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  • I learned (in the USA) that it was 7: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica. However, in my French class, my teacher said she thought there were 5; I think she counted North and South America as one (joined by an isthmus) and maybe Europe and Asia as one. Or maybe Australia was just an island. Or Antarctica wasn't one. I don't remember.

    According to `dict continent`, there are 6:

    Note: The continents are now usually regarded as six in number: North America, South Amer

    • I remember some teacher saying something about 5 continents... Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America...

      I guess he/she never looked that way down on the map :-)
    • Was the French teacher's name Evette, who had a wealthy husband who was nervous?
  • All possibilities are covered at Wikipedia [wikipedia.org].
  • Eurasia, Eastasia and Oceania.
  • There are only five continents which have any nations: Africa, Australia, Eurasia (which could count as one or two depending on who you ask), North America, South America. I don't think the IOC will count Antarctica until the penguins send an olympic team.
    • According to this Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] (which is not the same as the one posted in another comment here), one of the rings represents both Americas.

      Either the Americas or Eurasia are getting shortchanged by having two continents represented with only one ring. :) I propose we move to four or six rings to eliminate the confusion. ;)

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • Going by political or historical definitions doesn’t make much sense to me. I go by a mostly geological definition, for which the answer is 8:

    • Europe
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • North America
    • South America
    • India
    • Australia
    • Antarctica

    However, that’s not truly consistent: the Arabias and the Carribean are on their own small tectonic plates; moreover there are three small plates that harbour no large land mass of their own.

    So the answer should probably be 10, possibly 13.