Lizard Point Quizzes

...discovering the world we live in

New Europe bodies of water quiz - rivers, seas, straits all in one quiz

Mar 082016

We've got a new quiz for you today - super expert level stuff. Europe rivers, seas, straits, etc. all rolled into one monster quiz with 63 questions.

But if that's too much for you, this quiz is also  customizable (for those with supporter or teacher accounts).  Create a quiz of just the water around the Mediterranean, if that's what you need. And speaking of the Mediterranean, you can select just the Mediterranean, or select any of its seas to be individually asked in the quiz.

screenshot of Europe water quiz

 

 

What does China want?

Feb 292016

Territorial disputes are an inevitable aspect of political geography.  One of the most contentious regions in the world is the South China Sea.  We've been researching a blog for this on and off for a few months, but recently we found a succuint videographic by The Economist that actually makes it understandable.  The islands and atolls may seem insignificant at first blush - but not when you consider that they are located amidst potentially rich oil and gas sea reserves, in one of the business sea-trade routes in the world.    

Think twice before using map in China

Feb 232016

Remind me to be very, very careful on my next (well, ...first) visit to China.  As you know, Lizard Point is in the business of using maps to help people learn more about the world they live in, and in China - that can prove to be a risky proposition.

According to this article on ozy.com, China has a law against any illegal map that “endangers the country’s sovereignty, safety and interests”.  And if your map doesn't comply with the country's rules - you can be in for a fine of up to 200,000 yuan (about $30,000 USD).  The rules include naming the South China Sea properly and marking Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau in the same colour as mainland China.

Er, excuse me while I go double check our quizzes.

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Good (and terrible) flag designs

Jan 252016

 You see flags everywhere, flying from porches, over buildings, on boats and even on team jerseys.   Do you ever stop and wonder what goes into a good flag design?  Or what constitutes a really bad design?  Here's a fun TED talk that covers all this off for you.  If you don't have time to listen to it all, here are the top 5 flag design principles:

  • Keep it Simple
  • Use Meaningful Symbolism
  • Use Two to Three Basic Colours
  • No Lettering or Seals
  • Be Distinctive or Be Related

But watch the video (especially the part about the bad designs).

Bonus sections:  Design your own flag here >>