The mystery of the squarest country

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JAY FOREMAN jayforeman
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  • Re Ukraine: Many people wondering if Map Men are legitimising the Russian annexation of Crimea at 2:39. We are not. We had intended to make Crimea a different colour, as a way of saying 'look, sticky outy bit that's also currently disputed', but we just forgot to do it. We are sorry. This NOcds account is not, actually, a Kremlin propaganda bot.

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    • @Julius Barodzisas I just meant that is is important for some people, even if you don‘t care

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    • @Lotschi But I don't But i should be😳

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    • @Nick Yefimenko Are you Ukrainians that heartbroken about krimea?

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    • Oh thank god. I was about to comment about it.

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    • Well including Crimea Ukraine has 2 Crimea and a Salient separating Moldova from the Black Sea

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  • Slovenia is a chicken

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  • states do count if you make Wyoming its own country. too bad Wyoming doesn't exist

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  • Didn't hear Ghana????

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    • 0:19

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  • Congratulations Map Men. I will no longer be able to look at Cameroon the same way again.

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  • Egypt Egypt

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  • Does this account for the distortion of a country’s shapes on a flat map opposed to a globe?

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  • Taiwan is my favorite group of islands

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  • 3:16 Well, a lot of them would be squares when viewed in 3D (or… maybe all of them? 🤔)

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  • Laughs in Colorado

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  • Colorado

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  • Ohio

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  • I knew it.

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  • Can you do all capitals in the world

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  • I held out until 4:34, but then I laughed like a drain.

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  • “Qatar looks like a bean” Ah yes BEAN

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  • I've always thought Belgium looks like a leprechaun bending over with a rucksack on his back... :)

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  • All of this and it’s Egypt?

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  • Two Brits discussing how to shape Countries on the world rectangular is so 1918 :D

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  • 4:18 that's because it's got a lake full of them

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  • Spain can do 2 things to be a square is 1. Invade Portugal 2. Kick Galicia

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  • by definition the states inside the US are countries...

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    • @Jay Foreman Country a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory. Nation a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. States are indeed their own countries inside a union. They are all independently governed and while they are expected to follow decisions of the federal government they do not have to. This is why states like CO were able to threaten the federal government with a suit when they tried to enforce federal drug laws after the state legalized pot.

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    • No they’re not.

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  • Spain is literally just a square with a tumour

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  • Third time watching and only just noticinh that the phone in the advert is being held by a foot.

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  • Can confirm its very square here

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  • vatican?

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    • Vatican’t.

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  • Kreigistein: yes but no

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  • Equatorial Guinea

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  • The Egypt/Sudan border was the first thing that came to mind

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  • We, Vietnamese think our country looks like a S :)

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  • kosovo is serbia

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    • I am getting bored of this, search up disputed in the dictonairy

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  • 親愛なるボランティア、 この文を翻訳できますか? どうもありがとう! 男性の地図

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  • did you just have the audacity to call luxembourgers squares??? I have never heard a more accurate name for us then squares ngl

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    • sentance at 1:51 translates to "fuck off"

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  • Somalia is a sock.... idk why, but that broke me

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  • Romania looks like a fish.

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  • This isn’t a question that I knew I needed to be answered 😂

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  • Wyoming

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  • it is actually rose island

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  • meh austria kinda looks like a chicken leg tbh

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  • Finally, the British drawing straight lines all over the map pays off!

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  • What about that off-shore oil rig nation?

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    • 0:10

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  • 5:30

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  • I really feel like I've learnt something. Not anything particularly useful, but something none the less.

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  • 1:52 hahahahahahahhahahahhaahhahahahhahahahhaha *ive been launging for an uncomfortable amount of time* now I vatican't unsee that. Thanks a lot. But for real I like the video

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  • Egypt!!

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  • 4:02 Monaco is like Giraffe

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  • You should do one of the capitals

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  • sentance at 1:51 translates to "fuck off"

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  • You said about Chile what I was expected . Satisfied enough!

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  • The content is so good I actually finish the last part advert , but it should be sponsor by ssquarespace not stereo .

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  • I like that it's a kid's show

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    • 1:51 4:35 Sure it is.....

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  • “Qatar looks like a bean” It do be looking like a bean.

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  • Those guys are legends

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  • Best video this channel's ever produced. Bravo.

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  • 3:35 "The Vatican? The Vati can't" 😂😂😂😂

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  • 1:30, your welcome!

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  • It’s Chile.

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  • You guys do the best adverts!

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  • If you like maps and catchy rock music, then the new video of "MAP" will be perfect -

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  • The Falklands weren't marked when talking about Argentina, you can almost hear them unsubscribing

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    • xD

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  • Idk what I just watched, but I needed it greatly.

