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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for Dec. 16, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the Dec. 9, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Gold medal round(about)." Member isabelavijay managed to prove not only that the Trivia Geek can't type, can't edit, and can't tell the difference between two different Scandinavian countries, but that he doesn't know much about the biography of one Alfred Nobel.

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This week's quibble comes from the Dec. 9, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Gold medal round(about)." TechRepublic member isabelavijay managed to prove not only that I can't type, can't edit, and can't tell the difference between two different Scandinavian countries, but that I don't know much about the biography of one Alfred Nobel:

"You mentioned in your article Alfred Nobel the Swiss scientist, could be a typo but he was actually a Swede."

Yes, Alfred Nobel was Swedish and, I swear, I totally knew that. Going through my version history on my word processor, it looks like I fat-fingered his description as a Swedish chemist by calling him a Swish chemist — this opens up a whole other line of misunderstanding — which my spell-checker interpreted as Swiss. Upon rereading the article before submission, I clearly failed to notice I'd changed old Alfred's country of origin.

TechRepublic member tommy.petersson wanted to chalk this up to a "standard American" willful geographic ignorance but I assure you, dear readers, that, firstly, this ignorance was not willful and, secondly, no one has ever accused me of being representative of the typical American.

Nonetheless, I apologize to the Nobel estate and to collective peoples of Sweden and Switzerland. I meant no offense. Thanks for the quibble, and keep them coming!

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