Look, geography is hard, there's no denying that. But when the entirety of the news media spends two weeks talking about your country potentially going to war, one would think you'd at least take a look at the map to work out where the it might be.

Not so, apparently.

According to a survey of almost 2,000 American voters, less than a quarter could accurately pinpoint Iran on an unlabelled map of the world. It gets slightly less bad when people are shown a map of the middle east, but still fewer than a third could find the country.

Interestingly, this doesn't seem to be in any way linked to political affiliation.

Joanna Piacenza, from data researcher Morning Consult, tweeted out the results of the survey, alongside a map which shows where the majority of people guessed.

Perhaps encouragingly, most people weren't that far off, with neighbouring Iraq the most popular incorrect choice, but other guesses were truly bizarre, with people placing Iran in Russia, Eastern Europe (namely Romania) and a smattering of votes for the British Isles.

Most disturbing of all, there were a fair few number of dots placed... in the middle of the ocean.

People had a lot of thoughts about the results.

But there were also those trying to make us feel better about them.

Perhaps it's time for us all to start studying those decorative globes and vintage world maps we bought during the retro-nick-knacks trend of 2010.

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