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How much do you know about the USA?

Old Jun 17th 2003, 3:56 pm
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/wtwta/2962622.stm

I got 9 out of 10, hubby got 8. And he's the USC!
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Old Jun 17th 2003, 4:04 pm
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Originally posted by MrsLondon
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I got 9 out of 10, hubby got 8. And he's the USC!
Congratulations, I only got 7.

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Old Jun 17th 2003, 4:38 pm
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Originally posted by MrsLondon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/wtwta/2962622.stm

I got 9 out of 10, hubby got 8. And he's the USC!
The questions and, more particularly, the answers are British and not American. In the US we celebrate Christopher Columbus as the founder of America not Nomad tribes from Siberian.
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Old Jun 17th 2003, 4:44 pm
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I got two! Guess I wont be taking that citizenship test for awhile
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Originally posted by Rete
The questions and, more particularly, the answers are British and not American. In the US we celebrate Christopher Columbus as the founder of America not Nomad tribes from Siberian.
The question wasn't "who was the founder of America", it was "who discovered America". Obviously America had already been discovered before Columbus or the Vikings arrived.
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Originally posted by Rete
The questions and, more particularly, the answers are British and not American. In the US we celebrate Christopher Columbus as the founder of America not Nomad tribes from Siberian.
I just got the dollar one wrong. Why are americans taught that Christopher Columbus discovered america when he never set foot on mainland (either North or South America). Why aren't Americans taught that the Native Americans come from Siberia, or even the Vikings got there 500 years before Columbus.

It just seems a bit weird - I think Americans are taught hollywood history and not the rest of the stuff - you did know you almost commited Genocide to the Indians though don't you!

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I only got 5 right! I'm usually pretty good at trivia!

I was taught that the Vikings discovered America..

That Hamburger DO NOT come from Hamburg, Germany

oh well... can I take it again?
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You got 9 right!

Got the last one wrong... hmm thanks for the tip my dear fiancee, the company financial whizz kid lol
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Originally posted by Patrick
I just got the dollar one wrong. Why are americans taught that Christopher Columbus discovered america when he never set foot on mainland (either North or South America). Why aren't Americans taught that the Native Americans come from Siberia, or even the Vikings got there 500 years before Columbus.

It just seems a bit weird - I think Americans are taught hollywood history and not the rest of the stuff - you did know you almost commited Genocide to the Indians though don't you!

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Even though we love the Yanks, you cant help feeling they would have John wayne winning the battle of waterloo singlehandedly in their blockbuster. I got 6/10 - ho hum

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Originally posted by Rete
The questions and, more particularly, the answers are British and not American. In the US we celebrate Christopher Columbus as the founder of America not Nomad tribes from Siberian.
I guess ‘Nomadic Mammoth Hunter Day’ doesn’t have the same ring about it as ‘Columbus Day’, it would be too big to put on the diary pages as well.

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Old Jun 17th 2003, 9:14 pm
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I guess ‘Nomadic Mammoth Hunter Day’ doesn’t have the same ring about it as ‘Columbus Day’, it would be too big to put on the diary pages as well.

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Old Jun 17th 2003, 11:55 pm
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MrsLondon wrote:
    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/wtwta/2962622.stm
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    > I got 9 out of 10, hubby got 8. And he's the USC!

I got all of them.
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Old Jun 18th 2003, 12:24 am
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MrsLondon wrote:

    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/wtwta/2962622.stm
    > I got 9 out of 10, hubby got 8. And he's the USC!
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Hi All,

I got 7 right, but I think the answer to #10 is a bit suspect. The 1999
U.S. Census lists $40,816 for the median household income for 1999 and
the average is going to be lower than the median. Average income is
nowhere to be found. Every chart or table lists median income. So
counting what I think should be the right answer would give me 8 right.

http://www.census.gov/hhes/income/in.../99tablea.html

Even though I got # 3 wrong by guessing Columbus, I think the answer
they claim to be right is not right either. Most of the Internet
articles I have found give credit to Leif Eiriksson who was a Viking.

I guess that's what you get when you take a test of America made by the
BBC. LOL


Take care,


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..... I got 7 right, but I think the answer to #10 is a bit suspect. The 1999 U.S. Census lists $40,816 for the median household income for 1999 and the average is going to be lower than the median. Average income is nowhere to be found. Every chart or table lists median income. So counting what I think should be the right answer would give me 8 right. .....
Sorry Mike, but "average" is actually fairly meaningless as it is an umbrella term for "median", "mode", and "mean". Average is commonly mistaken to be equivalent to mean, but any one of the three statistical measures is a form of average.

That apart, who ever heard of nomadic mammoth hunters discovering America? Next we'll be having "Nomadic Mammoth Hunters' day in October, and renaming Columbus SC "Nomadic Mammoth" !
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7 out of ten for me. Vikings was my answer, as in Leif Eriksson. Somewhat surprised @ the 165 million internet users. Though I did not read the question & wrongly assumed subscribers/members. Still 165 million seems high.

I still think the $41,994 is high. Federal, family poverty line is like $16k.
Still well done those who did better. I stand corrected & bowed.

Though we may not hear the last of this BBC etc.
Reg. Frank R.
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