QuoteOriginally posted by: QuantOptionQuoteOriginally posted by: albertmillsYou think Benoit Mandelbrot falls into the realm of general knowledge?!?!I used to work at a place in the USA where I randomly asked one co-worker what they thought the population of the USA is. They answered 50 thousand. Then i asked about a dozen others, and the guesses ranged from 50 thousand to 50 billion, all of them off by several multiples of 10. This was in a city of about 2 million, and these were all ex-military or technical college people. I wouldn't have believed it if someone told me this story, but it's true.that reminds me of my story when I was in USA. I met a boy in the lift, could be 12-15 years old and he asked me where I'm from. I replied (some Europe country), ... when he said he had no idea I mentioned several neighbouring countries but it didn't help, so I said "from Europe", and we finished there as he had no idea where Europe is.Hard to believe!!! At least he knew how to read and write, right?