Blair Leatherwood wrote:
> On 11/12/13, 10:42 AM, John W. Kennedy wrote:
>> On Friday, November 8, 2013 1:09:10 AM UTC-5, Joe Chicago wrote:
>>> I just found a YouTube thing called Star Wreck, an Eastern European
>>> spoof on both ST:TNG and Bab 5. Fairly amusing. They even made a
>>> point of having Garabaldi put his hands in his pockets!
>> Although Finland is in Europe and is eastern, it is not generally
>> regarded as "Eastern Europe", as it was never part of the Byzantine
>> Empire, is not Eastern Orthodox, has never been Turkic or Islamic, is
>> not Slavic, and was never a component or satellite of the Soviet Union.
Hmmm. It /was/ part of the Russian Empire for over 100 years, and the second
largest religious denomination is the Eastern Orthodox. As for the rest, true.
> Not only that, it's not usually considered Scandinavia--huge debate on
> that one, but I'm on the "it's not Scandinavian" side.
That depends on where one studied geography. We had the same discussion in
rec.sport.soccer. Some learn that the Scandinavian peninsula starts up at the
north kink. I, however, learned it as the "Scandinavian Tiger". (You can picture
it as a big cat form, Finland and parts of Russia being the hind legs and the tail.)
> Poor Finland. I think the only reason it exists is to have a language
> in which to dump all the consonants no one else uses.
What about Georgia, then? :)
No, no, you can't e-mail me with the nono.