What do the following have in common?

India, black, $10^{-6}$, many, south

(More or less the same process can be applied to all of them to get very similar and related results.)

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure $10^{-6}$ counts as a word unless it's meant to be "millionth". However, what counts as a word is up for some debate. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast, „micro” could also work $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 12:26

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Are they all places in the Pacific Ocean? If each word (or an appropriate variant) is used as a prefix for "esia", you get (more or less) the following:

India -> Indonesia (meaning Indian island)
Black -> Melanesia (melan is a prefix for dark or black)
$10^{-6}$ -> Micronesia (micro is the prefix for $10^{-6}$)
Many -> Polynesia (poly is a prefix for many)
South -> Austronesia (austri is Latin for south; thanks to the commenters for puzzling this one out!)

  • $\begingroup$ Very good! Try to do the same thing with "black" and "south" - it does work! $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:01
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    $\begingroup$ Melanesia for black, and Micronesia for 10^-6 $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, just got melanesia after looking up melan for melanin and other things! :D Still thinking about South (unless it's just South Asia, but I think I want more)! $\endgroup$
    – Samthere
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ What about Australasia which is Latin for 'South of Asia'? That would give you a list of regions within Oceania: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania $\endgroup$
    – Mark
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ There is no such region as Austronesia, but Austronesian denotes a family of languages. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:13

They're all places (town names, with the exception of #5) within the Southern United States.

  1. India, Texas
  2. Black, Alabama
  3. Micro, North Carolina
  4. Many, Louisiana
  5. South(ern United States)
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    $\begingroup$ Nice find (though unintentional). But you've converted $10^-6$ to "micro" while leaving the rest the same, and the last one is a bit of a cheat! The intended answer works better than this :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ There are a couple of places in the US named "South", in Kentucky and Alabama. $\endgroup$
    – Samthere
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 13:34

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