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Monday, July 4, 2011

Americans Know More About Hot Dogs Than Independence Day

We declared independence from Poland in 1492?
History is important. It gives us a benchmark as to where we were and how far we have come. Knowing your past gives depth to your understanding of what makes our country great. However, a recent survey found that Americans know more about hot dogs than Independence Day.

America is celebrating it's 235th birthday on July 4th. A Marist poll showed that only 58% of Americans knew that we declared our independence in 1776 - 26% did not know what year and 16% guessed an incorrect year.

Another surprising statistic from the survey was that a quarter of Americans did not know from which country we declared our independence. 76% selected the correct answer - Great Britain, while 19% did now know and 5% picked an incorrect country.

Correct answers were highest amongst older Americans, out of the thousands surveyed. Men were more correct 83% of the time. Women were only correct 68% of the time. Maybe this disparity is due to the nature of women - when they divorce you, you're done, gone, forgotten, never to be mentioned again.

Respondents to the survey under the age of 30 were the most incorrect with their answers. It's a shame. We have the greatest country in the world and our young people don't know where we came from. This is either a generational problem - not passing on our history to our offspring - or a poor reflection on our educational system.

As far as the hot dog knowledge goes, I threw that in. But I bet 100% of Americans know what a hot dog is, while others think we declared our independence from Poland in 1492. God bless America. We need it.

Happy Fourth of July. As you're grilling those weenies, keep in mind that Americans know more about hot dogs than Independence Day.

Who was our first president? I'd be curious to see how many different answers I'd get to that question.


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