I accept your challenge.
Feel free to ask for a refund if you are unsatisfied with my answers.
Understand, however, that by the very nature of information seeking,
sometimes there is no answer, and sometimes there is not a complete
answer. I will indicate such, honestly, in my response below.
> PLEASE ANSWER ALL PARTS OF THIS QUESTION.
I'm not being "legal" here, but your request as stated is not
"please give me all the information for which I'm asking" rather
you are seeking guidance to the extent that information is available
for each part of your question. To require otherwise would be
> I need to get a list of all the countries in this world and their
> capitol cities.
This one is easy. The CIA World Factbook is issued annually by the
Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America. It lists
all the countries in the world as well as their capital cities.
You can find the latest copy (2001 edition) of THE WORLD FACTBOOK 2001
at the CIA web site here:
If you click on each country, then click on the link labeled
for each country, you will be able to determine the "capitol [sic]
of every country in the world. The entire work is, among other things,
listing of all countries and their capital cities.
> Then I need to get the a list of all the newspapers, magazines, tv
> shoes, radio shows, and all other forms of publications and places
> get news in every country in this world.
This one is a little harder. Since the category of "newspapers,
tv shoes [sic], radio shows, and all other forms of publications and
get news in every country in the world" is a dynamic category (i.e.,
entities are constantly arising and going out of business) by
a listing is not possible. To buttress my argument I would refer you
the arguments of Sir Anthony (Antonio) Panizzi to the British
the mid 19th century as to why he was unable to produce a full catalog
of the Royal Library in any timely manner (since that would be an
extensive response peripheral to this topic, I would request you
submit another question to Google Answers to which I, or any of my
expert colleagues, would be more than willing to respond). Basically,
Panizzi argued cogently to the Parliament about the specific issues
that made the production of such a catalogue an impossibility, yet,
the ongoing process of producing such a catalogue to be incredibly
Now that I have posited that such a list is impossible, I can
point you to a tool that I consider to be the most universal listing
print publications (newspapers and magazines as you are requesting)
throughout the world. It is called the OCLC UNION LIST OF PERIODICALS.
This is a proprietary database (i.e., you can't get to it "for free"
the internet) consisting of over 8 million records of serials holdings
OCLC member libraries. Basically, you have a constantly updated
of what is owned by over 41,000 libraries in "82 countries and
around the world." For information about OCLC products, including the
OCLC UNION LIST OF PERIODICALS I refer you to:
OCLC databases are not particularly expensive and are thus accessible
via many public libraries in the United States. I leave it to you to
inquire appropriately to your local libraries. This specific database
is the tool of choice for academic (university and college) libraries
for finding publications they do not own.
Regarding your desire to search for "all ... tv shoes [sic], [and]
I will reiterate the dynamic nature of this set of information also.
I would not hesitate to recommend that you start at:
Interestingly enough, I do NOT recommend that you search for
rather, that you select the following options on the above page in the
Television (alternatively "Radio")
Programs (there are currently 14,699 listings)
In order to find similar items (i.e., television and radio programs)
the rest of the world, do the following:
Starting (again) with:
click on the link near the bottom of the page labeled "World" which is
For each langauge listed you will have to be familiar with the
terminology per the example in English above (e.g., Arts -- Television
Programs). As an example, here is what one would do to find all
Televisione (o Radio)
In order to determine the terms used in each language, I recommend the
following translation web site:
Assuming English is your native tongue (an assumption I make merely
based upon the fact that your query herein is in English) you will
to select in the pull-down menu proffered that is labeled "Translate
the appropriate option such as "Translate from English to Italian." If
then enter a term such as "television" and click on the submit button,
will be given (e.g.) the Italian word for television which is
"televisione." Hopefully, this will help you to navigate the various
languages offered at the "Google World" site.
If this technique does not result in "all ... tv shoes [sic], radio
should nonetheless be the largest list you can possibly access via the
You can extend this same technique with regards to "other forms of
and, in fact, any other information resources you deem relevant.
> Then I need the contact information of every single company located
> Burkino [sic] Faso (I think that is how you spell it), Armenia, US,
> Russia, France, England, and Germany.
There are several approaches to getting this information. The most
one I know is to contact the appropriate representatives in the United
States for each of those countries and ask for assistance. In
you can contact the US political representation in each of those
for assistance countries. Basically, deal with American political
there, and foreign representation here.
Contact information can be found thus:
Russia (Moscow Embassy)
France (Paris Embassy)
England (see United Kingdom)
Germany (Berlin Embassy)
In order to find consulates and embassies in the United States
various countries, I recommend the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE KEY OFFICERS
To find all US companies (as you request) I recommend starting out at
web site for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the
database of all publicly traded entities:
Use the EDGAR database to retrieve required filings by all publicly
traded companies in the United States.
For privately traded companies, you can use any of the major internet
directories such as:
You can use the Yellow Pages listing. If you click on the option
(view list)" and select each category one at a time, you will get a
screen from which you can enter each state, one at a time, and
all listed business in that category for that state.
> Then I need a list of every single book published from the year 1 -
> 2002 in every single language.
This is another part of your question for which there is an imperfect,
still optimal, answer. In order to determine "every single book
from the year 1 - 2002" you will have to consult a number of different
resources. In the end, you will still never be able to come up with
a list since many items are self published, are not listed in the
indicated, etc. I would suggest a good starting place would be the
print resources (i.e., book):
Balay, Robert (ed.) GUIDE TO REFERENCE BOOKS 11th edition. Chicago :
American Library Association 1996.
This is a work that will list various countries union catalogs, books
series, etc. In addition to all the resources cited therein, I would
recommend the following "top level" resources for specific use:
OCLC WorldCat (proprietary database - ask at local libraries)
RLIN (proprietary database - look for access at university libraries)
The National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints; a cumulative author
list representing Library of Congress printed cards and titles
reported by other American libraries. Compiled and edited with the
cooperation of the Library of Congress and the National Union Catalog
Subcommittee of the Resources Committee of the Resources and
Services Division, American Library Association.
Published London, Mansell, 1968-1981. (volumes 1 - 754).
You are most welcome. I confess that this answer is not complete, but
I hope my
efforts assist you in answering your question. Should you feel this
insufficient, please feel free to ask for a full refund of your asking