Only 23 per cent of Americans managed to pick out Iran on a map – our 11 favourite comments
With Iran dominating the news, apart from in the tiny bubble obsessed with the Royals, it seemed like a good time for data expert, Joanna Piacenza, to test people on their geographical knowledge of the troubled country – specifically Americans.
It didn’t go down well.
NEW from me: We asked folks to identify Iran on an unlabeled map.
— Joanna Piacenza (@jpiacenza) January 8, 2020
This is the map they were using.
Respondents were first given a larger, global map.
— Joanna Piacenza (@jpiacenza) 8 January 2020
People were pretty stunned at the results, and had some comments, particularly about the extraordinary guesses highlighted on the map.
NEW RULE: If you flunked this test, you must keep your strong opinions about Iran to yourself. https://t.co/t5YuBbpjFu
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 8, 2020
Okay I probably would have gotten this wrong too, but how the fuck did people wind up picking the uk? https://t.co/cATvSNmvcL
— Justin Whang 🐙 (@JustinWhang) January 8, 2020
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 8, 2020
Would love to chat to the American who said Iran was Rosslare. https://t.co/i5YnYt9x2K
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 8, 2020
Well this doesn't bode well for Romania https://t.co/oOfVYEc94x
— 🚩Auntie Shepherd🏴 (@NeolithicSheep) January 8, 2020
christ what if he nukes Pembrokeshire https://t.co/ORxX6f0AdU
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) January 8, 2020
Only 23% of people could locate Iran on a map, fine, sure, but the only person I want to speak with is the one who thought Iran was in the ocean west of Mexico pic.twitter.com/KEik8du8Zg
— Slade (@Slade) January 8, 2020
Asking people to identify a country on a map is really difficult for people who can't even tell which bits are land and which are sea https://t.co/XwUbyzWpRJ
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) January 8, 2020
For anyone who guessed an area that is clearly in the middle of water I think we should be legally required to take away their driver's licenses.
— Marcus (@alocalbookshop) 8 January 2020
I want somebody to write an article about the people who chose the British Isles….
Oh wait, the NY Times regularly runs articles on Trump supporters. Never mind.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) 8 January 2020
— Naw (@Kijoru_) 8 January 2020
Lawyer George Conway had an additional subject in mind to take the test.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 8, 2020