The round on flags of the world is also somewhat troubling. We look at a banner, printed in miniature and speculate that something about its colors suggest Eastern Europe (it is not). We are wrong. Knowing the colors of a country's national soccer players only gets us so far (hello, Ukraine!), because only thirty-two teams competed in the World Cup. There are even a few countries whose existence was unknown to me [/us] before tonight. How does this happen? Even worse, I have already forgotten their names.
Rather than study up on vexillology, I'm going to read the second chapter of the new Jennifer Egan book. I felt really smart, wearing a new corduroy jacket from the Nordstrom sale, shopping at at the University Bookstore for new hardcover fiction.