Tuesday

37%....

of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a map.
Of those surveyed though;
47% say that America is the greatest country in the world,
31% agree that America is the best state of all the United States,
22% feel that that America would be a great place to explore when they get a passport.

Note: The article is satire, though not unbelievable.

12 comments:

gorillaschnitzel said...

We are a little bit smaller on the map but I would say, that more than 50 % here are not able to locate Germany on a map.

Lars said...

Really!? I just assume that everyone has the same type of schooling that I had and find it unbelievable that anyone is unable to find their own country on a map.

Günter said...

there is a sentence in the bible:
Wer suchet der findet

Lars said...

if it's in the bible Günter, then it's true.

Orinoko said...

Well even here some are having difficulties to find their own country (or gods own) on a map others are a little bit further.
After a pupils exchange with a Torontonian highschool, that´s a pretty long time ago now, a schoolpal told me they´ve had hung up maps of north America with Canada and of Germany on the school floor next to each other. Passing by one morning, she heard a canadian pupil saying that she was very suprised that Germany is so big, nearly like the States and Canada together.
She hasn´t realized that the map of Germany was scaled slightly different to have those maps having almost same size.

Lars said...

Highschol age is a little old to still be that uneducated. Sadly, most Americans are very undereducated.

Lars said...

P.S. Orinoko, I thought God's country was Wyoming ;D

Orinoko said...

So you wish to give Wyoming back to him? *g

I´ve been in Minnesota two years ago and liked it. If i will come for a second time i´d like to see a bit of Wisonsin but prairie with tumbleweed? I don´t know. Well till now i´ve planned nothing.

Lars said...

Wyoming also has the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone Park. I spent a good part of my childhood, and several adult years, in and around the Bighorn Mountains. Even the wide open spaces have their own beauty. I would, however, never want to live there again.

Orinoko said...

So Wyoming and the bighorn mountains are a completed period of your live and you went out to find other kinds of beauty. Du hast Dich daran satt gesehen?
I´m still liking the area in Westfalen where i grew up too but i´m there pretty rarely and have almost no contact to old schoolpals or even relatives.

Lars said...

@ Orinoko, vielleicht bin ich nicht damit satt, jedes Mal das ich es wieder sehen mag ich es, aber Da zu wohnen...nie wieder. Es gibt ein Canyon das ich wurde gern wiedersehen, crazy woman creek, sowas hab ich nie zuvor oder seitdem gesehen.
http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&hl=en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=1&ct=result&cd=1&q=crazy+woman+creek&spell=1

Zing said...

in the last couple of weeks i tended to often use public transportation when going to the rehearsals (so i can drink a wodka or two) so i literally was able to overhear some of the conversations between young people in the subway. I bet some of them can´t find anything on a map, all they know is who won the latest blablah idol show wtf? Seriously i think it´s not only an american problem western civilizations are still the most educated but we tend to fall back again!