Thursday, May 04, 2006

Scary Stories

The nominees for today's scariest story are
  • The Shah, Part II - Reza Pavlavi, the son of the Shah of Iran, wants to overthrow the Iranian government. Then who would lead the country?
  • After the revolution he envisions, Pahlavi said, he would be willing to become a constitutional monarch in Iran if an Iranian constitutional convention offered him that role. “I’m ready to serve in that capacity,” he said. “If the people so choose, it would be my greatest honor.”
    Um, thanks for offering, but I think they'll pass. On the bright side, he doesn't want the U.S. to invade, he wouldn't develop nuclear arms, and he doesn't feel threatened by Israel or demand its destruction.
  • Americans are still ignorant - A new poll shows yet again that young American adults don't know much about geography. Only 37% of Americans 18-24 could find Iraq on a map, and only 25% could find Israel. My wife points out that I'm sort of a geography freak, so I shouldn't be surprised that people don't know this stuff. But a third of them couldn't even find Louisiana. Of course, it took our president a few days to find that state last year. Unfortunately he knew where Iraq was all along.
  • We trust the government - That's the collective we, not including me specifically. A BBC/Reuters/Media Center poll found that 67% -- yes, 67% -- of Americans trust their government. Heck, I didn't trust our government when I was in fifth grade, and I've piled 25 years of cynicism on top of that. Only 59% trust the media. While our media have made their share of mistakes recently, I cannot imagine that more people trust our leaders than trust their watchdogs. Worldwide, 61% trust their media and 51% trust their governments, so the U.S. clearly bucks the trend. But wait, it gets worse. Who are the most trusted news sources in the United States? It's a tie between FOX News and CNN.

On a lighter note, RedEye columnist Jimmy Greenfield warns women, "We're gonna look if you show cleavage." Lewd dude that I am, I had to write to ask why he hadn't mentioned a helpful accessory: sunglasses!


Chris said...

Reminds me of the time I called an airline (remember when you used to have to do that?) to book a flight to New Mexico and was told they could only book domestic flights. Unfortunately, it was quite clear from our conversation that the agent didn't just mis-hear me. D'oh!

David Johnsen said...

I received a tourism guide from New Mexico several years ago, and what did it say across the top? "Bienvenidos!" I understand they want to promote their multi-cultural heritage, but if people already don't know what country New Mexico is in, why confuse them with a Spanish greeting?!?

I have heard that people often ask if a passport is required, which inspired this site. I've even been to an awesome Albuquerque bookstore that sells them.