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How many stars are in the solar system?
Vanity | 4/22/2014 | Self

Posted on 04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo

I got this email from a relative. Scary how uneducated some "educated" people are. These are middle class 30s people with good jobs, a mix of high school and college graduates.

I was at my friend’s house last night and there were a bunch of people over.

It was really nice out so we stayed outside most of the time. When the stars started to appear I used an app on my phone that lets you look up in the sky and it identifies what stars/planets/constellations you’re aiming the phone at.

One thing lead to another and a person made a comment about “all the stars in our solar system”. I said there was only one star and that there were hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. She was completely confused.

So I went around and asked people “how many stars in our solar system” – not a single person answered ONE.

And one tried to convince me that the sun revolves around the earth. She started to get angry when I kept disagreeing with her and she told me that just because that’s what science says doesn’t mean it’s true.

So this morning I went into work and asked everyone at work how many stars are in our solar system – I got a bunch of “you’ve got to be kidding me, I don’t know” or “Hmmm… 15?”

And someone even said “the sun isn’t a star”.

I’m just completely speechless!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education
KEYWORDS: dumbingofamerica; ignorance; ignoranceisbliss
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1 posted on 04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Well. Ask Carl.....he knows.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 7:49:55 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Ask the same people who’s on Dancing With The Stars and they’ll have no problem getting that correct.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:53 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: NewHampshireDuo

1.7, given Jupiter is close.


4 posted on 04/22/2014 7:51:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Depends on whether you count people who think they are stars.


5 posted on 04/22/2014 7:51:32 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Where does she work? Congress?

6 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Wow.


7 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:51 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Well, let’s see. There’s Beyonce and Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake and Rhianna ...


8 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:55 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
I counted them once and the answer is ;

every one of them !

(and that's a lot, I tell you .. )

9 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:28 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Diogenesis
1.7, given Jupiter is close.

Soon to be 2.0, I hear the Monolith is transmitting radio waves again. Haven't hear from Dave, though.

10 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:41 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

The dumbing down of America is well underway.


11 posted on 04/22/2014 7:54:16 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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And we wonder how the country votes the way it does....


12 posted on 04/22/2014 7:54:58 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I’ll bet I know who most of them voted for for President. Scary HUH!


13 posted on 04/22/2014 7:57:06 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

At parties I always like to ask people to convert calories into BTUs.


14 posted on 04/22/2014 7:57:26 AM PDT by Sawdring
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[ 1.7, given Jupiter is close. ]

2.9 1 for the sun, 1 for Nemesis, .7 for Jupiter and .2 for Saturn...

Nemesis is a far distant red/brown dwarf we haven’t found yet....


15 posted on 04/22/2014 7:58:43 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Maybe they were thinking of Hollywood?


16 posted on 04/22/2014 7:59:43 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Several problems.
People tend to be sloppy on how they communicate about science and technical issues.
This is how the uber-left manipulates the voter.
Second, people don’t try and understand science. We have (thankfully very few) FR’s who still think the earth is only 4000 years old.

Grasping aspects of science requires interest and the effort to understand things which are not always easy.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT by Zathras
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I’ve come to the conclusion that like art, astronomy is for those who can appreciate it. There’s not really much practical use for it unless you happen to work for NASA or something. For myself, I just enjoy accumulating knowledge on the subject that most people would consider useless in their day to day lives.


18 posted on 04/22/2014 8:00:35 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Gee, give them a break. They were probably texting and you interrupted them with your question.


19 posted on 04/22/2014 8:02:14 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: NewHampshireDuo

42


20 posted on 04/22/2014 8:02:33 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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