Countries by Haiku #2

We wrote a haiku / for these seventeen countries / can you guess them all?
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The giant lizards / which are found on Komodo / sometimes kill humans
Indonesia
Montana is cold / imagine a whole country / even further north
Canada
Russia on one side / Germany on the other / nineteen thirty-nine
Poland
With monks who wear orange / and pagodas aplenty / once had a junta
Myanmar
A crazy rich place / speaking English and Chinese / the Lion City
Singapore
Grenades being thrown / in the city of Malmö / can you believe it?
Sweden
The king of Belgium / who once owned this whole country / was not very nice
D. R. Congo
"Oh man" said Oman / this country that we border / has a civil war
Yemen
Up in the mountains / a tiny little country / between France and Spain
Andorra
Sinbad departed / from the city of Basra / to sail seven seas
Iraq
Looks like gazpacho / but it's made with beets instead / our national dish
Ukraine
How did it happen / when Yugoslavia split / we got the coastline
Croatia
Fly to Arusha / to see the mighty mountain / Kilimanjaro!
Tanzania
Find yourself a boat / sail due West from Colombo / one day you land here
Somalia
Our long history / throwing people from windows / defenestration!
Czech Republic
Capital city / in the middle of nowhere / shaped like an airplane
Brazil
We're in the E.U. / but we're closer to Asia / and Africa too
Cyprus
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2020
Actually, sailing due west from Colombo, you'll find yourself in the Maldives. (And if you head west from there, you're likely to be hijacked by pirates.)
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2020
I suppose it's possible that you could bump into a Maldive, depending on what part of Colombo you left from. That will be accepted now.
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2020
"a maldive" sounds so funny i cant explain
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Level 72
Nov 5, 2020
Technically Belgium should work for #7
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2020
He did not own the country of Belgium. He PERSONALLY owned Congo.
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Level 81
Nov 7, 2020
Yep, and that's why the "Congo Free State" was in fact a lawless area, where overseers could exploit the indigenous populations with absolutely no mercy. I'm not sure that Leopold II himself really realized what was going on there before the scandal broke.
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2020
Nice work. But the junta / pagodas / monks one has blown the haiku form. Lose "a" and "and"?
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2020
Not so easy to just drop a word, but I reordered things to work now. Thanks!
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Level 60
Nov 6, 2020
Still doesn't work, there are six syllables in the first line.
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Level 74
Nov 6, 2020
How about 'With orange-dressed monks"?
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Level ∞
Nov 6, 2020
Oh, I get it. This is another US/UK thing. You can here the differences in pronunciation here:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/orange

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Level 79
Jan 10, 2021
Okay, I still don't get it. There's little difference between the US and UK pronounciations of orange beyond the vowel sound. What they have most in common is that they are both two syllables. So what am I missing? Either way, "With monks who wear orange" is six syllables, not five. Help!
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Level 45
Jan 10, 2021
The pronunciation of "orange" in this case (I am Canadian so idk if it's the British of the American that I use) makes sense from my perspective, as I pronounce it as "ornge" rather than "O-range".
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Level 73
Nov 5, 2020
Okay, I do not get "shaped like an airplane"... What am I missing?
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2020
Brasilia is a planned city, carved out of the jungle in the 60s. The city planner used a cross axis design for the central part of the city and it resembles an airplane. It's quite a unique city, was fortunate to visit about 10 years ago.
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2020
Wikipedia photo shows it reasonably well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras%C3%ADlia#/media/File:Vista_parcial_do_Distrito_Federal,_Brasil.jpg

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Level 65
Nov 6, 2020
Bosnia, Montenegro and Slovenia also have coasts.

Bosnia's is massive!

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Level 67
Nov 7, 2020
How do Bosnians go to the beach? One at a time.
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Level 58
Nov 13, 2020
Gotta be careful with that foot placement, or you'll be invading Croatia twice.
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Level 70
Nov 6, 2020
I love the last one! A nice little joke, considering all the discussions the Quizmaster must have seen on this website.
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2020
well to be fair, cyprus should not be considered asian. HEAR ME OUT. The only difference between europe and asia is a cultural. youll never really find a clean border, like there is with africa and asia. and as cyprus is cultutrally european, you should consider it as that.
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Level 81
Nov 7, 2020
Say that to the turkish half of the island ;).
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Level 63
Nov 12, 2020
Yeah, it's complicated. Cyprus is more culturally European but geographically Asian. East Timor is more culturally Asian but geographically Oceanian. Jetpunk isn't really consistent with this stuff, determining Cyprus by its geography but determining East Timor by its culture.
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Level 58
Nov 13, 2020
Nobody is consistent, really. Not that I've seen.
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Level 62
Jan 10, 2021
We're all Earthlings. Anything else is arbitrary convention.
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2020
Ukraine, keeping Schrute Farms the most lucrative business in greater Scranton.
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Level 64
Jan 10, 2021
Grenades in Malmo? Not sure what that means.
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Level 64
Jan 10, 2021
Interesting...
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Level 52
Jan 10, 2021
The "Looks like gazpacho / but it's made with beets instead / our national dish", when u mean like Gazpacho i'm thinking about "cold" soup, because you don't eat the Gazpacho hot like borscht

And the clues clearly refer to lithuania's national soup, saltibarsiai, that are made of beets, is one of the national dishes and someway is similar to gazpacho (cough, cold).

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Level 60
Jan 13, 2021
I thought it was Lithuania too.
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Level 47
Jan 10, 2021
Explain to me how Brazil is shaped like an airplane
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Level ∞
Jan 10, 2021
Brasilia is shaped like an airplane, not Brazil.
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Level 72
Jan 10, 2021
When Yugoslavia "split." Haha I see what you did there. :)
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2021
Fun fact: the English version of a Haiku doesn't really match the Japanese definition. The Japanese Haiku doesn't take into account the ever present diphthong. "The highway cowboy" would count as 5 syllables in English, but would be 10 vowel sounds in Japanese. On an unrelated note, "orange" is two syllables unless it's being rushed--I assume like foliage and similar words where saying it properly goes out the window when a person is in a rush.
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Level 55
Jan 13, 2021
Orange can be one syllable in certain accents, especially American