Microcosmographia by William Van Hecke

Those ignorant American teens!

Popular blog reaction: “Yes, that’s right, a non-insignificant number of teenagers in America do not know who Osama bin Laden is.”

Typical tweet: “Amazing. Many American teenagers apparently have no idea who Osama bin Laden is.”

Correct reaction: According to a blog post (which is questionably-written enough to repeatedly use the figure “100,00%"), among people who use Yahoo search, who searched for something about Osama bin Laden on May 1st 2011, who phrased their search in the form of a question, the sixth most common question they searched for was “who is osama bin laden”, which amounts to an unknown number of searches, and which is unrelated to whether they have any idea who Osama bin Laden is; and two-thirds of people who searched for that question, who searched while logged in to Yahoo, who might be in the USA or maybe anywhere else in the world, are supposedly teenagers, according to their Yahoo demographic data, which may or may not be correct.