Hello fellow members, have any of you heard of the new game show called Are You Smarter ... ?
It's a show where normal Americans go up and answer questions they learnt in elementary school. It tests memory, and common sense. Personally, I
can't help but laugh at the types of question people can get wrong. For example, (I just finished watching it) Topic is 'Grade 3 Geography'
Question is ' What counrty shares the longest border with the US?' The woman answered 'Uhhhh...Mexico?' And I couldn't help but laugh. Has she
never seen a globe? or a map? (The answer is Canada by the way)
Anyways I just wanted to know if anyone else watches this show, and if so, what are their personal views on it?
Well... I was just authoring a thread on this and got the dreaded message that a thread already existed. Luckily I copied and pasted it, so I'll
post it here.
Well, this is as much of a Rant as a Television discussion, but I thought it was appropriate to put it in the Television forum as the possibility
exists to have more than one discussion on it.
If you have not heard of this show yet, I'll sum it up quickly. It is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, whom I am a huge fan of, and it takes random people
and asks them questions that are found in a 5th grader's curriculum. To top it all of, it has 5th graders on the show for support. Now some of the
questions are fairly straight forward, while others can be tricky. But some of the questions that are stumping the contestants, well it is nothing
short of infuriating that they can not possibly fathom an educated guess. The one question that put me over the top was,
"What country shares the largest border with the United States?"
After five minutes of thinking it over, the contestant was "fairly sure" that it was down to two countries. Canada and Mexico were the two possible
answers, she thought. So she continued to play it back and forth, and decided to go with Mexico. Mexico! This was a lady in her mid 40's.
Now I can understand not being able to place states, or provinces, but surely we can understand simple and basic geography.
C'mon! How ridiculous is that!
What is 2+2..... Uhhh Meow? Luckily the 5th grader bailed her out, and she managed to get a few bucks out of it. No thanks to her own doing
This show reinforces the notion that the average person is completely ignorant to even the basic knowledge, that a 5th grader would be aware of. Now
I don't expect that we are going to answer every one of them correctly, but surely we understand that the US has a border with Canada that is
much, much larger than ...Mexico.
They should, or we should, make a show called. ''Are You Smarter Than an ATS'er?'' And the most popular subjects would be like ''8th Grade
Extraterrestrail'' or ''10th Grade Government Conspiracy''
Oh, another question she almost missed, ''What star is closest to earth?''
''Uhhh, Oh God...Jupiter? Oh no that doesn't sound right...The Sun? Is the Sun a star?....Uhh, a hell I'll just say the Sun!''
Yossarian, watch the clip above and you'll get what we're talking about, lol.
But one question is reallly puzzling me,
'What continent is also a country?'
The answer was Australia, but I always thought Australia belonged to Oceania (continent wise, of course). Did the producers make a mistake or did
something happen not too long ago thta I am not aware of? I was always taught in school that there were 7 continents, and Australia was not one of
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