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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 488
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2013-03-14 11:38:15 AM  
I"ll tell you what is real.  Steak and a BJ Day.  And it's today!  Someone get us a thread going.  WTF has happened to this place?
 
2013-03-14 11:40:14 AM  
While I'll agree what this guy is saying, there's a lot of stupid people in America, but he's being a real douche-bag about it.
 
2013-03-14 11:40:14 AM  

FizixJunkee: In short, our kindergartener is smarter than many American adults.


To me, there's no difference between believing this and believing in elves.
 
2013-03-14 11:41:01 AM  

xria: The Snow Dog: powhound: Believing in UFO's isn't a stretch. I wish one would come take me from this crazy planet.

I wish authors were smart enough not to use "UFO" interchangeably with "alien spacecraft." You'd be a moron to deny UFOs exist. Alien spacecraft? Notsomuch.

Alien spacecraft almost certainly exist. The unlikely bit is any of them are coming to earth to fart about secretly experimenting about stuff we have been broadcasting out the details of light years in all directions.


Pics or it didn't happen, wait...never mind, it's just a damn street light.
 
2013-03-14 11:41:02 AM  

MrGuilt: Unicorns are real...they are just big and grey. [farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x426]
Sadly, if unicorns really were real, some culture would likely view their horns as some sort of horse-viagra. There would be a trade in them, and the unicorns would be hunted down, horns hacked off, and the animal left for dead.

Humans suck.


Too late, they actually did.
 
2013-03-14 11:42:12 AM  

durbnpoisn: .  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.


I'm in California and a scary percentage of people here believe vaccines cause autism.  How's that for stupid?
 
2013-03-14 11:43:14 AM  

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


Whose art is that?
 
2013-03-14 11:43:15 AM  

meat0918: Joe Blowme: meat0918: Joe Blowme: 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?

I've gotten more than one wannabe crunchy hippy with that one.  The last one was very pissed at me, I think in part because her husband played along.

You would not believe the numbers i get signing that petition every year for earth week. granted most are right our of high school but still. The powers that be asked me not to do it again this year, it made someone feel dumb.

I would believe you.  I almost want to go and gather signatures this year around town, just to see how many I get.

You should do it anyways.


I already have the form printed and planned on leaving it in the reception/Commons area on a clip board with a little sign.
 
2013-03-14 11:43:30 AM  
I don't know if it has been said yet or not, but the article is under the "Comedy" section.  I don't know that the statistics are going to be as accurate as some of you believe.  But feel free to keep feeling superior to everyone who is not you if that's what it takes.
 
2013-03-14 11:44:27 AM  
Finally, some statistics on the Tea Party.
 
2013-03-14 11:44:51 AM  

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

Whose art is that?


Gsphere: http://gsphere.deviantart.com/art/The-Lunar-Stone-Commission-Sanctuar y -of-Lights-347858683
 
2013-03-14 11:45:42 AM  
Are there any (decent) free IQ tests available?

Would it be LOLworthy to test the fark cloud?
 
2013-03-14 11:46:56 AM  
What is really sad is 1/2 of Americans are below average and 1/2 of the rest of the world are above average.  We don't stand a chance.
 
2013-03-14 11:47:17 AM  

doubled99: ...and yet despite this knowledge, people here continue to call every post that seems stupid or unreasonable a "troll".


Awesome.
 
2013-03-14 11:47:18 AM  
97% believe in some sort of god. Still doesn't make it true. Supernatural (for all the 14 year olds on Fark) means above nature, as in you can't use natural science to prove the existence of something that is - by definition - above nature.

Study it out.
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2013-03-14 11:47:18 AM  

JarynFrostwing: Gsphere:


Thankya!
 
2013-03-14 11:47:34 AM  
What percentage believe CO2 concentration drives climate changes?
 
2013-03-14 11:47:47 AM  
I hope there are no professional survey takers here, because I have a confession to make:
If someone persistently tries to make me take a survey, they get bad data.  Extremely silly and sexual data.
 
2013-03-14 11:48:33 AM  

numbone: I just settled with being somewhat wealthy over being somewhat intelligent.


Your point?
 
2013-03-14 11:48:44 AM  
Well, let's see. If magic suddenly sprung up (let's do a Shadowrun scenario), this would happen:

1.- Religious frenzy (people would start thinking it's the end of the world).
2.- Government persecution (do you really want someone that can create flames at will/raise the dead/teleport wherever he wants, unhinged? Balderdash! Gitmo would be like Hogwarts, minus the learning, and with rape and torture).
3.- Corporate takeover (see case 2).
4.- Scientific advancement (Possibly a consequence of cases 1 and 2).
 
2013-03-14 11:49:15 AM  
Look, 10-20% of america mishear questions, misspeak answers, or just plain screw with the system because its' funny.

