Africa is a Continent

Occasionally I see statements that “Africa is a continent” online, often wrapped in posturing that the bearer of this fact has esoteric wisdom and that lesser mortals are dumb. This reminds me of my old joke about vanity:

“Why can’t they be like us?”

“It would go to their heads.”

You can search online to see that short books for kids and some articles are written about this issue, indicating that there is some confusion for some people.

Consider how people can be confused. South America is a continent and South Africa is a country.

Instead of being vain about knowing a fact that others do not know, you can use this issue to wonder if you have misconceptions about other topics.