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Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

And is anyone surprised to know that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe this crap? Extra fun fact: supporters of Kay Bailey Hutchison are even more likely to believe this crap.

Here are some other fun "facts" they believe:

  • 38 percent agreed with the statement "God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago."
  • 22 percent said life has existed in its present form since the beginning of time
  • 51 percent disagreed with the statement, "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals."
  • only 41 percent know that humans did not live at the same time as the dinosaurs

Maybe instead of rewriting textbooks to teach kids that Newt Gingrich was the most important man ever, Texas should focus on teaching kids that, as Lewis Black said, "The Flintstones" is not a documentary.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 06:06 AM PST.

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