Murica of the Day: 1 in 4 Americans Unaware the Earth Orbits the Sun

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Murica of the Day: 1 in 4 Americans Unaware the Earth Orbits the Sun
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Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score -- 6.5 correct -- was barely a passing grade.

Amazing Performance of the Day: Watch (And Cry) as 1,000 High School Students Sing the National Anthem on 18 Floors of a Hotel

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Eagles everywhere are shedding single patriotic tears, and the spirit of Thomas Jefferson is slow clapping on the roof.

Didn't See That Coming of the Day

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Didn't See That Coming of the Day
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The latest from the post-election pipeline: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has voted in favor of becoming the 51st state for the first time ever. Since being recognized as an unincorporated U.S. territory in 1898, the residents have consistently voted against statehood (three times in 1967, 1993 and 1998), but the island's Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock says the declining job market and migration of residents from the island have had a significant impact on this year's referendum, in which 54 percent of the voters rejected the continuation of the status quo and 61 percent of the voters chose statehood as the alternative. While some analysts believe that the official vote and recognition in the U.S. Congress won't likely take place until 2015, Redditors have already created variations of American flags with 51 stars in celebration of the news (shown left).

America the Beautiful of the Day

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America the Beautiful of the Day
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This view of the United States (rotated to fit) observes national internet access in a positively breathtaking manner. The image comes from a new PBS miniseries, America Revealed, that "explores the hidden patterns and rhythms that make America work."

There are more stunning pictures, as well as a free full episode online (for US residents only).

[core77]

Say What Now Mema of the Day

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When a video starts off with a toothless old lady on a rocking chair saying, "I'm not racist..." it pretty much opens the floodgates for all sorts of craziness. This half-tirade, half-unintelligible mishmash of words that sound relatively close to English, contains some classy quotes such as "that word we're not allowed to say anymore that I grew up with" (regarding the n-word and her use of it in a public place). The real crime here, however, is how her top looks like a couch cover.

[wonkette]

Marketing Campaign of the Day

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In a "public-private partnership between the travel industry and the U.S. government," this $12.3 million "Land of Dreams" ad campaign by Discover America will hit the U.K., Japan, and Canada in the next few months, then expand to Brazil and South Korea. Just in case no one realizes that THIS is what America is really like.

[consumerist]