11 in 10 people think HTML is a Sexually Transmitted Disease
The webpage you are reading was created using HTML, the standard markup language used to create web pages.
However, 11% of people surveyed believe HTML was a sexually transmitted disease. The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupon website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms.
Besides HTML, 27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America, 23% thought an "MP3" was a "Star Wars" robot, and 18% identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal.
21 in 4 Americans think God helps decide the outcome of football games
Does God, the creator of the Universe, tally up the number and intensity of prayers to decide the outcome of football games? Up to 27% Americans believe that God actually plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event.
The survey, conducted on January of 2013 by the Public Religion Research Institute, consisted of random telephone interviews with 1,033 subjects. More than half of those surveyed also believe that God rewards athletes who have faith in Him. Perhaps we should ban prayer before games if it's a performance enhancer.
351% of people think stormy weather "affects" Cloud Computing
Are you keeping your files "up there in the cloud"? If so, stormy weather might affect them, or at least that's what 51% of surveyed Americans believe.
"Cloud computing" is a term to describe a network of servers (computers) that work together to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. However, the 2012 survey conducted by Wakefield Research among over 1,000 American adults found that most of them remain "foggy" about what the cloud really is and how it works. Another 95% don't think they'll ever use cloud computing, even though they're already doing a lot in the cloud without checking the weather report.
41 in 4 Americans thinks the Sun goes around the Earth
Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth? It sounds like an elementary school science test question, but a 2012 survey of 2,200 people in the United States found about 26% people answered incorrectly.
In the same survey, just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses. As alarming as some of those deficits in science acumen might appear, Americans actually fared better on several of the questions than similar but older surveys of their Chinese and European counterparts.
51 in 5 Brits would have Sex with a Robot
Forget about Terminator movies and wars against machines: some people would rather get nasty with them instead. A 2014 survey of over 2,000 people in the UK found that one in five Brits would be willing to have sex with robots.
The survey made by the Middlesex University also found that 46% of participants felt that technology was progressing too quickly, and at least 33% believe robots will one day replace soldiers, cops and teachers.
640% of people would Save their Dog over a Foreign Tourist
There's a high-speed bus barreling toward you with no signs of slowing down. Your dog and a foreign tourist stand in its path, deer-in-the-headlights style. You can only save one. Which do you choose?
40% of surveyed people faced with this hypothetical question said they would save their dog's life rather than the foreigner's, according to researchers at Georgia Regents University and Cape Fear Community College. That number is higher for women, at about 45%.
7 American Churchgoers are more likely to Support Torture than those unaffiliated
The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center on 742 adults.
54% of people who attend services at least once a week said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified. White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified -- more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it: only 4 in 10 of them did.
8Average Americans think they're smarter than the Average American
55% of Americans think they are smarter than the average American, according to a 2014 survey by YouGov, a research organization that uses online polling, while a humble 34% of citizens say they are about as smart as everyone else, and a dispirited 4% say they are less intelligent than most people.
Unsurprisingly, white men are more likely than women, Hispanic and African-Americans to say they are "much more intelligent."
9More Americans oppose "Obamacare" than "Affordable Care Act," but they are the same
Some people call it "Obamacare," some "Affordable Care Act," but a CNBC survey in 2013 found 46% Americans oppose the health care law when calling it "Obamacare," while just 37% oppose it when calling it "Affordable Care Act."
We can only conclude that everybody wants something "affordable," but not everyone likes it when Obama is behind it.
10Survey found that most Americans don't trust Survey Results
Are all these surveys biased anyway? According to a new poll from the "data investment management" organization Kantar, 75% Americans "believe that most polls you hear about ... are biased toward a particular point of view," while only 19 percent think they are unbiased.
The Kantar survey was conducted in 2013 with 1,011 random American adults by landline and cell phone, or perhaps it wasn't all that random?