oh yea, first instructable.
Step 1: Buy a Globe AND a Map AND a Almanac
the reason why globes are so important these days is because these days, alot of people actually believe that greenland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland) is a large island the size of africa. Most of us were raised on the Mercurator projection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercator_projection) no matter what way you do it, you cant get a round globe onto a flat paper without having it grossly disorted.
Maps are still useful in thier own ways. you can not see the exact geography of NYC without an atlas or the internet to help you. While maps and globes tell you what the physical geography is, almanacs tell you everything else. they can tell you about the turbulent history of Cuba or the formation of the European Union. Knowledge is power but knowing powerless knowledge (like all the imports and exports of imperial russia) wont help.
Step 2: The Hard Part
England is one of the countries that are on the prime meridian, along with france,spain, algeria, mali, burkina, ghana, fiji, and russia. the reason why england is on the prime meridian is because when people invented the prime meridian, england was the main superpower of the world and wanted the "middle" of the world thru them.
now look at the globe, read the country names one by one and think of a fact that you know about them. what do you know about england? (they drink lots of tea) what do you know about france (they make good wine) what do you know about spain? (they speak spanish and used to be a superpower back in the 1600's) what do you know about turkey? (they have a city called istanbul that is on both europe and aisa) what do you know about saudi arabia? (they export petroleum and oil)
the list goes on and on. if you are absolutely clueless about a country like turkmenistan, wikipedia is your friend.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend)
Step 3: Dont Fry Your Brain!
thanks to wikipedia