Friday, February 29, 2008

Chasers reveal the truth about Mt Rushmore

Last month on 22 January I posted a comment about how parochial the American media was (“USA Today . . . and only USA”) and how this was contributing to Americans lack of knowledge about the rest of the world.

If you want to see something really funny, have a look at this clip from ‘Chasers War on Everything’ (my favourite Australian TV show) on YouTube in which a reporter questions people on the street of a town in the US about their knowledge of the rest of the world. It is very funny. (Pause the Sonific song spot on the right hand side of the blog by clicking the pause button, and then click twice on the play button in the middle of the YouTube screen).

The second one below is also quite funny. In it the ‘reporter’ tries to convince Americans that landmarks like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of ‘Pizza’ and the Great Wall of China are in Australia – and most of them believe him (although one woman seemed a little skeptical when told that China was “a place just outside Darwin”). The funniest part is when he tells a woman that the Mt Rushmore in the US is only a replica of the ‘real’ Mt Rushmore in Brisbane, Australia. “Nobody knows all these things are in Australia,” she says. “Here I am thinking Mt Rushmore is in America but it’s not!”

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