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16th Nov '17 12:11:58 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''PrivateEye'' has a regular feature called "Dumb Britain", which lists wrong answers given to supposedly simple questions by quiz show contestants.

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* ''PrivateEye'' ''Series/PrivateEye'' has a regular feature called "Dumb Britain", which lists wrong answers given to supposedly simple questions by quiz show contestants.



* ''Series/TheTonightShow'' has a segment called Jaywalking, in which Jay Leno is filmed collecting examples of ignorance from people on the street. Usually his questions are about [[GlobalIgnorance geography]], U.S. history, or current politics.

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* Jay Leno's tenure as host of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' has had a segment called Jaywalking, in which Jay Leno is was filmed collecting examples of ignorance from people on the street. Usually his questions are were about [[GlobalIgnorance geography]], U.S. history, or current contemporary politics.



* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', their American correspondent roamed the streets of New York asking people the date of the 9/11 attacks. Not the year, but the date. Some people got it wrong!

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* In ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', their American correspondent roamed the streets of New York asking people the date of the 9/11 attacks. Not the year, but the date. Some people got it wrong!



* Documentaries about the past (''[[TheAtomicCafe The Atomic Café]]'', for instance) often try to show how (supposedly) ignorant or naive people in, say, the TheFifties were by showing stock footage of people doing or saying [[ValuesDissonance now-ridiculous things]]. The fact that the same handful of clips seem to be used in multiple documentaries demonstrates the weakness of this position.

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* Documentaries about the past (''[[TheAtomicCafe The (''The Atomic Café]]'', Café'', for instance) often try to show how (supposedly) ignorant or naive people in, say, the TheFifties were by showing stock footage of people doing or saying [[ValuesDissonance now-ridiculous things]]. The fact that the same handful of clips seem to be used in multiple documentaries demonstrates the weakness of this position.
18th Oct '17 2:37:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Another was to give people a petition to effectively end free speech and the right to protest. A few people were shown signing it over the course of the episode... before at the end they showed clips of the ''vast'' majority of people who refused in discust.
18th Jan '17 11:30:05 AM BrendanRizzo
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Unfortunately, when shows do this to people from another country it tends to encourage bouts of MisplacedNationalism, as it feeds the egos of those who believe people from the given country really ''are'' that stupid.

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Unfortunately, when shows do this to people from another country it tends to encourage bouts of MisplacedNationalism, as it feeds the egos of those who believe people from the given country really ''are'' that stupid.
stupid, and contrariwise ''[[BerserkButton enrage]]'' those from the country in question.
4th Aug '16 10:36:32 AM Morgenthaler
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SubTrope of ManipulativeEditing.
24th Jul '16 4:22:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{The Chasers War On Everything}}'', their American correspondent roamed the streets of New York asking people the date of the 9/11 attacks. Not the year, but the date. Some people got it wrong!

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* ''{{The Chasers War On Everything}}'', ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', their American correspondent roamed the streets of New York asking people the date of the 9/11 attacks. Not the year, but the date. Some people got it wrong!
11th Jun '16 1:47:25 PM rjd1922
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*** The hardest alias to decode is probably "Oxidane," Oxi refers to a singular oxygen, the "-ane" suffix implies that it is packed with hydrogen, "OH2."

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*** The hardest alias to decode is probably "Oxidane," Oxi refers to a singular oxygen, the "-ane" suffix implies that it is packed with hydrogen, "OH2."[=OH2=]."



* Likewise, an early episode of ''TheManShow'' had the hosts collecting signatures from women to "End Women's Suffrage," just by phrasing it as if "suffrage" was a synonym for "suffering." To their credit, they did show several people pointing out how dumb that is and trying to correct people who had been duped, demonstrating that not everyone they met was ignorant enough to fall for it.

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* Likewise, an early episode of ''TheManShow'' ''Series/TheManShow'' had the hosts collecting signatures from women to "End Women's Suffrage," just by phrasing it as if "suffrage" was a synonym for "suffering." To their credit, they did show several people pointing out how dumb that is and trying to correct people who had been duped, demonstrating that not everyone they met was ignorant enough to fall for it.



* Google once did a survey of passersby in Times Square to see how many knew what a browser was. Very few did. It was so amusing that they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ posted it on youtube]] where it proved popular.

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* Google once did a survey of passersby in Times Square to see how many knew what a browser was. Very few did. It was so amusing that they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ posted it on youtube]] YouTube]] where it proved popular.
21st Sep '15 4:15:40 PM R1ck
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* Australian satirical news show ''CNNNN'' (made by the same guys who would later make ''The Chaser's War on Everything'') had their roving reporter in America ask passers-by which country America should invade next by placing flags on a map. A lot of people put their flags on Australia, which had been mislabelled as "Iran", "France" and "North Korea". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k Watch it here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]]

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* Australian satirical news show ''CNNNN'' (made by the same guys who would later make ''The Chaser's War on Everything'') had their roving reporter in America ask passers-by which country America should invade next by placing flags on a map. A lot of people put their flags on Australia, which had been mislabelled as "Iran", "France" and "North Korea". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k Watch it here]]. And more of the same: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]]
21st Sep '15 4:15:04 PM R1ck
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21st Sep '15 4:14:56 PM R1ck
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* Australian satirical news show ''CNNNN'' (made by the same guys who would later make ''The Chaser's War on Everything'') had their roving reporter in America ask passers-by which country America should invade next by placing flags on a map. A lot of people put their flags on Australia, which had been mislabelled as "Iran", "France" and "North Korea". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k Watch it here]].

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* Australian satirical news show ''CNNNN'' (made by the same guys who would later make ''The Chaser's War on Everything'') had their roving reporter in America ask passers-by which country America should invade next by placing flags on a map. A lot of people put their flags on Australia, which had been mislabelled as "Iran", "France" and "North Korea". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k Watch it here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]]



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ From the same team:]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k]].

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ From the same team:]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k]].
21st Sep '15 4:13:29 PM R1ck
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ The Brits seem to like this]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k lot]].
** Those guys are Australian, as reported in the next entry.
*** But thanks for proving this trope's point.



** Julian did this with general knowledge questions in most episodes. A particularly memorable one was a man who was asked "Who was the first man on the moon?" His answer: "You know, some [[MoonLandingHoax people don't think that happened]], they think it was [[{{Malaproper}} reincarnated]] in Arizona somewhere." [[FlatWhat What.]]

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** Julian did this with general knowledge questions in most episodes. A particularly memorable one was a man who was asked "Who was the first man on the moon?" His answer: "You know, some [[MoonLandingHoax people don't think that happened]], they think it was [[{{Malaproper}} reincarnated]] in Arizona somewhere." [[FlatWhat What.]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q566ys0sqVQ From the same team:]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY8u54jFubM]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuKMtLOKG8k]].
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