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Are Americans Ignorant?

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Posted on Jan 15, 2007
Are Americans Stupid?

This Aussie TV spot reminds us that not only do the finer points of public policy debates go over some people’s heads, but many Americans don’t even know the major religion of Israel; nor, for that matter, do they know how many sides a triangle has.

Oy vey.

Hat tip: Taytv.com:

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By Kim, January 20, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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How many Americans did they need to interview to find the ones that were this stupid?

I mean, I laughed out loud, but I think it would have been funny if they showed an American who said, “No you’re not.”

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By Bukko in Australia, January 19, 2007 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
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Brian: you write that this video segment appears to have been done for a “British media program.” It was Australian, mate. Even if you don’t recognise the accent, the jokes about “I’m John Howard” should have been a tipoff. Unless you don’t know who John Howard is. And that would make you what kind of an American??? On the other hand, Howard is a small croaking toad in the big pond of world politics.

And Kath, this bit was from “The Chaser” right? I described it to some Aussie-born friends we were having dinner with Thursday and they knew of it. I’ll have to look for when “Chaser” is coming up on ABC. It’s amazing that GOVERNMENT-run TV has programmes that are every bit as wicked as John Stewart or Stephen Colbert. Recent “Saturday Night Live” episodes get played on the TV in the nurse’s lounge where I work, but they seem so lame compared to Chaser, Stewart and Colbert.

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By Forrest, January 19, 2007 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment
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Yes a goodly number of people here in the U.S. are stupid…otherwise we wouldn’t be sending the huge amounts of financial aid (in whatever form) to any of the countries that benefit from the ignorant masses here in the United States. Remember the incredible amount of technological advancements to come from our country over the last 50 years alone….and then all of you “look down your nose over generalizing easily amused by edited video Aussies” can kiss my American ass. Everyone who on the other hand realizes you can easily find a million morons out of a few billion people will hopefully accept my apology for this response. Anyone anywhere can find the ignorant and stupid….it just takes a little time to edit out all the reasonably intelligent people you come across in between…regardless to your country or continent. It is embarrassing though how stupid they were.

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By kath cantarella, January 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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I’m Australian and, yes, i confess that i like taking the p*ss out of people. Constantly. Every day. And yes, i get it back. Constantly. Every day. It’s the Australian way. It’s often a way of trying to reach someone who seems to think they are above you, to reach someone you like whose over-blown pride is getting in the way of a real friendship. Instead of saying ‘I like you’ we pull each other’s pig-tails and hope to get a laugh instead of a punch. But i guess that’s a universal thing. In Australia there is also such a thing as a working-class snob, and we cut down ‘tall poppies’ as a national past-time. This is done in a spirit of malice, and jealousy, and i don’t like it for that reason. This video seems to be in the spirit of the second tradition. Besides, Aussies talking about the general ignorance of anyone else are skating on thin ice. Sorry, folks.

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By BRIAN, January 18, 2007 at 11:03 am Link to this comment
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The video is quite funny. But to make any kind of political assumptions about the American public as a whole based on this video, which many who post here do, would make you just as ignorant as the people who don’t know the religion of Israel or where France is. You could go to any country and ask them the same questions and make the same video. The point I am trying to make here is that too many people who think they are informed are just as ignorant as the people who are suceptable to propaganda and the media because they base their knowledge of political issues off of surveys and videos done in this nature. Also just because you inform yourself with some sort of liberal media outlet does not make you any more informed than the ignorant people who watch the mainstream media. Both sides have an agenda and to watch merely one sort of news outlet would be biased. The people who post ridiculous statements against Americans based on this sort of video (appearing to be done for a British media program) are just as ignorant and discredit, with their ignorance, what they stand for (going both ways liberal/conservative).

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By Garry F, January 18, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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The downfall of the Untied States economy is the complete lack of education of our children. The computers make them Fat and Lazy.  The main concern that children have today is what is the latest movie or video game that has the most action and shows the most guts.  Todays children do NOT know how to work or be held accountable for their actions.  Work, is setting down at a computer.  Grandpa’s, try to pay a 13 year old child to mow your lawn. No wander illegals come here to do the work. 
Teachers Union should be abolished so that some teachers will get fired and the rest will get back to the 3 R’s.
Having traveled to over 60 countries, I can say that Americans are the most self centered people on this planet. Most do NOT even know who lives 4 houses down the street.
Some say they are poor.  Sorry, we do Not have any poor people in this United States unless they are mentally or physical handicapped,or have a Mill Stone around their neck, ie: drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, gambling and they make themselves POOR. Fact our dogs eat better than the average world population.
Try this, next time you go to a fast food place.  Lets say the bill came to $4.31.  Give the person a $5.00 dollar bill. After they punched it into the register, then give then 2 quarters and a penny. If they are under about 30 you will get back 4 quarters, 1 dime, 1 nickel and 5 pennies.  If they are older and know how to add and subtract you will get back 1 dollar bill and 2 dimes. It works most every time.  Then I ask hem where they went to school. By this time they get very red. So sad but true. If they are young and get it right then I reward them with a 2 dollar bill. I tell them to save 2 dollars every day for 30 years, invest it and they will not be working here any longer.
I retired at 49 years.

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By John Hanks, January 18, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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The biggest problem for the United States is that it is has always been ruled by rich criminals who have lower middle class values.  George Bush is a perfect example of this.  The lower middle class is inferior because it develops anti-intellectual defenses at an early age.  It compensates by taking on revealed religion, sports, militarism, false pride, and countess other childish things.  Our media mirrors this reality raising it to a perfect pitch.

Other countries are about the same.  There is only a difference in degree.  The human race is made up of crooks, suckers, and lazy cowards.

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By Needlerdamus, January 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment
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Few of the people I have ever known here in the US of Apathy are that stupid.  Apathetic & oblivious—yes, but stupid, no.  These people are beyond ignorant…they are stupid.  It makes me wonder: “Where are all the ignoramuses that voted for $hrub?”

I have been forunate not to meet them.  I live in a city of millions of people.  I have never known someone that couldn’t tell you how many sides are in a triangle.  Never.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, January 17, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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I think TDer’s need a reality check. Anyone can stump another person with the right question if that’s the goal.  Who cares?  Why make a big deal out of it? It’s entertainment, right?  There’s far too much to know now.  No one can know it all (except me.)  Try to learn a little every day.  Be curious.  Try to learn to do something new.  And, above all, be kind to your fellow human and the earth.  I don’t think it becomes a person to think poorly of another’s “intellect” unless the latter is trying to control you and/or your life.  “Smart” people have made a mess of this world and the earth.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 17, 2007 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment
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Okay, since we have the attention of global intellect, this American has a few burning questions:

1) Why does a circle of finite circumference and diameter appear to hold an infinite yet diminishing ratio of the two called pi? Is pi an asymptote and if so, what meaning does it hold?

2) Because the dimensions of time and space appear commingled, do we exist in more than three but not wholly four, perhaps pi dimensions?

3) The popularity of large personal rigs on America’s haggard highways seems directly related to over all heightened fear and is apparently inversely proportional to IQ. But is this also an indicator of withering average penis size?

This inquiring mind needs to know because I intend to use multi-dimensional marketing techniques for my new calming potion that simultaneously increases intelligence and penis size. Yet, I don’t wish to further hurt Ford Motor Company. Thanks!

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By John Hanks, January 17, 2007 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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Knowledge is a special form of ignorance which furnishes the house.  The house is wisdom and the world is lacking because governments, medias and academies are not interested in wise discourse or argument.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 17, 2007 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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It’s way past time to end dullarding greed and fill the significant need.

EXILE ALL MEGABUCK-NAZIS!

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By ian, January 17, 2007 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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Americans are ON AVERAGE stupendously, magnificently, WOWINGLY ignorant compared to our counterparts in the wealthy democracies - & in too many poor or developing countries as well.

It is utterly futile to deny this blindingly obvious fact, and we certainly don’t need the Australians to tell us about it.

Incidentally, this pervasive mindlessness is the reason we are saddled with an idiot king/president who is too stupid for any job beyond janitor.

This would simply NOT BE ACCEPTABLE to the people of any european democracy.

I come from the Boston area (the best-educated region in North America, unsurprisingly), & have lived in the German capital for 11 years.

That should be a fair comparison, no??

Despite alarming trends toward deterioration in Germany, people here are on average VASTLY, INCOMPARABLY better educated than US-Americans.

No contest.

BUT:

1) things here are sliding downhill here at rocket speed, pretty soon Germans will be as feckless & dullwitted as US-Americans ever were.

and

2) the best of the US, the best of our independent intelligentsia, not to mention innumerable thoughtful & conscientious & engaged people from all walks of like, are second to none globally.

The most intelligent and accomplished Americans would are in the elite anywhere they go, and the (smarter, less ignorant) Europeans know this full well, & are in awe of our achievements in culture and science, and (not recently!!) government.

Let’s be proud of that & work toward bringing the average up a few thousand miles.

And let’s avoid being flip about the jarring dissonance between the extraordinary promise of the US, and the drooling, nasty, lazy imbecile it has become under the reign of a corporate dictatorship that despises the life of the mind and that finds braying, proud stupidity to be a profitable business.

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By Greg Bacon, January 17, 2007 at 5:23 am Link to this comment
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i are an American and can say for a fact that we’re not ignorant, we’re just plain stupid.

We sit our fat arses in front of the boob tube and watch such scintillating fare as Entertainment Tonight or some dumbass sports spectacle.
We know Paris Hilton’s latest idiocy or who won last night’s Big Game, but haven’t a clue what’s going on in either the White House or Congress.

We Americans deserve everything we’re getting from President Cheney and his toady, VP Bush and most assuredly deserve where that is being inserted.
But the rest of the world also suffers as a result of our apathy and stupidity and that’s a shame.

Greg Bacon
Ava, MO

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By William Maur, January 17, 2007 at 3:39 am Link to this comment
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It’s a bit harsh to go to what is known to be the most ignorant part of the United States and then do a survey where you only show the failures. I’ve been living in Australia for two and a half years now and people are people. There are ignorant and well educated people. You can’t tell me that someone in Sydney is going to nominate occa yobbos from Townsville to represent their overall intelligence of citezenry regardless of how nice they are. The real problem is the outpouring of hatred from everyone who is ready to jump in and claim to be more educated. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the U.S. is a utopian vision of the founding fathers. It has it’s bad parts and its good parts, just like every single place in the world. Making mockumentaries on overgeneralizations, while being pretty amusing, is actually detrimental to the overall health of the world as it perpetuates hatred justifying stereotypes. I’d also like to point out that by doing exactly that, you’re acquiring the arrogant self centered view that you so hate in Americans.

So listen up Australia, don’t be putting your foot in or someone will have to find some Aboriginals to interview on how enlightened OZ is. Your history is easily as checkered as the U.S. AND you have John Howard in office. Pot, meet kettle.

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By Bukko in Australia, January 17, 2007 at 12:03 am Link to this comment
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Hey Sweet Lips: I’m a 48-year-old American who emigrated to Australia in 2005 because I was sick of Bush fascism. I can tell you that Aussies across the board are smarter than Yanks.

I work as a nurse in a large public hospital so I talk to all types of people, from dinky-di Anglos whose ancestors arrived on prison ships to Italians and Greeks whose parents came for the economic boom after World War II to Vietnamese and Lebanese who entered as political refugees. They understand the world because their heads are not up their arses like so many Americans.

They realise the world does not begin and end with their country. Schools here teach geography. I’m extremely political, and everyone from working class tradies to ethnics who work in restaurants can engage in educated discourse with me. And they don’t have the arrogance of Americans who think it’s their Constitutional right to invade any country they want to just because the American military can kill everyone on the planet.

This video IS a lot like Jay-walking. And I have no doubt that the intelligent people were edited out. But it’s SO easy to find ignorant Americans. Why do you think the “Borat” movie was so successful? It makes me ashamed for the land of my birth, but so many things do.

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By Busta, January 16, 2007 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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After that and the Jay Leno show, I’m gone!  OMG god help us.

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By Justin B, January 16, 2007 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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Oh come on!  I completely agree that our public school system is a complete joke.. but does anyone truly believe that every single person interviewed for this piece didn’t know a single answer?  Have we all forgotten that when you unexpectedly have a camera thrust in your face and then have questions thrown at you in rapid fashion that not only do most people become insanely nervous but they also tend to become flustered as they begin to inaccurately answer.  Leave it to the media to report inaccurately in order to make the point that they choose to make valid.  That’s what is wrong with the media these days.. they’ve gone from reporting facts to simply reporting opinions and the sad thing is that we all go along with it and allow ourselves to be brainwashed by people with the same agendas as politicians that straight-face lie to us 365 days a year.  When Jay Leno puts these idiots on TV with his “Jay Walk” segments it’s because his business is comedy.  Reporter’s need to stick to their business which is to inform the masses, not try to invoke biases towards other people simply to strengthen their ratings.

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By purpleberry, January 16, 2007 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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That was one of the most apalling things I have seen in a while.  I’m only in high school and I knew the answers to most of those questions.  I decided quite a while ago, and this helps confirm it, that Americans today are a disgrace to the pilgrims and early patriots that struggled and fought to help build this country.  You know this is the next empire to fall, and if it doesn’t happen in my lifetime, I’ll be stunned.

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By Rickinsf, January 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment
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Night train
Did I see the Alamo in the background of one shot? That would be San Antonio, Texas.
Why am I not surprised?

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By menot, January 16, 2007 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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Well night train, a Canadian crew a while back did an entire series on this cheerful topic covering the entire country and stating exactly where they did their interviews.  They visited some Ivy League schools talking to students and PROFESSORS.  You can guess the results.  I used to teach at a University for over a decade.  In the beginning I had always had many students who knew about Melville, Edison, Nietzsche, Galileo and the like; when I stopped I was lucky to find a student (2003) who had heard of the Beatles.

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By Trigger finger, January 16, 2007 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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Ha Ha Ha, Ha Ha Ha

Too bad you didn’t interview our Mr. President! Then you would have found real honest stupid ignorance.
Well, maybe honest too strong a word for him. Just stick with stupid ignorance!

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By menot, January 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Although many in the clip are probably ignorant, others are clearly stupid.  Then again, I cannot help but wonder that if a citizen of the most powerful nation in the world chooses to be that ignorant that this choice is in fact a kind of stupidity. (terrible sentence!)

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By Kath Cantarella, January 16, 2007 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment
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Have a look at an Aussie TV Show called ‘Kath & Kim’. Then you might feel better about the US. smile

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By NightTrain, January 16, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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I’m an American (from Connecticut) and I knew all the answers. Where the hell was that guy filming, anyway?

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By Jon B, January 16, 2007 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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PBS aired a program in which a standardized tests were given to belgian and american high school kids.
Begians scored 70s, compared with 50s for americans.
What do you think of americans? the journalist asked. Americans are stupid, replied a belgian.

Mark was right. Jay Leno did it in “Jay Walk” long before that aussie. Still, it is unbelievable.

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By Sweet lips, January 16, 2007 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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I was truly appalled…but there may have been some persons not so ignorant who were edited out so the overall effect is overwhelmingly on the negative side.  I agree that you might be able to go to Australia and do a man on the street-type interview and they might match us ignoramus for ignoramus.  Let’s do it and find out!

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By HeadlessHessian, January 16, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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Lefty….47812…man I’m going to use what you just said all over the place
“right-wing, corporate/christo-fascist, anti-education, republicans in power like it.”
Its great!

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By RAE, January 16, 2007 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, folks, you WILL find people just as ignorant in other countries… just NOT SO MANY OF THEM and certainly not so many who think it’s FUNNY (and their RIGHT) to be an ignorant, flag-waving, jingoistic, overweight, brainwashed, fundamentalist twit!

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By Terry, January 16, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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Re:Comment #47947 by Zony:

“Americans are not stupid - they simply are not well educated. I can only blame them for not wanting to know about the rest of the world.”

Um, Zony - what does knowing that a triangle has three sides have to do with “knowing about the rest of the world”? Are triangles foreign? Are they from different continent or from another century?

AMERICANS _ARE_ STUPID.

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By american atheist, January 16, 2007 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment
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- USA has by far the highest levels of homicide, abortion, teen
  pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Half of all
  pregnancies are unintended, and, of those, half end in abortion.
  It has five percent of the world’s population, but twenty-five
  percent of the world’s prison population.

- More than half of all American adults (53%) do not know
  that the Earth goes around the Sun once a year.
  Nearly half (48%) do not have a sense of what percentage
  of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.
  And 42% can’t answer correctly when asked if the earliest
  humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.
  Even college graduates did not fare well, just over a third
  (35%) were able to respond correctly to all three questions.
  source: http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/
      20010327213804data_trunc_sys.shtml

- 20% of Americans think that the sun orbits around the Earth.

- One in three American adults firmly rejects the concept of
  evolution, a significantly higher proportion than found in
  any western European country… evolution has become highly
  politicized in the United States, with the Republican Party
  in particular often using it as a litmus test for possible
  candidates for office. There is no major political party
  in Europe and Japan that uses opposition to evolution as a
  part of its political platform.
  source: http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/
      20060713235109data_trunc_sys.shtml

- U.S. president is a religious fundamentalist. The best
  selling U.S. fiction are religious potboilers.

- It leads the world in the number of people in prison — more than
  two million.

- USA spends far more on health care than any other country (16 percent
  of GDP) but gets only mediocre care in return for its investment:
  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14928778/
  It does not have universal health care. Infant mortality is higher
  than in Cuba. (Look it up in the CIA web site if you do not believe it:
  https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html)
  It is not uncommon to wait 9 hours for service in a hospital emergency
  room. Some hospitals are as dirty as hospitals in Bangladesh or Bolivia.

- It has the lowest voter participation rate of any Western democracy
  and yet Americans are more proud of their system of government than
  any other Western democracy. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13577802/)

- American voters ignore facts (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11009379/).

- In a State of the First Amendment Survey conducted by the University
  of Connecticut in 2003, 34 percent of Americans polled said the First
  Amendment goes too far, 46 percent said there was too much freedom
  of the press, and 28 percent said that newspapers should not be able
  to publish articles without prior approval of the government.

- 25 percent of passenger cars are SUVs.

- It is the most obese country in the world. 16% of active-duty US military
  personnel are obese and it is the biggest reason for the discharge of
  soldiers.

- It has the most acute income disparity in the world.

- Its cell phone networks are exceptionally unreliable and they cannot
  handle electronic money transactions.

- Most industrialized countries, including France, have better and
  cheaper Internet broadband service.

- As of April 2006, a total of 163 countries have ratified have ratified
  the Kyoto Protocol. Notable exceptions are USA and Australia.

- One half Americans believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
  when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003.

- With very few exceptions, nude female breasts are outlawed.

- Metric units are less common than non-metric of units.

- Death penalty is most popular in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and U.S.

- According to 2004 Gallup poll only 6% of Bush supporters and 13%
  of Kerry supporters cared about “agendas/ideas/platforms/goals.”

- One third of public schools are dysfunctional.

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By Zony, January 16, 2007 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Americans are not stupid - they simply are not well educated. I can only blame them for not wanting to know about the rest of the world. Is this what people call ignorance?

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By jA, January 16, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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As a high school history teacher this was alarming.  But it also reminds me of a student’s response to a class discussion about the U.S. Constitution: that her parents should take this class.

Now I understand when why people believe $hrub when he says that al Qaeda hates use for our freedoms:they do not know what freedom is let alone how to spell it. It is easy to see how Americans have been manipulated by the powers that be and why they do not realize the decline of their own social, economic & political viability.  The gloss of patriotism & ignorance shields some Americans from the misfortunes we “all” find ourselves these days.

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By Druthers, January 16, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Desolation, consternation, where did all the schools go?

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By Big Al, January 16, 2007 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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All righty, then.

At least now, if our country destroys itself in the process of fighting suicidally stupid wars for Israel, I can feel less bad about it.

I mean, it’s not like the death of the United States will be the end of anything all that great.

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By Troy in Hagerstown, January 16, 2007 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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How tiring to see video of Americans who can’t answer questions about the world they live in, as if citizens of other countries aren’t just as stupid. However, give us some credit. America is a really big place. People can live their entire lives here without ever needing to know about other places, unlike other coutries where if you take three steps you’re someplace else. Also, what we learn about the world is from all those folks sneaking across our borders to come here. I’m not saying Americans aren’t dumb. I’m saying we’re just as dumb as you.

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By M. Barrast, January 16, 2007 at 1:00 am Link to this comment
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Please-please-please PLEASE tell me those are all paid actors!

(... sigh ...)

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By mark, January 15, 2007 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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Hilarious but true. Jay Leno does this skit all the time. Americans, for the most part, are so US-centric that they border on idiotic with respect to the “rest of the world out there”.

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By eDave, January 15, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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OMG, that is so embarrassing. “Where is/was the Berlin Wall?” “Uhhhhhhh.” And the map thing, with Australia labeled as Iran and people not catching it. And listing our own states as countries. It’s just sad.