Me,  I overthink it.
Yes, a unicorn probably has existed.  If a narwhale exists, it's possible that somewhere in a horses DNA, a modified tooth my jut through it's skull.  A one in a billion chance?  Well, it's been 45-55 Million years.

cdn2.arkive.org
Not a dinosaur.
Crocodiles have been around for 230 million years.  So... Yeah, not a dinosaur either.  But I can see the idiots points.  The komodo dragon makes a nasty point too.

Earth Sun.  Good Lord, it's hard to make up an excuse for these idiots.

Cloud computing.  eh.  50% of America have never even heard the term.  Lets not be too nasty here.
 
2013-03-14 11:49:19 AM  

stirfrybry: What percentage believe CO2 concentration of under .1% drives climate changes?


FTFY
 
2013-03-14 11:49:37 AM  
Is this the thread where we show the graphic of the falsehoods that FoxNews viewers believe in much higher proportions than those who watch other networks?  Saddam and 9/11, etc.
 
2013-03-14 11:50:56 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: I hope there are no professional survey takers here, because I have a confession to make:
If someone persistently tries to make me take a survey, they get bad data.  Extremely silly and sexual data.


Do you eat beans?

Would you like to see a new George Wendt movie?

/would you like to see George Wendt eating beans?
 
2013-03-14 11:51:12 AM  
You all are sheeple. Seriously, explain this:

i.ytimg.com

/linkage:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c6HsiixFS8
//(volume warning)
 
2013-03-14 11:52:04 AM  
FTFA: In sum and all averaged out, it's safe to say about 37 percent of Americans are just are not very bright."

Actually, that's pretty much what I figured. I had it a little closer to high 40s, but I won't argue on this one. I have no problem whatsoever believing that at least 37% of Americans are stupid.
 
2013-03-14 11:55:00 AM  

dittybopper: durbnpoisn: 

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.



Have you seen the video of Harvard graduates and their explanations of what causes seasons?  Like, there's one guy who claims winter occurs when Earth is farther away from the Sun, and summer occurs when its closer.

HARVARD GRADUATE.

Let that sink in.
 
2013-03-14 11:55:11 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Just Another OC Homeless Guy:
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Americans, the scum of the Earth.

Normally, I'd point out how various other nations are equally farked up in various ways, but we've already had two threads this morning discussing the US's manipulation of the world food market for international political leverage and how we (and China) unintentionally set of regional famines several times during the cold war despite global food supplies being more than sufficient for the global population.

So... too depressed to pile more examples of humanity not even living up to its own basic moral standards on the plate.  Suffice to say that you shouldn't look into Italian or French politics, ever, if you want to complain about the US, and you should also avoid any news from the UK containing "parliament" "house", or "MP" and definitely refuse to learn anything about Israel.

//The rest of first-world Europe is mostly easier, avoid any news related to immigration or muslim rights and you can probably remain smugly superior with only mild ignorance.


Sorry, my sarcasm tool is apparently miss-calibrated. I agree with you 100%. You are obviously not the typical Fark mental 12 year old reveling in the joy of being trendily liberal and relevant from his mother's basement.
 
2013-03-14 11:55:23 AM  

neversubmit: dittybopper: 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.

The Earth and the Sun orbit around a common point.  That point is wholly within the Sun, so for all practical purposes, it's accurate enough to say the Earth orbits the Sun.

Both of them revolve around their respective axes.

revolve != orbit


Yeah, that's why I made sure to distinguish the two.
 
2013-03-14 11:56:29 AM  
But dinosaurs and man DO hang out together:
files.myopera.com
/pedantic cladist
 
2013-03-14 11:58:13 AM  

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?


I've looked at them from both sides now and I still don't know clouds, at all.
 
2013-03-14 11:58:38 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.


No, but you can say they are rotating around a shared center of gravity, because they are.  It just so happens that the center of gravity in the earth-sun system closely coincides with the center of the sun.  While you can create imaginative mathematical solutions involving loops and spirals, they do not correspond to the known physics of the universe.
 
2013-03-14 11:58:51 AM  
and THIS is why intelligent people want a republican form of federal governance, and not a democratic one (no, I'm not talking about parties)

the mob will KILL us
 
2013-03-14 12:01:51 PM  

Karac: 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.


The centre of gravity is inside the sun, but that doesn't necessarily mean the centre of the orbit is given that Earth isn't going around in a perfect circle. Given the Earth is ~5 million km nearer the sun in January (perihelion) than July (aphelion), and the Sun is ~1.4 million km in diameter, that would suggest the centre of the orbit is outside the sun by ~1.8 million km.
 
2013-03-14 12:02:06 PM  

anelson41: and THIS is why intelligent people want a republican form of federal governance, and not a democratic one (no, I'm not talking about parties)

the mob will KILL us


It's amusing how their names, and what they stand for, are essentially reversed.

/truth is lieing
 
2013-03-14 12:02:06 PM  

neversubmit: The problem is that a lot of people equate WMD with NUKES and nothing else.

Your timeline is bad and you should feel bad. Oh btw where did they get those bio/chem weapons nukes?

