Koko the Clown: Koko’s Earth Control


For today I’d like to bring attention to the Fleischer brother’s Koko the Clown cartoon Koko’s Earth Control, which is a pretty good candidate for the title of Most Fleischer-iest Fleischer cartoon. The premise is there in the title: Koko and his dog find the Earth Control, with the dials and levers and all that to control whether it’s day or night, whether it’s raining, whether the world is to come to an end …

Yeah, about that. If I were in charge of the Earth Control, I’d have some kind of lock in place on the lever to end the world, but then, sensible workplace safety regulations would make a lot of cartoons less interesting. So the cartoon turns to a series of spot gags about everything going horribly, crazily wrong, in surreal and sometimes disturbing ways. It’s well-paced, it includes the live action in a pretty good fashion, and if it hasn’t quite got an ending, well, how would you end the world?

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Statistics Saturday: Country Populations Versus What I Thought


I confess I’ve gotten a little away from the important business of these statistical reports, that of listing countries of the world. Let me return to that, then, with a brief chart describing the countries of the world and how their population compares to what I thought.

Country Population How That Compares To What I’d Have Guessed
China 1,363,800,000 About Right
India 1,242,620,000 About Right
United States 317,842,000 About Right
Indonesia 247,424,598 About Right
Brazil 201,032,714 Higher
Pakistan 186,134,000 Higher
Nigeria 173,615,000 Higher
Bangladesh 152,518,015 Higher
Russia 146,019,512 Higher
Japan 127,120,000 Lower
Mexico 119,713,203 Higher
Philippines 99,392,700 Higher
Vietnam 89,708,900 Higher
Ethiopia 86,613,986 Higher
Egypt 86,261,500 Higher
Germany 80,716,000 Higher
Iran 77,347,000 Higher
Turkey 76,667,864 Higher
Democratic Republic of the Congo 67,514,000 Higher
Thailand 65,926,261 Higher
France 65,864,000 Lower
United Kingdom 63,705,000 Lower
Italy 60,021,955 Lower
Burma 53,259,000 About Right
South Africa 52,981,991 Higher
South Korea 50,219,669 About Right
Colombia 47,540,000 Higher
Spain 46,609,700 Lower
Ukraine 45,410,071 Higher
Tanzania 44,928,923 Higher
Kenya 44,354,000 Higher
Argentina 40,117,096 Higher
Algeria 38,700,000 Higher
Poland 38,502,396 Higher
Sudan 37,964,000 Higher
Uganda 35,357,000 Higher
Canada 35,344,962 About Right
Iraq 34,035,000 About Right
Morocco 33,225,600 Higher
Peru 30,475,144 Higher
Uzbekistan 30,183,400 Higher
Malaysia 30,071,000 About Right
Saudi Arabia 29,994,272 Higher
Venezuela 28,946,101 About Right
Nepal 26,494,504 Higher
Afghanistan 25,500,100 About Right
Yemen 25,235,000 Higher
North Korea 24,895,000 About Right
Ghana 24,658,823 Higher
Mozambique 23,700,715 Higher
Australia 23,446,084 About Right
Taiwan 23,379,129 Higher
Ivory Coast 23,202,000 Higher
Syria 21,898,000 Higher
Madagascar 21,263,403 Higher
Angola 20,609,294 Higher
Cameroon 20,386,799 Higher
Sri Lanka 20,277,597 About Right
Romania 20,121,641 About Right
Burkina Faso 17,322,796 Higher
Kazakhstan 17,207,000 Higher
Niger 17,129,076 About Right
Netherlands 16,845,600 Lower
Malawi 16,363,000 About Right
Chile 16,341,929 Lower
Guatemala 15,806,675 About Right
Ecuador 15,715,900 Lower
Mali 15,302,000 About Right
Cambodia 15,135,000 Lower
Zambia 14,580,290 Lower
Zimbabwe 12,973,808 Lower
Senegal 12,873,601 About Right
Chad 12,825,000 Lower
South Sudan 11,296,000 About Right
Belgium 11,188,935 Lower
Cuba 11,167,325 Lower
Tunisia 10,886,500 About Right
Guinea 10,824,200 About Right
Greece 10,815,197 Lower
Rwanda 10,537,222 Lower
Czech Republic 10,512,400 Lower
Somalia 10,496,000 About Right
Portugal 10,477,800 Lower
Haiti 10,413,211 About Right
Benin 10,323,000 Higher
Bolivia 10,027,254 Lower
Hungary 9,879,000 Lower
Sweden 9,658,301 Lower
Azerbaijan 9,477,100 About Right
Belarus 9,468,100 Higher
Dominican Republic 9,445,281 Lower
Burundi 9,420,248 About Right
Honduras 8,555,072 Lower
Austria 8,504,850 Lower
United Arab Emirates 8,264,070 Lower
Tajikistan 8,160,000 Higher
Israel 8,157,300 About Right
Switzerland 8,112,200 Lower
Papua New Guinea 7,398,500 About Right
Bulgaria 7,282,041 Lower
Hong Kong (China) 7,219,700 Higher
Serbia 7,181,505 About Right
Paraguay 6,783,374 Lower
Laos 6,580,800 About Right
Jordan 6,568,100 Lower
El Salvador 6,340,000 Lower
Eritrea 6,333,000 Lower
Libya 6,202,000 Lower
Togo 6,191,155 About Right
Sierra Leone 6,190,280 About Right
Nicaragua 6,071,045 Lower
