When there is a bit of a program gap to fill in one of our tabloid current affair tv shows, there is always an amusing package on standby. Vox pop some Americans in their streets about serious world matters or world geographical questions.
Funny that all the smart and worldly US bloggers I know are nothing like these people they find.
Every so often a list is posted on the net of what American tourists ask about Australia before they arrive here. No, you will need more than a sandwich when crossing from the east coast to the west coast....and we do have electricity.
But the Chaser team had a good piece the other night. They started by asking US people in the street about the World Trade Centre disaster. When given a choice of three religions of the attackers, two people said Hindus. Another question was if they knew the year of the attack. I got it wrong, it was 2001 and not 2002 as I guessed. But the classic was when they started asking people what was the date of 9/11 disaster.
It is on their website http://www.abc.net.au/tv/chaser/war/
Go to Video highlights and it is the Firth 9-11 poll.