[www.indybay.org image 468x350]


atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com

/actually relevant today
 
2013-03-14 12:02:40 PM  

dittybopper: neversubmit: dittybopper: 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.


The Earth and the Sun orbit around a common point.  That point is wholly within the Sun, so for all practical purposes, it's accurate enough to say the Earth orbits the Sun.

Both of them revolve around their respective axes.

revolve != orbit

Yeah, that's why I made sure to distinguish the two.


No they don't the earth orbits the sun the sun orbits the center of the milkyway galaxy
 
2013-03-14 12:03:21 PM  

12monkeys: But dinosaurs and man DO hang out together:
[files.myopera.com image 450x300]

files.myopera.com
/pedantic cladist

seriousfacts.com
we also eat them
 
2013-03-14 12:04:46 PM  

Voiceofreason01: "Newtown shooting happened and 20 young children were massacred due to America's fetish for, obsession with and addiction to firearms, violence and fear"

What percentage believe this bullshiat?


Ahhh, the under-endowed contingent of fark shows up!
 
2013-03-14 12:04:54 PM  

weirdneighbour: 12monkeys: But dinosaurs and man DO hang out together:
[files.myopera.com image 450x300]
[files.myopera.com image 450x300]
/pedantic cladist

[seriousfacts.com image 334x360]
we also eat them


Ergo, dinosaurs were delicious, and good with raspberry and chile sauce?.
 
2013-03-14 12:05:14 PM  

peterthx: neversubmit: The problem is that a lot of people equate WMD with NUKES and nothing else.

Your timeline is bad and you should feel bad. Oh btw where did they get those bio/chem weapons nukes?

[www.indybay.org image 468x350]

[atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com image 410x269]

/actually relevant today


He is dead, how is that relevant today?
 
2013-03-14 12:05:36 PM  

CygnusDarius: MrGuilt: Unicorns are real...they are just big and grey. [farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x426]
Sadly, if unicorns really were real, some culture would likely view their horns as some sort of horse-viagra. There would be a trade in them, and the unicorns would be hunted down, horns hacked off, and the animal left for dead.

Humans suck.

Too late, they actually did.


From the wiki article:  Beliefs in the virtues of the unicorn corn and its origins persisted from the...

Now we have Unicorn corn? wtf is happening?!
 
2013-03-14 12:07:01 PM  

neversubmit: Your timeline is bad and you should feel bad. Oh btw where did they get those bio/chem weapons?


The technology Iraq used came mostly from Spain, Germany, Austria, China, and France.  They received some biological samples from the US, but the bulk of the material they used to make mustard and nerve gases seems to have come from Singapore, Egypt, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Spain.  They received smaller amounts from Brazil.

France was especially egregious:  They pretty much set up Iraq's nuclear program from scratch, and 21% of their chemical weapons manufacturing equipment was French in origin.

You want to blame someone for *THAT*, blame Jacques Chirac, who was much more buddy-buddy with Saddam Hussein than Donald Rumsfeld ever was.

The only involvement the US seems to have had in Iraqi WMD research and production was sending biological samples that the Iraqis claimed were for medical research.
 
2013-03-14 12:07:09 PM  
Do 100% of those people mentioned belong to an organized religion?
 
2013-03-14 12:07:54 PM  

deanis: CygnusDarius: MrGuilt: Unicorns are real...they are just big and grey. [farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x426]
Sadly, if unicorns really were real, some culture would likely view their horns as some sort of horse-viagra. There would be a trade in them, and the unicorns would be hunted down, horns hacked off, and the animal left for dead.

Humans suck.

Too late, they actually did.

From the wiki article:  Beliefs in the virtues of the unicorn corn and its origins persisted from the...

Now we have Unicorn corn? wtf is happening?!


Science.
 
2013-03-14 12:09:25 PM  

neversubmit: Your timeline is bad and you should feel bad. Oh btw where did they get those bio/chem weapons?


The irony of you complaining about the time line and then in the very next sentence going back to 1983-84 is delicious.

Oh btw where did Israel get the weapons to bomb the Iraq nuclear reactor in 1981?
 
2013-03-14 12:09:35 PM  

Joe Blowme: 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?


People need to know that it's used in nuclear reactors and chemical plants. It's even used in the production of WEAPONS.
 
2013-03-14 12:10:05 PM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Voiceofreason01: "Newtown shooting happened and 20 young children were massacred due to America's fetish for, obsession with and addiction to firearms, violence and fear"

What percentage believe this bullshiat?

Ahhh, the under-endowed contingent of fark shows up!


You really dont need to announce your arrival, we can see you are here
 
2013-03-14 12:10:23 PM  
halfof33: derpderpderpityDOOOOoooooo!

Clarified for newbs.
 
Skr
2013-03-14 12:10:56 PM  
I was thinking that in the past a equestrian variant of Shope Papilloma Virus had created a few unfortunate Unicorns.

Shope papilloma virus is what causes the real life Jackalopes.

www.cryptomundo.com
 
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