One world, in practice

The world
I find this entry in the CIA World Factbook fascinating: The World. Yes, there are lots of factoids that should be there – for instance, Spanish is a larger language than English, but that is for first languages only – and isn’t the world’s most important language "broken English"? Still, just the fact that an entry like this can be put together with some kind of factual underpinning is to me proof that the world is getting smaller. I also like that the very first page of the CIO World Fact Book contains an option to "Submit a Factual Update" (though the link is to a general "contact CIA" page), which is an indication that someone, somewhere, understands that mistakes are inevitable and change constant.

(Via one of the blogs on my blogroll, can’t find the entry.)

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