- Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
- Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
- Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water.
(If you want to see the full report you’ll find it here: Science Daily Summary )
I (like him) was shocked that so few people understood basic science and together we smugly said “the UK must be better then that”.
And so – it came as quite a shock when I walked into my local fancy dress shop to obtain a jockey costume for the next murder mystery at Doncaster Racecourse and heard the following:
Girl in changing rooms (getting dressed as a cowgirl): Where is it cowboys come from again?
Shop assistant: Somewhere in America.
Girl in changing rooms: It’s one of those states isn’t it… which one was it again?
Shop assistant: Tennessee I think.
Girl in changing rooms: Tennessee… yeah, that’ll be right, but there’s another isn’t there…?
Shop assistant: Tennessee and… Canada isn’t it?
Girl in changing rooms: Canada. Yeah! Thats the one!
Canada! Canada?! Oh dear! We might do better at Science in the UK – but clearly our geography is distinctly lacking!