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In one of the very earliest versions of this classic story, published in 1634 by Giambattista Basile as Sun, Moon, and Talia, the princess does not prick her finger on a spindle, but rather gets a sliver of flax stuck under her fingernail. She falls down, apparently dead, but her father cannot face the idea of losing her, so he lays her body on a bed in one of his estates.
Later, a king out hunting in the woods finds her, and since he can’t wake her up, rapes her while she’s unconscious, then heads home to his own country. Some time after that, still unconscious, she gives birth to two children, and one of them accidentally sucks the splinter out of her finger, so she wakes up.
The king who raped her is already married, but he burns his wife alive so he and Talia can be together. Don’t worry, the wife tries to kill and eat the babies first, so it’s all morally sound.
originally posted by: schuyler
Given the number and importance of things many people are ignorant about, these two examples seem pretty tame to me. You are correct, of course, but compared to people's ignorance about ISIS, Global Warming, science in general, evolution, politics, etc., your two examples are so inconsequential and trivial that they simply don't warrant much attention.
If people insist on being willfully ignorant on little things like the OP, that are easily verified, that means anything that requires a little more research and reading is light years beyond their desire to learn or understand, and critical thinking is a foreign concept.