Are Americans Stupid? [VIDEO]
This video follows a reporter as he asked pretty basic questions about the world ‘America runs’ to people he finds on the streets of America. As you might guess, not many gave correct answers. Some answered so far off it leaves you wondering if they had a sudden spurt of stage fright.
There are even a few people in the video who appear to be foreigners and not Americans. Besides the point, shouldn’t everyone from a 1st world country know these answers? They aren’t questions that are useful on a day to day basis but they are all important in relation to our history and the world around us.
I thought it would be beneficiary to give the answers to all the questions. Maybe it will inspire further research into the world around us. And the next time a British reporter asks you what the religion of Israel is, you can answer, “Israel’s main religion is Judaism but 16% are Muslim and 2% are Christian.”
Country that begins with U – United States of America, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan (one of only two doubly landlocked nations)
Coalition of the Willing – Coalition of the Willing is used to describe a group of nations that decide to act together in a military effort that is not fully supported by the United Nations Security Council. There are 48 nations that have been part of the Coalition of the Willing including the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland and the USA.
What is the main religion of Israel? The main religion of Israel is Judiasm. About 42% of all Jews live in Israel and about 42% live in North America.
Religion of Buddhist Monks – Buddhism
Who won the Vietnam War? After years of fighting in South Vietnam under Lynden B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, The United States withdrew from Vietnam and in 1976, Vietnam became the communist country the war was meant to prevent.
Who is Fidel Castro? Fidel Castro was the Dictator of Cuba who recently handed over the presidency to his brother Raul Castro in 2008 due to declining health. Fidel Castro does not directly run the country today, but he is still a big influence and continues to meet with foreign leaders.
How many sides does a triangle have? A triangle has three sides and a million sided shape is called a megagon!
What is the currency used in the United Kingdom? The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling or simply the ‘pound.’
Map of the Middle East
Kofi Annon – Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary – General of the United Nations from 1997 – 2006 and has been a huge player in world peace and justice happenings such as Global AIDS and Health Fund and as the president of the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva.
Tony Blair – Tony Blair was the British prime minister from 1997 – 2007
The Axis of Evil – Coined by George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address on January 29th, 2002 in reference to the nations he believed to be harborers of terrorists and nuclear weapons. The countries included Iraq, Iran, and North Korea,
Who was the first man on the moon? Neil Armstrong was the first man ever to step on the moon on July 21, 1969. John Glen was the first American in orbit on February 20, 1962
What is a mosque? A mosque is a place for worship for followers of Islam.
How many kidneys does a person have? Most people are born with two kidneys but can live with only one.
What is collateral damage? Collateral damage is defined as unintended damage, injuries, or death caused by an action. Usually the term is used in military operations in which civilians and innocents are hurt in the process.
How many World Wars have there been? There have been two world wars. World War I from 1914 – 1918 and World War II from 1939 – 1945
Which state does KFC come from? Kentucky Fried Chicken is the worlds largest fried chicken chain and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m hungry now!
Is Star Wars based on a true story? No, Star Wars is not based on a true story.
What are Hiroshima and Nagasaki famous for? The two Japanese cities when mentioned together are famous as the locations of the two nuclear bombs dropped by the United States during World War II. The bomb named Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and the bomb Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
How many Eiffel towers are there in Paris? There is only one Eiffel tower in Paris, France. Although there are probably thousands in the gift shops.
What is Al Quada? Al Quada is the militant group formed by Osama Bin Laden. It is designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council and it takes credit for the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Where was the Berlin Wall? The Berlin Wall was in Berlin, Germany and was constructed to separate East Germany from West Germany and prevent immigration between the two. The wall was constructed by the German Democratic Republic in 1961 and was destroyed in 1990.
What language do they speak in Latin America? Languages spoken in Latin America include Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, Mayan langauges, Guarani, French, Aymara, Nahuati, Italian and others.