1 in 10 Americans Mistakenly Think HTML Is an STD

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No, Jimmy Kimmel did not conduct this study.

<rant>11 percent of Americans think HTML (HyperText Markup Language, if you're nasty) is a sexually transmitted disease, a shocking study found. Conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, the survey hoped to determine just how much your average American understands tech lingo. The answer is absolutely not at all. They wouldn't know a <body> tag from an infected, oozing orifice on their actual body.

Like a segment of Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News, respondents also identified a motherboard as a deck on a cruise ship, Blu-ray as a type of marine animal, and MP3 as a Star Wars robot. Which, come on, guys. Really? Star Wars IV: A New Hope came out in 1977 and R2-D2 and C-3PO are literally the first characters you're introduced to. Even if you haven't had time to figure out what a USB port is, you've certainly had time to watch one of the most iconic sci-fi franchises for the last 37 years.

The findings are a great PSA about our collective need to acquaint ourselves with the tech we rely on everyday. Unfortunately for most Americans, they will assume when I say "PSA" what I really mean is "genital wart." </rant>

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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