New study out: A whole lotta American kids don't pay attention to stuff. We'll file this with the "thank you captain obvious" brand of studies that elicit a response of "DUH." Glad I can still hit 100% on the MSNBC Quiz. (Though the last question should have been "Are you still a nerd?" Yup.)
I am reminded fondly of the year I worked in the UGA Map Room, deep in the bowels of Boyd Hall. Young Freshmen from Atlanta would come in, chasing geography assignments and hoping I'd do their work for them. The best one?
Student: "We're looking for the deepest part of the ocean."
Me: "Here's a map of the Pacific Ocean, you'll find it on this map."
-five minutes elapse-
Student: "Excuse me, what part of this map is the Pacific Ocean?"
Me. Incredulous: "Umm. The whole thing. That's why it says 'Pacific Ocean' at the top of the map."
(What I should have said: "The Blue Part.")