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What does Google think I'm asking about these countries?
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Last updated: December 18, 2021
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First submittedDecember 18, 2021
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Google suggests...
Why does Saudi Arabia
have so much ...
oil
Why did France kill their ...
king
Why did German soldiers
have spiked ...
helmets
Why does Singapore ban ...
gum
Why is Brazil so good at ...
soccer
Why is India called a ...
subcontinent
Why is Portugal not part of ...
Spain
Why did Indonesia become ...
Muslim
Why doesn't Costa Rica
have an ...
army
Why does Ireland have no ...
snakes
Why does Japan eat KFC on ...
Christmas
Why does Venezuela
have high ....
inflation
When I type...
Google suggests...
Why did Russia invade ...
Ukraine
Why did China build the ...
great wall
Why is Monaco so ...
rich
Why is Turkey a member of ...
NATO
Why does South Africa
have three ...
capitals
Why does Pakistan want ...
Kashmir
Why is Australia called
the land ...
down under
Why does Romania speak a ...
Romance language
Why does San Marino ...
exist
Why did Belgium colonize the ...
Congo
Why does Norway hunt ...
whales
Why are people from
New Zealand called ...
Kiwis
+42
Level ∞
Dec 18, 2021
To make this, we used a browser in incognito mode with a VPN server in the United States. As you know, Google tracks your location as well as nearly everything you do on the internet. If you do these searches, you might get different results tailored to your specific situation.

This quiz was also made more difficult because Google highly sanitizes these autocompletes to avoid offending people.

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Level 84
Dec 18, 2021
Man, I'm bad at this. I wrote "Islamic" for Indonesia and "Romantic language" for Romania.
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Level ∞
Dec 18, 2021
Those will work now.
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Level 78
Dec 20, 2021
Romantic language should not work. It's a completely different thing!!
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Level 79
Jul 20, 2023
I used to make this mistake!
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2023
I am from Romania. Should be Latin language, not Romantic language, it is not the same, please change
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Level 74
Jul 20, 2023
Romanian is so romantic 💕
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2023
*Romance language it should be, not romantic
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Level 76
Jul 20, 2023
I wrote Romanic language. It was not accepted, :(
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2021
Lol.
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Level 50
May 11, 2022
I did romanic language
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Level 86
Dec 18, 2021
Big ouch for San Marino.
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Level 73
Jul 20, 2023
I seriously laughed out loud at that one, something that rarely happens on a Jetpunk quiz!
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Level 70
Dec 18, 2021
San Marino exists

But why?

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Level 78
Mar 12, 2022
*Vsauce music*
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Level 81
Aug 14, 2022
For me it was History Matters
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2023
We should put Bill Wurtz on it.
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Level 48
May 10, 2022
Cavour and Garibaldi didn't unify it along with the rest of Italy, which is why it's still independent. I don't know why it didn't become part of Italy, but I do know that Garibaldi was given shelter there so that may be part of it. I'm no expert in Italian history or the Italian Unification, I just know what I learned from AP Euro and random geography videos on YouTube.
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Level 64
Jan 20, 2023
Probably just because it wasn't significant enough to warrant conquering. Every other country that was swallowed up into the unified Italy was either large, rich or strategically important. San Marino was none of the above.
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Level 85
Dec 18, 2021
Fun one!!!
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2021
Missed Indonesia and Turkey, fun quiz
+12
Level 64
Dec 19, 2021
You know that 99% of these questions came from Yanks.
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Level 82
Dec 19, 2021
Good guess. Pinned comment: "To make this, we used a browser in incognito mode with a VPN server in the United States"
+3
Level 61
Apr 4, 2023
So what you’re saying is Americans like to learn more than anybody else
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2023
No, it means American's ask the most ridiculously arrogant questions that are embarrassing.
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Level 60
Jul 20, 2023
Some of these questions are actually pretty educated. (Costa Rica, for example)
+7
Level 61
Jul 20, 2023
None of these questions are inherently arrogant.
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Level 73
Jul 20, 2023
I agree... some might come across as ignorant at first glance, but definitely not arrogant. I say at first glance because upon reflection, if I wasn't a regular Jetpunk user I would've asked most of these questions myself, and so would most regular people I know, and we're not American, soo...
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Level 79
Dec 19, 2021
Missed Japan and Indonesia. Had no idea about the former and thought the latter was about independence and couldn't get that out of my head once it was in there.
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Level 73
Dec 20, 2021
Fun(ny) quiz!
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Level 72
Dec 20, 2021
can you accept Latin language for Romance?
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Level 76
Apr 13, 2022
Not the same. There is only one Latin language, and several Romance languages.
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Level 84
Dec 21, 2021
Hmmm, what did the Japanese eat on Christmas PRIOR to KFC? :-)
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Level 55
Mar 14, 2022
..and what does "on Christmas" mean anyway?
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Level 76
Jul 20, 2023
It means "on the date which modern Christians commonly celebrate as the anniversary of their Messiah's birth."
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Level 58
Jul 20, 2023
It's a dialectal variation with two parts; Firstly, in British English "on" can only refer to a one-day period, which is why Brits say "at the weekend" while Americans say "on the weekend". Second, in American English "Christmas" often refers specifically to Christmas Day while in Britain it normally refers to a period of several days starting on Christmas Eve. Hence American "on Christmas" can be translated as "at Christmas" or "on Christmas Day".

