Icelolly.com wonders at Brits’ geographical knowledge after survey fail

Icelolly.com wonders at Brits’ geographical knowledge after survey fail

Brits have been exposed as having poor knowledge of ancient, modern and natural wonders of the world in a study by online holiday deals site icelolly.com.

The site found only 6% of Brits could identify all of the modern wonders correctly while 13% named Disney World Florida as a modern wonder of the world.

Other attractions wrongly thought to be among the seven modern wonders of the world included Buckingham Palace and the Hollywood Sign.

Icelolly.com asked 1,000 Brits to identify the ancient, modern and natural wonders of the world, describing the results as “shockingly poor”.

Asked about how many wonders they think they had correctly identified, 15% of Brits thought they had spotted 10 out of the 21 wonders and only 3% thought they had named all 21.

In reality, only 6% of people were able to identify all seven modern wonders, with large proportions of Brits missing Christ the Redeemer in Rio, Brazil (60%) and Petra in Jordan (67%) off the list.

More than half (54%) mistakenly thought Stonehenge was one of the elite landmarks.

Some 32% of Brits thought the Empire State Building was on the list while 40% thought the USA’s Statue of Liberty was included.

Just over one in nine Brits (12%) were able to select all seven ancient wonders of the world.

Worryingly 5% of people think the fictional land of Narnia is an ancient wonder of the world. A fifth (20%) of Brits also thought the mythical land of Atlantis makes the list.

Only 4% of Brits were able to identify all seven natural wonders of the world, with less than a quarter recognising the Harbor of Rio (11%), Aurora (17%) and Parícutin volcano (15%) as natural wonders.

A further 16% of Scotland also thought the Loch Ness was one of the seven locations on the list.

Ross Matthews, chief marketing officer at icelolly.com, said: “Naming the World Wonders began as a bit of fun around our office, but when it turned out to be a lot harder than we expected we thought we’d challenge the nation.

“This survey shows that many of us need to brush up on our geography knowledge and our unique ‘Where’s Lolly?’ game gives players the chance to do just that.”

Icelolly.com is offering a prize of a trip to Barcelona for visitors to its website who play the ‘Where’s Lolly?’ game

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