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Larry, Clarence & Moe

9:00 AM -- Reuters trots out this evergreen shocker once again today:

    Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Snow White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday...

    ["Grumpy" and "Dopey" works for either, of course.]

    Respondents were far more familiar with the Three Stooges -- Larry, Curly and Moe -- than the three branches of the U.S. government -- judicial, executive and legislative. Seventy-four percent identified the former, 42 percent the latter.

    [Criminal ignorance. Does no one recall the unsung genius of Shemp?]

    Twice as many people (23 percent) were able to identify the most recent winner of the television talent show "American Idol," Taylor Hicks, as were able to name the Supreme Court Justice confirmed in January 2006, Samuel Alito (11 percent).
Ah well. Ask'em about Taylor Hicks next year. I bet Alito fares better.

— Larry, Sneezy Monkey, Light Reading

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:44:35 AM
re: Larry, Clarence & Moe "Also: "more American teenagers... know the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air than know the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (94.7% to 2.2%)"

Maybe Roberts has more appeal among teens today than Rehnquist did in 1998 but I doubt it. Still, I wonder how many of us could have named the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when we were 15.
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:44:35 AM
re: Larry, Clarence & Moe I googled across a 1998 version of this tongue clicker:

http://www.constitutioncenter....

It seems that way back then only 59% could name the Stooges. So their legend continues to grow.

Also: "more American teenagers... know the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air than know the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (94.7% to 2.2%)"

Fresh who?
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:44:34 AM
re: Larry, Clarence & Moe We kids were all wild about Earl Warren.
Until the Beatles came along.
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