A couple of days ago the local sports station (The Ticket), had a little competition: "North America vs. The World" in which they asked 4 different players a variety of questions. One Finn, One Russian, One Canadian, and One American. I found some of the stats from the questionnaire interesting.
All four of the correctly answered the question that was approximately, "Who is the richest woman in the world, worth $1.5 billion?" The answer is of course Oprah Winfrey. They all know who she is. That blew my mind, and gave me a good chuckle.
Only one or two of them knew that Abraham Lincoln is on the $5 bill.
The other question that troubled me was that only one of them knew that Benito Mussolini was, "the ruler of Italy who joined Hitler."
All four of them knew that the U.S. President lives in the White House. Conversely, I have no idea where the PM of Canada or the President of Russian lives.
Heck, three of them knew that JFK was killed in Dallas.
Finally, only the American got any of the measurement questions right (how many yards on a football field, and how many quarts in a gallon) , as the other 3 are only familiar with the metric system.
I did feel bad for the Russian guy though, as he struggled a bit with the language barrier, and he apologized a few times for not knowing more of the answers.
Nick Cave at the Beacon, June 14, 2017
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