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(Huffington Post)   "Six percent of Americans believe in unicorns. Twenty four percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together. Eighteen percent believe the sun revolves around the Earth. Nearly 30% believe cloud computing involves actual clouds"   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 521
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2013-03-14 10:57:42 AM

Barfmaker: It is this bizarre, circular, catch-22 kind of question, asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist,

This is gonna be good...


Intellectual conservatives do still exist, they just vote Democrat because there is only one way to vote in the US if you even have a modicum of intelligence (and don't earn more than a million per year and fark everyone who doesn't).
 
2013-03-14 10:57:45 AM
My dead Grandpa (RIP awesome dude), denied the moon landing actually happened, tons of people still think Obama is a Muslim, 9/11 truthers still exist, a lot of people think Miller Lite is a beer, and the entire country was duped into believing that Iraq had WMDs. So, even though these statistics are probably inaccurate, I don't doubt that a small percentage of people would believe in unicorns or all of the other BS from the article.

/fark yeah 'merica
 
2013-03-14 10:58:02 AM
Im sure that 99% of North Koreans think their country is the super awesomest on Earth too.
 
2013-03-14 10:58:46 AM

Sim Tree: Surveys tend to have an established minimum %, due to people screwing with the presenter, misunderstanding the question, being insane, or some linear combination of all three. I'm amazed that the unicorn question made it as low as 4%, actually. I'd always thought the floor was around 9%.


I came to say something the same, most people are just farking with these inane questions.
 
2013-03-14 10:59:07 AM
Oh......dear.
 
2013-03-14 10:59:29 AM

BalugaJoe: God is an American.


I'm afraid of Americans

Johnny wants a plane
Johnny wants to suck on a Coke
Johnny wants a woman
Johnny wants to think of a joke
Uh-uh-uh uh, uh, uh-uh uh-uh-uh
Johnny's in America
 
2013-03-14 10:59:50 AM

JarynFrostwing: [fc03.deviantart.net image 850x549]
You think that's bad, some of us believe in pegasi as well. 8D


That's Wildfire!
 
2013-03-14 11:01:01 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other - the math is just much easier one way.


For asteroids floating in deep space perhaps.  But for the Earth and Sun - no, you can't.  It's pretty easy to prove that the Earth revolves around the Sun because the center of it's orbit is actually INSIDE the sun.
 
2013-03-14 11:01:22 AM

Ivo Shandor: What percentage of Americans lie or pick random answers on surveys?


Yep

If you ain't lying when they ask you stupid questions you aren't doing it right.

Long time ago I was part of the 'studio' audience that was fed a bunch of commercials and asked for opinions.

The one I remember the most had toast flying in the air.

I claimed it showed 'demonic possession'

Never did see that commercial make the air. ............
 
2013-03-14 11:02:02 AM

Onkel Buck: This is all well and good, but now we need to concentrate on getting Dihydrogen Monoxide banned! Its all over the planet and we dont have a lot of time left!


This is my Earth day crusade, we need to let people know 7000 die per year in the US alone from Dihydrogen Monoxide. When will the EPA step up and rule it a polutant?
 
2013-03-14 11:02:22 AM

Voiceofreason01: m00: "...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...

This. The article very quickly devolves into "see people are dumb because they don't believe what I believe". The % of people who believe in unicorns thing is just a smokescreen.


Then carried on into a very wordy humble brag about how many awards he's won and he's such an intellectual threat that he gets death threats from all over the globe. Followed by a supposed life changing epiphany that he was so lucky to have witnessed his friend go through in real time.
 
2013-03-14 11:02:52 AM
I may not have any "training" or "education" or "credentials", but I'm a MOMMY and so I know that vaccinations are a huge scam by doctors to get rich by uploading our children's blood into the clouds.
 
2013-03-14 11:02:54 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So many of these are arbitrary. There are a couple animals thought to have been the source for the unicorn. When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other - the math is just much easier one way. And a huge chunk of internet transmission goes through satellites, meaning your cloud computing data is passing through actual clouds.


Oh that was good. I give it 7/10.
 
2013-03-14 11:02:56 AM

deanis: My dead Grandpa (RIP awesome dude), denied the moon landing actually happened, tons of people still think Obama is a Muslim,

9/11 truthers still exist, a lot of people think Miller Lite is a beer, and the entire country was duped into believing that Iraq had WMDs. So, even though these statistics are probably inaccurate, I don't doubt that a small percentage of people would believe in unicorns or all of the other BS from the article.

/fark yeah 'merica


Things that make me go hmmm... for 200 Alex
 
2013-03-14 11:03:01 AM

MrGuilt: Unicorns are real...they are just big and grey. [farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x426]


i25.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-14 11:03:26 AM

some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans are pretty retarded.


Bear in mind that a  lot of people give deliberately stupid answers to these kinds of obvious polling questions.
 
m00
2013-03-14 11:03:53 AM

Voiceofreason01: m00: "...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...

