"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Don't Blame Me For This Map, Blame Canada

From: ~ Pleasure Pure Madmen Know ~ And the Survey Says...6 in 10 Young Americans Cannot Find Iraq on Map

  • Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.
  • 6 in 10 young Americans don't speak a foreign language fluently.
  • 20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.)
  • 48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.)
  • Half of young Americans can't find New York on a map.

Link: ~ National Geographic Survey



Blogger The JF said...

40% of young Americans can speak a foreign language?! I don't believe it, that's way too much for them... I'm sure that's just the Hispanic population.

7/7/06 1:13 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Yes, maybe it is because they speak Spanish.

7/7/06 10:15 pm  
Anonymous Jeff said...

The US respondents beat the Mexican respondent's scores while Canada only did marginally better than the US.

If anything, this poll shows that North Americans (not just Americans) are sadly lacking in geographical knowledge. I would suggest this is because of our lack of need to travel as compared to Europeans whose borders are close together. Also, this poll doesn't show the scores of Middle East countries, China, Russia, etc. This would be of value in assessing the value of this poll...

7/7/06 11:57 pm  
Blogger Chimera said...

I'm not surprised that 6 in 10 young Americans (or Canadians, for that matter) can't speak a foreign language fluently -- they can't speak their own language fluently!

8/7/06 2:05 am  
Blogger SINCRONIA said...

I'm almost sure you already seen Zak Attack productions video in youtube, about atheism in north america. If not, check it here

I call it just a sample, because in defense of what Jeff might say, there have to be done samples in other places and social groups too. To be fair, there must be many other relevant people that profess some religion.

May be there's also a danger in generalize some true stadistics, we must look deeper

8/7/06 12:58 pm  

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