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Q: Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: floundation-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 03 Jan 2003 15:49 PST
Expires: 02 Feb 2003 15:49 PST
Question ID: 137170
I was playing the game Cranium (fun game). The True or False question
was this: "This building is in New York City."  It showed a picture of
the United Nations row of flags (and building behind it).  I answered
False because I was almost positive that it was a trick question.  In
eighth grade, we visted New York City (and the UN building) and
learned that (I swear) it is not on "American soil," therefore making
it not a part of New York City.  The answer says "True - It is the
headquarters of the United Nations, located on the east river in
Manhattan."  I think that this answer is incorrect.  I am looking for
proof that I am either wrong or right (substantial primary proof). 
And if I am right (and the card is wrong), I want an address where I
can write to them to correct them.  Thank you.
Subject: Re: Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer?
Answered By: austin_trill-ga on 03 Jan 2003 16:15 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings, floundation!
You are correct.  The United Nations building is officially located on
international territory and is not part of the United States.  This
information can be found at several sites: :
"The UN Headquarters site is officially international territory, not
part of the United States - making New York the only state with a hole
in it" : "The United
Nations Building occupies eighteen acres of international territory,
separate from the United States and New York" : "Though located along what
would be First Ave., the UN is international territory and not under
the jurisdiction of the US, let alone New York".
Cranium Inc., the makers of the Cranium board game, can either be
contacted via web form at or via snail
mail/phone/fax at:
Cranium, Inc.
2025 First Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121 USA 
Phone: 206-652-9708
Fax: 206-652-1483
It is always interesting - and frustrating - when a popular board game
has an error in the answer.  I recall clearly playing the first
edition Trivial Pursuit that had the question "Who has Miranda say,
'Oh brave new world, that has such people in it!'" answered with
"Aldous Huxley", when the answer should have been Shakespeare.  Huxley
just got the title of a book from the quote!
Take care and have a prosperous new year.  Good catch!
Search strategy:
"united nations building" "part of the united states"
"united nations building" "international territory"
"cranium board game"
"cranium inc"
floundation-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
great job :0)

Subject: Re: Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer?
From: carnegie-ga on 03 Jan 2003 16:33 PST
Dear Floundation,

I know what they'll say when you complain: that the building is still
in New York even though it is on a piece of territory that is not
administered by New York.  One of Austin_Trill's quotations says, "...
making New York the only state with a hole in it", and the UN
territory is in New York in the same sense that the hole is _in_ New
York: both are within the confines of New York without being part of
it.  We don't say that the hole in New York cannot be in New York
because it's a hole and therefore not part of New York!  So perhaps
you and they are both right ...


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