This. The article very quickly devolves into "see people are dumb because they don't believe what I believe". The % of people who believe in unicorns thing is just a smokescreen.


Exactly. The author makes a false leap. He uses that some people reported on a survey a belief in unicorns to demonstrate that intellectual conservatives don't exist. Okay. Because unicorn-belief is totally a plank of the GOP.
 
2013-03-14 11:03:53 AM
The writer seems like a douchebag.

I really liked this little gem:

" In sum and all averaged out, it's safe to say about 37 percent of Americans are just are not very bright."

Its safe to say that 100 percent of people insulting others should probably proofread first, especially when calling people dumb.
 
2013-03-14 11:04:08 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So many of these are arbitrary. There are a couple animals thought to have been the source for the unicorn. When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other - the math is just much easier one way. And a huge chunk of internet transmission goes through satellites, meaning your cloud computing data is passing through actual clouds.


Not really because gravity. Yeah, the math for the relative motion can be set up either way, but once you factor in the forces involved, saying the sun revolves around the earth is like saying that when you jump off the diving board, the earth falls up towards you.
 
2013-03-14 11:04:31 AM
the sun does revolve around the earth, in as much as anything could be said to revolve around anything.

people who think that the sun is a static central part of the universe are exactly the same as people who believe that the earth is a static central part of the universe.
 
2013-03-14 11:04:32 AM
Wow, not one Miss America pic.
 
2013-03-14 11:04:50 AM

ginandbacon: Jesus rode on a unicorn in the clouds chasing the earth around the sun!


Pshaw. Everyone knows the unicorns pull a chariot carrying the sun around the earth.

Jesus just drives the chariot.
 
2013-03-14 11:05:44 AM
Yes, lots of people are stupid.

I just wish I had a good way to take advantage of that fact.

/no, not writing articles about it
 
2013-03-14 11:05:56 AM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: "......Twenty four percent believe dinosaurs and man hung out together....."

Absolutely. Raquel Welch would never lie to me.

/obscure?
//perhaps for the younger farkers.....



img2.timeinc.net

Me and Andy Dufresne got it.
 
2013-03-14 11:06:02 AM

JarynFrostwing: You think that's bad, some of us believe in pegasi as well. 8D


The combination of that image and 'pegasi' put a thought in my head about ponies 'pegging'

/I've been on the internet / FARK far too long...
 
2013-03-14 11:06:08 AM
Well, since others are posting book covers...

ecx.images-amazon.com

Also...

nekom: Dumbasses, everyone knows unicorns are extinct!


www.ufunk.net

/Extinct but delicious!
 
2013-03-14 11:06:25 AM

TheOther: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: St_Francis_P: I think most people realize that cloud computing requires man-made clouds; the natural ones can't hold enough data. I'm sure they use something like the artificial snow machines at ski resorts.

Now the concept of "real cloud" computing fascinates me.  Could you actually store data in a mist?  What happens when it rains?  Would stratus clouds hold less data than cumulus clouds?

Snow with a memory?  Not my problem!


I don't need a great intelligence to figure out that reference.  Yeti think others might.
 
m00
2013-03-14 11:07:10 AM

Biological Ali: Oh that was good. I give it 7/10.


The earth/sun thing is true though. I was arguing this with a colleague at work. Technically, the earth and the sun revolve around each other. It's not like the sun is somehow fixed in space.
 
2013-03-14 11:07:32 AM

St_Francis_P: I think most people realize that cloud computing requires man-made clouds; the natural ones can't hold enough data. I'm sure they use something like the artificial snow machines at ski resorts.


They use the same chemtrails from the jumbo jets.  Obama is controlling our minds and our data.
 
2013-03-14 11:08:04 AM

Voiceofreason01: Wait, why did the author pick on Kansas? Is this one of those "flyover country" things where we pretend that a large portion of the country doesn't count because some people live there that have opinions that we disagree with? How "progressive".

/Mark Morford sounds like a douchbag


'Mad Men is a great show' is an opinion I hold that some would disagree with.  If you can't see the difference between that and the items here you may be one of the people we're laughing at.
 
2013-03-14 11:08:16 AM
The only fail in this thread is the Fark mods greenlighting this liberal drivel.
 
2013-03-14 11:08:20 AM

the801: the sun does revolve around the earth, in as much as anything could be said to revolve around anything.


No. No, I'm afraid this is not correct.
 
2013-03-14 11:08:29 AM

xria: Barfmaker: It is this bizarre, circular, catch-22 kind of question, asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist,

This is gonna be good...

Intellectual conservatives do still exist, they just vote Democrat because there is only one way to vote in the US if you even have a modicum of intelligence (and don't earn more than a million per year and fark everyone who doesn't).


Both suck majorly, but one is increasing the size of government while the other is somewhat trying to diminish it. The less government control the better. The government is anything but efficient and responsible. It is in neither party's best interest however.
 
