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(Abc.net.au)   Australians are almost as smrt as Americans   (abc.net.au) divider line 32
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2013-07-16 08:08:21 PM
Eh I don't know how long it takes for the earth to orbit the sun either. I mean, it is a bit under 365 days and 6 hours, but I would have to look it up to get it down to the second.
 
2013-07-16 08:09:44 PM
Looks like Jay Leno can take his "Jaywalking" bit on the road.
 
2013-07-16 08:16:10 PM
Not that Australians aren't dumb farks, but can you answer these questions off the top of your head?

3. What percentage of the Earth's surface is covered by water?
4. What percentage of the Earth's water is fresh water?

Here's the answers:

3. 71 per cent
4. 3 per cent

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/survey-finds-black-holes-i n- nations-basic-science-knowledge-20130716-2q2d4.html

I'm pretty skeptical that there is some great Dumbening occurring in the West. I mean, I hate the kids too, but I think this is pretty flimsy evidence.
 
2013-07-16 08:22:10 PM

Hollie Maea: Eh I don't know how long it takes for the earth to orbit the sun either. I mean, it is a bit under 365 days and 6 hours, but I would have to look it up to get it down to the second.


I doubt they were looking looking for an answer down to the hour/minute/second. The disconcerting thing would be people not relating a year to the Earth orbiting around the Sun.
 
2013-07-16 08:22:41 PM
Obviously, teachers deserve raises.
 
2013-07-16 08:23:01 PM
Wotthehey?  They get extra credit in Oz for living there and not up here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Willingly Ignorant!
 
2013-07-16 08:23:02 PM

icam: Hollie Maea: Eh I don't know how long it takes for the earth to orbit the sun either. I mean, it is a bit under 365 days and 6 hours, but I would have to look it up to get it down to the second.

I doubt they were looking looking for an answer down to the hour/minute/second. The disconcerting thing would be people not relating a year to the Earth orbiting around the Sun.


FTFM FTFM
 
2013-07-16 08:29:14 PM
America and Australia need to import more Asians!!!
 
2013-07-16 08:34:21 PM
More than 40 per cent of Australians do not know how long it takes the Earth to travel around the sun, according to a new survey.

To be fair, Australia orbits the sun faster than North America.  I know this because it's still July 16th in the US but I know for a fact that it's July 17th already in Australia.

Still, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best symphonies in the world, so they can still be proud of that.
 
2013-07-16 08:38:57 PM
What if your wife orbits my dick.
 
2013-07-16 08:40:31 PM

spamdog: I'm pretty skeptical that there is some great Dumbening occurring in the West. I mean, I hate the kids too, but I think this is pretty flimsy evidence.


No, it's true!  Americans are so stupid that we produce 20% of the worlds value using 4% of the worlds population!  Talk about bad at math!

Plus, we are so horrible at science and technology that we invented cell phones, the PC, the internet, and robotics!

Good thing we have all those other smart countries filled with smart people to mass produce the stuff we come up with while we collect all the profit, or we'd be in real trouble.
 
2013-07-16 09:25:11 PM
awesome.
 
2013-07-16 09:56:55 PM

SomeAmerican: No, it's true!  Americans are so stupid that we produce 20% of the worlds value using 4% of the worlds population!  Talk about bad at math!

Plus, we are so horrible at science and technology that we invented cell phones, the PC, the internet, and robotics!


Not that I don't agree with your overall point, but of the four things you chose, two were unarguably invented by non-Americans (the PC and robotics) and it could be argued that the other two were as well, if you had a mind (first wireless phone was German, the internet as we know it today owes at least as much to CERN as to ARPANET).

So yeah; Americans might be smart. You... not so much.
 
2013-07-16 10:02:04 PM

spamdog: Not that Australians aren't dumb farks, but can you answer these questions off the top of your head?

3. What percentage of the Earth's surface is covered by water?
4. What percentage of the Earth's water is fresh water?

Here's the answers:

3. 71 per cent
4. 3 per cent

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/survey-finds-black-holes-i n- nations-basic-science-knowledge-20130716-2q2d4.html

I'm pretty skeptical that there is some great Dumbening occurring in the West. I mean, I hate the kids too, but I think this is pretty flimsy evidence.


"Let me Google that for you" isn't a joke, it's a way of life for Gen X and Gen Y folks. Remember how folks complained that "rote memorization is useless in school?" Yeah, about that...

