April 17th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Quiz: the world's laziest country and a new Czech sensation

How much do you know about the world? This week, test your knowledge on questions about the world's laziest nation, who TIME readers consider the world's most influential person and what caused the Czech president to become a youtube sensation.

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  1. william carr

    Re. the interview with CEO of Pepsico. I was disappointed the way she was allowed to neatly bat away the idea that Pepsi and othe soft drinks companies were a major part of the problem of obesity. It was shown on screen tthat 80% of their products are so called 'fun' products. ie. unhealthy drinks. Of course she does not want to focus on her industry
    as it is a major part of the problem. Kids and adults don't drink juice, milk or water anymore. Most of them have the Cola habit. you go for 'happy meal' at a burger place what is the drink? Cola of some kind.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • ArtInChicago

      Why do you want people to abdicate personal responsibility? This is not crack and you are instantly addicted. Obesity is not from products. Obesity is from the over indulgence of products and not burning more than you consume. There are many who can enjoy a Pepsi and are not obese.

      April 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • Barry Martin

        I agree with ArtinChicago. Americans need to stop blaming product manufactures for their over indulgence. Moderation is the key. Americans complain about manufacturers however, and yet, they can't control themselves; to eat something healthy, exercise on the weekends (instead of sitting on the couch). And the bottom line; it's the individual DNA and genes that ultimately kill them so stop blaming others, test your genes, and adjust your intake to compensate for bad genes!

        April 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Ally

      I agree that regular soda is high in calories, and when people choose to drink too much...they gain weight. But as for the "happy meal" thing....They've offered low fat milk as a drink option for years.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • NODAT1

      typical response from someone who has been misled all their lives by those who believe that a strong central government will save them.......blame everyone else for your problems. Next time when you see or here about a problem instead of pointing at everyone in order to ease your little mind on the real problem, stand in front of the mirror and point you will soon find out that most of your problems can be solved if you just took a little bit of personal responsibility

      April 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  2. michael snow

    note: in the quiz, Holland was listed as a country, Netherlands is the country, Holland is a region within The Netherlands

    April 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Thomas Struszka

      Note too..when I ship international packages tothe netherlands, USPS software rejects recognzing the country. It asks for "Holland". No joke...

      April 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      Yeah seems like it's interchangeable now who knows

      April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • MrBo

      I hope you don't say "America" when referring to the United States of America, since America is a continent, not a country.
      Unfortunately Holland and America are two common incorrect terms used by people to refer to the Netherlands and the USA, respectively.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • Barry Martin

        when ever any one refers to "America", it is the same as "the United States of America". Brazilians do not refer to themselves as "America" or "American" – they would refer to themselves as "South Americans". The term "North American" would generally refer to the United States and Canada. So yes, America means "the United States of America" and we're proud to have taken the name (versus the European countries who have yet to have one entity carry the "Europe" name).

        April 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • mike

        @ BARRY MARTIN – you're a moron!!, what about Mexico? you never hear a country refer to them as a CONTINENT because no one else is that arrogant!!, you don't hear Canada o Mexico calling themselves AMERICAN.

        April 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • Paul

        North America includes Canada, USA and Mexico. USA people commonly refer to themselves as American and their country as America. And that is pretty well understood by most. A Brazilian would say he's a Brazilian, not a South American. Same for a Chilean. Of note is that the spanish term norteamericano refers solely to USA people, not Canadians.

        April 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • pierce

        I totally agree. Why have we appropriated the name America when Vespuci foretold and Columbus encountered the Americas.
        The Americas, from the arctic north down to central America and to the tip of Argentina and Chile, near the South Pole.
        America represents all on two continents, not just a geographic entity with relatively recently drawn borders that anoints the U.S..

        It is so self indulgent and so elitist to refer to our country as America when it is the United States of America.
        Only, in the U.S., can a people appropriate the natives' land but also appropriate a name in the quest to further subjugate it.

        April 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • kake79

      And they spelled Tajikistan as "Tajikstan"... they forgot an "i".

      April 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  3. doug

    I hope Fareed is paid well by the Wite House for shamelessly selling its policies. It's not exactly journalism.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • JLS639

      I have said it before and I will say it again: Fareed is a kiss-up to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. He writes intelligent-sounding but low substance articles that flatter the people in office and business leaders and is rewarded with prominence and access.

