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Author Miguel Mendes (6 months)
I think there are 6 continents:

Author simsom4343 (3 months)
I liked that pandemic 2 reference in there.

Author Bonfire (3 months)
1 Continent:


Author columbus8myhw (4 months)
To all the people posting comments saying, *"THERE ARE SEVEN CONTINENTS!!"*

Did you even *watch* the video?!

Author MEX Beto AZTK (1 month)
America its a continent not a country 

Author Peter Loch (16 days)
Madagascar: "Shut down everything!" This guy has obviously played
Pandemic 2.

Author Brilliance (21 day)
2 continents:My ass and not my ass

Author Muhamad Iqbal (1 month)
2:23 can anyone explain the "Honshu (Rule 34 Island)" thing?

Author Jordan3D (6 days)
I loved the 1984 reference in this :D

Author Jude Pelaez (7 months)
There are just two continents
1. The entire Western Hemisphere
2. The entire Eastern Hemisphere

Author DeltaV (2 months)
Who has Oceania always been at war with, Eurasia or Eastasia? I can never

Author djunior874 (5 months)
Seven continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia,
Oceania/Australasia, Africa, Antarctica. Confused about Oceania? These are
its countries:

1 Australia
2 New Zealand
3 Papua New Guinea
4 Fiji
5 Solomon Islands
6 Vanuatu
7 Samoa
8 Tonga

Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei and Singapore: The
Malay Archipelago lies on the border of Oceania and Asia. Depending on the
interpretation of the border, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia can be
considered transcontinental countries and East Timor, Brunei and Singapore
can be in either side.

Author Ashley L (6 months)
Is Australia the continent? Or is it Oceania? My geography teacher says
it's Oceania but I've always learned it as Australia. 

Author Alexandre Boucher (1 month)
I've always learned America as one continent. That's why it pissed me off
when I started hearing US-people calling their country America and calling
themselves Americans. It still kinda does.

Author William Tiley (2 days)

The continent in which Australia (and probably Indonesia) belong to is
either called "Oceania" or "Australasia".

I get so annoyed when people confuse this.

Author Hashtag (3 months)
Lets go by Culture

-Central-South America (Mexico, Belize, Colombaia, Argentina) - Latin
America Continent
-North America (Canada, USA) - Canmerica Continent
-Caribbean (Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba) -West Indies Continent
-Western Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Germany) Colonizers Continent
- Easter Europe - Former Communist Bloc (Russia, Poland, Albania, Serbia,
-Sub-Saharan Africa - ( Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Nambia, Chad) Dark
Skinned Continent
-Middle East and North Africa (Moroccoco, Egypt, UAE, Iraq) Arab Continent
-Centeral Asia ( Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, The Other Stans) - Perso-Turk
-East Asia (China, Japan, Mongolia, Koreas, Tawian, Philipines,) -
Mongoloid Continent
-South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.) - Indian
-South East Asia (Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua, Vietnam, Singapore) -
East Indies Continent
-Antarctica just stands on its own, because it has no inhabitants that have
a culture.

If I missed anything, or made a huge mistake, please let me know. 

Author GlitchyShadow137 (6 days)
3 Continents and loads of Subcontinents.

Author TEXAS Jerome (23 days)
The answer is 4 (maybe 3)
Antarctica (optional because of ice)

Author Raddishist (12 hours)
Bugs me when people call it Australia and not Oceania. Australia is a
country. Not a continent.

Author etherraichu (1 day)
This was simpler when we just had a single massive supercontinent.

Author Bastro3000 (28 days)
So, you're saying that as a Canadian, I live on the same continent as some
Russian and Japanese? Booya!

Author J. Alexander (5 days)
I want 1 million continents 

Author Le Derp Français (12 days)
That is, depending what definition you use. If you use this one:

"one of the main landmasses of the globe, usually reckoned as seven in
number (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and

Whitout any mentions of oceans, that changes shit a lot doesn't it,
smartass? xD

Author jman6866 (18 days)
Where i am from i was taught that there are continents

1- America
2- Europe
3- Asia
4- Africa
5- Oceania
6- Antartica

Author Paladin Luke (3 months)
There 10 are continents:
1. Europe
2. Asia
3. Russia
4. Middle-East
5. Americas
6. Africa
7. Eastern Antartica
8. Western Antartica
9. Oceana
10. Artic

Author José Daniel Rojas Arias (2 months)
I Love your videos, but there's a HUGE error in this one:
ColUmbia, is a USA state, whilst ColOmbia is the country of which Panama
used to be a part.

Author SpeedLord77 (1 month)
6?? sorry but no, there are clearly 7
Eurasia is not a thing.

Author Alejandro MiddleCorn (3 months)
South America considers "America" as a single continent?

Super dumb.