Couple that with a sense of entitlement ("I don't have to know that"), the illusion of knowledge ("...uh, yeah, I already know that..."), and a bizarrely over-inflated sense of self-worth ("...sure, I don't really know it, but, damn, I'm good..."), and what you get is what I get stuck interviewing these days.
 
2013-07-16 10:05:58 PM

SomeAmerican: No, it's true!  Americans are so stupid that we produce 20% of the worlds value using 4% of the worlds population!  Talk about bad at math!


...huh? You do realize that "intelligence" and "net worth" do not define a direct correlation, right?

Also, as another pointer kindly pointed out, we didn't invent most of what you referred to (there's that "bizarrely over-inflated sense of self-worth" thing to which I alluded to earlier), we just figured out how to exploit them for money.

In fact, the post-WWII American legacy is probably that, in a nutshell: we figured out how to exploit nearly everyone else for money. So, sure, we probably generate more wealth per capita, proportionally speaking, than any other country on the planet - but it's not intelligence that got us there.
 
2013-07-16 10:07:58 PM
Australians love to belittle Americans with the following criticisms:

Americans are loud, obnoxious, in love with themselves, think they are the best country in the world, stupid and ignorant.

I won't use the ferrous like word because someone will probably rip me a new one if I get it wrong, but Australians are just as loud, obnoxious, in love with themselves etc as they accuse Americans of being. In fact Australians are basically a less articulate version of the way they see Americans.

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2013-07-16 10:29:34 PM
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2013-07-16 10:40:08 PM
At least the majority of Australians KNOW that the Earth orbits the sun, and is round.
 
2013-07-16 10:53:11 PM
It found nearly 30 per cent did not know if humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs

Jeeze, it was only 5,000 years ago!
 
2013-07-16 11:26:30 PM

FormlessOne: Let me Google that for you" isn't a joke, it's a way of life for Gen X and Gen Y folks.


Gen X?

Some of them are 50 years old already.

Not exactly fresh off the educational assembly line.
 
2013-07-16 11:38:51 PM

FormlessOne: "Let me Google that for you" isn't a joke, it's a way of life for Gen X and Gen Y folks. Remember how folks complained that "rote memorization is useless in school?" Yeah, about that...


Reminds me of a story (Vernor Vinge, I think) where a guy has computer glasses that store stuff for him and access the Internet (or the future version of it). He loses the glasses and forgets who he is.
 
2013-07-16 11:39:16 PM
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is to blame for this.
 
2013-07-17 12:02:00 AM
Australia's always made the US look smart.  It's what happens when you take a country with the least intelligent indigenous people in the world and send a bunch of criminals there.
 
2013-07-17 12:40:32 AM
www.abc.net.au

Fgsfds?
 
2013-07-17 01:38:02 AM

falcon176: [map]


Obviously fake. Sydney isn't the capital of Austria, Canberra is.
 
2013-07-17 01:55:52 AM

JesusJuice: Australia's always made the US look smart.  It's what happens when you take a country with the least intelligent indigenous people in the world and send a bunch of criminals there.


No wai. Our natives are dumbee than yurr natives!! Drunker too. Plus we got all them negroes here
 
2013-07-17 02:15:18 AM
I remember the first time Lucy Lawless appeared on David Letterman's show. Rather than talking to her about her show, he spent the whole segment telling her what little he knew about Australia, where she isn't even from.

Okay, that was a bit of a non sequitur.
 
2013-07-17 05:08:51 AM
Your statistics methodology sucks.
 
2013-07-17 08:08:23 AM
One third of Europeans agreed with the statement "natural tomatoes don't have genes, whereas GMO tomatoes do".
 
2013-07-17 09:08:57 AM
P. Sherman
42 Wallaby Way
Sydney
 
2013-07-17 12:02:07 PM
Birds are Dinos so we live with them now.
Trex no Dinos yes
 
2013-07-18 12:32:45 AM

spamdog: Not that Australians aren't dumb farks, but can you answer these questions off the top of your head?

3. What percentage of the Earth's surface is covered by water?
4. What percentage of the Earth's water is fresh water?


Yes, and have been able to since primary school, you (and clearly a whole lot of people) need to go slap your teachers.

Oz has plenty of derp, but we still haven't quite met the US gold standard as exemplified here:  http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/55715208108/baseball-fans-super- a ngry-hispanic-american-superstar
 
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