Bad Astronomy

Fried French

I’m not sure I’m really thrilled to find this out, but via Randi’s newsletter today comes this clip of the French version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”:

The question is

What’s gravitating around Earth?

a) The Moon b) The Sun c) Mars d) Venus

It’s bad enough the guy didn’t know. But then they polled the audience… and I realized I need to translate my site into French.

Remember, too, that 1 out of 5 Americans either doesn’t know or got this question wrong in a 1999 Gallup poll. In 1991, Germans responded pretty much the same to the poll, though the British did worse.

Wow. It’s a long, long uphill battle ahead of us, folks, and it’s global.