I recently added Jeopardy to my DVR line-up. I'd seen it before now and then, and thought it was mildly engaging, but now that I'm recording it every day I'm totally digging it. Ken watches with me and we play along as best we can.
The most important thing that Jeopardy has taught me is how little I know. I have a passing acquaintance with history. Geography leaves me almost completely at a loss. I can't stand my own ignorance. I must know! I want to learn it all!
I've been studying history intermittently for the past couple of years, so that's a work in progress. I need to study geography almost from scratch. I have a general idea of the basic shape of the globe (I'm aware of the relative positions and sizes of the continents) and the direction in which one would need to travel to reach various well-known countries (go south to get to Brazil, fly east to visit Ukraine), but that's about the extent of it. I'm pulling out the maps to try to get on top of all this.
One thing that makes geography difficult is the lack of any consistency or pattern in the arrangements of political borders and place names. For example, a map of Africa indicates that Algiers is the capital of Algeria, Tunis is the capital of Tunisia, but Niger and Nigeria are separate (but adjacent) countries.
The United States is no better. You have North and South Dakota, North and South Carolina, but West Virginia is paired with Virginia, not East Virginia. And of course there is that completely confusing business about Washington state vs. Washington D.C., which isn't technically in any state (I didn't know that until about an hour ago) even though it sure looks to me like it's in Maryland.
Did you know that the capital of Australia is some practically unknown city called Canberra? I didn't either. I would have thought it should be Sydney, or Brisbane. I guess Canada's capital is guilty of the same obscurity. There isn't anything remarkable about Ottawa other than it being Canada's capital city. Everyone mostly talks about Toronto and Vancouver. Sometimes capital cities are overly modest.
I don't suppose I'll be trying out for Jeopardy anytime soon, but I'm going to keep playing along from my couch.