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By Degobah, January 15, 2007 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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It’s obvious that these Aussie guys were not shooting in the brighter/bluer parts of the USA…but still, this is pretty disturbing.  I would imagine that you could get the same sort of video shooting in some sections of major Aussie cities, and most of the Outback.  What kept hitting me as I watched this video is the fact that these people VOTE!  As we have seen in the recent past, it doesn’t take a very large group of the truly stupid and ignorant to completely screw up an election.  I believe that one should be required to take a test of basic knowledge in order to obtain the privilege to vote in a US national election.  After all, one must demonstrate a basic knowledge of driving to get a driver’s license.  What’s wrong with requiring the same basic mental abilities in order to elect the most powerful person in the world?  It is these ignorant and lazy Americans that allow powerful and greedy people to twist and bend American politics to serve their dangerous agendas…almost always against the best interests of the very people who elect them.  Until average, television-sedated Americans wake up, we will continue to be led by those who care little about America, and mostly about themselves and holding onto their own power.  It’s been said that people get the government they deserve.  We deserve better.

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By HeadlessHessian, January 15, 2007 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment
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I am not surprised.  Look…$hrub was elected twice…Where did these people come from? 
Ah yes…its getting cloudy..the assholes of the world are taking flight again and they vote republican by the millions.

I rest my case

OY Vey is right.

Headless

p.s.  I can’t stand it…God these people are pure idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Chris, January 15, 2007 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment
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I am convinced, more than before, that China and India (and possibly al-qaida) will have no problem taking over the United States of Apathy in the next 50 years. The U.S.A. is the roast and China and India are the knives waiting to carve us up.

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By John Hanks, January 15, 2007 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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If Americans would abandon TV martial law, they might escape lower middle class gullibility.

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By Jon B, January 15, 2007 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
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Good grief, the Aussie came and made a world class “arsss” out of the bunch living in US.

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By Rick, January 15, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sure this could be done in any country.
Don’t you think?
Did anybody get the questions right.I know I did.

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By Lefty, January 15, 2007 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment
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ARE AMERICANS IGNORANT?

IS A FROG’S ASS WATERTIGHT?  DOES A WILD BEAR SHIT IN THE WOODS?  DOES A FAT BABY FART?

Ignorant, indeed.  Just the way the right-wing, corporate/christo-fascist, anti-education, republicans in power like it.

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By Andrew, January 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t think it’s any great secret that we have more than our share of idiots, I know many of them (including everyone I know that voted for Bush), none of whom are as clueless as those included in this cheap, “aren’t Americans stupid,” piece. My guess is they searched long and hard to find the caliber of fools they interviewed for this segment and I’m quite sure it would not be significantly difficult for them to pull a similar hit-job in Australia.

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By Doug, January 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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God help the United States of Ignorance and God help us all!

What is really scary is that senior politicians (ie the people making the policies) as almost as ignorant.  Apparently the other day, some journalist asked the head of the House Foreign Relations committee to explain the difference between Sunni and Chiite.  He didn’t have a clue.

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By Lawrence, January 15, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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Granted, shows like this or Jay Leno’s “jaywalking” don’t show the clips of people who know what they’re talking about, but focus on the idiots to either get ratings or make a point.


But the thing that really gets me in this interview is not the sheer, blinding stupidity of most of these folks, but their susceptibility to suggestion and essentially propaganda.

These people are citizens, voters, and members of our society, and haven’t the first clue about the world at large. Their votes influence the world, their children go to fight these wars, and we’re all at risk because of these peoples’ ingnorance.

Anywhere in the world you’ll find 2 out of 10 to be idiots. Here apparently we’re “blessed” with a much higher average.

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By Roy, January 15, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not related to any of these people, I swear!

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By Rocky, January 15, 2007 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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This does not surprise me at all!!! This is just how the current admin. and most conservative neo-cons want America to be- totally ignorant, don’t question anything they tell us. The fact the reporter was in Texas just shows how good of a Governor he was (BUSH) for the Texas education system. For some of us up north in BLUE Wisc. not surprising at all!!! Just embarassing for most informed and at least high school educated Americans. PEACE!!

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By Karen, January 15, 2007 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment
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A country that has so many ignorant citizens should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons!

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By Laura Taylor, January 15, 2007 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment
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this is just embarassing

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By DennisD, January 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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That’s not very fair of our mates down under.  They should have asked us about celebrity news, the latest weight loss programs, high profile murders or house flipping. We would have aced those. When it comes to superficiality we’re still number one in the world and widening the gap everyday.

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