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Stupid Case File for May 2, 2006

Nothing Criminal About It ... Well, Maybe There Is

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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.

Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn't find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic

Among the findings:

• One-third of respondents couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.

• Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.

• Two-thirds didn't know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.

• Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

• 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.

• 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.

• Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.

• 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.


2 Comments:

Blogger Malinda777 said...

Wow! Interesting post. Yes, a bit criminal maybe. These facts will be the downfall of our great nation one day.

I admit my geography is bad too, but this is sad.

I like the spin off of this post with the "criminal" hint.

May 10, 2006 10:32 PM  
Blogger Hammy said...

The education system appears to have suffered a criminal lack of importance - but that is what you were getting at, yes?

May 11, 2006 4:36 AM  

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