The U.S. May Be Ready to Bomb Syria, but Can You Find Its Capital?

Try this exercise that lets you test your Syria knowledge against the general public. .photo.left{display:none;}

National Journal
Matt Vasilogambros
Aug. 29, 2013, 10:13 a.m.

Amer­ica’s mis­siles can — and likely soon will — find Syr­ia’s cap­it­al. But can Amer­ica’s cit­izens?

We’re find­ing out, thanks to a new game from usvs­ that asks users to pin­point Dam­as­cus on a blank map, and then com­pare their geo­graph­ic acu­men with oth­ers.

Giv­en some of the more em­bar­rass­ing data about the pub­lic’s abil­ity to loc­ate Ir­aqAfgh­anistan, or even the United States of Amer­ica on a map, there’s cause for con­cern. But here’s your chance to go toe-to-toe with the pub­lic. Try it out

For the re­cord I was 76 miles off — about twice the dis­tance between D.C. and Bal­timore:


And here’s how I stacked up with my pre­vi­ous 500 com­pet­it­ors: