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#1
http://www.newsweek.com/photo/2010/08/24/dumb-things-americans-believe.html?gt1=43002

C'mon guys. Most of you American Pit monkeys are in school. Please tell me you can find Afghanistan on a map and you don't think the Sun orbits the Earth.
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#3
*reads thread title*
GTFO. You've never actually seen what people are like here, you just make sweeping judgements based on news articles.
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#7
I know this shit's pathetic.
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#8
I'm sick of this stereotype so much.

I want to know why everybody focuses on that one stupid 50 year old in class in Community College who is complaining about the teacher going to fast and won't shut up, instead of the other 40 perfectly competent people in the overcrowded classroom.
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#9
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you don't think the Sun orbits the Earth.

Can't be serious..
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#12
Yeah I read that earlier. I already know that alot of Americans are dumb but some of those numbers are alarming.
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#13
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I'm sick of this stereotype so much.

I want to know why everybody focuses on that one stupid 50 year old in class in Community College who is complaining about the teacher going to fast and won't shut up, instead of the other 40 perfectly competent people in the overcrowded classroom.

If it were 2% I wouldn't think its an issue.
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#14
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GTFO. You've never actually seen what people are like here, you just make sweeping judgements based on news articles.

Dude. He lives here.

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Anywho, that's...scary. Very, very scary.

I saw something on the daily show tonight that was worse. Apparently building a mosque supports radical Islam. The stupidity of the American populace astounds me.
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#16
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^Dude. He lives here.

So do I.
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#17
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So do I.

GAH DAMMIT.

I was replying to RGrockr. But... the thread went insane as I was typing.
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#18
Screw all of you guys.
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#19
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If it were 2% I wouldn't think its an issue.


Certain regions of the U.S. are worse than others.

I take pride in my education. I see a lot of smart people where I'm from. I really feel like everyone focuses on the bad rather than the good, here.

There are a lot of educated people in America. But it's not like anyone ever gives them any of attention. It's just the uneducated ignorant folk who happen to be the ones who people give any second glances.
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#20
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GTFO. You've never actually seen what people are like here, you just make sweeping judgements based on news articles.




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#21
In all honesty, I can't point out where Afghanistan is on a map. But then again, I'm not attacking it either.
#22
Wait, Jackal's American? The way he phrased the OP it sounds like he's somewhere else, not to mention half of the Pit is Europeans bashing America. Guess I jumped to conclusions.
EDIT: I also have no idea where these poll numbers are coming from, most people I know, including older people, aren't anywhere near that stupid.
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#23
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Certain regions of the U.S. are worse than others.

I take pride in my education. I see a lot of smart people where I'm from. I really feel like everyone focuses on the bad rather than the good, here.

There are a lot of educated people in America. But it's not like anyone ever gives them any of attention. It's just the uneducated ignorant folk who happen to be the ones who people give any second glances.

I do too. I rail at the videos that show people giving stupid answers to easy questions.
All the people I know are for the most part brilliant. But upwards of 40% and for the most part 20% of respondents to these polls are idiots.
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#24
while in highschool, i attended dual-credit classes at houston community college. i gotta say, some of the people that went there weren't exactly the brightest bulbs...
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#25
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Wait, Jackal's American? The way he phrased the OP it sounds like he's somewhere else, not to mention half of the Pit is Europeans bashing America. Guess I jumped to conclusions.

He was actually born in Canada. His mother died in labor, and his father couldn't get enough work to support him so he had to take him across the border on a hang glider constructed from maple leaves, twigs, and vines.
#26
You know, as much as I'm partial to a fair bit of the ol' America bashin'... I know at least a dozen people in Australia, in my friend circle, who would probably think Saddam was involved in 9/11, and I could probably give you names and addresses of another 40 or 50 who don't know where Afghanistan is on a map...

As much as I hate to say it, the current generation of "young adults" (around 18-21) are a whole lot dumber than the last. World wide. General ignorance is the norm these days, because there's no need for anything higher. Hanging out with your friends normally involves booze and/or drugs and no intelligent conversation required, current schooling has turned everyone into a bunch of whinging facebook users who think that the world revolves around them because the schools say it does. Everyone is special, everyone is unique, everyone can do whatever they want in the world. Why would anyone focus on basic knowledge of the world when they know they can scrape through on sympathy forever?

Sweeping statements aside, I honestly don't think America is so dumb anymore. We've all dropped down a peg or two and America just has the stereotype affixed.
#27
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He was actually born in Canada. His mother died in labor, and his father couldn't get enough work to support him so he had to take him across the border on a hang glider constructed from maple leaves, twigs, and vines.

That's a fabrication.
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#28
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GTFO. You've never actually seen what people are like here, you just make sweeping judgements based on news articles.

Holy shit.


Anyway, it is a said fact. I know quite a few people who probably couldn't find Iraq. I look at a map very, vary rarely but even I know the general area. It's by like the Congo, right?

We're also pretty low on pretty much every other list of positive things.

^What you mean to say is that the glider was fabricated.
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#29
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I do too. I rail at the videos that show people giving stupid answers to easy questions.
All the people I know are for the most part brilliant. But upwards of 40% and for the most part 20% of respondents to these polls are idiots.


Polls, exactly.

In many cases in today's media, polls aren't even considered valid and won't hold up in a statistics study. A population has to be studied entirely at random in order for it to be effective. If it's not, in any way, any results are considered useless.

Anyone who's turned on their TV in the past year knows that polls are being manipulated left and right. They interview who they think will prove their point, which is easier than you think. Picking and choosing who they show answers for. Picking and choosing who they ask the question in the first place, based on whether or not they look like they'd be able to answer correctly.

My point is, it's very likely that this poll was designed in the first place to show that Americans are stupid, and as such, it is useless.
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#30
There's stupid people everywhere America is just cursed with having it displayed more to the world then us Canadians or the Europeans. Honestly I've met some dismally dumb Canadians and an absolutely dim German and some very intelligent Americans. I blame American television and Kentucky.
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#31
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You know, as much as I'm partial to a fair bit of the ol' America bashin'... I know at least a dozen people in Australia, in my friend circle, who would probably think Saddam was involved in 9/11, and I could probably give you names and addresses of another 40 or 50 who don't know where Afghanistan is on a map...

As much as I hate to say it, the current generation of "young adults" (around 18-21) are a whole lot dumber than the last. World wide. General ignorance is the norm these days, because there's no need for anything higher. Hanging out with your friends normally involves booze and/or drugs and no intelligent conversation required, current schooling has turned everyone into a bunch of whinging facebook users who think that the world revolves around them because the schools say it does. Everyone is special, everyone is unique, everyone can do whatever they want in the world. Why would anyone focus on basic knowledge of the world when they know they can scrape through on sympathy forever?

Sweeping statements aside, I honestly don't think America is so dumb anymore. We've all dropped down a peg or two and America just has the stereotype affixed.

People tend to ignore things they don't give a **** about, most of the time
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#32


To be fair on number 11 though, I would consider cannibalist cults and other similar groups to be "extreme or fringe," and I certainly wouldn't want a cannibalism practicing cult to be granted freedom of religion anywhere near me.


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Anyway, it is a said fact. I know quite a few people who probably couldn't find Iraq. I look at a map very, vary rarely but even I know the general area. It's by like the Congo, right?

At least you got the right hemisphere, unless my sarcasm detector is broken.
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#34
How can you not find it on a map? It's all labeled.
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#36
I don't think its contestable that an alarming number of Americans are ignorant.
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How can you not find it on a map? It's all labeled.

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#38
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Polls, exactly.

In many cases in today's media, polls aren't even considered valid and won't hold up in a statistics study. A population has to be studied entirely at random in order for it to be effective. If it's not, in any way, any results are considered useless.

Anyone who's turned on their TV in the past year knows that polls are being manipulated left and right. They interview who they think will prove their point, which is easier than you think. Picking and choosing who they show answers for. Picking and choosing who they ask the question in the first place, based on whether or not they look like they'd be able to answer correctly.

My point is, it's very likely that this poll was designed in the first place to show that Americans are stupid, and as such, it is useless.

Read the article Slinky. It's not 1 poll. It's numerous polls. Each topic lists the polls that they got there data from. Multiple polls. From what are typically considered legitimate pollsters. I wouldn't have posted this if it were a single source.
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#39
I agree with slinkyblue. I always find it a little hilarious that there are all these accusations about us being really dumb and thinking that the sun orbits the earth, but I have never met ANYONE who is actually that dumb.
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To be fair on number 11 though, I would consider cannibalist cults and other similar groups to be "extreme or fringe," and I certainly wouldn't want a cannibalism practicing cult to be granted freedom of religion anywhere near me.

Because cannibalism and religion are totally the same things.