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  • So we're assuming the Halaib Triangle is part of Egypt then?

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    • Yes for the time being, because its disputed, i just think it should be Sudanese because Egypt looks better that way

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  • A

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  • This whole video I was screaming Egypt

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  • *Chile’s very very very very very long and thin* 4:04

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  • The first bit is the exact retelling of thoughts in my head when this came up in my reccomended

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  • *sad Wyoming noises*

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  • My guess is Egypt Edit: I was correct :D

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  • We need more squares a SONGS!!!!

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  • The United States in 1942: 1:29

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  • 3:15 Brazil speaks Finnish?

  • 2:41 Kosovo je Srbija >:(

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    • DISPUTED, learn what that word means

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  • Fun fact: this was the 'video of the week' in 'the week junior' for May 1st 2021

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    • @Jay Foreman There is a link, a picture of the thumbnail and a little description about the video

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    • Really? Cool! Is there a link?

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  • wtf

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  • S Q U A R E

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  • This is the new and improved Yakko Warner and the nations of the world

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  • Colorado: hold my beer

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    • Wyoming is even more square lol

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  • Europe: no need to thank me

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  • I mean, if Sealand weren't just a joke it'd win in a landslide, being an oil platform

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  • you really couldn't make a joke about the fact that Romania is a fish

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  • As a Czech I’ll happily let Poland invade to become a square.

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  • This video is ignoring the American , Pacific , African and other European territories of Spain .For shame .

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  • This is now what my child should watch instead of.... ridiculous youtube kids

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  • 1:29 A better opening would be 「ボランティアへ、」and instead of 「翻訳できますか?」it might be better to use 「翻訳してくれませんか?」 Also, to keep in line with the level of formality of the rest of the sentence, it might be a good idea to add on 「ございます」to that 「どうもありがとう」. Lastly, the sign off more so means "Men Maps," rather than what I assume was supposed to be "Map Men." I'll take my payment in Map Men merchandise store credit please.

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  • Is it just me or is Luxembourg a shoe?

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  • Sometimes I forget that there are multiple Georgias

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  • 1:50 thank you for at least addressing this part

