Here’s something funny and disturbing that a new survey conducted by National Geographic has thrown up:
- Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the damage from Hurricane Katrina, nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi. [!!!!!!!]
[ Even more disturbingly, some of them innocently asked – ” Isn’t that the place where there was some rain and stuff? I noticed it was in the news but i was too busy voting for American Idol”. ]
- Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
[ The remaining 4 didnt know what ‘Middle East’ meant]
- Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
[ But in their defense, they did say that they knew something bad had happened ‘somewhere out there’ for sure………they just assumed it must have been in New Orleans, Louisiana]
- While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
[ The shame of it is that some of them pointed to the state of California when asked to locate India……can you blame them?]
- While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
[ It is interesting to note that they fared no better when asked to locate Israel from a World Map either]
- Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.
[ Yeah, right……..have a look at your local Wal-mart, you bozos……there are more Mexicans there than in a can of Mexican beans.]
Link to the news article