trousers of intelligence

(ABC News) – Sixty-five per cent of Britons do not know in which US city the hit musical ‘Chicago’ is set in, a nationwide survey for an upcoming TV quiz show says. Another 57 per cent did not know where the celebrated television soap opera ‘Dallas’ was set, and two-thirds were equally at a loss to identify the city at the heart of the Roger Whittaker ballad ‘Streets of London’. The poll also indicated that 67 per cent of Britons do not know when World War II ended, 64 per cent did not know where the French Alps were, and 70 per cent did not know where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is based.

The answers, by the way, are Chicago, Dallas, London, 1945, France and Vienna.

Jay Leno’s Jay Walking and the game show Street Smarts seem to confirm that stupid abound in the US as well. Meanwhile, we sit comfortably in our living rooms laughing and pointing at them.

But then I see a so-called simple quiz, with seemingly obvious answers, but get them all wrong. Den I nut feel so smaht. (Try it and see how many you get right).

I think we all have holes in our knowledge that, if exploited, make us look stupid, so my message to you is for the love of all that is holy, don’t let anyone know and keep on laughin’!


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  1. I don’t know that I’d call that a ‘simple quiz’ as opposed to asking someone a question with the correct answer in the actual question.

    Comment by Renee on December 10, 2004 @ 9:14 am
  2. I was just about to write and ask about your title, “trousers of intelligence” — I really didn’t know what you meant by it, but as I turned it over more in my mind and prepared to write to you about it, I think I got it: smarty pants. I like clever jokes/ideas you have to work at a bit, so that when you get them, you appreciate them more … ;)

    What happened to the addition question required to post?

    Comment by DavidH on December 10, 2004 @ 9:34 pm
  3. You only have to answer it once, then it gets saved.

    Comment by dan on December 10, 2004 @ 11:27 pm
  4. Ah — the thought ran through my head that maybe that was how it worked, but that seemed pretty advanced and hi-tech, but that’s cool that it works that way.

    Comment by DavidH on December 12, 2004 @ 10:43 pm

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