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Many students throughout the world find geography difficult. There are too many countries to remember and locate. Well, here is one they can safely forget.

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Quick. Find Kyrzbekistan on this map.

Can you find Kyrzbekistan on the map?

Many students throughout the world find geography difficult. There are too many countries to remember and locate. Well, here is one they can safely forget.

That "country" is Kyrzbekistan and it was accidently invented last week by New York Times writer John Branch lin a story about two rock climbers who had quite an adventure there.

Actually, they made their climb in Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan and the mistake was quickly corrected, but not before it became the joke of the day in the social media.

It didn't take long for an "official" Kyrzbekistan twitter account to be set up which made John Branch the honorary president of the new nation.

The twitter account lists the country's top three exports as electrictiy, wool and excellent mustaches.

If you want to take an imaginary visit there, the Conde Nast travel website has a guide for you:http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-01-08/a-first-timers-guide-to-kyrzbekistan

In fairness to John Branch, it is not that easy to remember the five "stans", the former Soviet Union states in Central Asia that became independent after the Cold War. For geography students, they are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Vocabulary:

actually : used for stressing what is really true or what really happened - ตามความเป็นจริง

adventure : an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity - การผจญภัย

export : the selling and transporting of goods to another country - สินค้าออก, การส่งสินค้าออกไปต่างประเทศ

fairness (noun): the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is reasonable - ความเป็นธรรม

geography : the scientific study of the earth's surface, physical features, divisions, products, population, etc - ภูมิศาสตร์

honorary : given as an honour, without the person having to have the usual qualifications; not paid - ซึ่งให้เพื่อเป็นเกียรติ; กิตติมศักดิ์

imaginary : existing only in your mind or imagination - ซึ่งสมมุติขึ้น, ซึ่งไม่มีอยู่จริง

independent (adj): having their own government - ซึ่งเป็นอิสระ, ซึ่งปกครองตนเอง

invent : to design or create something such as a machine or process that did not exist before - ประดิษฐ์

mustache (noun): a line of hair that a man allows to grow on his upper lip - หนวด

official : done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ

social media : the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์

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