Though most Americans consider themselves pretty astute when it comes to brands, how many of them actually know where their favorite brands are based? I know, it's kind of baffling. Kind of like the title of this post.
Take Volvo, for instance. Everyone knows Volvo is a Swedish. The company has been based in Gothenburg since it was founded in 1927. However, technically, it's an American-owned company since Ford bought it in 1999.
And how about your local filling station. Did you know that Shell Oil is a Dutch company? Maybe you did. And how about good old American 7-Eleven? Yep, Japanese.
Before I give the whole thing away, you can take the country-of-origin quiz yourself. It's really tough, so don't say I didn't warn you.
B. Brandon Barker also writes for Political Machine.
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