Convincing someone you’re right is all about confidence. If you fake it, you’ll make it, right? R-right? Having bucketloads of confidence is great (and certainly dramatic), however, it’s never enough in isolation… especially if you’re just plain wrong and everyone around you knows it.

Being direct. Looking assured. Feeling unwavering and braver than Braveheart—these are all wonderful qualities to have, but without other substantial things to back it up, it’s all just bravado without the bite. And darn it if it isn’t entertaining as heck to watch!

We’re not the only ones to think so. In fact, that’s why the ‘Confidently Incorrect’ subreddit, with over 404k members, exists. Their community is built around poking fun at people who are chock full of confidence but get deflated the moment someone with an ounce of logic and common sense chimes in. There’s plenty of facepalm moments waiting for you, so get scrolling and upvoting your fave pics. Remember to visit the r/confidentlyincorrect community if you like their stuff!

Bored Panda interviewed the creator of the subreddit, redditor ShadowAlchemy. Read on for what they told us about how the community started and got popular, as well as for their thoughts about to what extent confidence is important in real life and what we should do if we ever find ourselves to be confidently incorrect.

#1

Princes vs. Princess. Plurals Are Difficult For Some

Princes vs. Princess. Plurals Are Difficult For Some

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Star of the world
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2 months ago

learn how to read im dead

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#2

Let’s See Those Snarky Atheists Answer That

Let’s See Those Snarky Atheists Answer That

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Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, we did not "used to be cavemen". There may have been a few groups here and there that made use of caves, but there weren't enough of them to go around, and don't exist in all areas. I HATE that people actually think we used to be "cavemen". It's a myth born of cartoons, I think.

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Well Maybe That’s Her Favorite Kind Of Yogurt

Well Maybe That’s Her Favorite Kind Of Yogurt

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Sanguinius
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Just milking my bull, Gary.

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The ‘Confidently Incorrect’ subreddit has been growing by leaps and bounds. Created just over a year ago, in January 2020, they’re continuing to provide awesome content that keeps us humble. (And it’s a gentle reminder to double and triple-check even facts that we’re completely sure about.)

ShadowAlchemy told Bored Panda that they founded the 'Confidently Incorrect' subreddit "on a whim" just over a year ago. "Someone posted a video of Conan interviewing Jennifer Garner to another subreddit called r/WatchPeopleDieInside. I scrolled through the comments and saw someone who thought stuff like that would make a great community of its own. It was super late at night when I saw that, so I made a subreddit really quick for no reason, posted a video or two, then went to bed."

But what ShadowAlchemy couldn't foresee was how quickly the subreddit went viral. They woke up to see a huge surprise. "I wake up with probably 1,000 or so notifications, apparently the sub had blown up overnight! Tons of people were talking about the ridiculously fast growth of the sub, I think we got around 30k members in our first day. It was super popular its first week, and its growth died down a bit after that. We've been on a steady increase ever since. We just hit 400k members, actually!" the founder shared their joy.

#4

Factchecking

Factchecking

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Marnie
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2 months ago

This one should be higher.

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#5

Confidently Corrected An Author

Confidently Corrected An Author

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Henny Hana
Community Member
2 months ago

The audacity of an idiot

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#6

*your

*your

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lillia_love
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2 months ago

What a stupid OP.

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In ShadowAlchemy's opinion, confidence is "an incredibly important" part of our personalities. "Without confidence, we're nothing. Confidence is what gets us out of bed, what gets us out the door to face life. People definitely listen to those who show confidence,"

The founder told Bored Panda that we don't have to look far to see the vital role confidence plays in our lives. "Just look at politics. Politicians are probably some of the most confident people on the planet, and a pretty large amount of people just listen to what they say. Our sub is probably 75-80% politics. It's people parroting what they've heard their favorite politicians say, and they parrot it because they believe those politicians. They believe that confidence."

They added, "No one's gonna listen to a shy person with all the facts."

#7

Flag Code? In My America?!

Flag Code? In My America?!

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

this flag stuff is so american....

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#8

''For The Last Time'', He Proclaimed

''For The Last Time'', He Proclaimed

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Kno
Community Member
2 months ago

Ahhh such a good joke wasted.

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#9

Smart Enough To Lead... Smart Enough To Breed?!?!

Smart Enough To Lead... Smart Enough To Breed?!?!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just f****d up.