      April 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  4. K Johnson

    The Chairman of Pepsico was extremely interesting. As I understand it, in India they some sort of open, public meetings between government leaders and business leaders. It just makes sense. There needs to be a relationship between business leaders and government officials when it comes to economic policy. It just needs to be public.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  5. Les Fenton

    Didn't Pepsi just loose it's number 2# position of soft drinks sold to Diet Coke. I'm in no way claiming to be an expert in Pepsico's business process but if she's close to the top of one of the largest markets for Pepsi in the world; that doesn't sound like a success story to me. You went on to involve her in a series of questions related to an evaluation of President Obama's performance as a leader. Her answers reminded me of the table of contents I browse through (while I'm looking for someplace to put down my coffee) on the paper back shelf of most airport variety stores.

    Other than the fact that she made the list of fortune 500s most powerful women, is she the best person you could find to provide a winning business strategy for the US. I doubt that I'm alone in picking up the obvious fact that the qualfying criteria underlyinng your choices of topics and interviews are without a 2nd agenda. I'll give a couple of more chances to either 1) improve your technique or be 2) be more honest with your audience.
    I sincerely hope you chose #2.
    Les Fenton,

    Les Fenton

    April 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  6. Peter Spina

    Was the pen given to Klaus as a present?

    April 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  7. John Howard Fowler

    In re: INNOVATION:
    American preeminence in innovation during the last century was the fruit of a lively and vigorous capitalism, where competition between businesses drove research and development. Ironically, this vigorous competition was enabled by equally vigorous government regulation.

    Those who believe that capitalism can remain healthy on its own have naively overlooked the fact that markets are free only to the extent that government regulates and insists on that freedom. Without government oversight, the natural tendency of corporations is to merge, controlling the market by oligopolistic or monopolistic means rather than by innovation.

    Historically, the development of oligopolies has lead to technological and economic stultification. "The invisible hand" is only a heuristic device. Capitalism works very well for us, but only so long as regulators are allowed to counteract the natural tendency toward oligopoly inherent in the system. If no corporation were allowed to control more than 20% of the domestic market and if tax breaks for the largest corporations were removed, the impetus to increase profits by producing improved products would increase. Look at how telephone technology blossomed after Ma Bell was broken up! If, as seems likely, AT&T recovers oligopolistic control over the phone market, what are the odds that the improvements will continue?

    April 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply

    I have dealt with customers from around the world, and the Czechs are a bunch of criminals, they do the most outregous things to defraud you, the second in my line of the worst are the chinese and the indonesians, boy if you ever deal with those people be careful.

    April 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  9. j. von hettlingen

    Ms. Indra Nooyi made a point, when she mentionend repatriating foreign cash of American companies, that make huge profits abroad. The cash doesn't flow back into America, because of high tax-rate. Isn't it a paraox, that you don't want to raise tax for fear of losing the support of the rich, yet maintain a high tax-rate for foreign cash? It doesn't encourage companies to bring money back to the country.

    April 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  10. jim

    wrong – like a true liberal – why as a small business owner would i ever aspire to grow just to give all my growth income to the gov !!! you guys need to read your history again, the ghettObomics approach failes everywhere it's been implemented, see the great Ghetto's of the past in Europe for starters.

    April 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  11. Ernie Wright

    Fareed, for the second week you have chosen a main guest who it can best be said represents 1/1000 of one percent of the people who make up the "Global Public Square". Two simple questions about obesity and health with no follow ups. The gender or country of origin of the Pepsico CEO are so removed from what the world faces today that you rprogram is fast becoming an examination of the global elite and what they think of the billions of us who, in the case of Pepsico, must face the exhaustion of the world's grain supply bid up bya a company that combines it with corn syrup and salt, a company that exhausts local water supplies by combining it with sugars and chemicals and then marking up the product by 1500 percent. Pepsico floods the airwaves with ads that cater to the young, the uninformed the developing world that sees these nutrition-less products are a step up in class and to those who cannot afford nutritious food and must settle;e for the easily available junk packaged in materials that are not recyclable.

