Friday, June 26, 2009

Tønsbergs Blad - 2 Stories

1) Rune Monstads sykkeleventyr (Author Unknown) 2 October 2006
http://www.tb.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061002/NYHETER/110020225
In this story the journalist writes that Canada is a state in the USA. Canada has been placed under the heading of the USA as a state, yet the other 10 countries listed have not been listed USA states under the USA heading. Does this journalist think the second largest country in the world, Canada, at 9.9 million sq. kilometres is a state in the USA, or somehow part of the USA? The story states: "På veien har han så langt vært innom følgende land og stater:
Puno
Bolivia
Lima
Ecuador
Colombia
Panama
Costa Rica
Paraguay
Honduras
Guatemala
Mexico
USA:
Texas
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kansas
South Dakota
North Dakota
Canada
Montana
Why does the independent and neighbouring country of Canada get listed as a state in the USA? After sending an e-mail to them regarding the mistake the story was changed two days later, but a reply was never received from the paper or journalist.
2) Frivilligheten
(Comments by Per R. Brun) 6 December 2007
http://tb.no/article/20071206/KOMMENTAROGDEBATT/440241307#
In these comments on TB.no the writer states: "...slik de har gjort det i delstaten Ontario i Canada. Full kontroll og eventyrlig suksess." Ontario is the most populous province in Canada with about 12 million people. It is not a state as this person writes. Canada has been using the French system of provinces for 344 years, since 1663 when Canada became a Royal Province of France. Mexico and the USA are the only two countries in North America with states, Canada does not. An e-mail was sent about the mistake, but a reply was never received, nor has the mistake been corrected.

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