T O P

What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Africa"?

What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Africa"?

recked_em

Africa


MarkHirsbrunner

Same here, I see a map of the continent first.


A_for_arson_is_fun

Same then my brain plays this is Africa by shakira over and over for 5 minutes


DemocraticRepublic

Tsch. Toto every time.


pablacho

THANK YOU for removing that pesky \_porque esto es africa\_ line of my head. Toto version is way better. Edit: param pam pam param pam paaaammmm... hell yeah!


observer152

That is what came to my mind . "Tsamina mina, eh eh Waka waka, eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa This time for Africa"


RektMan

fuck! sorry... you doomed me for at least the next 5 mins


ashamedprotein

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should...our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq, and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.


recked_em

Classic


Pugafy

I actually know that poor girls quote, but I still read this in Jeff goldblums voice in my head.


hamsterwheel

Reminds me of my favorite hand I played in Cards Against Humanity. "If you can't handle _____, you should stay out of _______" My cards were "The rhythms of Africa" and "Africa"


therealistestate

I love picking a good logical answer like this in Cards Against Humanity. Then the next time it’s my turn to choose a winner I’ll pick the most ridiculous just so there’s no clear trend in my judgment. Muahaha


redsyrinx2112

That's called judging like Norm (RIP). It can be really dirty or incredibly simple and stupid. Funny is funny!


Taolan13

And of course any card czar worth their deck size has that one card that almost always wins. For a potterhead I know "Daniel Radcliffe's delicious asshole" would win against most other comers.


Lucky8Levi

Africans with beards are just Africans without beards, with beards.


linkinZA

The number one cause of dehydration in africa is not drinking enough water.


smartfartvxvsvsa

Where life began .. Beautiful sunrises & sunsets! A continent like no other


Xzkorpyo

Toto


TinyNuggins92

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me awaaaaayy from you!


UngaBunga1167

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever dooooo


TinyNuggins92

I bless the rains down in Africa!


Eggsegret

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)


aasghari

The wild dogs cry out in the night As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company


greatfriendinrome

I know that I must do what's right , as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti


JukeBoxHero1997

I seek to cure what's deep inside, Frightened of this thing that I've become


athleticprogrammer

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you


PandaCommando69

There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do


WimbleWimble

Which is why africa is the only continent without vampires


TinyNuggins92

WimbleWimble gets it


sausage_sanga

I always thought it was "I guess it rains down in Africa"


President_Calhoun

I used to think it was, "Sure as Kilamanjaro rises like a lepress," as in a female leopard.


dust4ngel

or a lady with leprosy


missblissful70

We called the radio station to ask. He was confused. “You don’t know it says ‘I bless the rains down in Africa?’” We were two mortified teenagers.


UngaBunga1167

Gonna take some time to do the things we never haddddddd


stedman88

Like learning the basic geography of Africa?


NixaB345T

OOOOOOO ooooooo


Eternaltuesday

My brother used to sing “that a hundred men from Mars could ever do.” It kind of stuck, I often find myself singing his version instead.


Oldforestwalker

I actually thought that those were the lyrics until I read the above comment.


amyscactus

*\*PLAYS DRUMS WHILE EVERYONE SINGS\**


JamiSings

Fun fact, the song is about a guy who's never been to Africa. He's just romanticizing what he's seen on tv.


SeiCalros

thats a copout the song was BY a guy who had never been to africa romanticizing about what he saw on tv


Keithninety

Commonly heard misheard lyric: Just like Kilimanjaro rises like a leopress (female leopard) above the Serengeti. Real lyric: Just like Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.


OlDanboy

Wait people didn’t think it was Olympus?


Blues2112

For years I thought it was "like an Everest", which surprisingly keeps the sentiment nearly the same.


SlippinJimE

I had no idea anyone misheard that lyric. Lol I've not heard of that before.


The_beer_stein_way

I always thought it was Empress above the Serengeti till I checked out the lyrics.


Rocker6465

Bah, bah bah ba dah bum baaaaah, be de de do be de de do be de de do be de do


theLuminescentlion

Toto Wolff is Austrian though /s


EarlyOil8886

You beat me to it!


