One in five Americans missed the Copernican Revolution — Believe the sun revolves around the earth

Gallup Poll:

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?

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