1 in 4 Americans Do Not Know Earth Moves Around the Sun: Report
By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 16, 2014 9:39 PM EST
You might say it is a question kindergarten kids could answer. But if a recent study is any good clue to go by, some adult Americans aren't as bright as them.
Earth (Wiki Commons)
Earth (Wiki Commons)
According to a study, involving a sample size of Americans, conducted by the National Science Foundation, 26 percent of the American population do not know whether it is the earth that goes round the sun or is it vice versa.
The NSF study asked the participants involved, nine questions about basic biological and physical science and what came back as answers were true shockers. On an average, only 6.5 of the questions were answered correct.
The results indicate, rather quietely curiously, that an average American person can barely pass a basic science quiz and there is a large chunk of population who do not even know how the earth travels in the space.
This may not have been too much of a surprise if it wasn't for the fact that 99 percent of the American population is literate and that they would be expected to know the basics of universal knowledge even if they didn't know the sophisticated ones.
It was a simple question asked: "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?" Twenty Six percent of the participants gave the wrong answer, which accounts for almost 1 in 4 Americans. According to PolicyMic, there were 2,200 Americans participating on this study - a sample size, any researcher would agree, is large enough to give some semblance of correct indication.
In the same quiz, 16 percent of the participants did not know that the 'center of the earth is very hot' while 17 percent did not know that the "Continents have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move". More interestingly, only 39 percent said it was true that the "universe began with a huge explosion".
Also, only 63 percent of them knew that "it is the father's gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl" while half of them made error while saying that antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria. 52 percent did not know that human beings, as we know them today, "developed from earlier species of animals".
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- ISIS War to Last For 4 Years; US Military Shows Videos of Airstrikes Hitting Militant Base [VIDEO]
- Australia's Chance Of El Niño Rises To 70%; Heatwaves And Drought To Persist
- Australia Joins Global Effort to Stop Russian Website From Illegally Streaming Web Cam Feeds
- Woman Gets Killed After Falling Off Cliff During Expedition Near Mermaid Pool
- ‘Drunk Girl in Public' Actress Apologises; Actor Tells Dr. Drew He Thought It Was Comedy Skit
- Walmart Early Price Matching Special Event On Nov. 21, 2014 Matches Its Competitors' Black Friday 2014 Prices And Includes Exclusive Deals For Samsung LED HDTVs And iPad Air 2 [WATCH VIDEO]
- US Plane Flying Over Russian Skies Spotted; Vladimir Putin Ready For 'Practical Cooperation' With US
- Black Friday 2014 Sale: Top Deals On Game Consoles Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Wii U And More
- Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014 Sale On Nov. 21, 2014 Includes Discounts On The 'NBA 2K15' For PS4 And The 'Skylanders Trap Team’ Starter Kit [WATCH VIDEO]
- Alleged 'Microsoft Lumia 1030' Front Panel Leaked With Capacitive Buttons; 'Xbox One' Owners To Get Free Goodies On Anniversary
- Nexus 6 Release Date And Price Under AT&T, T-Mobile And Sprint Listed
- More Bad News for Android 5.0 Lollipop As Problems Come In for Nexus and Other Devices