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“Geopolitics for Dummies” Sells Out After US Senator Asks if Africa is “Near Mexico”

In a move that has left international relations experts clutching their pearls and history teachers weeping into their grading notebooks, Senator Bartholomew Fauxpas has unwittingly triggered a national phenomenon. During a Senate hearing on foreign policy, the esteemed Senator inquired with a furrowed brow, “Isn’t Africa, you know, near Mexico?”

The internet, naturally, erupted. Memes flooded social media depicting bewildered globes with Africa inexplicably relocated next to Mexico. Late-night talk shows feasted on the gaffe, with montages of confused tourists asking for directions to the pyramids in Cancun. Meanwhile, bookstores across the country witnessed an unexpected surge in a particular self-help tome: “Geopolitics for Dummies.”

“We can’t keep them in stock,” exclaims a bewildered bookseller, shelves emptied where the basic geography guide once resided. “Apparently, a little basic knowledge of continents is back in fashion.”

The Senator, ever the charmer, has attempted to downplay the incident. “Look, folks,” he bumbled during a press conference, “maps can be tricky. They’re all squiggly lines and stuff.” This only served to fuel the firestorm of ridicule.

However, amidst the mockery, a silver lining emerged. Schools across the nation reported a renewed interest in geography classes. “Suddenly, students are asking actual questions about continents and hemispheres,” a relieved teacher remarked. “Maybe this is the wake-up call we needed.”

Online courses on global affairs saw a dramatic rise in enrollment. International news outlets reported a spike in website traffic, with users desperately searching for “Africa location.” Social media saw the rise of the hashtag #LearnYourContinents, filled with good-natured (and sometimes not-so-good-natured) quizzes and infographics.

Whether this newfound interest in geography will be a fleeting fad or a genuine shift in educational priorities remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: Senator Fauxpas, despite his best (or worst) efforts, may have inadvertently sparked a national conversation about the importance of basic global awareness. And that, in this increasingly interconnected world, might just be a small victory for geopolitics, for dummies or otherwise.

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