How Many Continents Are there?

Submitted by: SlothOfDoom 6 years ago in Science
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How many do you want there to be?
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Male 2,790
Pluto is a planet, damn you!
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Male 1,569
great way to mock your geography teacher..
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Male 57
perfect ending to a hilarious explanation XD
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Female 196
I liked Hawaii`s reaction.

And it`s 6. Europe and Asia are not continents. Also, if we`re going to be pedants about the amount of continents on Earth, we should probably spell countries correctly.
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Male 616
hey britard, STFU, puhlease.
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Male 201
Also, this isn`t a "problem" because it has no bearing on anything.
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Male 201
The country is "Colombia" not "Columbia" as they spell it in this, trying-too-hard-to-be-clever, video.
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Male 469
stupid who cares.
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Male 25,417
my answer is "BOOBIES"
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Male 59
lol - rule 34 island
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Male 525
Nice video! I liked the Nineteen Eighty-Four reference.

Splitting Canada and America because of cultural differences? Lol, I bet the guy who made this video is Canadian. As much as we try to be different, Canadian culture is almost identical to American culture; I remember a comedian at Second City calling Canada "America Lite"--that`s a fairly accurate assessment.

I don`t think classifying continents is as important as classifying countries. People have gone to wars over the definition of "country".
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Male 4,793
"Therefore, there are 7 continents. "

That is arguable.
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Male 987
Eurafrasia!
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Male 54
How many continents are there, according to the average American?

2: `Merica and the rest of the world.
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Female 407
idgaf.
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Male 639
Language is there for a use. That use is for us all to talk to each other and know what we are talking about. We are all taught (most of us anyway) that there are 7 continents.

Therefore, there are 7 continents.
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Male 50
Haha I left the video running whilst I read the comment. Love the lil "Easter Egg" thing at the end.
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Female 167
I really like this guy`s videos.
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Male 189
Pangaea FTW!
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Male 2,591
Oh dear god, there aren`t any continents..
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Male 376
Like the 1984 reference
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Male 47
I VERY rarely watch IAB videos past 5 seconds. Curiously, this one I watched in full!
More curious is that I wasn`t drawn to the inevitable, obvious & immature arguments that usually adorn these posted – comments which I always find more entertaining than the post itself (I’m kinda a closet “Letters To The Editor” fan… how fcuken crazy some ppl really think)
Great post
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Male 4,902
@Fluor, "Come on... Lot of American people think that Europe is a country".

Really f*cking ignorant statement there dumbass. I don`t know a single person that thinks Europe is a country, STFU
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Male 959
Personally I go with Laurasia and Gondwanaland.

This is full of errors but the funniest is suggesting Canada and USA must be split due to cultural differences whereas Europe (for example) remains intact. Riiiiiiggght.
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Male 663
Link no worky.
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Male 8
Wait till the end, he tells us all the answer :D
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Male 3,425
As a (studying) geologist, I can tell you it`s a lot more complicated than that. You can kind of define continents as the type of crust - there is a difference between ocean and land that isn`t purely based on how high the water level is. But if you look at the continental shelf, you`ll see that America is actually joined to Russia. If you look at tectonic plates, you`ll find that not all of them are comtintental, and not all of them are easily defined either (technically speaking Australia and India are the same continent). And even within these plates, there are smaller plates, subcontinents (such as Zealandia of which only New Zealands remains), big rifts such as the one in western Africa. Of course, the real answer is that there is no answer - continents are arbitrary, it is based on how we define them.

Before you ask, yes a lot of us play minecraft, and yes it is pretty geologically accurate (for a game with only two types of rock anyway).
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Male 798
I lol`d at Antarctica.


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Female 833
liking the 1984 reference.
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Male 1,196
this is stupid
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Female 7
Come on... Lot of American people think that Europe is a country. Imagine if they now learn that there is only one continent for Europe and Asia "Eurasia", less people will know about Ukraine, France, Belgium, Croatia...
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Male 4,902
Why does it matter? We`re all floating around on the same sh*t ball anyway.
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Male 352
Go the North Island Continent!
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Male 12,138
It`s all a bit arbitrary. Which was kinda the point of this vid. I assume.
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Male 985
ENDERMAAAN
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Male 11,739
42, which is clearly the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
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Female 77
How about none?
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Male 5,314
really stupid. 7 is the answer you`re looking for.
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Male 15,184
"Skipper: I count Atlantis. Trust me, lemur, if you had my security clearance, you would too."
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Male 19
Ding ding ding we got a winner
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Male 749
My elementary school geography book said 7. Since that was way back in the 1960`s when we were still a Christian nation, I`ll assume that that number was selected based on biblical canon and is divinely inspired. Case closed!

/troll
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Female 2,674
There`s obviously 7.
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Male 3,310
No, the cultural argument is not valid. That is referred to as Eurasia as far as a continent is concerned. Whoops. Continent fail and why would I watch the rest.
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Male 1,625
that dude needs to stop visiting reddit

"6, the answer is clearly 6"
thats what I get for letting the video finish while I`m posting me comment
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Male 6,737
Funny
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Male 3,477
On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers,
we are all crew members.
Now... "ENGAGE!"
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Male 10,338
There are 7 continents. I don`t care what this video said.
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Male 84
speak faster! you`re in a youtube video for christ`s sake!!!
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Male 15,510
Its "Colombia" not "Columbia"
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Male 266
Lol at that "not humanities studies" thing. Sci/tech ftw!
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Male 266
Continents are divided depending on which field you`re talking about. In geology, continents are landmasses, and in humanities, a combination of landmass and cultural ties
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Female 4,225
UII had a feeling this was made by the same guy who made the History of the Union Jack vid

Cool vids
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Male 51
Cant believe he didnt touch on the whole Australia/Oceania/Australasia thingo.
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Male 371
First, Teddy was involved in Panama, but it was actually jp morgan, super billionaire, who made panama happen. Roosevelt wanted to do it in Mexico; it would have cost less to do while giving ships a port in the middle of the canal. Second, I believe it`s political dividing that determines continents. Third, why does this even matter.
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Male 12,365
[quote]And why isn`t North down and South up?[/quote]

Because a standard orientation was useful and they picked that one. Why is east to the right and west to the left? Why aren`t maps on a diagonal, e.g. due west in the top right-hand corner? There isn`t any objectively correct orientation.

I suspect that the standard of putting north at the top of maps stems from the fact that a compass points north and the maps were drawn by people whose writing ran from top downwards.

If I recall correctly, maps used to be orientated with east at the top.
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Male 551
@Gerry1of1
Cause if that was the case, we would all
fall into space... Duh
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Female 1,589
I thought there was 7:
North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica.
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Male 1,586
Yea I always wondered why Europe and Asia were separate continents.
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Male 66
@Gerry1of1
everyone cant live in australia
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Male 2,440
The number of continents is irrelevant, just like the number of planets (excluding dwarf planets. Sorry Pluto).

Oh and btw there are 7 continents. :)
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Male 39,556

And why isn`t North down and South up?

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Female 1,743
42.
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Male 2,033
Link: How Many Continents Are there? [Rate Link] - How many do you want there to be?
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