It's these little differences that make life interesting!

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Level 78
Jan 6, 2022
Shoutout to History Matters who has a Youtube series of videos on why certain microstates exist.
+10
Level 64
Mar 12, 2022
I typed g'day for Australia and it worked :)
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Level 46
Mar 13, 2022
Same
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Level 79
Mar 12, 2022
Really fun quiz. Please do another!
+10
Level 46
Mar 12, 2022
Poor San Marino.

Their entire existence is questioned.

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Level 57
Mar 12, 2022
"Latin Language" should be working too.
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Level 71
Mar 12, 2022
I wrote in "exist" as a joke for San Marino, ouch.
+2
Level 57
Mar 16, 2022
Same!
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Level 60
Jul 20, 2023
I wrote Portugal's answer as a joke.
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Level 34
Mar 15, 2022
It's easy, my mom used to work for google, so I know all answers.
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Level 30
Mar 19, 2022
I just types the questions into google to see if it was true/right

Surprised it was

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Level 69
Mar 21, 2022
I don't know whether to be irritated at the quizmaster or myself for the fact that I did not get credit for "latin language" for "romance language".
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Level 64
Apr 21, 2022
Question 25: why does jetpunk not accept the spelling Moslem?
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Level 67
Jul 20, 2023
Because that spelling is German and not English
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Level 24
Apr 21, 2022
I take it Google doesn't like San Marino
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Level 37
May 18, 2022
Oops. I typed wales instead of whales.
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2022
Is there a way to find the unsanitized results?
+2
Level ∞
Jul 12, 2023
No
+10
Level 64
Jan 20, 2023
Here goes:

- Saudi Arabia has so much oil mostly by chance, but also by being a large country.

- France killed its king for a variety of reasons, but mostly because Louis XVI handled the French Revolution about as poorly as he could have.

- Germany invaded Poland because Poland had historically already been ruled by Germans, so it fit into Hitler's world view of a greater Germany with plenty of 'lebensraum'.

- Singapore banned chewing gum because it's the worst enemy of anyone who's ever had to clean a street.

- Brazil is good at football because of all the football-loving countries in the world, it has one of the largest populations (and thus talent pool).

- India is called a subcontinent because it sits on a separate tectonic plate.

- Portugal is not part of Spain because Spain never managed to conquer it, despite many, many, many attempts. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance had a role to play in that.

- Indonesia became Muslim because of Arab traders.

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Level 64
Jan 20, 2023
- Costa Rica doesn't have an army because they use other ways to ensure territorial integrity and internal security.

- Ireland has no snakes because they were wiped out during the last ice age, and haven't made it back yet.

- Japan eats KFC on Christmas because it's American (or more broadly Western), and from their point of view, so is Christmas, I guess? Don't know this one.

- Venezuela has high inflation because of government mismanagement.

- Russia took Crimea (illegally, I might add) because of the strategic importance of the port of Sevastopol.

- China built the Great Wall to keep nomadic peoples from the Eurasian Steppe out. Didn't work when the Mongols came knocking.

- Monaco is so rich because it has managed (historically largely thanks to its casino, nowadays thanks to taxes) to profile itself as a haven for millionaires.

- Turkey is a member of NATO because Turkey has a centuries-old rivalry with Russia, and because it controls strategically important sea routes.

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Level 64
Jan 20, 2023
- South Africa has three capitals because those were the former capitals of the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and Transvaal, the three countries that made up the Dominion of South Africa.

- Pakistan wants Kashmir because they interpret the British-drawn border in a way that would make it theirs.

- Australians say 'mate' because most native English speakers outside North America do.

- Romania speaks a Romance language because of the Roman Empire, and a lack of Slavic settlement there.

- San Marino exists because Italy never tried to conquer it.

- Belgium colonised the Congo because Leopold II wanted a slice of the pie at the Berlin Conference of 1884.

- Norway hunts whales because they have done for centuries. They only hunt northern minke whales, which are not endangered.

- People from New Zealand are called Kiwis because the Kiwi bird is a national symbol, and both New Zealand's people and most famous export (kiwi fruits) were named after the bird.

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Level 72
Feb 1, 2023
Japan has a tradition of eating KFC on Christmas because foreigners visiting Japan couldn't find turkey to eat so KFC launched a KFC for Christmas campaign to feed them on Christmas. Now KFC has special Christmas meals for Japanese people to pre-order.
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Level 74
Jul 20, 2023
China built the Great Wall to keep the rabbits out (australian joke)
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2023
If I were San Marino I wouldn't take that kind of disrespect.
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Level 59
May 15, 2023
crazy that my brain couldn't come up with "kiwis" after repeatedly writing down kiwi and muttering to myself that it has to be kiwi no matter what...
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Level 65
Jul 20, 2023
Very good QM, any chance of more of these?
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Level 46
Jul 20, 2023
Typed DRC instead of Congo
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Level 59
Jul 20, 2023
Brazil is good at football, not at soccer :D
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Level 71
Jul 20, 2023
Yeah, why does San Marino exist anyway?
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Level 66
Jul 25, 2023
Why is Portugal not part of the Balkans should work too :)
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Level 46
Dec 8, 2023
why does san marino exist 💀