According to this site:
- One-third of Americans couldn’t pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
- Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
- Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
- Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
- While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
- While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
This is crazy! I remember, as a child, my siblings and I had an endless fascination with maps. We would play this game, where we spin the globe super-fast, then stop it with our finger, and then go look up in the encyclopedia whichever country our finger landed on. Such fun! Like travelling, but without the hassle of packing bags! 😀