You do not know the personal lives of those individuals.
You do realize there are some people that work multiple jobs (especially these days), never get days off, have a family to feed, and a lot more pressing matters. ALSO, we have a lot of crap going on in our own country to learn and read up about. Right now most people's insurance are changing.
Let me ask you guys, do you remember every single thing you learned from elementary/high school? I bet there are a few things you forgot. So why the hell is it a big deal that people forget the capital of a country they learned years ago but NEVER USED that knowledge.
Whoa there. (If I were a nastier Neowin poster you would have seen the sexist phrase "don't get your panties in a bunch")
Fact 1: People who are smart enough to go to Harvard do make it one of their intellectual stimulations and passions the knowing of all sorts of trivia. Like hobby collectors of the soundbite sort. (Whom we would call "karang guni men" in my part of the world, ironically, a region which the average American would consider backward and uneducated). And based on personal and social experience I'm making less of an assumption about their intellectual pursuits than you are about their "economic hardships".
Fact 2: The original grouse was about Harvard undergraduates. You managed to introduce the red herring of the general population and rant about that instead, I know not how.
Fact 3: Some of us don't learn Ottawa in geography in school. We had books and we devoured their content. A probably more interesting fact was that Queen Victoria was the one who chose Ottawa. It should be interesting enough for a genuine lover of knowledge to begin to search for her reasons.