Kids: Buzz Lightyear was first man on the moon

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A worrying number of British kids reckon Buzz Lightyear was the first person to walk on the moon and 24's Jack Bauer blew up the Houses of Parliament.
 
The terrifying statistics emerged from a study of 2,000 schoolchildren where they were asked about key events in history and the people involved.
 
Twenty percent of kids believe Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear was the first person to set foot on the moon rather than Neil Armstrong while others thought it was Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

One in twenty thought Jack Bauer was behind the Gunpowder plot and a third didn't know Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone (9% said it was Deal or No Deal's Noel Edmonds).
 
It also emerged one in twenty thought Christopher Columbus discovered liposuction, NOT America, while one in ten wrongly believe Rolf Harris painted the Mona Lisa.
But it doesn't end there, 12 percent of kids reckon the battle of Britain took place in space and one in six said The Daleks from Dr Who occupied Britain.
 
One in six even failed to identify US President Barrack Obama, claiming he was Mr T from the A-Team, F1 Lewis Hamilton and even Nelson Mandela.

Christopher Lloyd, the author of The What on Earth Wallbook, said: "There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to children and historical events.
 
"Neil Armstrong would not be happy to learn a plastic action figure is getting the credit for first man to step on the moon. Young people have little or no context when it comes to knowledge about the past.
 
"Often they know a great deal about a few topics, but seldom do they have any idea of the big picture - especially when it comes to events of the past that connect the story of human history with evolution and the natural world."

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