August 17, 2006
Judges, Snow White's Dwarves, and Statistics
Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Snow White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday.
Suppose that your thing is X-ology, and you want to emphasize how ignorant people are about X, in order to publicize your efforts to educate them. So you do a survey where you ask a simple and important question that is actually tricky and confusing: say, what are the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Or what are the capitals of the states in the Pacific time zone? Or what are the features of a passive sentence in English?
It's a fun read.
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