National geographic shocker

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national geographic shocker !!

Take this survey, and look at the numbers below each answer showing the results by country.

http://geosurvey.nationalgeographic.com/geosurvey/templates/question_1.html [Broken]

Which statistic shocked you the most and why ?
 
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The very first one knocked me out : fewer Americans (ages 14 - 25) know the (ballpark) population of the US, than folks from any of the other countries.

There were several shockers along the way as well, but a big shock came near the end when it showed that many more Americans know where the Pacific Ocean is, compared to Swedes (by this time, I'd built up some disbelief momentum in a certain direction, and this complete reversal - though partially understadable - completely threw me).
 
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:rofl: I'm still in the middle of taking this test, but I am shocked that only 89% of Americans could identify the US on a world map.
 
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I got them all. =)

I was shocked about the Afghanistan one...
 
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I got them all. =)

I was shocked about the Afghanistan one...
That was one that really got me too.
 
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Yah... the US has roughly 1/3 of the entire planets population right? :P

Wait, how does this know what age i am?

I'm guessing these country-based results were done ahead of time.

And wow, i did not know Christianity had the largest following... I always thought it was Hinduism or Buddhism.

I can understand why north america was the only good showing on the el nino one...

How the hell are the results for "Which two countries have populations over 1 billion people" so bad?

Again, amazing... 10% of americans surveyed didnt even know where America is on the map...

haha poor sweden, no one knows where it is.
 
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The statistic that surprised me the most was that more French identified Italy on the map than Italians.

The fact that the US did so poorly overall was no surprise. :frown:
 
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I wonder what a math-based survey would look like

Or do i even want to know...

I wonder how bad this survey would have looked if they stuck to African or Southeast asian countries. I think everyone would fall within a margin of error from 0%.
 
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The fact that the US did so poorly overall was no surprise. :frown:
That's what you get when "feelings" and "creativity" are more important then ... not being idiots.
 
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I wonder, given a picture of the solar system, how many Americans could pick out the earth?
 
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On the other hand, a lot of American know which part of the world is the biggest exporter of oil. :smile:

It's also slightly hilarious that more Mexicans know where the United States is than Americans.
 
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Brits can't find Japan?
 
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I wonder, given a picture of the solar system, how many Americans could pick out the earth?
That would make me cry.

I also wonder how many Americans could write out Maxwell's equations in their differential and intergral form, and the Schroedinger equation?

-That would make me commit suicide... Although I guess there's no shame if you can't.
 
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hypnagogue said:
:rofl: I'm still in the middle of taking this test, but I am shocked that only 89% of Americans could identify the US on a world map.
That was the one that shocked me the most! I only missed the one about the largest world religion...I actually thought it was something other than Christianity.

I wasn't shocked, but found it disturbing nonetheless, that such a high percentage of Americans couldn't identify the middle eastern countries and didn't know which one the Taliban and Al Quaeda originated in.
 
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Geography is one of my favorite subjects. I got 20/20 on the test :tongue:
 
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Pengwuino said:
That's what you get when "feelings" and "creativity" are more important then ... not being idiots.
You know Pengwuino, I've watched your postings for quite a while and I have a pretty good idea of what your views are. But I cannot resist pointing out the grammatical error in the above especially considering the context. BTW, from watching your postings, I can tell you it's not the first.
 
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Geography is one of my favorite subjects. I got 20/20 on the test :tongue:
Well, it wasn't exactly a hard test. I think I suck at geography, and I still got 20/20 on that test.
 
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Pengwuino said:
I wonder how bad this survey would have looked if they stuck to African or Southeast asian countries. I think everyone would fall within a margin of error from 0%.
I would have been okay on Southeast Asian countries, but admit I'd have run into problems if the questions were all on African countries. I can roughly place them in quadrants of the continent, but definitely am deficient in identifying specific countries there.
 
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I got a few wrong because of not being able to see the map very well. Some of the numbers were impossible for me to read. Also got the religion one wrong because of the populations of the countries where Buddhism and Hinduism are prevailent.
 
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Evo said:
I wonder, given a picture of the solar system, how many Americans could pick out the earth?
:rofl: I believe Jay Leno once did a show where he sent a crew out to Santa Monica College to ask students how many planets were in the Solar System and other basic astronomy questions. It didn't go well, but made for some good comedy!

Funny there was no statistic on how many people could find their backside with both hands. I would have thought that would have been question number one. :biggrin:
 
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That was the one that shocked me the most! I only missed the one about the largest world religion...I actually thought it was something other than Christianity.
That was the only one that made me think a little bit. It's actually fairly workoutable. There's over a billion people in the Americas, most of whom are Christian. Europe has nearly another billion, so at least half a billion Christians there. Africa has around the same population as Europe but there's probably not more than a quarter billion Christians there. If you throw in all of Australia and about 5% of Asia, that should get you pretty close to 2 billion. China (including all of Indo-china) and India have smaller populations than that, so Buddhism and Hinduism lose. That leaves only Islam. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East might have a total population of about a million. Throw in a quarter of Africa and maybe 10% of Europe...and that's still less than 1.5 billion.

So Christianity wins ! Come to think of it, there's probably nearly as many Catholics as there are Muslims.
 
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Jeez, in history class we were discussing the educational system. I was claiming it was extremely lagging behind other countries (I forgot the exact statistic, even though it's touch to measure such an abstract concept...education).......

This would have been proof!

Honestly, what's wrong with Americans? I feel ashamed!

Anyway, I found out that my school district is the best in Arizona, yay for me!

EDIT: I didn't miss any.
 
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I was really surprised that so few Sweedes knew where the Pacific Ocean was, especially after Sweeden did so remarkably well on almost everything else.

After Mexico embarassed the USA in so many topics, it was surprising that so few Mexicans knew the answer to the question of which city was farthest west...

I'm not really that shocked that quite a few countries knew where the USA was better than the USA did.
 
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And wow, i did not know Christianity had the largest following... I always thought it was Hinduism or Buddhism.
Christianity is the predominant religion of North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and the South Pacific. It's also got a noteworthy following in Africa. Due to the government of China enforcing Atheism for quite some time, about 100-150 million Chinese are Atheist, and there are as many people in China who follow different traditional Chinese religions as follow Buddhism. But even if everyone in China was a Buddhist, Christianity would still dominate in terms of numbers. There are 1.1 billion Catholics in the world, since the Catholic Church was the one that went out and actively converted all the world's "heathens". Pretty much everyone in the South Pacific, South America and Africa, or anywhere that isn't Europe or North America who is Christian is a Catholic. Beyond the Catholics, there are another 1 billion Christians of varying denominations, largely spread throughout North America and Europe.

Here's a pie chart of which percent of the world follows which religion.
http://www.adherents.com/images/rel_pie.gif
 
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You know Pengwuino, I've watched your postings for quite a while and I have a pretty good idea of what your views are. But I cannot resist pointing out the grammatical error in the above especially considering the context. BTW, from watching your postings, I can tell you it's not the first.
See! They can't even teach English correctly!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I just don't care about spelling that well online especially when im typing a good 100WPM just tryen to spit out everything im trying to say before i forget what im saying (which happens a lot).
 

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