Stupidity Knows No Bounds

I know this has nothing to do with atheism, but this story in Saturday’s local paper got my attention, and caused a chuckle. The best part of the story was that the paper felt it was necessary to tell its readers that Virginia was, in fact, south of Pennsylvania. What does that say about the editor’s opinion of its average reader’s intelligence?

As the title of this post says…

3 thoughts on “Stupidity Knows No Bounds

  1. At least they knew that there was a proximity to Pennsylvania. Most Americans (including Bush) probably couldn’t find either state on a map, or that they (VA and PA) are members of the U.S. and not foreign countries harboring terrorists and weapons of mass destruction.

  2. Aggggh. When I worked for a newsrag — many moons ago — we were ordered to explain any and all cultural references. Thus, we had to write things like: “Shakespeare, an important English playwright;” “Beethoven, a German classical composer;” and “Brazil, a large country in South America.” Writers at newspapers are supposed to assume that readers have no more than a 5th-grade education. That condescending attitude made me mad as hell (a mythological hot place that atheists and other sinners are believed to enter after they die).

    By the way, I was also informed that no sentence appearing in a newspaper should contain more than 25 words, which would make this very one ineligible for publication. After that edict, I published a humorous column explaining to my fans why everything I would write from then on would sound like a grade-school reading textbook. The paper was inundated with letters telling the editors how stupid they were, and the limitation was lifted — just for me.

  3. To overcome geographic illiteracy we must define map, north, south, east and west. This will require thought, something no one wants to do, it’s easier to let others point you in a direction. Maybe this does have something to do with atheism.

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