No one thinks things are getting better

A poll on the national economy found literally no one who thinks that the national economy is getting better. 0%

Of course, they didn’t poll John McCain, who is so out of it that he thinks the economy is pretty strong.

Bear in mind here that 25% of Americans think the sun orbits the earth.


  1. #1 PhysioProf
    September 23, 2008

    Dude, your blog now has fuck all to do with Kansas. It’s time to change the name!

    How about “Thoughts From Rosenauas”?

  2. #2 Old Bogus
    September 23, 2008

    And seasons are caused by the earth being closer to or farther from the sun. I was actually told that by someone I had obviously overestimated in intelligence. I guess that elliptical orbit around us makes the difference!

  3. #3 Josh Rosenau
    September 25, 2008

    Physio: then it wouldn’t be TfK! Come up with a good backronym and I’ll rename. My current favorite is “Tertiary follows Cretaceous,” which is funny to geologists and no one else.

  4. #4 Becca
    September 25, 2008

    Well, that clinches it. So much for my futile hope you could get 8-20% of Americans to say anything out of sheer confusion.

    No confusion here. Economy in crapper. Move along.

  5. #5 Larry Olin Horn
    September 27, 2008

    The second poll you mention is from 1999, but things haven’t changed. Here’s some data from 2006 (quoting from one of my posts):

    The statistics at ‘Science and Engineering Indicators 2008’ ( ) are disturbing. Here are some sample questions, and the percentage of correct answers (1864 adults, in 2006):

    45% – Lasers work by focusing sound waves. (False)
    56% – Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria. (False)
    76% – Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth? (Earth around Sun)
    55% – How long does it take for the Earth to go around the Sun: one day, one month, or one year? (One year)

    I’m not even going to get into the evolutionary or cosmological questions.

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