Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer?
Asked by: floundation-ga
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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.
Re: Cranium the Game - Wrong Answer?
Answered By: austin_trill-ga on 03 Jan 2003 16:15 PST
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: http://www.skyscrapers.com/english/worldmap/building/0.9/114294/ : "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" http://www.etravelplan.com/list.asp?ObjectID=9586 : "The United Nations Building occupies eighteen acres of international territory, separate from the United States and New York" http://www.letsgo.com/NYC/04-sights-757 : "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 http://www.playcranium.com/company_info/contact.asp 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"
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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 ... Carnegie
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