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The Washington Post this weekend reported on a new survey saying that seven percent of Americans believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

The story goes on to suggest that while this may be worrisome, it is not as bad as the fact that 48 percent of respondents to the survey "admitted they simply don’t know where chocolate milk comes from."

The Post goes on to note that "sadly, there are numerous far worse examples of public ignorance out there, including many about far more consequential issues. The 7 percent figure pales in comparison with the 25 percent who don’t know the earth orbits the sun, the 66 percent who can’t name the three branches of government, and ... the 80 percent who support mandatory labeling of food containing DNA."
KC's View:
It was, of course, the journalist (and professional cynic) H. L. Mencken who once said that "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." (Or words to that effect. The exact quote has been taken apart and put together in numerous ways. But it still works for me ... he's my kind of guy.)