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The founder of the sub also had some spot-on advice for anyone who's been confidently incorrect in their lives. And it all starts with openly admitting that you're wrong (both to others and to yourself). "If someone corrects you and they're right, you've just gotta accept it right then and there. Insisting that you're correct is what makes you look like a dumbass, and what makes you remember it for years and years. Nobody wants to be confidently incorrect, but if you are, you've gotta admit it. You've gotta admit that you're wrong."

ShadowAlchemy said that nothing would be possible without the incredibly supportive members and moderators that make up the r/confidentlyincorrect subreddit. "Thanks to all the people who've brought this subreddit up so much, it was quite the surprise for me. Thanks to my mod team for keeping this sub together."

#10

"I'm Not Sure If I Agree But Ok"

"I'm Not Sure If I Agree But Ok"

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Troux
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2 months ago

Not sleeping adds hours by subtracting brain cells.

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#11

Hmm... Yes. That Sounds Right. Zeus, Mr Horny Year Round, Has Only One Son

Hmm... Yes. That Sounds Right. Zeus, Mr Horny Year Round, Has Only One Son

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Mere Cat
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Disney movies shoudn't teach wrong facts, though.. Edit: holy shoot the downvotes (aka I'm a little butthurt). Let me explain with better expression. First: the man she's talking about is very rude and a tool. Secondly: stealing some facts from actual mythologies and mixing them with total bullsh*t is what I'm against. I'm not saying kids' movies should be all-fact documentaries, sheesh! Magic, superpowers, fairies etc are cool. Mixing and mangling real mythologies while still confusingly keeping the (almost, Hercules is Latin) original names isn't. Let the downvoting continue. I'm going to put ice on my hurting butt.

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#12

Third Hole?! Surely You Jest!

Third Hole?! Surely You Jest!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yes willlsgcreed there are in fact 3 holes. The a**s, vagina and urethra.

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There’s a deep sense of shame that we feel when we’ve been outed being wrong even though we thought we were in the right. It’s an embarrassment so powerful, it can still make us flush beet-red and cringe years after it happened.

However, there is a possible upside to this. Research has shown that, counter-intuitively, it’s far easier to correct the errors made by people who are extremely confident that they’re right, compared to correcting the mistakes made by those who have ‘low confidence’ that they’re correct.

This is called the ‘hypercorrection effect’ which essentially means that we’re more likely to remember the correct answer to a question if we’re proven wrong when we’re extremely confident that we actually know the ‘right’ answer. Or, in other words, we remember being shocked at how at odds the truth was with our confidence that we were right.

Of course, there are some nuances like how some high confidence errors can ‘reemerge’ if we’re not tested on our newfound knowledge quickly enough. But on the bright side, being confidently incorrect might just be the best way to retain facts and figures after we make complete buffoons of ourselves online. So go out there and don’t be afraid to fail, dear Readers—your newfound knowledge will stick in your mind like a panda in a bamboo grove.

#13

"Thank God I'm A Math Major"

"Thank God I'm A Math Major"

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Star of the world
Community Member
2 months ago

what type of math major gets that wrong?

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#14

Do The Basic Math, People!

Do The Basic Math, People!

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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2 months ago

Please tell me she's not a real professor...

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#15

Oscar The Grouch

Oscar The Grouch

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

But he is not homeless. That is where he chooses to live and loves it. Omg I am defending a puppet. Never saw that coming lol.

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#16

Ah, Us Politics... A Neverending Source

Ah, Us Politics... A Neverending Source

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Sarah
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch!

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#17

1) Star Is A Shape And 2) Oranges And Blackberries

1) Star Is A Shape And 2) Oranges And Blackberries

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Zlaxcat Youtube
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2 months ago

Blackberries

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#18

Covid Has Brought Out The Best In Everyone!

Covid Has Brought Out The Best In Everyone!

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Candice Ravel
Community Member
2 months ago

Next up, we need a vaccine to cure stupidity.

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#19

Communism Is When You Are Only Allowed To Buy One Share Of A Stock

Communism Is When You Are Only Allowed To Buy One Share Of A Stock

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Something
Community Member
2 months ago

Both are wrong. This is quite unlike how capitalism is supposed to work, but that doesn't make it communist. Also, communism is not simply a lack of capitalism.

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#20

Abigail Must See This Reply As An Instant Win

Abigail Must See This Reply As An Instant Win

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Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought they are only trans while in the process, once the process is complete, you just qualify as target of the transition?

