20 Percent of UK Kids Believe Buzz Lightyear Was First to Walk on Moon

Buzz_Lightyear_2OK, so maybe in the UK Neil Armstrong isn’t quite the folk hero he is in the United States, but still! From the Daily Mail:

One in five British children thinks Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story films was the first person to walk on the moon, researchers found.

And although twice as many knew it was actually a man called Armstrong, they thought he was called Lance – the seven-time Tour de France winner – rather than Neil.

The figures emerged in a study of 2,000 children aged six to 12 which revealed that while many know all about celebrities, there are worrying gaps in their knowledge of key events in history.

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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  • Leubbers

    With Wikipedia at their fingertips, many younger people treat historical trivia as a waste of brain cells. That’s an indication of priority, not stupidity. I’m guessing they’ve probably heard the name “Buzz Aldrin” in association with the lunar program–hence the seemingly unforgivable mistake: “Buzz Lightyear”. Who cares.

    I’ve seen several such headlines recently and I must say, they begin to sound grouchy and ageist. The name “Neil Armstrong” is no longer valuable information, unless he’s your grandfather.

  • Leubbers

    With Wikipedia at their fingertips, many younger people treat historical trivia as a waste of brain cells. That’s an indication of priority, not stupidity. I’m guessing they’ve probably heard the name “Buzz Aldrin” in association with the lunar program–hence the seemingly unforgivable mistake: “Buzz Lightyear”. Who cares.

    I’ve seen several such headlines recently and I must say, they begin to sound grouchy and ageist. The name “Neil Armstrong” is no longer valuable information, unless he’s your grandfather.

  • http://dptlc.blogspot.com/ DmpstrBaby

    400 out of 2k doesn’t seem like a big issue to me and I very much doubt that that number would be any different in the 80s or 90s. This is nothing but a cheap article with meaningless numbers to make ppl over react and obviously it is working!

  • http://dptlcv9.blogspot.com/ Mr.Phallus

    400 out of 2k doesn’t seem like a big issue to me and I very much doubt that that number would be any different in the 80s or 90s. This is nothing but a cheap article with meaningless numbers to make ppl over react and obviously it is working!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oh well…I’ll never forget. Dad made sure he scored mission patches for me. It helps to have a dad who was in service and an officer in the USAF in the 60s and 70s.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oh well…I’ll never forget. Dad made sure he scored mission patches for me. It helps to have a dad who was in service and an officer in the USAF in the 60s and 70s.

  • Haystack

    Buzz Lightyear is a caricature of the #2 guy on the Moon, and these were 6-12 year olds, so it’s not really that appalling that they’d get confused.

    At that age I thought the mayor of my town, Juanita Crabb, was named “Winnie the Crab.”

  • Haystack

    Buzz Lightyear is a caricature of the #2 guy on the Moon, and these were 6-12 year olds, so it’s not really that appalling that they’d get confused.

    At that age I thought the mayor of my town, Juanita Crabb, was named “Winnie the Crab.”

  • Alech

    Does it really matter? As long as we are not returning there, being the first to land on the moon is about as significant an accomplishment as making the largest cheese in France. An interesting technical feat but of no consequence or significance to humanity. That is why Columbus is still celebrated and Leif Ericksson is a footnote in history.

  • Alech

    Does it really matter? As long as we are not returning there, being the first to land on the moon is about as significant an accomplishment as making the largest cheese in France. An interesting technical feat but of no consequence or significance to humanity. That is why Columbus is still celebrated and Leif Ericksson is a footnote in history.

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