You might want to take these findings with a grain of salt, however. For one thing, the study only consisted of 2,000 young Britons, so it's not exactly wide-ranging. For another, it was done to mark the release of that unfortunate looking Katherine Heigl vehicle Life As We Know It. Maybe the group of respondents was culled from those who had gone to see early screenings of the movie, a group whose judgment I would question anyway. (We will never know.)
More than 20% of 18 to 25-year-olds questioned thought a pregnancy lasted a year, 10% believed eating red meat influenced the sex of a baby and half expected a baby to walk and talk within its first year.
Yeah, you see that? We're not even talking about people eligible for Sixteen and Pregnant, here. Some of these are people in their twenties! I can shrug off the red meat thing, because those sorts of old wives' tales are pervasive. And the walking and talking thing… that's probably not as obvious to someone who's not around babies.
But pregnancy lasting over a year? That one baffles me. There was even a crappy Hugh Grant rom-com that explicitly states the length of human gestation in its title! If we don't even know meaningless pop culture factoids, you guys, then we are really screwed.