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It's a Simpsons-First Amendment Smackdown...

...and The Simpsons have won. From a study (press release here, details here) by Chicago's McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum:

A new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum survey finds that only about one in four Americans (28 percent) are able to name more than one of the five fundamental freedoms granted to them by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet when it comes to knowledge of popular culture, Americans are considerably more tuned in. For example, almost twice as many Americans (52 percent) can name at least two members of "The Simpsons" cartoon family.

And while more than one in five (22 percent) Americans can name all five of the fictional Simpsons family members... just one in 1,000 people surveyed (.1 percent) were able to name all five freedoms granted under the First Amendment.

As for me, I named all five Simpsons, which 22 percent of Americans were able to do, but only four of the five First Amendment freedoms, which is embarrassing. Still, only 2 percent of Americans could name four freedoms.

If you'd like to test yourself, go ahead, then select the rest of this paragraph to see the answers. The five Simpsons are Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The five freedoms of the First Amendment are speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition for redress of grievances.

I missed that last freedom. D'oh!


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