63% of Us Have No Clue Who Emily Post Is
But we're very well behaved all the same, says new poll
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2010 9:44 AM CDT
Elizabeth Post is seen in a 1972 handout photo provided by The Emily Post Institute.   (AP Photo/The Emily Post Institute)

(Newser) – Our mommas may have raised us right, but they didn't raise us to know who Emily Post is. Some 32% of us have no idea that she's the madam of good manners; 31% think she is either a famed newspaper editor, breakfast cereal inventor, college president, or globe-circling sailor. But apparently we are still the well-behaved nation, according to the latest random-yet-revealing 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. If allowed to try an illegal drug just once, with no risk of getting addicted, arrested, or otherwise harmed ... 88% of us wouldn't do it.

Exactly 0% of us would try crack; 5% would test LSD, 3% ecstasy, and 1% each heroin and crystal meth. Other behavioral indicators:

  • A whopping 82% of us have never experienced sexual harassment at work.
  • But we're not too judgmental about such things: The nasty allegations swirling around Mel Gibson make only 20% of us less likely to see one of his movies.
  • As to the woman that 100% of us can recognize: 59% of us don't think Sarah Palin has the ability to be an effective president (no word on if she has the manners).

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j e f
Aug 31, 2010 8:04 PM CDT
A whopping 90 percent of women can't put the fucking phone down while driving... even at 6:30 am ...even when they're driving 20 miles under the speed limit in the fast lane. There's your good manners. I never believed what self-involved, vapid chatterboxes women were, until the invention of the cellphone. Stuck behind a shitty, shitty oblivious driver in traffic? 90 percent chance it's some dumb b*tch on the phone.
Aug 31, 2010 3:57 PM CDT
How about teaching children manners? It seems like we aren't doing this enough. Kids need to be taught to show respect and kindness, need to learn proper table manners, and how to properly introduce themself. Emily Post certainly showed us that those who have nice manners are more successful, well-liked, and have more opportunities. There is a great game on the market that does teach kids manners in a fun way and it's called "Blunders". Check it you at www.blundersmania.com.
Aug 31, 2010 1:57 PM CDT
Who....cares? Also, I think those drug statistics are wrong. People just won't admit to it. No crack/meth though, heroin would be a maybe if I was a lot older. Acid and ecstasy are a must before you die.