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I guess there was a poll done of 18-29 year old Germans which found that 1 in 5 have no idea that auschwitz was a Nazi death camp.  Nearly spit up my coffee when reading that today. 

It made me think about all the things people should know, but don't for whatever reason.  For example, I remember in a thread a while back someone (from Canada) had said she had never learned about WWII is school.  That I found shocking.  Or, when folks can't even name our VP (I heard someone shout out Dick Cheney!). 

Ran into two girls the other day in their 20's that had no idea what Manifest Destiny was.  They had college degrees, too.

I just don't get it.  Do you run into people like this?  If so, what didn't they know that they should have?

 

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Original Post by crazineko:

 

I just don't get it.  Do you run into people like this?  If so, what didn't they know that they should have?

 

Have you seen the show "How the States got there Shapes"?  They will ask people pretty general geography questions about the state they live in...  I kills me when people have NO clue.  I was watching one where they were talking about the Mississippi river and people were just clueless.

 

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P

Original Post by melkor:

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P


:) Haha. I don't even care if they write them in another order. Its the fact that they don't know the order of the months!!

I also have a lot of clients that can't do multiplication.

I astounded a few college friends (while in college) when I not only could identify Rosie the Riveter but also could tell a brief explanation about her.  I couldn't stop from giving them the same looks they gave me because I couldn't believe they didn't know about Rosie the Riveter.

I have another one!  My friend's sister had no idea that cold sores are a kind label for Herpes. She was complaining about one on her lip and just stared at me when I mentioned Herpes.  She was actually insulted then became upset. 

It was kind of funny.

I once mentioned Malcolm X around a high schooler, and he said "What kind of a last name is X?"

I encounter a shockingly high number number of adults who don't know Abraham Lincoln was the President during the Civil War.

I'm repeatedly amazed at the number of US Freakin' Congresspeople who think "life liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is in the Constitution.

But the funniest one I remember is when Steve Jobs died, there were a notable number of tweets and facebook posts that reportedly said something along the lines of "who in the world is Steve Jobs", most likely put out there on an iPhone.

Original Post by olsonc91:

I astounded a few college friends (while in college) when I not only could identify Rosie the Riveter but also could tell a brief explanation about her.  I couldn't stop from giving them the same looks they gave me because I couldn't believe they didn't know about Rosie the Riveter.

Although, many people believe that this is Rosie the Riveter.

My favorite is the woman (college graduate) who insisted that Delaware is not a state, but Boston is.

Original Post by melkor:

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P

much like how we don't use the metric system, we don't care about making sense!

USA! USA! USA!

*measures things in inches*

Original Post by jules817:

*measures things in inches*

pervert.

I worked with some folk who had no clue who Gandhi is!

Nor had they ever heard of  Saloth Sar!

 

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by jules817:

*measures things in inches*

pervert.

haha omg this made me lol.

what surprises me is the number of people who don't know they should THINK BEFORE THEY SPEAK.

 

I'm far too embarrassed by all I don't know, to have the nads to call anyone else out on it.

Embarassed

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by melkor:

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P

much like how we don't use the metric system, we don't care about making sense!

USA! USA! USA!

*measures things in inches*

Canadians get a real chuckle about how little US people know about us.  There was a comedy sheow here where they would go to a US city and ask people on the street questions like do oyu know who the Prime Minister of Canada is and get answers like "Wayne Gretski"?

Original Post by waynehumphreys:

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by melkor:

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P

much like how we don't use the metric system, we don't care about making sense!

USA! USA! USA!

*measures things in inches*

Canadians get a real chuckle about how little US people know about us.  There was a comedy sheow here where they would go to a US city and ask people on the street questions like do oyu know who the Prime Minister of Canada is and get answers like "Wayne Gretski"?

uh...are you saying it ISN'T Wayne Gretski?

I don't know jack, but I have self esteem!

Nope it is Don Cherry if anyone asks you. 

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by waynehumphreys:

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by melkor:

Original Post by bethykins:

I am shocked by the number of people I meet who can't/don't know how to write the current date (as in 1/25/2012). They have no idea the order of the months :/

That's because you Americans write them in the wrong order - it's supposed to be day, then month, but for some reason you write month, then day :-P

much like how we don't use the metric system, we don't care about making sense!

USA! USA! USA!

*measures things in inches*

Canadians get a real chuckle about how little US people know about us.  There was a comedy sheow here where they would go to a US city and ask people on the street questions like do oyu know who the Prime Minister of Canada is and get answers like "Wayne Gretski"?

uh...are you saying it ISN'T Wayne Gretski?

and why should we know who the prime minister is?  It doesn't really concern us.

There are an alarming number of people who do not know how to write a check, sign a check, fill out a deposit slip, fill out a withdrawal slip, etc.

Most of the time, they just fling it at you and ask you to do it.  Under some circumstances, I might consider it.  But I'm probably not going to fill out a withdrawal slip for you from your account for $40000, sorry friend.

None of it is that hard.

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