Americans' Simpsons knowledge beats 1st amendment knowledge

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Americans' Simpsons knowledge beats 1st amendment knowledge

Postby Paco » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:47 am

[url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4761294.stm]More people in America know the Simpsons characters than the first Amendment. Do You?
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Another finding from the poll, a telephone survey of 1,000 random adults with an error margin of 3%, was that 22% of Americans could name all five Simpson characters.

By comparison, just one in 1,000 people could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

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Postby pjbogart » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:02 am

Paco wrote:By comparison, just one in 1,000 people could name all five First Amendment freedoms.


Bah. Religion, speech, assembly and what?

And I went to law school.

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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:16 am

Press and petition the government for grievances.

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Postby Paco » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:21 am

You mean it's not right to own a pet?

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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:50 pm

Y'know, this really galls me.

The Simpsons has had several opportunities to educate their viewers about Democracy and American history, yet they always drop the ball. Case in point: In episode 7F03 {Bart Gets An F}, the First Continental Congress is shown debating the details of The Declaration of Independence when, as everyone knows, it should have been the Second Continental Congress.

Ugh. Is it any wonder that people don't know what's in The Constitution when this is the kind of shoddy history they learn from animated television sit-coms?

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Postby Ducatista » Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:57 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Press and petition the government for grievances.

It's "redress of grievances," but yours is funnier.

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Postby Chuck_Schick » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:27 pm

Ducatista wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:Press and petition the government for grievances.

It's "redress of grievances," but yours is funnier.

Agreed. And anyway, these days you probably have a better chance going Henry's route.

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Postby Begbie » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:54 pm

Chuck_Schick wrote:
Ducatista wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:Press and petition the government for grievances.

It's "redress of grievances," but yours is funnier.

Agreed. And anyway, these days you probably have a better chance going Henry's route.


I got some grievances from the government, and I didn't even have to petition for 'em. Am I lucky or what?

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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:06 pm

Oops. What Ducatista said.

And the First actually lists six rights, as it mentions both freedom of religion and freedom from religion (the state imposed kind).

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Postby supaunknown » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:08 pm

Why should this be any surprise? The Simpsons are on 2-3 times a day. How often do people get a refresher on the 1st Amendment?

Damn outtatoons ...

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Postby Michael Patrick » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:20 pm

People can devote all of their brain processing power to the Simpsons because they are secure in the knowledge that George Bush and Dick Cheney are doing all they can to protect our rights.

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Postby bluethedog » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:37 am

...and I'm sure those people who know more about the 1st Amendment than the Simpsons are SO much fun to hang around with.

Next news flash: Americans' American Idol knowledge beats Endocrine system knowledge

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Postby Chuck_Schick » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:44 am

bluethedog wrote:Next news flash: Americans' American Idol knowledge beats Endocrine system knowledge

Heh.

Heh heh.

Heh heh heh.

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Postby Genie » Sat May 26, 2007 10:09 am

bluethedog wrote:...and I'm sure those people who know more about the 1st Amendment than the Simpsons are SO much fun to hang around with.

Next news flash: Americans' American Idol knowledge beats Endocrine system knowledge


Really? Even on the Medical School Entrance Exam? Even on the Medical Board Exams? :shock:

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Postby MPMay » Sat May 26, 2007 7:42 pm

A few years ago, I demonstrated my ignorance of popular culture. I had heard or read something about Jessica Simpson, so I asked my kids if she was a new character on that cartoon show they watched.

Oh, well.

Here's the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


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