What are some facts that a disturbingly large percentage of Americans are ignorant about?
Oh man. Ok, here's what I got.
- Americans are afraid of non-western countries, on the grounds they are dangerous. Uh. No. It's bullshit doc. North Korea? Not dangerous. Just don't be a moron when you're there. Palestine? Not dangerous. Very friendly people that although hate the fact that my government gives Israel far more support than them, it's GOVERNMENT and not people they blame. Same as North Korea.
- I'd say most Americans don't know that a lot of places that have toilets, you can't flush toilet paper down them. Even our neighbor Mexico, which is on the 'do not travel' list (see first bullet) has this *edit* (not everywhere in Mexico as some of you have pointed out to me). Oh and squatters! Haha. First time I saw these, I didn't know what to do. Any daring American that goes to Asia will see them.
- How dumb we are. Geographically. When I talk to people outside the US, for example...they will talk about many many countries I've never heard of, their entire history, and name their current president/prime minister/King. I challenge any American to do this. Even me, I consider myself well versed and I always come back feeling more stupid than I ever have.
- English is surprisingly good enough to get around a lot of places. Even if you're in Asia, you can get around because they always use the Latin alphabet in public areas. (Big cities). And then Middle East and Europe all speak English as second language.
- Visas! A lot of Americans think they are entitled to just travel to any country they want any time. While we do have some of the most powerful passports in the world, you can't just go to some without first getting a visa. A lot of people don't even know they exist. Why? Cause they don't travel to China, Brazil, Russia, North Korea, etc. They also don't get the concept of 'if (insert political figure they hate here) gets elected, I'm moving here'. Uh. No you're not. You'll go there for about 3-6 months and then they're kicking your ass back to United States. You can't just Willy nilly move to any country you want. We'll forget the fact you won't be able to get a job legally. Golden Visas are the exception, but unless you have $250k to drop on Malta, you'll have to do what the rest of the world does.
- Gas prices. At this moment we're doing well. However, when we go up to 3-4 bucks a gallon. The world is ending, Obama is sabotaging it, Etc. Aside from having some of the lowest gas prices in the world, we have the most buying power given GDP per capita. For instance, when I went to Cuba, it was about a buck a liter. 3.8 liters to a gallon so $3.80 a gallon. Sucks for sure but tolerable. Oh wait, how much do Cubans make in a given month? $20-$40. Yea I said it right. Now, this is spending money as everything else like housing and food is taken care of. So is it the same to have our gas prices identical? Nope. Not even close. I've been to 18 countries and have yet to find one with cheaper gas GIVEN a country's GDP per capita. Quit complaining about gas until it gets to around $10-$12 a gallon. Then MAYBE you should be allowed to complain.