Thanks to the Internet and other trappings of the Information Age, facts and figures now come cheaper and faster than ever before. But where does that leave good, old-fashioned general knowledge, the kind people carry around in their heads?
A new Gallup poll includes three questions that tap Americans’ level of general knowledge.
13% don’t know what country from which America gained its independence.
24% don’t know what historical event is celebrated on July 4th.
18% think the sun evolves around the earth.
These are actually better results from such questions than those Jay Leno gets in his street interviews.
I wonder how many people believe Elvis is alive and ridding around on a Harley somewhere in the Southwest?