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  • If you ever wanted to have the lyrics handy for some reason or another well, here they are! [Spoken] Someone's emailed us asking which country's shape is most like a square. What a stupid question. Totally pointless. Slovakia? No. Georgia? No. Bangladesh. No Bangladesh looks like a wizard. You think everything looks like a wizard. Hm. Ghana. Too long. North Macedonia. Too round. Liberia? No. Malaysia. [Things begin to rhyme now] Jay, Malaysia is not a square. But there must be one somewhere. But not in Oman, or the UAE, and Yemen's more a rectangle, yes I can see Russia's nothing like a square Too long as far as I'm aware Mali starts of strongly, but right here it goes to pot Burkina Faso is irregular, four-sided it is not Hmm... Italy's a boot So is Papua New Guinea What about Benin and Togo No, they're both far too skinny [Music begins to come in] What about these little countries, Costa Rica, Lebanon There's no square in Singapore, Brunei Mauritius or Gabon. [Song starts for real here] Kuwait looks like a little thumb, Madagascar looks quite lean Burundi looks quite like a heart, Qatar looks like a bean India's a diamond and Slovenia's a splot Cuba's very long and thin and both Koreas are short and squat Mozambique has got too many sides, Uzbekistan as well Little Paraquay's no paradigm, Mauritania's an L And Malawi's like a seahorse, Guinea-Bissau's a weathered rock And Nauru's nearly a circle and Somalia's a sock France is famously a hexagon that fact is quite well known But it's not the only one it's joined by Sierra Leone What about these landlocked countries like Nepal or South Sudan? They're not square and nor are Denmark, Finland, China, or Iran Luxembourgers are all squares which their borders don't reflect And Australia's a cat dog, and Japan we must reject Guatemala has two squarish sides in this bit in the north But it won't meet our criteria cause it needs a third and fourth Timor Leste? Doesn't pass the test Moldova? Guinea? Don't be silly Little Rwanda? Doesn't stand a hope in hell (Nor does Israel) [Spoken] Are we seriously going to go through every country? Yes I think it's important Both the USA and Canada have squares in large amounts But we're only counting countries and states don't count Poland would look like a square if it invaded to the south Kazakhstan looks like a turtle with a leaf stuck in its mouth Despite a square's efficiency the German's don't come close And Peru is like a resting dog Guyana's like a ghost Ethiopia and Switzerland look like potato wedges Norway, Sweden and New Zealand all have far too crinkly edges If you had a lot of coastline then your sides will not be straight So the squareness of Philippines, Greece and Ireland won't be great Tajikistan's quite funky, as is elephant head shaped Thailand There's no square in Indonesia's eighteen thousand tiny islands If you country’s made of islands then a square you'll never be There are loads of island nations that are mostly empty sea; Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, the Seychelles The Maldives, Micronesia, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis Sao Tome and Principe, the Bahamas, Cape Verdi, Tonga, Vanuatu The Netherlands is flat, although its edges do not fit And the following are countries with a sticky outy bit: There's Afghanistan, Namibia, the DRC's got two There's Ukraine, Venezuela, Eritrea, Cyprus, and Kosovoo Is Morocco square? No, it's more a stair Kiribat? Not square alas Senegal? Not square at all San Marino? San Mari-No The C.A.R. so near, so far, Botswana's like a flounder Chad looks like Jay Leno, Eswatini couldn't be rounder Mongolia looks like a bat, the Congo's kind of foxy Myanmar's like a genie and not even slightly boxy Belize has one edge here that's straight but this bit's rather lumpy Algeria and Kenya are pentagons, Honduras is too bumpy Sri Lanka's like a raindrop, Kyrgyzstan's a bird in flight While Iraq and Jordan's lines are straight, the angles just aren't right Colombia's kind of squarish though its borders are quite rough And Iberia would pass but Spain alone's not square enough If Bolivia expanded, then a square it just might be Nicaragua would look square if you viewed it in 3d Little Liechtenstein and the Argentines are not square in the least The Dominican Republic, that just tapers to the east Lesotho's sort of squarish but the angle's on the wonk Cameroon is like a chicken with a huge badonkadonk Mexico? No no no no Portugal Too thin too tall The Saudis? Too much on a slant The Vatican? The Vati-can't Listing every country by its shape is not an easy job When inevitably loads of them look only like a blob So to make things more efficient, as I'm sure you've got the gist Here are all the blobby countries in a quick compiled list: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cambodia Czechia, Djibouti, Dominica, Estonia, Granada, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia St. Lucia, Tanzania, Uruguay, Zimbabwe Samoa's like a butterfly whose wings have been removed But add Ecuador and Bahrain, and it's massively improved Little Monaco's so tiny you can see the piers within Chile's very very very very very long and thin Uganda cannot be a square because of all the lakes The Gambia, Vietnam and Panama all look like snakes Haiti, Croatia and Zambia all have shapes that wrap around Syria's just a bit too slopey, and El Salvador's too long [Spoken] That doesn't rhyme Palau looks like a jellyfish, Pakistan looks like a duck Azerbaijan looks like a bird that's been run over by a truck This monkey is Armenian, this shooting star's Laotian Jamaica, Malta and Niger are creatures from the ocean Greenland's not a real country even though it's really big The UK looks like an old witch sitting sideways on a pig Comoros would if it were glued Some parts of Tuvalu look rude Turmenistan looks like something or another Tunisia and Albania look like each other South Africa's too wobbly Bulgaria's too nobbly Brazil is too triangular Turkey is too rectangular Now the only countries left are ones whose squareness are the best If you know which ones are coming we're incredibly impressed Little Montenegro's square if you rotate it some degrees South Sudan has left behind a very square North Sudanese The angles in Angola mean it's nearly good to go And Nigeria comes close, although it bulges down below Libya is nearly square, it's more a parallelogram And Cote d'Ivoire and Suriname do well in our exam Equatorial Guinea's very square but unfortunately Since it's capital's on an island, then the squarest it can't be So the winner of our contest Fitting all our tight prescriptions It's the squarest the squarest The nation of the Pharaohs The land of Cleopatra The country where the Sphinx is It's the land of the Egyptiaaaaan's! [Spoken, song's over] Any more interesting emails come in? There's one asking for every capital city in the world. D'oh, that would have made a much better song Don't ask me why I transcribed this I really couldn't tell you

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  • omg he mentioned my country

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    • @Alguien De Internet oops

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    • @Aadiseh yes that is the joke

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    • @Aadiseh This is meme

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    • They said they were going through every country....

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    • lol

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  • Glad to hear being the most rectangular country!

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    • @Aadiseh turkey :D

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    • I assume you’re from Egypt?

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  • Oh, yes,great song , great video I can’t wait to hear your song of the Capitals....! 😅

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  • Utterly wonderful.

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  • Wow your like yako

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    • No they are far superior

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  • The Animaniacs have been really quiet since this dropped

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  • Predicting Egypt like 1 Minute into the Video is one of my proudest moments

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  • Did you mention Venezuela?

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    • @Jay Foreman 😆 thanks Jay, need to watch for the fifth time now then! 😅

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    • Yes. In the “sticky outy bit” section.

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  • Love from egypt ♥️I knew it was egypt its the squarest Country!

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  • Well I was not ready for that...

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