    Do your viewers a favor, place a caption benearth each of your guests stating the average annual income and what percentil of the world's workers they fall within. IN fact, do it for your self. HGow can you sincerely believe taht we are being informed when your guests all but live on another planet and they and you fall within a wealth demographic that means none of you will ever face the reality the rest of us face.

    Tax cuts, entitlements, health care, globalalization, Libya, Iran, American Politics, the same media figures taht populate every new program on CNN and CNN World...waht are you trying to accomplish.

    Your program has provided me with one new significant piece of objective information over the past month.

    I first saw you on the Daily Show and the web where your insights were fresh and meaningful.

    Your subsequent success has blinded you, as it does the rest, to why you were respected.

    So, how much do you make? What are the benefits you receive from CNN and the magazine? What do you charge for a speech. What is your expense account? Where do you say overseas? DO you have a limo on call?

    IIN brief, who are you? What have you become?

    April 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • ramin

      I love your comments. You are awesome. You just forgot to mention one fact. He has a very strong relation with UK. Most of people he brings to his program are British. I believe he is on the British (British petroleum) payroll. Also the money has made him to loose his compassion for humanity if he ever had it in the first place. In summary his program has become a joke to me. CNN should fire him I believe.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  12. Stephen Martin

    Could NOT believe Moori's comments re filling USA's hospitals and doctors' offices with medical tourism patients. She is clearly NOT working class and does not seem to realize that there are NOT enough doctors in the country as it is. I just made an appointment to see my MY doctor – earliest he can see me is 3 months from now, and Noori wants to invite foreigners into the country to further clog the system? She's a fool.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Barry Martin

      And you think Americans are aspiring to become doctors? Sorry dude. It is the Indians, and Asians who continue to aspire to become doctors; ingrained in their minds by their parents and grandparents. What do Americans teach their kids? To become vets, fireman, or a wrestler. It's the same thing all over. We (America) do not produce enough scientist, engineers, doctors, and intellectual people. We produce a lot of actors and great innovators (i.e. social network/media companies). But be serious. Look at most of the innovative US companies; they were founded or are run by Americans who immigrated from abroad. America NEEDS immigrants to create innovation or it dies as an innovative country; the way the British and other countries who failed to become innovative with new ideas.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  13. Donio

    That's an easy question!!! The laziest nation is America!!!! No one want to push the Government to control speculators in the oil and gas markets, espically the gas market. No one wants to push the government to fix any of our problems, they just sit and listen to the bull $hit line from Washington that they are discussing the problem while Americans will wait for ever for someone else to get something done.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Barry Martin

      The current 3rd generation of Americans are lazy. Of course. They don't have the work ethics of their forefathers, the ingenuity and innovation, and creativity, let alone the "hard work" ethics. The 3rd generation are lazy coach potatoes accepting the fact that graduating (if any) from High School is good enough. They don't aspire to become smarter yet they expect everything for free, to given to them. No wonder why China will be taking over America soon. Wait a minute, the Chinese already own most of America (i.e. the Americans now have to work to pay off their debt to the Chinese, etc.). What kind of life and nation have we created? What independence. What freedom. These have been given away now.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • pierce

        3rd generation of Americans? Well, dont be a piker. If you had consulted me or similar Americans you would have found we are Hispanic and Indian and we go back, um, 400 years on the Hispanic side and 25,000 years on the American Indian side of the family.
        I am trying to figure out how the 3rd generation of Americans suddenly appeared in the early 1900, pilgrim.

        April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Kay

      It's lazy to always expect any government to fix your problems.

      April 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  14. ACE

    I know who the lasiest people in our Government are Republicans they answer no to everything and get nothing done

    April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  15. pierce

    Laziest, i hear, are millions trapped in American black ghettos. With few recreational facilities, they tend to watch a lot of TV and movies, play video games but rarely take physical exercise. Fast foods and fatty foods are also taking their toll and high blood pressure is prevalent.
    It could be said that we are doing the opposite of starving a people, driving them to dietary and sedentary graves because their is little elbow room in those areas.'

    April 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  16. jim

    if all the workers in all the countries would work harder and create massive profits for people who don't need it–if they would keep developing and paving the earth–we could kill our grandchildren much faster –lets have a wanton orgy of progress and economic growth like unto a malignant tumor–work harder EVERYONE!–lets GIT'ER DONE!

    April 20, 2011 at 6:49 am | Reply
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