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#21

America Didn’t Import Slaves

America Didn’t Import Slaves

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Marnie
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2 months ago

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I agree with both of them, in fact. We have used a slave-class, but we don't need it, and shouldn't use it.

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#22

He Wasn’t Even Italian, He Was Austrian And Born In Modern Day Croatia. Not To Mention He Was Also An American Citizen At One Point

He Wasn’t Even Italian, He Was Austrian And Born In Modern Day Croatia. Not To Mention He Was Also An American Citizen At One Point

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I think maybe Three Year Letterman should suspend himself from social media since the first 2 posts are him being wrong lol. Wonder if I will see more from him as I go down the list.

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#23

“Where’d You Get That, From CNN?”

“Where’d You Get That, From CNN?”

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think they teach geography in US schools... I saw a lot of these things online during the elections

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#24

Someone Doesn’t Understand How The Food Supply Chain Works... Or Agriculture, For That Matter

Someone Doesn’t Understand How The Food Supply Chain Works... Or Agriculture, For That Matter

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yes, coz food magically appears in the supermarket.

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#25

Ben...

Ben...

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Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

Did Shapiro really write this? I disagree with almost everything he says, but I have never understood the vitriole against him. But if this is the kind of thing he says...holy cow. I thought I could respectfully disagree (on everything) with the dude, but I lost all respect after reading this.

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#26

Wikipedia Is Wrong

Wikipedia Is Wrong

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Nevid
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2 months ago

And bats are birds because they fly.

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#27

Trying To Justify A Murder

Trying To Justify A Murder

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Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

I so admire people like this who can make a point with so few words. I'd be writing an essay to try to argue with the idiot.

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#28

So Confidently

So Confidently

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Batwench
Community Member
2 months ago

Time to trade up!

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#29

Three Perfect Example. Except For, Not

Three Perfect Example. Except For, Not

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Killshot

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#30

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

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Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

My respect for Shapiro is now about two miles below sea level.

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#31

“That’s Because We Are Not A Democracy!”

“That’s Because We Are Not A Democracy!”

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Kno
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok i snorted lol

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#32

*5999

*5999

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

hahahaha...

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#33

I Guess Aztecs Are Not Native To The Americas...

I Guess Aztecs Are Not Native To The Americas...

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

It's the "my culture" for me

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#34

Defo A 'Strayan

Defo A 'Strayan

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ultravioletmaglite
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2 months ago

This one is subtle...

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#35

You Are Not Circumcised

You Are Not Circumcised

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
2 months ago

Think that would be even less popular.

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#36

Micro$oft

Micro$oft

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Batwench
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2 months ago

🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

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#37

Confidently Argued Blind People Couldn't Feel Their Own Fingers

Confidently Argued Blind People Couldn't Feel Their Own Fingers

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I face palmed so hard I hurt myself.

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#38

Man, Those Pesky Hackers Evolve More And More Every Day

Man, Those Pesky Hackers Evolve More And More Every Day

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Bahaha, some people.

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#39

It Does

It Does

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Batwench
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2 months ago

Ummmmmmm.........

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#40

1 Kilometre Is Less Than A Mile

1 Kilometre Is Less Than A Mile

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't think that person thought it through properly.

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#41

Apparently, Skin Color Is An STD Now

Apparently, Skin Color Is An STD Now

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Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

...wuttt?

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#42

Redefining Middleman

Redefining Middleman

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Demote the marketing person to intern... they'll try harder

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#43

“Counting Votes After Election Day Has Never Been Done Before”

“Counting Votes After Election Day Has Never Been Done Before”

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Woets
Community Member
2 months ago

Not in every country ;)

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#44

Never Leave Home Without A Clean Tampon!

Never Leave Home Without A Clean Tampon!

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
2 months ago

Andy: "Sir, I have three sisters and a fiance, and I'm sure they would agree with me that you've been using your tampons incorrectly the whole time."

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#45

Confidently Incorrect About North America

Confidently Incorrect About North America

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Adam C
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Is this really this common that Americans don't know geography outside USA?

Chancey
Community Member
2 months ago

I am from the USA went to public school and know geography quite well. I think it depends on the person. There are stupid people everywhere.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Canada is part of North America as well as Mexico. North America is the continent not the country.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't confuse them with facts!

