I was watching this video of a presentation by ScienceBlogling Matt Nisbet, and he related this factoid about the NIH and scientific illiteracy:
Only nine percent of Americans could identify what the NIH was.
(on the video, it’s at the 27:00 mark)
Given the public’s staggering ignorance, it’s a miracle any science gets done. How can people not know that the NIH stands for the National Institute of Holiness?
well I’ve been able to barf up the acronym’s components in order since I was a kid, I still need to go look at their website to discuss anything deeper.