WATCH: This video of Americans being asked to "name a book" on Jimmy Kimmel is downright embarrassing 3 years ago

WATCH: This video of Americans being asked to "name a book" on Jimmy Kimmel is downright embarrassing

A sorry state of affairs.

According to a study from the PEW research centre, almost one in four Americans have not read a book in the past year. As crazy as that sounds, Jimmy Kimmel doesn't believe it.

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He reckons it's worse.

His crew took the streets of Los Angeles to ask people to simply "name a book". That was it. Not a specific book, or a new book, or an old book. Just to name a book. The results are simply baffling. Have a look for yourself:

One of the highlights of the video, or lowpoints, depending on how you're watching it, comes when one guy says The Jungle Book (which is in fact a book), but then changes his mind and says that's it not a book and decides that he can't think of one. This moment is good but nothing compared to the guy that says that Moby Dick is not a book, but in fact an author that wrote a book named 'Horse'.

Yep.

That's where they're at.

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How did none of them say Harry Potter? Jesus wept. Here's hoping that things aren't as bad in Ireland as they are in America. At least we all read To Kill a Mockingbird in school...