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US elects fail American history test

Posted in Say what?, Social, Stiri/News with tags , , , on November 23, 2008 by Le Roi

At Yahoo! News, US officials flunk test of American history, economics, civics.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Among the questions asked of some 2,500 people [..] was one which asked respondents to “name two countries that were our enemies during World War II.” Sixty-nine percent of respondents correctly identified Germany and Japan. Among the incorrect answers were Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.

Forty percent of respondents, meanwhile, incorrectly believed that the US president has the power to declare war, while 54 percent correctly answered that that power rests with Congress.

The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents’ basic understanding of economic principles, asking why “free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning?”

They look like they’re not far from the ordinary American:

Joke

Posted in Humor, Jokes with tags , , , on October 6, 2008 by Le Roi

There’s a show right now, on National Geographic, that reminded me of an old joke:

– What would the Americans do if the Russians decided to paint the moon red?

– They’d write “Coca-Cola” over it.