The WHOLE America (specially Latin America) considers America as a single
Excluding (obviously) the U.S. ("cough" nameless country "cough") and
Canada, who consider America as one country.

Also, you need to remember that Mexico is part of Latin America and it is
in NORTH America.
Not in South, not in Center. In the North.

Author 12Me21 (5 days)
Antarctical looks so awesome without snow and ice!

Author Matthew H (28 days)
Baffin island is part of Canada if I'm not mistaken so, I don't think it
could be considered a continent.

Author Cisum Music (5 days)
Russia and alaska aren't seperated by an ocean so its really
Afro-Eurasiarica. And the southeastern asian islands are visible from
australia so that would make it ONE GIANT THING!
except for antarctica because its just an archipelago 

Author Edward Bottle (16 days)
lol at "Honshu (Rule 34 Island)"

Author R4V3-0N (4 months)
There are only 2 continents.

USA, and not Freedomed Yet.

Author Guss De Blöd (28 days)
rule 34 island, lol'd!

Author daniel alozie (6 days)
Eurocentrism caused this BS

Author Tiff Zheng (1 month)
I think there should be 9.
1. Europe
2. Asia (currently east & southeast)
3. India (includes bangladesh, nepal, etc)
4. Arabia (all middle eastern countries)
5. Africa
6. North America
7. South America
8. Australia (includes oceania)
9. Antarctica 

Author Long Nguyen (15 days)
There are two:
One dominated by the Fire Nation
The other divided and inhabited the other 3 resentful nations that are
secretly plotting.

Author GroovingPict (23 days)
In Norwegian we have two words for continents... or to put it another way,
you English speaking folks have only one word to describe two things that
should really be treated differently. We have "kontinent" (which I dont
think I need to translate ;) ) and "verdensdel" (which literally means just
"world part" or "part of the world"). Eurasia is a "kontinent"; Europe and
Asia are "verdensdeler".

Author A Piot (6 days)
2: Belgium and the rest of the world.

Author Daniel Venegas (3 months)
I'm Colombian and Usa stole us Panama fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Author Lena Cui (1 month)
omg dat austrailia tho

Author Mark Nguyen (2 days)
I was always taught continents where land masses that where their own
continental plates.

Author Abraham Lincoln (5 days)
By most standards, there are a maximum of seven continents - Africa,
Antarctica, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South
America. Many geographers and scientists now refer to six continents, where
Europe and Asia are combined (because they're one solid landmass called
Eurasia). But Turkey and Russia is in 2 continents, Asia and Europe, so
lets count both as Europe, both capitals are in Europe anyway (Istanbul and

There may be 3 continents, Afro-Eurasia (Africa, Europe and Asia), Americas
(South America and North America) and wait... can I make a new continent
called Antarctic-Oceania?

So maybe 7 continents, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Oceania
(Australia), Antarctica and Africa. But to me... I think there are 6
continents. Nobody lives in Antarctica, and its "squished on the bottom of
the map".

P.S: *Lets all agree on 6 continents, agree?*

Author Jordan W (18 days)
There is one continent. You see, Asia is connected to Europe. Eurasia is
connected to Africa. Afro-Eurasia is connected to Australia.
Afro-Australia-Eurasia is connected to Alaska (through Russia). Alaska is
part of the Americas. Afro-Australia-Eurasia-American super continent.

Author Mats Liesker (26 days)
Europe and Asia are split by the Ural Mountains.

Author maxandsyd14 (16 days)

Author sebastiangallegoceba (3 months)
I love your content Grey, your videos and your podcasts are amazing.
However, it's ColOmbia, not ColUmbia. I'm Colombian and this is as
offensive to us as for an American to call New Jersey(I live there) "Pretty
much New York"

Cheers. Keep up the awesome videos :P

Author Conspiracy_risk (4 days)
1984 reference? This makes me love you even more CGP Grey!

Author Peter Smythe (15 days)
1. divide everything up by plate boundaries.

2. pick the biggest continuous landmass within each that takes up over 25%
of the plate's total area. Forfeit everything else to neighboring
continents. If no such landmass exists, consider it an oceanic plate.

3. Continental Islands become associated with whichever continent they are

So the results become:

1. North and south America are each their own continents.
2. Eurasia is one continent, including that part of Russia and Japan.
3. Australia is one continent.
4. Africa is one continent.
5. India and Arabia are their own continents.
6. Antarctica is a permanently frozen Icecap at the moment. Not sure what
would happen if you removed all the ice, it's possible that the altitudes
there would increase and it would become a continent.

Author Jagrfmiirg Tar-In-Minyatur (9 days)
i think the definition would be, if the world was a cookie, and you shook
it, the pieces are continents. Africa would separate from Eurasia, as would
the Americas.

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