Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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Game Show Geography: What Shows Have the Biggest Global Span?

Ah, game shows. Whether it’s people testing their wits against a barrage of general knowledge questions; solving puzzles, running obstacle courses, and/or performing inane tasks against a clock, gambling against the odds, or eating miscellaneous animal parts for money, game and quiz shows are pretty much ubiquitous around the world. These types of programmes have…

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