Okay, let’s start with the facts: Sikhs are not Muslims. Sikhism is an entirely separate religion that originated in India. Its male followers wear turbans — which is enough for many Americans to mistake them for Muslims.

Now you’re ready for the jokes. “The Daily Show” confronted Americans on the streets to see if they know anything about Sikhs. Presented with four options, most people said a Sikh was a bird.

Here’s the segment from Monday night’s show.

And for a less funny explanation of Sikhism, here’s a Washington Post video:

Sikhs in the U.S. are a small, often misunderstood community, readily identifiable by their turbans. Here is what you need to know about the Sikh faith and why male believers wear a turban, which has often made them a target of suspicion in an increasingly terror-weary world. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)


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