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15th-Sep-2010 09:20 pm
Petit Prince
I'm just pulling out random goofy questions today, enjoy.  Hopefully it's not too long without a cut.

Poll #1619267 Trivia/Experiences

Have you ever seen Moonlighting?

Yes
22(22.4%)
No
76(77.6%)

Do you know how many provinces are in Canada?

Yes
34(34.7%)
No
64(65.3%)

Have you ever been in a spelling bee?

Yes
47(47.5%)
No
52(52.5%)

Was/were your graduation ceremony (ies) held indoors or outdoors?

Indoors
57(64.0%)
Outdoors
18(20.2%)
Had both
14(15.7%)

What are you answering this poll on?

Desktop
45(45.5%)
Laptop
50(50.5%)
Other device
4(4.0%)
Comments 
16th-Sep-2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Well... I thought I knew how many provinces there were in Canada >.>
16th-Sep-2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Same here. =( I probably actually do know, but my brain is so fried right now, I don't even remember how many states the U.S. has. X_x
16th-Sep-2010 03:44 am (UTC)
High Schools in Australia don't/didn't have a graduation ceremony (I still eyeball the US suspiciously, because WTF, it's not big deal to finish high school. or elementary school. or kindergarten). And I didn't go to my University one (couldn't be bothered) so I have no idea. I expect it may have been indoors though.
16th-Sep-2010 03:56 am (UTC)
High school is a bit deal though! Not everyone goes to college, so it's very symbolic of ending required education and starting into the real world as an adult. I agree that elementary and kindergarten are not such a big deal. However, I teach preschool and we have a preschool graduation for our kids because they're so excited about being big ol' kindergartners. :)
16th-Sep-2010 04:01 am (UTC)
maybe here in the US (where I now live), or to some of you. but in Australia, not so much. At least not when I went. I mean we had our own 'unofficial' celebrations, but no caps and gowns and other crap.
17th-Sep-2010 05:49 am (UTC)
I honestly did not know that there were countries without graduation ceremonies (I just assumed everyone would based on, like you said, the symbolic idea of completing a long and mostly-required part of your life and entering adulthood). This community always teaches me things!
16th-Sep-2010 08:19 am (UTC)
No high school graduation ceremonies in the UK either. Now they have proms apparently, with limos and everything. I blame Hollywood for that!
16th-Sep-2010 11:38 am (UTC)
What's so suspicious about having a graduation ceremony? It's a custom here in the U.S. that's been going on forever. I'm sure there are customs in Australia that we don't have here, but I wouldn't consider them suspicious or superfluous just because they aren't the custom here. Every country and culture has its own traditions and rites of passage. Why dismiss the differences rather than look at them as a way of learning about a different country/culture?
16th-Sep-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Well, there was no option in the poll for "I didn't attend" or "I didn't have one" for one thing.

And since I now live here in the US I'm getting to know the differences very well.

I don't think it's "suspicious" to have a graduation ceremony, it's just not relevant to a lot of people outside the US.
16th-Sep-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
(I still eyeball the US suspiciously, because WTF, it's not big deal to finish high school. or elementary school. or kindergarten).

You said in your original post that you thought it was suspicious. The poll options aren't in question here. I agree that there could have been an option for "I didn't attend" or something similar. But to imply that you think the custom is silly or unnecessary because it is foreign to you just seems rather insular to me. That's all.
17th-Sep-2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Fair enough. Sorry you don't get my sense of humour. It's an Australian thing.
16th-Sep-2010 04:32 am (UTC)
The year I graduated high school, we had to have it outdoors on the football field because of damage done (from Hurricane Katrina) to the place it was normally held. And it was a hot-as-hell Louisiana in May day.
16th-Sep-2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I don't know off the top of my head a number for the canadian provinces, but I can name them all (plus the territories), and I can count, so I figure that counts good enough.
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16th-Sep-2010 11:51 am (UTC)
I happen to own Moonlighting on dvd. :)
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17th-Sep-2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Hah, that sounds like a perfectly valid prize to me! I have always wanted to be in a spelling bee. None of my schools ever gave me the opportunity.
16th-Sep-2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I left high school a year early with an exit exam and therefore was never in a graduating ceremony, and I have no intention of completing and graduating from college.
17th-Sep-2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Ah, I just figured anyone who didn't participate in a ceremony would answer for whatever they knew their school did. I was mostly curious because everyone always does it outside on TV, but I don't personally know of anywhere that risks the weather like that.
17th-Sep-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I can tell you that my cousin graduated outdoors in San Fran; haven't been to a graduating ceremony for anyone else or at my high school.
16th-Sep-2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
What's with all the people who haven't seen Moonlighting?!?! :p
26th-Sep-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Many people have other things to do than watch television.
26th-Sep-2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh snappy. ;p

Edited at 2010-09-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
17th-Sep-2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm guessing...six provinces? Now I feel terrible for not knowing. My family went through them just last week, and now I completely forget.

Oh, there's ten. Thank you, internet.
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