"Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?"

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/books/14dumb.html?em&ex=1203483600&en=1d68ad601de3ed4a&ei=5087

Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: “Budapest is the capital of what European country?”

Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. “I thought Europe was a country,” she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. “Hungry?” she said, eyes widening in disbelief. “That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.”
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more than three years into the Iraq war, only 23 percent of those with some college could locate Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel on a map.
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two men, neatly dressed in suits ... were going to compare that day’s horrifying attack [911] to the Japanese bombing in 1941 that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.
Looks as a collection of anecdotes than real stories.
 
#2
Mate, they elected a president who cannot string a sentence together, admitted he had no curiousity about the world around him and doesn't read the papers. :roll: What do you expect?
 
#5
While in Dallas in 1997, I got offered the suggestion (and phone number) that I contact the State Department and request weapons so scotland could fight for its independence and liberty. I had said in conversation that scotland was voting for devolution and its own parliament. That was the reply.
In light of that, these dont look that bizarre or unusual for spams... the common folk tend to have very little knowledge of things outside their own country mainly cause its so large and homogeneous. They expect everywhere to be the same.
 
#6
Although it is fun to laugh at the septics, would some of the people in this country do any better?
 
#7
From the piece 8O

The author of seven other books, she was a fellow at the library when she first got the idea for this book back in 2001, on 9/11.

Walking home to her Upper East Side apartment, she said, overwhelmed and confused, she stopped at a bar. As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men, neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941 that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

At that moment, Ms. Jacoby said, “I decided to write this book.”
 
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offog said:
Although it is fun to laugh at the septics, would some of the people in this country do any better?
along with the sneers at the proportion without passports: they don't need to go abroad for cheap booze and sunshine whilst soccer isn't popular enough for them to follow their team abroad (and get shitfaced drunk & wreak havoc when they lose).
 
#10
canada (america light) is about the only place they would follow their teams to - ice hockey and baseball. (bizarrely when their team wins they usually wreck their home town!)
But Schleswig is right ... the western world is dumbing down because no one is allowed to fail anymore. Radical Islam drives learning out in case anyone realizes what a bunch of medieval tw@ts they are and being on benefits in the UK is a career choice thus resulting in richard and judy being your only source of world news and views.
 
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I teach Geography. I teach 15 year olds unable to name and locate the continents. I try my hardest.

"Sir, is Kenya in Australia?"

and other such wonders are all part of my daily job.

American's aren't the only thick fcuktards who couldn't give a sh*t about the outside world; East Anglia's like that too :D
 
#12
Colonel Lang vents along similar lines in America the Illiterate
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My recent exposure to adult American students associated with universities and the military makes me think that Susan Jacoby is largely correct in believing that we Americans are becoming more and more ignorant even as we become more and more proud of our ignorance.
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I would regard supreme confidence assured by prideful ignorance as one of the great English traits that remains in America.
 
#13
crabby said:
I teach Geography. I teach 15 year olds unable to name and locate the continents. I try my hardest.

"Sir, is Kenya in Australia?"

and other such wonders are all part of my daily job.

American's aren't the only thick fcuktards who couldn't give a sh*t about the outside world; East Anglia's like that too :D
Try the Forest of Dean sometime. Proof, as if it were needed, why cousins should not be allowed to marry. Overheard in pub:

FoD Fcuktard: "So whereabouts is Lisbon then?"

FoD Genius: "Portugal. You know, that country next to, err, ohhhh, you know, whattsit called now.... oh yeah Switzerland."
 
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rabid_hamster said:
... the common folk tend to have very little knowledge of things outside their own country mainly cause its so large and homogeneous. They expect everywhere to be the same.
Outside their own country? Lots of them don't even know what's going on outside their own state. US newspapers very rarely report anything going on outside the states except for the Iraq war. Pick up a copy of USA Today, supposedly one of the few "national" papers, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the world outside the continental USA is a big fog labelled "here be dragons". Still, lovely people if very insular. Possibly amongst the most open people in the world and when restaurant staff say "have a nice day" they actually seem as if they mean it. Unless you tip under 20%, of course.
 
#16
offog said:
Although it is fun to laugh at the septics, would some of the people in this country do any better?
No! Unfortunately... :roll:
My Dad was talking to a lass in the post office queue who was there to get a passport form for a trip to the US...
"Oh where are you going?" says Pa
"Paris" says young lady "My BF's taking me for the weekend."
"If it's for the weekend are you sure he isn't taking you to France?" says Pa
"What? There's a Paris in France, too?"
Cue one old man in fits of laughter :lol:
crabby said:
American's aren't the only thick fcuktards who couldn't give a sh*t about the outside world; East Anglia's like that too :D
And yes, it was in East Anglia! :lol:
 
#17
Most folks get their ration of news from outside via the media. News is no longer news and is merely opinion these days, the media preferring to use their position to manipulate public opinion rather than inform. Every day we see how they wind people up and aim them at various causes to fulfill their agendas. The truth is out there but you're not going to get it from the media.

Is it any surprise the human race is devolving?
 
#18
OMFG, where did they pick up that blonde piece and how did she pass the audition??
 
#19
There is a great clip of an aussie comedian in the states talking to people on the streets of florida and asking them to point Iraq. The Joke: Australia was labelled Iraq and only one of them twigged it. :D

Mind you, I was talking over going on holiday to Madiera this summer and the stupid bint I was talking to turns to her friend and says; "Ooooh, have you heard this, DPM's going to Greece!" :roll:
 
#20
saintstone said:
OMFG, where did they pick up that blonde piece and how did she pass the audition??
They picked her because it was freaking hillarious

I'm actually wondering if that could have been an act
 

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