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American Bias Question

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  2. No

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  1. Jan 30, 2009 #1
    Just a little question to see how biased American education is. Simply answer yes or no, without looking it up.

    Do you know who Yuri Gagarin is?
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  3. Jan 30, 2009 #2


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    I do, but then I'm not American, so I won't vote!

    (BTW, whatever kind of 'test' you're trying to do, I don't think it'll have the results you're looking for among a bunch of physicists!)
  4. Jan 30, 2009 #3


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    I don't see what this has to do with bias. It's more about education quality - people just don't learn history. So as not to give away the answer, I'll go into that more later...
  5. Jan 30, 2009 #4

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    Of course I know Yuri Gagarin. To this day, one of the best shortstops ever!
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    Anyone who followed the US space program should know about Gagarin.

    I believe he made the comment "it ain't over till it's over", with respect to his spaceflight orbiting the earth. :biggrin:
  7. Jan 30, 2009 #6
    Of course I know. I'm old and that creates a bias in the question. You would find much the same result if you asked what Telstar was. Or, where Quemoy is.

    But, who was Laika?
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    She was a bell who played the horn.
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    According to this, we are statistically biased to the Soviet cold war space program. We all need to go back in for reprogramming.
  10. Jan 30, 2009 #9
    My God, Wolram, that is truly arcane. I grovel at your feet in awe of such a deep reference.

    Where do you live that you've heard that?
  11. Jan 30, 2009 #10
    Well, the question should be "Why did the Western press give a dog a name when the Soviet press release used the Russian word for dog "laika""?
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    Was Yuri the chess player? I can't remember. I think this is a senility bias question.:grumpy:

    What I find interesting is that the author of the following phrase has been known by every Russian I've ever told it to:

    Ya znaio schto, ja niechevo nie znaio.
    (I know that, I know nothing)

    Of course they always try and start a conversation, not realizing that that is the only thing I know how to say in Russian, at which point I run away.
  13. Jan 30, 2009 #12
    Probably not a wise idea to test physicists on their knowledge of the history of the space age. The average numpty on the street is your best bet. :smile:
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    Of course, every American knows who he is...he's the guy that bends spoons using just his mind :surprised!
  15. Jan 30, 2009 #14
    Boy is my face red. I thought he was the first American in space, beating the Russians by several months.
    By the way, I can melt icecubes using just my mind.
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  16. Jan 30, 2009 #15
    Yuri Gagarin was the first Russian to survive a flight into space.
  17. Jan 30, 2009 #16
    No he wasn't actually I think some other guy did it, but he was a drunk or something so they substituted Gagarin as he seemed more idealistic. Least that's the story I heard.


    Just goes to show, getting there is only half the battle.

    And anyway I think you mean Uri Geller, Gagarin was the spoon bender.
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  18. Jan 30, 2009 #17
    Is he the guy from those Shamwow infomercials?
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    That guy was a fraud, not like this guy.

  20. Jan 30, 2009 #19
    I love that sketch. :smile: Didn't House look goofy in them days.
  21. Jan 30, 2009 #20
    And who was Belka?
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