Deitaphobia

Toto Dogg is from Kansas.


gregben77

I hear the drums echoing tonight But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation She's coming in, 12:30 flight The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation I stopped an old man along the way Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies He turned to me as if to say "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you" It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do I bless the rains down in Africa Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh) The wild dogs cry out in the night As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company I know that I must do what's right As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do I bless the rains down in Africa Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh) Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain) I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa I bless the rains down in Africa (Gonna take the time) Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)


Appropriate-Sport757

Best song ever written, and my favorite song ever lol


jakedesnake

A song so good they named a continent after it


Lavande_mEi

Well...the map of Africa . Nothing too special


boot2skull

The shape of the continent for sure. Thing is massive too. Most map projections don’t do it justice.


Freefall84

It is special. Looks like an elephant with a rhino horn


Lavande_mEi

Nah i meant my imagination isn't special. Not the shape of the continent lmao


PulchritudoYarazu

Every 60 seconds in Africa, a minute passes


DopeTrack_Pirate

Every day people in Africa are getting older.


linkinZA

In Africa it is common for digital clocks to display a different time from the one displayed 60 seconds ago


sidewinder27

In Africa, height depends on how tall you are.


TrentonTallywacker

In Africa, it doesn’t matter if you are gay, straight or bisexual. at the end of the day, it’s night


usernameaeaeaea

Together we can stop that!


_-__-__-__-__-_-_-__

*Thanos’ smile intensifies*


FuckingHelga

Africans with beards are just Africans without beards, with beards


leavemealone_lol

Waka Waka ey ey


dionesav

Tsamina mina zangalewa This time for Africa!


sly_cooper25

Shit you beat me to it


dylankay04

Woah man. A fellow sly Cooper fan in the wild? Let's go


elysianyuri

Exactly my answer lmao


StrawberryGullible31

Yep


ImaGeekNotaNerd12

I don’t know why, but as a kid I hated that song. I’m pretty sure I heard some adult talking about how “suddenly she cares about Africa” or something, and I just grew up hating it.


Blackspawwor5

This is south Africa


clashpigsmk1

The landscape and the wildlife


Helltech

This


bleed_nyliving

Yeah my response was safari! I've always always wanted to go on one in Africa. Life goal for sure.


JeanGreg

I highly recommend Africa on Foot, in South Africa. https://www.africaonfoot.com/


Shiny_Hypno

Kruger National Park


FRL_ironicaim

The Nile River, then Egypt because I'm fascinated with its history


Amronimo11

Well can I interest you in sudan we are the first to build pyramids and have alot more than eygpt we also have nubia one of the oldest civilizations in the world and that is just the north


tristanjones

Also congrats to Sudan on ending the Guinea worm.


MrPoopyButthole901

This is without a doubt one of the coolest public health campaigns in modern history. Such an incredible change to quality of life for whole communities. Dracunculiasis is no joke and a couple feet long worm wrapping itself around my leg bones would not be ideal.


Vladimir_Putine

Insane to consider hook worm is on the rise 8n southern United States again....


WhichSpirit

Are there any particular places in Sudan you would recommend? I've wanted to visit since I was a little girl.


Amronimo11

Yeah port sudan, kerma, Merowe and the Nuba mountains just to name a few and if u are ever in Khartoum shoot me a message I can be your guide there if u wanna see the real sudan and the current "youth" culture


temalyen

I once had someone argue that Egypt "definitely" isn't in Africa and only an idiot would think it isn't in the Middle East. I mean... culturally, it's connected to the middle east, but it's sort of impossible to argue it isn't on the African continent. Dude didn't care and just kept insisting it isn't part of Africa. It never came up, but I kind of think the dude thought "Africa" was a county in and of itself.


Lux8r

Lynx shower gel and deodorant combo Christmas gifts


LatteLoli

Same for me.


cat_daddylambo

Blessed rain


Sh1tSmells

A continent


deny_death

Singing the choir version of Africa by Toto in high school choir


FloridianCaesar

My school choir did that on senior day and it was honestly quite cringe. They did not do a good job whatsoever.


fierce_monger

That stupid meme which reads "Every 60 seconds a minute passes in Africa"


sidewinder27

Africans with beards are just Africans without beards, with beards.


clockfriend

Together we can stop this. please spread the word.


grimsbelle

“So if you’re from Africa, why are you white?”


straight-up-bs

«Omg Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white!»


hapyhar0ld

Lions


therealistestate

Detroit is in Michigan, bro


Okilurknomore

Nobody ever thinks of them


ONinAB

Maybe if they won something, anything, they would?


langsley757

At least not positively


LambskinDongbag

Elephants


Unfinishedcom

I grew up in Morocco, so I hear the sound of the waves, I see red soil with tough green vegetation. I feel the solidarity of people and the never ending laughs. I smell the spicy and delightful aromas from my grandmothers pots making couscous or tagine.