Kyrgyzstan 5,663,133 About Right
Denmark 5,627,235 Lower
Finland 5,453,784 Lower
Slovakia 5,415,949 Lower
Singapore 5,399,200 About Right
Turkmenistan 5,240,000 Lower
Norway 5,109,056 Lower
Lebanon 4,822,000 Lower
Costa Rica 4,667,096 Lower
Central African Republic 4,616,000 Lower
Ireland 4,593,100 Lower
New Zealand 4,522,810 About Right
Georgia 4,483,800 Lower
Republic of the Congo 4,448,000 Lower
Palestine 4,420,549 About Right
Liberia 4,294,000 About Right
Croatia 4,290,612 Lower
Oman 3,992,000 About Right
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,791,622 About Right
Puerto Rico (USA) 3,615,086 About Right
Moldova 4,062,800 Lower
Mauritania 3,461,041 About Right
Panama 3,405,813 Lower
Uruguay 3,286,314 Lower
Kuwait 3,065,850 Lower
Armenia 3,017,400 Lower
Lithuania 2,941,953 About Right
Mongolia 2,931,300 Lower
Albania 2,821,977 About Right
Jamaica 2,711,476 Higher
Qatar 2,116,400 About Right
Namibia 2,113,077 Lower
Lesotho 2,074,000 About Right
Macedonia 2,062,294 About Right
Slovenia 2,062,227 About Right
Botswana 2,024,904 Lower
Latvia 2,003,900 About Right
Gambia 1,882,450 Lower
Kosovo 1,815,606 Lower
Guinea-Bissau 1,704,000 Lower
Gabon 1,672,000 Lower
Equatorial Guinea 1,622,000 About Right
Trinidad and Tobago 1,328,019 About Right
Estonia 1,311,870 Lower
Mauritius 1,257,900 About Right
Swaziland 1,250,000 About Right
Bahrain 1,234,571 About Right
Timor-Leste 1,066,409 Higher
Djibouti 873,000 About Right
Cyprus 865,878 About Right
Fiji 858,038 Higher
Réunion (France) 840,974 Higher
Guyana 784,894 Higher
Bhutan 746,060 Higher
Comoros 743,798 Higher
Montenegro 620,029 Higher
Macau (China) 607,500 Lower
Solomon Islands 581,344 Lower
Western Sahara 567,000 Lower
Luxembourg 537,000 Lower
Suriname 534,189 About Right
Cape Verde 491,875 About Right
Malta 416,055 About Right
Guadeloupe (France) 405,739 Lower
Brunei 393,162 Lower
Martinique (France) 392,291 About Right
Bahamas 351,461 About Right
Belize 349,728 Lower
Iceland 325,671 Lower
Maldives 317,280 About Right
Barbados 285,000 Lower
French Polynesia (France) 268,270 About Right
Vanuatu 264,652 About Right
New Caledonia (France) 258,958 Higher
French Guiana (France) 237,549 Higher
Mayotte (France) 212,645 About Right
Samoa 187,820 Lower
São Tomé and Príncipe 187,356 Lower
Saint Lucia 180,000 Lower
Guam (USA) 159,358 Lower
Curaçao (Netherlands) 150,563 Lower
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 109,000 Lower
Kiribati 106,461 About Right
United States Virgin Islands (USA) 106,405 Lower
Grenada 103,328 Lower
Tonga 103,036 About Right
Aruba (Netherlands) 101,484 About Right
Federated States of Micronesia 101,351 About Right
Jersey (UK) 99,000 Lower
Seychelles 90,945 Lower
Antigua and Barbuda 86,295 Lower
Isle of Man (UK) 84,497 Lower
Andorra 76,098 Lower
Dominica 71,293 Lower
Bermuda (UK) 64,237 Lower
Guernsey (UK) 63,085 Lower
Greenland (Denmark) 56,483 Lower
Marshall Islands 56,086 About Right
American Samoa (USA) 55,519 About Right
Cayman Islands (UK) 55,456 About Right
Saint Kitts and Nevis 54,000 About Right
Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 53,883 About Right
Faroe Islands (Denmark) 48,308 About Right
Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 37,429 About Right
Liechtenstein 37,132 Lower
Saint Martin (France) 36,979 Lower
Monaco 36,136 About Right
San Marino 33,549 About Right
Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 31,458 Lower
Gibraltar (UK) 30,001 Lower
British Virgin Islands (UK) 29,537 Lower
Åland Islands (Finland) 28,502 Lower
Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands) 23,296 Lower
Palau 20,901 Lower
Cook Islands (NZ) 14,974 Lower
Anguilla (UK) 13,452 Lower
Wallis and Futuna (France) 13,135 Lower
Tuvalu 11,323 Lower
Nauru 9,945 Lower
Saint Barthélemy (France) 8,938 Lower
Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) 6,081 Lower
Montserrat (UK) 4,922 Lower
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK) 4,000 About Right
Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) 2,655 Lower
Falkland Islands (UK) 2,563 About Right
Norfolk Island (Australia) 2,302 Lower
Christmas Island (Australia) 2,072 Lower
Niue (NZ) 1,613 Lower
Tokelau (NZ) 1,411 Lower
Vatican City 839 Higher
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) 596 Lower
Pitcairn Islands (UK) 56 About Right

In conclusion: there are a lot of countries in the world and I somehow had preconceptions about the size of the populations of New Caledonia, Gambia, and Benin, which I only hope hasn’t caused me to make improper policy decisions.