KID: Well, I know where a lot of other countries are. Like Brazil. That's on the west coast of South America!
ME: It's on the east coast of South America.
KID: That's what I meant.