Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11  happened! What? Additionally, 50% of Americans remain convinced that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, even though inspectors have not found any in the years since the terrorist attack.

If you happen to be a Christian fundamentalist or devoted religionists, the amount of stupidity, especially among them is ludicrous. Almost 50% of Americans did not know that Judaism is older than both Christianity and Islam. Unbelievably, a third of Americans have no idea of what The Holocaust was or when it happened. In what has to be one of the greatest tributes to ignorance among religionists, 55% of Americans believe that Christianity was written into the Constitution and that the founding fathers wanted One Nation Under Jesus! The amount of grey cells that died coming up coming up with that Bizzaro thinking is not even quantifiable.

Sadly, Americans do not even rank among the top ten nations when it comes to science among teens. Why? It might be that 61% of American's do not believe in evolution, while in other industrialized nations, the number drops as low as 15%. Worse, 51% of Americans believe in Creationism, an idea no reputable scientific organization in the world accepts. It seems that making up facts appeals to many Americans, especially regionally. The South leads the country in aberrant behavior. For instance, in Texas, 33% of its residents believe that dinosaurs and humans roamed the earth at the same time, a belief that is such ridiculosity the even the terminally stupid cannot believe it.

Science remains an obstacle for most Americans, and yet, that has not stopped the staggering displays of moronic and imbecilic behavior that just will not do us a favor and stay in the closet. A quarter of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth. Say what? That's right, 25% of Americans believe in a theory that was disproven, not last year, but several centuries ago. However, most Americans, excuse me, some Americans are familiar with Gemini and Aries constellations, so knowledge of the stars is a possibility. Unfortunately, the only knowledge 25% of Americans have is a belief in astrology.

Nearly a fifth of Americans, believe that UFOs have abducted someone they know. The same people probably think Yoda lives in Beverly Hills. Since this subject crosses into interstellar space, it should be noted that almost 60% of Americans believe that the moon landing was staged! That's right! More than half! The scenery of this death spiral into total synapse failure must be beautiful because 80% of Americans believe the country is keeping something concealed in Roswell--aliens!

For many Americans, their ignorance is only exceeded by their arrogance in displaying it as knowledge. Maybe, foreigners get tired of these nitwits not even having the capability of finding their country on a map. Almost 65% of young Americans can't find Iraq on a map where US soldiers fought and died. Even more embarrassing, 90% can't find Afghanistan—even if you give them the advantage of a map limited to Asia. And, the list goes on, as 33% of Americans of any age cannot identify the continent that's home to the Amazon River!

Almost any area that sounds questionable, silly or even ridiculous, there is sizable group of Americans willingly to make asses of themselves by admitting they believe in the preposterous. Nearly, 25% of Americans believe they've been in the presence of a ghost while same number believes there are real sorcerers, conjurers, and warlocks, while another 40% believe ESP is real!

Of course, no list of inanities would be complete without the inclusion of political idiocy. Twenty percent of Americans believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. He's not, but there is no law against Muslims holding office. The lunacy doesn't stop there, as 40% believe in the "death squads" silliness about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The political acuity of a portion of the American electorate is stunningly lacking. Nearly 50% of Americans cannot identify what the initials GOP stand for. Wow! Imbeciles

Americans lack of political sophistication combined with their general absence of governmental knowledge is mind numbing as benzocaine. Are you ready? Here goes. A quarter of Americans believe the US won its independence from a country other than Great Britain! Fance and China were the other countries most mentioned. The coup de gras for any remaining intelligence goes out window when considering that only 1 out of 1,000 Americans could name five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. You know freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc. However, there is hope as almost a fourth of Americans can name every member of the Simpson family.

Probably the greatest indicator of American idiocy is shown by the 52% of Americans who believe Fox News is the most trusted station in the news.

At this point, insanity begins into creep into the soft heads of America’s thoughtless.

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Comment by Michael Penn on February 25, 2014 at 9:45am
Amazing facts here, Don. Thanks for an informative read.
A few years ago people in the local factory asked my Kenyan wife how long it took to drive to her country.
When I first went to Africa in 2004 I missed my fight into Kenya and had to take another that had a stop off in Egypt. People in that same factory were saying about me, "I don't care what he says - Egypt is not in Africa!"
I've searched around ever since then trying to figure out just where Egypt is.
Comment by Luara on February 25, 2014 at 8:58am

When I see the "Long Island Psychic," Tales of the Paranormal" and more, I wonder how many watching this crap actually believe what they're saying.

Sure, probably most people watching those shows believe them, without ever really thinking about it.  TV puts people in a trancelike state, so it's excellent for inculcating beliefs and values, which helps in advertising as well as promoting ghosts and religion. 