SandpaperSlater

Reading comments like this gives me such joy. I grew up in Uganda and Kenya, and I have similar memories (just slight regional differences)


Shiny_Hypno

Uganda seems like a cool place, it's almost like Guyana or Bhutan in terms of forest.


SandpaperSlater

Its definitely got a lot of it. What's so cool about Uganda is that it has every type of topography you could ask for- glacier mountains, Savannah, rainforest/jungle, rolling green hills (where I grew up), desert, plains, island chains, the works.


Xralius

Yes but do you also picture Kilimanjaro rising like Olympus above the Serengeti?


TatsumoriYuno

I'm sure that that song is a sore spot for many africans by this point.


_creaturae_

As an African, I can almost assure you that that song is not nearly as popular here as it is there. But it probably is a sore spot for Africans living abroad...


BFett1019

Kola nuts


wdm334

The song, by Toto


tezoatlipoca

Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you!


toothfixingfiend

The Egyptian Pyramids


AtomBombBaby42042

Lion King


Crafty-Series-1160

Cape Town


Pluggyvids

Oh man. Story for you on this. I was in an improv class a couple years ago. I should mention this improv class is for adults, I was 25 at the time. We were playing a game in which everyone is in a circle. One person steps into the circle and declares a topic. People outside the circle are then welcome to step forward into the circle and announce something that fits into that topic/category. Simple stuff to get the brain flowing. Well, someone steps into a circle and says Africa. No surprise here, most everyone in the class is white so people are saying things like tiger, antelope, cheetah,etc. Until a black woman wearing traditional clothing steps in at the end and says “buildings” and that’s when we realized we were all idiots and remembered that Africa has cities and infrastructure. So ya that comes to mind.


Anustart15

In everyone's defense, the things they were naming are unique to Africa (apart from whatever idiot said tigers). Buildings aren't a terribly unique quality of anywhere


rukidding1102

Nah because if you'd said Europe, you'd probably get Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower, not a European mole or a roe deer. Obviously she was exaggerating her point not naming a specific building, but according to the commenter her point was made.


ApplesandDnanas

If someone says “Australia”, I think of the unique and terrifying wildlife there. I still know that it’s a modern society.


North_South_Side

I picture the Sydney Opera House.


bibliophile785

> Nah because if you'd said Europe, you'd probably get Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower ...would you? If you said Britain, you might hear Big Ben. France would probably get the Eiffel Tower. When you get to continent-sized chunks, those answers *do* tend to fade away. When I hear "Europe", my first thoughts (besides specific countries) are hostels or maybe the EU. Hearing Africa and thinking of savannahs or safari animals seems approximately in the same ballpark.


yildizli_gece

The difference is that environmental/animal tourism is a *big* driver of some economies in Africa--people aren't going on safari tours in Stockholm. Conservation efforts are huge in large parts of the African continent and news about its wildlife--including poachers--are frequent. Those landmarks you mentioned are tourist destinations for those countries, but what buildings are people visiting in ~~Sweden~~ Switzerland? They're not; they're probably gonna name the Swiss Alps and skiing. Edit: please forgive my brain mixing up S-countries lol


jakedesnake

But but but ... what about my *high horses*?!


definitelyTrueStory

You weren't dumb. If someone said "Australia" my guess is everything would be animal related (kangeroos/poisonous snakes/emus/etc.) That doesn't mean you think Australia doesn't have people. It is just the first thing that comes to your mind, which is the exercise.


enkiddu

Tigers?


jakedesnake

Why exactly would you be "idiots" for mentioning wildlife stuff?


oldcatnewtricks

Very typical. I have to laugh at people like that because they choose to be ignorant. Does Africa have mud huts, child soldiers, poverty, disease, hunger? Of course. But Africa is a whole continent with 50+ countries. How very ignorant of people not to look beyond their own very limited knowledge and educate themselves. What if someone were to ask what comes to mind when you think of North America and the answers were guns, school shootings, corrupt self-serving government, racism, police brutality, pollution, greed, grizzly bears, meth, rattlesnakes, raisins in potato salad? None of these answers are incorrect, but are those accurate and fair when thinking of a whole continent?


hartjo1

As a citizen of the United States the only thing I find questionable about your statement is the raisins.


humdrumturducken

Who puts raisins in potato salad? Never heard of such a thing. Grapes in chicken salad is the closest I've ever seen.


