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Jun 6th, 2012 by Mike

Reader’s Digest also published:

  • 20 percent of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of Americans don’t know how long it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun.
  • Only 59 percent of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.

 

Quick!
Jun 3rd, 2012 by Mike

What are the three branches of government?

Name at least two members of the supreme court.

Point to Louisiana on a map?

The majority of Americans—three in four—identify Larry, Curly and Moe as the Three Stooges. That’s certainly understandable. But only two out of five respondents can correctly identify the executive, legislative, and judicial as the three branches of government.

More than three quarters of Americans can name at least two of the seven dwarfs, while less than a quarter can name two members of the Supreme Court.

Less than six months after Hurricane Katrina, one third of those surveyed couldn’t point to Louisiana on a map. 1Source Readers’ Digest, June 2012, citing cnn.com, business wire.com, and foxnews.com as their sources.

Really? And I thought Jay-Walking was a set-up.

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1. Source Readers’ Digest, June 2012, citing cnn.com, business wire.com, and foxnews.com as their sources.
Cost of Education
Apr 13th, 2011 by Mike

Read in the paper this morning that a school district in Maine is giving iPads to each enrolling kindergartner. Yes, that’s kindergartner. They’re getting the $700 models. I think I’ll go back to school.

No wonder the cost per student in the US is around 10 grand each.

Cost of College
Apr 6th, 2011 by Mike

“According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2010, the average cost of undergraduate education at an in-state, four-year, public institution was $16,140 — a 6.1-percent increase from 2009.” 1MOAA News Exchange, April 6, 2100

Wow! Who can afford that? No wonder students rack up thousands in debt.

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1. MOAA News Exchange, April 6, 2100
Education and Sports
Apr 8th, 2008 by Mike

“America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.” –Evan Esar, American Humorist (1899 – 1995)

I found one
Aug 27th, 2006 by Mike

My sweet daughter takes an infinite number of quizes that reveal her inner soul (well, some characteristics, at least), but every time I take one, they ask to sign up for something. I already get enough junk mail and I usually can’t figure out how to complete the quiz wthout giving away my two firsborn children, so I just skip them. But lo and behold, clothedinjoy had one on her blog to test what major you should have, so I tried it. Wonders of wonders, nothing was required except to answer a few question.

  You scored as Philosophy. You should be a Philosophy major! Like the Philosopher, you are contemplative and you enjoy thinking about the purpose for humanity’s existence.

Philosophy
 
100%
Engineering
 
92%
Mathematics
 
83%
Psychology
 
83%
English
 
75%
Linguistics
 
58%
Anthropology
 
58%
Sociology
 
58%
Journalism
 
50%
Theater
 
42%
Biology
 
33%
Chemistry
 
33%
Dance
 
25%
Art
 
8%

What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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So I was a philosophy/psychology major and had a career as a Navy Pilot and a computer analyst. Not a bad test, really.

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