Surprising Ignorance

The question (in french) is: “What is it that orbits (or gravitates) around the earth?”

The alternatives are:

  • a)the moon
  • b)the sun
  • c)Mars
  • d)Venus

What would YOU have answered?



I thought everyone knew that the earth rotates around the sun in an elliptic form which is also one of the main explanations for the seasonal differences depending upon that rotation, and obviously that it is the moon that rotates around the earth. Very disappointing that such common knowledge is so lacking…

Nevertheless, France is a beautiful country. But the educational system has suffered somewhat in recent years, it seems.

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