StillAll

Hey! As a citizen of Canada I would thank you very much for remembering we exist. And we stand with you side by side in saying rasins in potato salad can get fucked.


buttery_shame_cave

The Midwest commits frequent food crimes. Like their "ambrosia salad" which is green jello, mayo, cabbage.


humdrumturducken

In Michigan it's marshmallows, cool whip, coconut, marschino cherries, and mandarin segments.


roboninja

At least all those things are sweet. Mix in some mayo and cabbage to get truly disgusting.


False-Guess

Who on god's green, flat, earth puts raisins in potato salad? Maybe that's a northern people thing, because I'm pretty sure if you put raisins in potato salad in the south, you'd get the switch regardless how old you are.


MrGrogu

To your question about describing North America.... I think you pretty much fucking nailed it lmao


nebbulae

Ya thats pretty much what I think of when I hear North America, then I remember Canada exists.


jakedesnake

I honestly can not really tell if you're being sarcastic or not here....


anonymusgod1ikeplaye

Grasslands


freshfuckingmeat

Charity adverts


CyanManta

"Screwed by the Mercator projection."


captainspacey1

Hippos


Own_Principle7843

People I had a friend from Togo (West Africa), used to tell a lot about his place, how he used to go to school despite all the difficulties (but with a big smile, always), how his mum used to beat him xD and other stuff. Point being he was very sweet and not just him I had few other's from Africa too in my hostel who were equally sweet.


dbelovedone

Wow!!! Depending on your family background, life in Africa is truly tough. It's like a never ending rat race. People work very hard for so little. Competition for the basic necessities is real and fierce. But, the average African is very happy and friendly. They smile through the stress. Can hardly tell they are having a bad day.


TMB2006

Black


EddyValky

Corruption


keltoy1549

Continent.


shipinsea

Nature,Wildlife


Afterlifeactions

The deserts


elvensnowfae

Giraffe


SimAndTech

Poverty


soia_tofu

Hunger


boeheim03

The first I ever knew of Africa was during the Ethiopian famine in the 80s, so that’s always the first thing I associate with Africa. Messed up but true.


shizzledizzle1

This interview on TV where this dude keeps asking the person “why are you gae?” 😂😂


WanderWithHeart

My study abroad to Tanzania and how I would love to go back to the continent.


ant_exe

David Attenborough.


DesertDude135

Danger, tribal warfare, AIDs


HatfieldCW

Toto


joe-robertson

Blackness


DatDude999

Aaaaaafricaaaaaaa


PlayCorvnet

Song


potatoheadazz

I blessed the rains


Addrenaline_junkie

Elephant


Cautious_Emotion9839

I bless the rains


infin8lives

African animals


[deleted]

I bless the rains ...


Comfortable_Recipe47

Down in Africa


voreblood

Poverty af


Consistent_Entry4160

Death.


bertiebastard

Starvation and war


0xyDen2

Not food


[deleted]

Corruption


macaronsforeveryone

Black Panther and Wakanda


HaveYouTriedSukon

Starvation


BjFry

Madagascar 2


TheChainLink2

Blessing the rains.


_goo__

a savana


aemiliusfox

By Toto


JustSomeoneLucky

Toto, of course


Largicharg

Madagascar No not the country, the movie!


Badloss

I think of Kilimanjaro rising like Olympus above the Serengeti, and the old man I met along the way.


suffragettebloodline

Kruger National Park


El_Mucho_Danko

My dad lol


mtn4444

Do They Know it’s Christmas? - Bandaid 1984


merkakiss12

Honestly, the very first image that comes to mind is that black african kid meme who’s kinda in a dancing pose. I couldve lied and pretended its something else!


ultimatepoker

Aaaaaa fri ca. Le freak. C’est chic.


teenypanini

Every sixty seconds, a minute passes


tdogredman

in africa it doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay, at the end of the day, it’s always night


Kniightsword

Mabey I'll sound like a bigot or worse but I would say "black people ". I know there is more to Africa than just that. Much, much more. But that's the first. But let's continue. America - freedom. Canada - suryp. Europe - white. Mexico - tacos. Brazil - carnival. It's not that any of these answers are bad It's just what has been drilled into our minds


Starman548

King Lion


CelebrationThis7493

Child soldiers


Kingkongsfinger2603

Starvation... Unfortunately


DenL4242

I wonder why people always talk about going to Africa instead of naming the country like they would with any other continent.


jakedesnake

I've heard lots of people talk about going to Asia (although there may be like an implied connotation there) and i believe that in USAmerica it's not uncommon to see "Europe" as one big destination.


BingBongLee

chocolate water