2013-03-14 11:09:12 AM

JarynFrostwing: [fc03.deviantart.net image 850x549]
You think that's bad, some of us believe in pegasi as well. 8D


"Oh yeah man, I seen that pegasus - I seen it every day!"
 
2013-03-14 11:09:14 AM

hardinparamedic: JarynFrostwing: [fc03.deviantart.net image 850x549]
You think that's bad, some of us believe in pegasi as well. 8D

That's Wildfire!


Thanks for that. I hadn't realized Sisby's OC had such depth of storyline.

*

/ I am not a robot. I am a unicorn.
 
2013-03-14 11:09:28 AM
I don't know about you, but I totally mess with polls. Accurately, the headline should be "X% of people told these pollers that they believed in...."
 
2013-03-14 11:09:46 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other


The sun being MUCH more massive can't possibly be affected by the earth gravity enough to revolve around the earth (it wobbles a bit, but it doesn't fall down). Your statement is only true for similarly sized bodies. You could also make the argument that the Earth revolves around the Moon, but it would be equally false.
 
2013-03-14 11:10:55 AM
www.nathanbeaver.com
 
2013-03-14 11:11:27 AM

durbnpoisn: I'm going to take the approach here that the select group of people interviewed do not really represent the populace of the US in general.  Like, they went directly to the backwoods of Kentucky, or the deep south, or some shiat.  If I were to run a similar survey just in the Northeast, or in California, or even farking Detroit, the numbers would look nothing like that.


Yeah they would.  Just recently it was revealed that 80% of NYC high school graduates entering CUNY (City University of New York) needed remedial work on reading, writing, and/or math.

These were *COLLEGE BOUND* kids, and 4 out of 5 couldn't meet the standards expected of them.

I'm betting that their education in science and social studies was similarly lacking.
 
2013-03-14 11:11:45 AM
If brains were dynamite, most Americans could not blow their noses.
 
2013-03-14 11:11:50 AM

fruitloop: I don't know which is sadder: that 37% of people are stupid, or that I'm not surprised.


Bell Curves, how do they work?
 
2013-03-14 11:12:18 AM
Anyone who is honestly surprised that a large percentage of humans are idiots has obviously never worked...well, any job dealing with the public.
 
2013-03-14 11:13:08 AM

neversubmit: Things that make me go hmmm... for 200 Alex


Well there was absolutely no question whatsoever that Iraq Had WMDs, hell they used them on the Kurds.

The question was whether in 1998-3 Iraq still had capable offensive WMD delivery and development programs.
 
2013-03-14 11:13:09 AM

Counter_Intelligent: Unicorn thread?


All the unicorns better be pink and invisible.
 
2013-03-14 11:13:15 AM

WaitWhatWhy: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So many of these are arbitrary. There are a couple animals thought to have been the source for the unicorn. When you're dealing with two bodies moving through space without a fixed reference point, you could say either one is revolving around the other - the math is just much easier one way. And a huge chunk of internet transmission goes through satellites, meaning your cloud computing data is passing through actual clouds.

Not really because gravity. Yeah, the math for the relative motion can be set up either way, but once you factor in the forces involved, saying the sun revolves around the earth is like saying that when you jump off the diving board, the earth falls up towards you.


Haha...  That's a funny way to put it.

I think that there are some people that don't realize just how much of this solar system the sun takes up.  It might look like a cute little ball in the sky.  But in fact it contains 99.9% of every thing that makes up the system.  The Earth looks like a little tiny ball bearing next to it.

If you were to imagine that somehow, this little planet of ours is somehow keeping something THAT much bigger in a captive orbit, just defies sanity.
 
2013-03-14 11:13:31 AM

m00: Biological Ali: Oh that was good. I give it 7/10.

The earth/sun thing is true though. I was arguing this with a colleague at work. Technically, the earth and the sun revolve around each other. It's not like the sun is somehow fixed in space.


Which is, of course, entirely separate from the point of the question. It's like saying "If we expand the definition of the term to include those Blue Angel planes that do the fancy tricks, then angels really are real!", or "If we expand the definition of 'murder' to include 'killing someone softly with his song', then that man is guilty!"
 
2013-03-14 11:13:35 AM

WaitWhatWhy: Not really because gravity. Yeah, the math for the relative motion can be set up either way, but once you factor in the forces involved, saying the sun revolves around the earth is like saying that when you jump off the diving board, the earth falls up towards you.


Whoa, whoa, whoa...the earth  doesn't fall up toward me?
 
2013-03-14 11:13:49 AM

shoegaze99: some_beer_drinker: seriously? wow, Americans people are pretty retarded.

Similar polls have been done in other countries, with similar results. People are stupid all over. For example, many people in Iceland believe elves actually exist.

This is not unusual, nor is is particularly American. People are stupid all over.


Given that Björk is Icelandic I cannot blame them for believing in elves one bit.

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2013-03-14 11:13:52 AM
HUFFINGTON POST!
HUFFINGTON POST!

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HUFFINGTON! POST!
 
2013-03-14 11:15:08 AM
I weep
 
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