So they did a poll to see if native born, all American citizens know why we celebrate the 4th of July. They found that about three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. Countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.
I think this is an AMAZING result. Considering that a good 10% of Americans probably have Alzheimer’s. Then another 5% are just regular crazy people. And probably 11% of Americans got offended that some annoying academic calling them up during dinner to ask inane question and answered, “The United States won its independence from the country of Bite Me.” You can see in the chart below how we all fared.
Funny that they didn’t ask “What country was most responsible in financing and supporting the American revolution with their troops and navy?” My guess is that only 3% know that answer.
So enjoy the 4th and be sure to eat a hot dog with some American fries!
The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree… yeah, that makes perfect sense to me.
OK, as a child I was crushed when I heard on the school yard that Santa was not real, he was my parents. As a teen I was told I had a constitutionally guaranteed right to assemble. That was dashed at my first anti-war protest when we were attacked by police. And now I just learned that Van Gogh’s did not cut off his ear, his buddy Paul Gauguin did it during a fight. Next you will be saying there is no Jesus or god… oh, wait… I already know that!
WASHINGTON, DC—In a grand opening Monday, Washington became home to the first Homeless Depot, one link in a nationwide chain of warehouse-style stores that will supply the nation’s estimated 350,000 homeless people with all of their street-lifestyle essentials.
“There are 14,000 homeless people in D.C. alone, but there’s never been a retail business that catered to their unique needs,” store manager Geoff Alberts said. “Homeless Depot is a one-stop spot for cardboard building supplies, used carpet scraps, filthy woolen blankets, and flattened garbage-can lids. We also sell coffee cups, cigarette butts, soiled clothing, expired coupons, June 2001 People magazines, and half-empty containers of Dippity-Do hairstyling gel. Best of all, we have really nice, big, sturdy shopping carts.”
“The liquor department features more than 40 types of fortified wine, 30 different malt beverages, and a full selection of budget-priced liquors, including Old Thompson Whiskey and McCormick Vodka,” Alberts said, gesturing to racks stretching up to the store’s two-story ceiling. “We’re able to offer alcoholics their favorite brands at prices up to 15 percent lower than those at convenience stores.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A college student who says he spent eight months sleeping in a library basement because he couldn’t afford campus housing has been relocated to a free dormitory room, New York University officials said.
Sophomore Steve Stanzak, 20, said he began spending six hours a night in the sub-basement of Bobst Library at the beginning of the academic year after he was unable to pay a $1,000 housing deposit. He slept on library chairs and carried vital belongings — a laptop computer, books, clothes — in his backpack. University officials eventually discovered an online blog Stanzak kept about his experiences and relocated him to a free dorm room last Tuesday.
“I thank everyone who helps me get through the day, and makes me realize that although I’m poor and live in a library … that I’m learning a lot about life, and that I will make it through this,” he said in his blog.
Stanzak, who dubbed himself “Bobst Boy” on the Web site, says he washed in the library’s bathroom and took occasional showers at friends’ apartments and dorm rooms. Although he works four jobs and has several student loans, Stanzak said he received no financial assistance from his family and had only enough money to cover tuition, about $31,000 a year for full-time undergraduates.