Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We *Are* the Smartest!

Non-FictionSee, GOP "Jingoism" is warranted! ;)

"...The average Arab in the Middle East reads approximately four pages worth of literature a year, according to a RIA Novosti Russian news service report published in November.

The Syrian newspaper Tishreen, commenting on a recent survey conducted by the United Nations, said that according to the study, Americans read an average of 11 books a year, with the average Briton reading eight books.

The U.N. survey reported that every year, one new book title is published per 12,000 people in the Arab world, as compared with one per 500 people in Britain. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Israel publishes more than 4,000 books a year, making Israel the second highest per-capita publisher in the world, after the People's Republic of China.

The United Nations Development Programme Literacy Report for 2007-2008 listed Israel in 56th place for world literacy, with the Palestinian Authority coming in 80th, Jordan 84th, Lebanon 97th, Iran 114th, Syria 120th, and Egypt in 132nd place..." (source)

See Gwenyth Paltrow took Apple and Moses and Moved to the UK because Americans just weren't well-read and cultured enough for her...and here all along we are averaging 3 more books a year than your average Brit.

...And I will resist the urge to point out the seeming correlation between illiteracy and adherence to Islam.

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