For the person who thinks they have been just about everywhere.


I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with Someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close so it's a short drive.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not.

People keep telling me I'm in Denial but I'm positive I've never been there before!

I have been in Deepshit many times; the older I get, the easier it is to get there. I actually kind of enjoy it there.

So far, I haven't been in Continent; but my travel agent says I'll be going soon.

There's a nice little place just out of Pocket, although you'll probably need to borrow to get there.


There are 196 countries in the world today - as of 01/02/2012.

Unless you don't count Taiwan… Taiwan is not considered an official country by many, which would bring the count down to 195 countries. Although Taiwan operates as an independent country, many countries (including the U.S.) do not officially recognize it as one. Because the People's Republic of China considers Taiwan a breakaway province of China, countries who wish to maintain diplomatic relations with China have had to sever their formal relations with Taiwan (more than 100 countries, however, have unofficial relations with Taiwan).

How many countries belong to the United Nations?
192 countries are UN members. The exceptions are Taiwan (in 1971, the UN ousted Taiwan and replaced it with the People's Republic of China) and Vatican City. Kosovo is not yet a member. The newest UN members are Switzerland (2002) and Montenegro (2006).

What are the world's newest countries?
The world's newest country is South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011. Before that, the newest country was Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. Montenegro became a country in June 2006, after splitting off from Serbia. Since 1990, 29 new nations have come into being. Many of these emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union (14 countries) and the breakup of the former Yugoslavia (7 countries). See our Guide to New Nations.

Are there still any countries that have colonies?
There are 61 colonies or territories in the world. Eight countries maintain them: Australia (6), Denmark (2), Netherlands (2), France (16), New Zealand (3), Norway (3), the United Kingdom (15), and the United States (14). See Territories, Colonies, and Dependencies for a list of the world's colonies and what countries administrate them, p. 663.

Are there still territories in the world that are claimed by more than one country?
There are six major disputed territories in the world: the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Paracel Islands, Spratly Islands, Western Sahara, and Antarctica (about a dozen nations have laid claims to portions of it). In addition, there are innumerable other territorial disputes throughout the world, many of which had resulted in ongoing armed conflicts.

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Worlds Shortest Flight?



For those who don’t fancy long flights or ferry rides, the world’s shortest flight might be just the answer with Scottish airline Loganair.

At only STG21 ($A32.18) (2013 prices), Loganair will fly you the 1.6km between Westray and Papa Westray in around 2 minutes all up.

Located on Scotland’s Orkney Island, Westray has a rich history with many Medieval landmarks, whilst Papa Westray is filled with Bronze Age landmarks and has the oldest standing house in Northwest Europe.

We do ponder, does the pilot have to request take off and landing permissions at the same time? All up the flight should be about 2 minutes, but depends on wind directions. Expect about 47 seconds of 'straight and level', that's the bit in between take off and landing.

Why go to this island. Seem it has this rather unique attribute; the Knap of Howar, Papa Westray – the oldest standing house in Northwest Europe Image: Seems a good idea to me, shortest flight and oldest house. Now the important question, does it have a 'ye olde' pub with real ale??

Westray Heritage History
Westray general tourist info
Papa general information