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A sarcastic joke

Posted by Sphinx on February 01, 2004

The UN planned to hold a worldwide composition competition for youth. The topic was set as
'Please write an essay on the food shortage problem in Africa in your own view.'
But the topic turned out to so difficult to understand for the children competitors that the competition had be to canceled at last. Why? - because European children didn't know the word 'shortage' in the topic, African children didn't know what is 'food', Chinese children didn know what is one's "own view", and American children thought America is the world and didn't know where Africa is. ...
What about your country?

And would you explain the following cartoon?