So what would a Curmudgeon Manifesto say?  :)  If the curmudgeons marched on Washington, what signs would they hold?

Humanity is large, it has amazing ignorance bit also brilliant creativity and insight. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 25, 2014 at 8:18am

I couldn't agree more. When I see the "Long Island Psychic," Tales of the Paranormal" and more, I wonder how many watching this crap actually believe what they're saying. It is one thing to watch it as entertainment, but there are those that believe. Of course, we are free to watch what we want and that is the problem with most of television. As a former print journalist, I remember being reminded to "write down." They say it is not to exceed a sixth grade level, but I found it to be much lower than that. As a performing artist, I know there is no money to be made in being "too" creative until you die and someone discovers just how great you were. Jazz artist that do not cross-over--starve. I'd been following George Benson for years on the jazz scene, but he didn't make it until he came up with a commercial sound. On the History Channel, I like their stories about the world's largest, most intricate, hardest engineering fetes etc. But you have to watch it with them also. But, I totally agree that many are being de-educated. 

Comment by Luara on February 25, 2014 at 6:28am

TV is a big part of this problem.  People spend hours a day watching TV, but it doesn't do much to educate anyone, except for snippets of info that's of current interest.  TV actually de-educates people, for example paranormal shows and advertising. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 3:40pm

Laura--I guess I'm  a curmudgeon at heart. Once I thought everyone in this country could read. It was the late 20th century when I realized  there are millions of Americans who cannot read. I also assumed people read books, but again, I was decidedly wrong. Like monster movies, horror movies and paranormal activity, I also assumed no one really believed in that stuff. So, I have grossly overestimated the relative knowledge of the general public. In other words, I tend to think highly of our fellow human beings, but once again it is a Utopian view that is not only wrong, it is preposterous. I am also an education nut. I believe in it and think that most people can become educated. without the surfing through the ivory towers if they choose to do so. It won't always be easy, but some cases, in fact in most cases the information is available for nothing. My problem is that I tend to judge people by what I have experienced and forget not everyone has the same chance. It's the old if I can do it, so can you, which leaves out a litany of reasons why not. There are people out there than can walk circles around me when it comes to brain power, but I realize it. Nevertheless, I am astounded by the things people don't know. If we are a super power we need to get our educational act together.

Comment by Luara on February 24, 2014 at 2:30pm

The best science scores come from Pacific Rim countries, but in reality, I don't give a shit about them, the UK or the former Soviet Union.

The question that the other countries bring up is, how avoidable is this kind of ignorance? Why do Pacific Rim countries do better, and do we want to do what causes those countries to do better?  Is ignorance avoidable with good schooling, or not? Vast amounts of bullshit, horrible mob behavior, etc. etc. have been a feature of humanity throughout history. 

People are much less ignorant than they were 100 years ago.  At least, most people can read and this wasn't true, not very long ago.  Although we have stupefying mass entertainment taking the place of reading. 
People used to burn witches, and most countries no longer burn witches.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 2:03pm

Actually they do. However, they are not among the elite. The best science scores come from Pacific Rim countries, but in reality, I don't give a shit about them, the UK or the former Soviet Union. My concern are the people in this country that affect our economy, elections, children and so much more. With the resources we have, there absolutely no reason for us to lag in any area. Good education should be available to all. That is the source of much of the bullshit in this country. Of course, religion also bears a great deal of responsibility for the stupidity so proudly and loudly expressed in this country. When Pat Robertson comes out and says, of the debate between Young Earth creationist Ken Ham and Bill Nye, a.k.a. “The Science Guy,” by reiterating his disagreement with Ham’s form of creationism.

 “To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn't possible.” “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves. . . . the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn't comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.” I'd never thought I quote Pat Robertson for anything,but he even recognizes some of the stupidity being passed off by religionists. 

No, there has always existed the chance that citizens of this country could become exceptional, but our political system, education system and military based economy ruins it for nearly every citizen in this country. Mediocrity is sold as the best in this country, except it isn't called that. We're number one is the chant, but we're far from it. Like I said, I don't give a shit about other countries other that some of them are leading the so-called greatest nation on earth.

Comment by Luara on February 24, 2014 at 1:28pm

nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance

Question is though, what about other countries?  I told a Russian guy who I know by email about how many "9/11 truthers" there are here, asking how can a democracy solve the very real problems that 9/11 made evident? 

He answered that conspiracy theorists, including 9/11 conspiracy believers, were very common in Russia and seemed to think I was wrong to think it silly. 

Other people besides Americans greatly distrust their government and find it a good place to project their accusations.  There are many people who are angry at their parents, but never voice their anger, afraid it would threaten the family "peace".  Such people are fertile ground for conspiracy theories. 

Otherwise - do Europe and the UK do better than America in science literacy, and how, I wonder?



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