Satty

Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map.

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"I personally believe... that U.S. Americans are unable to do so... because...

"Uh... some people out there in our nation don't have maps...

"And... uh... I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and... uh... the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as...

"And I believe that they should...

"Our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S... uh...

"Or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries...

"So we will be able to build up our future... for our [children]."

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I'm shocked and yet not surprised, we as a society are just that stupid.

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Stupidity is a far worse epidemic than obesity. :AH-HA_wink:

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It is said that 76.3% of statistics are made up on the spot.

But it should be noted that 60% of the time, it works. Every time.

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I'm just secretly in love with Miss South Carolina. Unbelievable stupidity is a turn-on.

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That's what she said. :unitedstates:
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Stupidity is a far worse epidemic than obesity. :AH-HA_wink:

Agreed. But both are pretty dire...

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I don't think they're dire at all. I think they're terrible!
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This doesn't surprise me at all.

Believe it or not, I've always been a huge fan of geography and maps in general. I remember being one of the very few kids in 5th or 6th grade who could lable all 50 states on a map of the United States.

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This doesn't surprise me at all.

Believe it or not, I've always been a huge fan of geography and maps in general. I remember being one of the very few kids in 5th or 6th grade who could lable all 50 states on a map of the United States.

When I was a kid, I used to draw the United States with all the borders and could even place at least 3 major cities in each state on the map. I used to look at road atlases all the time on family vacations and could do it all from memory.

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I once got bored during geography and tried listing all 50 states. I got 49 and was stumped on number 50. Turned out I forgot New Jersey.

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It's easy to forget New Jersey

...if you're lucky. :duck:

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Wow, thats terrible if its actually true. Sheesh.

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When I was a kid, I used to draw the United States with all the borders and could even place at least 3 major cities in each state on the map. I used to look at road atlases all the time on family vacations and could do it all from memory.

There needs to be a name for this disorder, as I've suffered from being a map fiend, like you, all my life. Its scary the map knowledge I have of places I have not visited... so nonetheless, the idea that people can't pick the US on a map is not a surprise to me.

Has anyone here heard Howard Stern's "Do you want to be a hundredaire?" He took people off the street and offered them a $100 to answer simple questions like... how many minutes in an hour? The duds he had couldn't answer them. Pathetic... but they can still vote!

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I just tried to list them now. Got to 49 and couldn't remember Delaware.

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Wow.

Total box of rocks.

...in a nice wrapper.

She was nervous, I'm sure if asked she could tell us all what the square root of an isaucesolees triangle is.

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Wow, this is just like Eharmony.
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Would love to see a similar poll for all other nations, and the results. No doubt plenty of shocking numbers there. Of course- that'll never happen; what's the point? : 'all Americans are so hopelessly stupid no one will even come close; why bother'. More despicable, destructive, demeaning, self-hating, worthless "news". I've heard this VERY SAME POLL QUESTION repeated I don't know how many times in the last 20 years.

What's amazing is the blind eye turned toward the very subject matter taught in schools... and the people behind those decisions, pushing hard to amend. Hardcore PCers thump & wail to teach PC topics like... Oh, I dunno- Muslim history, squeezing out American history, so this news is small wonder. The history books commonly used are a travesty. The education system needs more flushing than the political system.

My son is in school learning frickin' Latin, the Greatest of the Dead Languages, and it's not remotely close in time to 1950 !! Does he spend even 1 week on money managament & fiscal responsibility, you know; something that everyone has to deal with for most of their entire lives ????? Nope. Idiotic... but we must make amends, starting with the children.

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The only people I've ever known who have to take Latin are pre-med and med students. I haven't figured that one out.

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The only people I've ever known who have to take Latin are pre-med and med students. I haven't figured that one out.

It was a standard elective in my junior and senior high schools.

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No worries, stupidity knows know national boundaries. Like that woman in Europe who killed by WOT her car in a fit of road rage until the spinning wheels caught fire and burned her alive while she was still pissed off at someone.

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