Worrying Number Of People Unaware That Earth Revolves Around The Sun

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Worrying Number Of People Unaware That Earth Revolves Around The Sun

Little disclaimer before we start: I'm not a scientist. In fact, my grasp of all things scientific is probably similar to that of a 10-year-old, in that I can name all the planets, I want there to be a way for me to talk to animals and I fully welcome robots.

With that in mind, lets head over to the US, where a study has found that a whopping 26 percent of people didn't know the Earth revolves around the sun. Pretty damn high that, isn't it?


The study was conducted back in 2012 and asked 2,200 people a number of science-related questions. According to figures from the National Science Foundation, only 74 percent of people answered correctly when asked: "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?"

And just 39 percent of those asked knew that the 'the universe began with a huge explosion' while only 48 percent reckoned 'human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals'.


Perhaps this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. A couple of months ago, the Innovation Center of US Dairy found that seven percent of people in America believe chocolate milk is produced by brown cows, according to the Washington Post.

Not just the milk bit - the whole shebang. So, that's 16.4 million people who fully believe cows are somehow mixing milk and cocoa and sugar inside themselves just for us to enjoy - which would be very nice of them, if it were true.

Thankfully, there's been no research on where they think vanilla or strawberry milk comes from. The mind boggles.


In defence of these people, have you ever been asked a question on the spot like that? You're not your best self. You know you know the answer, but boom! The pressure's on and your mind has gone blank.

It's easily done. You only need to watch The Chase to see that being under pressure can you make say something stupid.

Featured Image Credit: The Simpsons/Fox

Topics: Science, America, planets

Claire Reid
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