I for instance have never hear anyone say a cat has 4 legs, or outloud (as opposed to the internet, cause it is all over the place there) that the earth is round. Yet you can assume most people I know have no doubt about those things.
A slightly less obvious, more realistic example, I dont think I have heard people say NYC is the capital of the USA but I know a surprising amount of people actually do, and same with sydney for australia, though I think I have heard that one outloud, cause that one is a more prevalent misconception (with the usa you could get an ow yea, and with australia you probably get an o really?)
Wow I was looking to give some examples cases and sources etc. But too much to read and weed through, if you are interested do your own research ;)> But I did come across Hemispherectomy, I was not aware of that. Removing one half of the brain (often in severe epilepsy cases) and not in the middle ages or something.. Extraordinary.
(to some extent people might feel that about west and eastern europe aswell, though that gap is closing).
people tend to make subdivisions in their minds. Sometimes it is the same as/overlaps with official terms other times it doesnt. (interestingly the subdivisions are often similar amongst people, as it is done intuitively)
"Ow no!" :D
I spend hours in the attic playing this (that is where the computer was, among a whole bunch of stored mess)
The comments seem to be about 5% aus, 15% uk, 15 % other, and the rest usa to me. ( rough estimates, content of comments matter too, no way of telling were people that only right their score are from. And longer comments are more memorable)
(which indeed leaves 65% for usa which feels about right. Sometimes when you estimate things and you add them up you are over 100 so you need to readjust, but this one worked, even if I had started in reverse order)
This is just my perception, before people make comments about it. I am in no way claiming it is the actual numbers
And it is a serious question, I am curious, not a disagreement @quizmaster
The leading questions might also be part of the reason some do not realize ALL answers are incorrect. If it is about a subject you know nothing about, how would you know the obvious answer is wrong.Though that applies a bit more to the others in this series. Most of these are suspicious either way. Besides actually the one most argued about, where obama was born, if you dont follow american politics how would you know, where he was, or supposedly was or was not born. And the stalin and perhaps the shark one. Most others smell like a set up
They dont even seem to read the comment ( same thing as they are blaming the person they are commenting of) and immediately feel the urge to scream, you idiot, didnt you see it was all wrong!!
Ok rant over :)
Though I partly agree, reading the comments made me someon uneasy, lets saw someone only realised one or 2 were wrong. And didnt really know too much about the rest. Now they will have false affirmation, imprinting of new wrong info, that those are correct.
Like those, that didnt get it, beforehand might not have know what, if any structure was able to be seen from space, now they might think it is the great wall of china..