Many were surprised at a week-old poll showing that twenty percent of Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. But the stupidity of our populace extends to many areas of life. Thus, Newsweek took the opportunity to make a list of some of the dumbest things that Americans believe. For example, twenty-one percent of Americans believe in witches, and twenty percent are sure that the sun revolves around the earth.
Didn’t we clear this one up in the 16th century? Copernicus be damned, 20 percent of Americans were still sure in 1999 that the sun revolved around the Earth. Gallup, the pollster that conducted the study, gamely tried to dress it up by celebrating the fact that “four out of five Americans know Earth revolves around the sun,” but we’re not buying.