October 11, 2004 3:02 pm

Swedish People Kick Ass

According to a survey conducted in 2002 by National Geographic Magazine, most people in the U.S. ages 18-24 are complete idiots when it comes to the world around them. In contrast, the people in Sweden were amazingly smart on pretty much every topic. When I took the quiz, I admit that I missed a few. But only a few. I can correctly identify where Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, and Argentina are on a map. I am not one of the 25% of the U.S. who people could identify our current population range, but I am one of only 44% who could identify which organization/group uses the Euro as their currency. Um, Europe!?! Only 79% of the British people surveyed could identify the U.S. on a map. A little over a third of Americans have no fucking idea where Russia is. It’s only the biggest freakin’ country in Asia! How could you miss it? Over half of the British people didn’t know where to find Japan on a map. But then again, 2% of the Japanese couldn’t either. And apparently nobody but the Swedish know exactly where Sweden is.

The thing that I thought was really freakin’ scary is that while we are bombing the hell out of Afghanistan, only 17% of people in the U.S. aged 18-24 could actually tell you where Afghanistan is.

On a completely different but almost as unsettling note, I watched “The Passion of the Christ” last night. I thought it was a poor excuse to film people beating the hell out of some guy. I refused to see this in the theater and I also refuse to rent it, because that would be giving money to the horrible endeavor that Mel Gibson and his anti-semetic father put together. Fucker. Daniel borrowed it from a lady he works with. I did think the fact that the devil/Satan/whatever was played by a woman was ironic, and just completely typical. For all we know, Adam could have eaten The Apple first, but when it came time to write that story down, the men writing it down didn’t want to look bad so they said Eve ate it and then convinced Adam. So, I didn’t really find it surprising that Satan was a woman, but it made me sort of pissed off. Was there a point or a reason for Satan to be female, except maybe for Mel Gibson’s anti-women agenda? I don’t know. The whole thing just seemed like an excuse to make a bloody, gross, skin-ripping movie under the guise of it being a “Christian” movie, so that anyone who considers themselves to be a Christian will feel compelled to go see it. I remember when it was coming out, Mel Gibson stated that the movie had converted many people on the set and that he hoped it would convert many other viewers as well. WTF? The only reason I can think of why someone would convert, is that seeing that movie makes you feel like you’ve sinned and therefore need to go to church to redeem yourself. What the fuck kind of reason to make a movie is that?

Anyway… I got Daniel a Christmas present today. I know it’s early, but I found it and I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t say what it is because I think he reads this sometimes, but it’s neat. Sometime soon I shall have some current pictures of me uploaded and added to my “about me” page, considering I have the proper cords needed to connect Callie’s camera to my computer.

For Intro to Video my group is going to do a Karate Zombie movie. It’s going to be a sort of comedy-horror in the likes of Army of Darkness or Shaun of the Dead. Should be fun. I’ll post it on my site sometime after it’s done, which will be two weeks from now. Until then…

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