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Just JoLynn
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This kinda s**t makes me sad to be from the United States. Edit: This is a prime example of why people should call this country the US or United States instead of America.

H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

I've met a few Latin Americans who get really annoyed when people call the USA America.

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Mark Abenstein
Community Member
2 months ago

PSST! Don't tell them! They'll start to think they own us Canadians

white_shadow
Community Member
2 months ago

proving lack of knowledge. Canada is part of NOrth America

NMN
Community Member
2 months ago

A quick reminder that under the 7 continent system (the one thought in US) Central America is a subcontinent of the Continent North America. So a Honduran is North American by definition (with the 7 continent system)

Random Person
Community Member
2 months ago

There is no way that the second person was really that dumb.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
2 months ago

North America is a continent not a country... Canada is in North America...

Richard McArthur
Community Member
2 months ago

I was always under the impression that North America includes: Alaska, Canada, Continental United States, and Mexico.

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW the level of ignorance in these posts is frightening.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
2 months ago

I can’t with people anymore!

Shull GaRett
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Technically Canada is in North America (the continent). I suspect someone mistakenly assumed northern parts of US. Or at least i hope so ;)

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
2 months ago

I think we single out comments that are the most absurd, those are the ones that make the headlines and provide a giggle.

Eunice Bentley
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG

Kathi Kemp
Community Member
2 months ago

North America = Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Hence, NAFTA. Go figure.

Kalene Bourque
Community Member
2 months ago

When I went to my high school class reunion in Michigan and mentioned I now live in British Columbia, almost everyone thought I had moved to South America. Yes, it is common for Americans not to know geography.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly, a lot of United Staters don't realize MEXICO is part o NORTH AMREICA, either -- even when you point out Central America and South America.

David Moody
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Blame the education system, if Americans are dumb, it's because of what they were taught at school. I've heard of an American woman who thought she could tour Australis in 5 days, Australia is only slightly smaller than United States.

Nancy Mac
Community Member
2 months ago

I know Canadians who argue they're not Americans. Not just the U.S. that are uneducated. Sad that so much information is at the tip of our fingers, but more of are youth are so ignorant.

Nancy Mac
Community Member
2 months ago

Canadians ARE Americans. America is a continent, not a country. I'm a U.S. citizen, but also American. Someone who's from France is French, but also European.

moon bug
Community Member
2 months ago

“America” is not a continent. “North America” is a continent.

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James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
2 months ago

So now we know why you skipped geology class because you already knew all that stuff.

Patricia Sloan
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you from separating us Canadians from anything having to do with 'America'

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Anyone could miss Canada with it being tucked all the way down there.

D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 months ago

Americans... don't seem to understand the names of the continents. Ever. I remember waaaay back, wanting to buy something on Ebay... and then got a message "I don't ship to Canada" - I said "Oh. Your listing states that you ship to 'The Americas'" - thus followed a long email conversation about the names of the continents and that yes, indeed, the word "America" is actually truly part of the name of those two large land masses... and no, it's not all about the USA...aaand then I was denied being sent the product.... aaand yet had to go to Paypal to get a refund (yeah... it wasn't... nice).

Timmy
Community Member
2 months ago

Drake is hip hop?

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

México is part of North America too :D

Erik Granqvist
Community Member
2 months ago

Interesting that US seem to think they own the word America, as if the north and south american continents does not exist. It's just as stupid as if Swedes claimed that only we are europeans, never mind the vast number of other countries on the european continent.

Eithne Griffiths
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh dear.

Dl B
Community Member
2 months ago

"I am a good old red white and blue 'Merican and those Mesicans and Canucks can kiss my backside". LOL

Bee Jairrels
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes Mexico is south America and Europe, Russia, etc. is west America

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

CANADA IS NORTH AMERICA. I grew up on the border. North America. Central America. South America.

Schrodinger's Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

Are there really people who do not know about continents?

itz kimora
Community Member
2 months ago

im shooketh

Martha Higgins
Community Member
2 months ago

Canada is also 'America", it's in North America, as is Mexico, which will probably come as a surprise to many. Those from Central America and South America are also "Americans". Now if you mean Americans from the United States, that's a different story.

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#46

The President Of The United States, Totally Ignorant Of History That Took Place During His Own Lifetime

The President Of The United States, Totally Ignorant Of History That Took Place During His Own Lifetime

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The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
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2 months ago

I saw the name Donald Trump and knew this was going to be good.

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