TIL The Carmen Sandiego Show (1991-1995; 295 episodes) was created partially in response to the results of a National Geographic survey that indicated Americans had alarmingly little knowledge of geography, with one in four being unable to locate the Soviet Union or the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. I grew up in Chicago, and could never remember which coast had which ocean. For some reason, I usually did fine in geography but I got Atlantic and Pacific mixed up every time. While taking a 6th grade geography test, I noticed that the kid in front of me was wearing an Ocean Pacific t-shirt that said something about California on it. I aced that test, and to this day if I need to name an ocean I think about that shirt.

  2. One of my favorite shows as a kid and it worked. I’m pretty damn good at geography. But I know people who couldn’t even tell you were most of the states are located at.

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