The Other I

December 29, 2012

Is it called enlightenment?

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:42 pm




According to a recent research report, 40% of Americans surveyed think that Joan of Arc was the wife of Noah.

I cannot claim to have read the original research, but the person who told me this swears it is authentic.



  1. omg had to read this one twice…..


    Comment by kateritek — December 29, 2012 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • I must admit I laughed out loud when he told me about the research. I’d like to check out the original if I can find it. Still, it has the terrible ring of serious possibility to it, doesn’t it? I wonder if its the same 40% who think we should jump over the fiscal cliff. Or who think the world was created 4,000 years ago.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 29, 2012 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

      • oh please let it just be a joke – please we are pretty lame but…. when i first moved to the states the teacher introduced me by my name and said i came from norway, the capital of sweden. my english was a bit faulty so when i returned home i asked my mother what the word capital meant – she asked me why and when i told her, she said that i must have misunderstood years later, completely having forgotten the incident she brought it up again. unbeknown to me, she went to school and asked the teacher if this is what she said. oh yes, as it turned out, my english was functional her geography was not. our parochialism is numbing received a christmas card from someone i knew in high school – only saw her once since. card was issued from NRA i almost died. she still believes obama is a muslim, and born someplace other than US when i visited her in florida where she lives/taught i discovered she had two cars: a beat up buick she drove to school because of the jigaboos (not sure of spelling and at that time, it was another word i was unsure of) and a big white lincoln that she drove in her neighborhood. so the question, why the exchange of christmas cards. we will never respect each others roads much less have them merge. at what point did we diverge – is either of our humanity less? my father’s favorite phrase for such individuals was “a poor case of protoplasm” but is it? tomorrow is my 54th year anniversary. amazing could it be that there by for mkl i would be a gun-totting mama.


        Comment by kateritek — December 29, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

      • I don’t think I can improve on Norway as the capital of Sweden. But I’ve been hunting around the net to find out if 40% of Americans really do think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. The best I could find is that it’s only 10%. That’s the good news. The bad news is that a substantial number of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife, the majority of Americans don’t know the name of even one of the four Gospels (the book of Job isn’t one of them), and only one out of three Americans know that it was Jesus (not Billy Graham) who preached the Sermon on the Mount. At least that’s what the Washington Monthly says. Still, nobody’s infallible…

        On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM, The Other I


        Comment by Terry Sissons — December 30, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  2. And a lot of Americans think more guns are a positive solution to campus killings.
    I am not into national stereotyping, but America worries me. It also worries me about the beliefs I have because of my Scottishness – but honestly, I do think America needs to get out more, as it were.


    Comment by sanstorm — December 29, 2012 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

    • Yes, America worries me too – probably even more than it worries you. We think we’re best at everything – even as we fall further back in the queue.

      I don’t know, of course, what beliefs you might hold “because of your Scottishness,” but I do know what you are talking about in general. As an American born and raised as a Roman Catholic in midwest America, now married to an Englishmen for almost 40 years and living in England for almost twenty, I am still discovering beliefs, assumptions, responses, judgements, and interpretations that once seemed obvious to me, and which I now see are not nearly as obvious and rational as I assumed. I will say it’s a fascinating trip. I’m not expecting it to end as long as I live.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 29, 2012 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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