Day 17: Sunday, 30 April 2023 – Where Are They?

Frankly, I dunno. Scattered, I assume. Some Teams taking the Southern Route to Sarajevo, others the Northern Route. So, let’s say they are in Belgrade today.

Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia. Which, like the fragile glass mosaic of ethnicities it was, inevitably broke up into seven independent states after General Josip Tito died (1980) and 1991 when Slovenia and Croatia where the first to split due to irreconcilable differences. Of course, feelings were hurt and national pride was at stake. To say nothing of base religious animosities. Battles were waged, wars were fought, atrocities occurred & genocides took place. Humans!?

Anyway, here’s hoping that is all in the past, and Belgrade today is a rough & tumble party town. And scenic too.

But while you are hear…the sounds of The Balkans is different…part dramatic, part thump-thump, part Middle Eastern…enjoy our Balkan Beats 2023 playlist of new & old songs from The Balkans.

Pre-Event Global Literacy Test (part deux): Yesterday we revealed the answers to four of the sixteen pre-event Global Literacy Test we gave to our participants at the event’s beginning. It was hard, but a chimp guessing would get 33% correct. Today we will do four more, let’s see how you do and we’ll show you how our Teams did.

5. There are 2 billion children in the world today, aged 0 to 14. How many children will there be in the year 2100, according to UN population experts.
A) 4 billion
B) 3 billion
C) 2 billion

6. Today the world’s population is 8 billion.The UN predicts that by 2100 the world population will increase by another 3 billion. What is the main reason?
A) There will be more children (age below 14)
B) There will be more adults (aged 14 to 74)
C) There will be more old people (age 75 and older)

7. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change last 100 years?
A) It more than double
B) It remained about the same
C) It decreased to less than half

8. How many 1-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease?
A) less than 20 Percent
B) 50 Percent
C) more than 80 Percent

Answers below…




5. C) There were 2.06 billion children in 2022, but by 2100, there will be less, fewer than 1.9 billion with global fertility rates expected to peak in 2050. (How’d you do? Just 5 of our 23 travelers got this correct.)

6. B) There will simply be more adults (14-74), 9.8 billion by 2050 & 11.2 billion by 2100. (Again, 5 of 23 aced this question.)

7. C) On average, 80,386 people are killed in natural disasters globally per year. This is just 25 percent of the number killed 100 years earlier (1907–1916), when it was 325,742 deaths per year. (Just four got this correct.)

8. C) 88% of children worldwide are vaccinated, according to WHO. Interestingly, in Camas County, Idaho, nearly 27 percent of the kindergarten population opted out of childhood vaccinations. The trend is rising in some states. (Five got this correct. How’d you do?)

Again, what drives our lack of global literacy? Seems just guessing we would score higher than being below the 33% average?

More from the Balkans tomorrow…

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