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80 Responses to America, If This Is Our Future, We Are Doomed!

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    Link: America, If This Is Our Future, We Are Doomed! - WA HS students try to answer basic questions. Please allow adequate time for facepalming while watching this video.
  2. Profile photo of Ajikan
    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    I`m not from the US. But I could answer most of them.
    I`m sad.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    Now I understand how Obama was elected. Kids.
  4. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    O M G !

    We`re doomed I tell ya, doomed.
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    toonman4445 Male 13-17
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    are these kids on drugs -_-

    i in middle school and i can answer these
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    The_Frogg Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    What you guys have to understand is that it`s not the kids that are faulty, it`s the education system. It`s based on cramming facts into kids heads for the tests. Once those tests are done the kids discard what they learned to make room for more information for the next test. It`s not the people that are flawed, it`s the education system
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    ultra super facepalm to the max
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    skytz1337 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    my god they`re stupid
  9. Profile photo of DingDingDong
    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    I don`t want to live on this planet anymore.
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    vooper Female 13-17
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Please world, don`t judge us by this. Some of us are not idiots.
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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    toonman4445
    `i in middle school and i can answer these`
    Really? `i in middle school?` Seriously?
    Are you trolling?
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    This was sad. I thought Detroit Public Schools were bad, but at least I could answer each with no issues.
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    thubanstar Female 50-59
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    Actually, those looked like nice kids. I DO blame the teachers.
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    7less7 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    Good gawd....we`re drated....wait. "were" drated...
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    Lardcarcass Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    "I was never, um, taught that knowledge."
  16. Profile photo of ElMustache
    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    Thank you, 30 years of Reaganomics!
  17. Profile photo of LemonTarte
    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    I can`t even watch it.
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    mrsdoctorwho Female 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    Oh this makes me so sad. "Fifty two...oh no fifty three, sorry"
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Better than I expected.
  20. Profile photo of Kegomatix
    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Ah yes, the Civil War. The war in which the United States won its independence from.... The British? Yea, yea... I`m going with that.
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    Zymotical Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    "Canada? That`s a state nevermind." lulz.
  22. Profile photo of razbitom
    razbitom Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    actually there *should* be 51 stars on the flag. when will puerto rico get recognition?
    forced to use US money and obey US laws, nominally US citizens but without the right to vote in presidential elections or to have any true voice in US affairs.
    just give `em the damned statehood already. yeesh.
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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    Do any of you realize that all they do is ask a whole bunch of questions and only pick the really bad ones? You can see some kids appear in only one or two questions, that`s because they answered most correctly, and they probably questioned way more people than that.

    As someone who is not American, I don`t find most of this questions basic knowledge.
  24. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    "Urope"... good choice!
  25. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    Razbitom, from people who have moved here from Puerto Rico, it isnt that they are refused statehood. It`s more along the lines they they do not want to be a state. As it is they do not have the pay the same taxes we do here on the mainland .

    This could be wrong, but its just what I have been told by friends and their families in their long talks of the island.
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    uatme Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    51 states when you include the moon!
  27. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    This is news?

    Hasn`t anyone seen Jay Leno doing his Jaywalking segments?
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    uhmerikin Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    "I was never taught that knowledge". Good answer.
  29. Profile photo of Kegomatix
    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    @NNoamfer

    It doesn`t take away from the fact that these certain kids are incredibly stupid.
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    Amurika Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    "Errm gee, I can count to facebook?"
  31. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Wait a second @NNoamfer...you don`t think knowing who the VP is or knowing the war that we gained our independence was or HOW MANY STATES THERE ARE is basic knowledge for an American?!? I understand you are not an American...but these are things that are taught in American Elementary Schools.

    On another note I think this can be explained pretty easily. Kids are not taught...they are shown answers to basic questions and expected to memorize them for tests. As soon as the test is over so is the retention. Schools want their students to pass so they get more funding. If schools were given funding not based on pass rate I don`t think this would be as much of a problem.

    I really hope I can afford to send my future children to private school. Which I honestly don`t think would be much better.
  32. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    Cajun, no, that would actually mean sitting through Leno. No thank you.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    CrakrJak i told you in the zeitgeist post..XD
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    Chancho Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    Pretty easy to ask the questions when your holding the paper with all the answers.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    February 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    Teenagers are funny! Their brains are so scattered...
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    smaus Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    ummm, bin laden, ha ha ha ha ha, sob
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    swoop408 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    FeelTheRide, Are you naked in your pic? lol.

    Back to the video -- This is an old Leno bit and extends much further from the halls of high schools.

    I wouldn`t put too much stock into it. I love history, but I know not everyone does. It`s funny though.
  38. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Knowledge is so overrated anyway.
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    Freyr108 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    i could only answer a few... then again, i`m not american and could give a rats ass about american politics or history
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    we. are. F`d.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    And yet, somehow, the Flynn Effect exists.

    But clearly, no child left behind has been a resounding success.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    These are the results of putting sports on a pedestal.That or picking what to show. Take note world.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    My American wife couldn`t answer these questions. I guess people only know stuff that`s relevant to them. If you had asked what`s the largest chamber of the heart? I am sure there`d have been fewer wrong answers.

    Also, it`s biased reporting for laughs; they filtered for wrong answers to compile. So the students were overwhelmingly correct. Except the blonds, who seemed to feature heavily.
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    And soon they`ll vote... maybe.
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    eovogt Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    Wow, just wow.
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    canada? o no sorry thats a state sigh
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Too many to name......LMAO
  48. Profile photo of smaus
    smaus Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    who cares if they vote, the electoral college will still decide who we get in office not them...
  49. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    February 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    Liberals have taken over our education system, and this is what they`ve done with it -- created a bunch of ignorant, mind-numbed sheeple who will grow up to be loyal Democrats voters.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    really... i hope this is staged
  51. Profile photo of PinkRhoid
    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    Liberals have taken over our education system, and this is what they`ve done with it -- created a bunch of ignorant, mind-numbed sheeple who will grow up to be loyal Democrats voters.

    If you believe this you are drating retarded right along with the countless Democrats who say this poo about republicans. I contest that the deeper rooted problem is that crooked politicians do whatever the drat they like regardless of voters because they are too busy being good sheep arguing amongst themselves and blaming anyone and everyone who doesn`t agree with them for everything that`s bad. Democrat/Republican, two sides to the same drated up coin keeping stupid drats like you pointing fingers instead of fighting back. United we stand Divided we fall. -Aasop
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    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    These are the results of putting sports on a pedestal.That or picking what to show. Take note world.

    Notes for what? Have you seen European football where a celebration kills 100s or a riot kills thousands all over a win or loss. I hardly think we put sports on as high a pedestal as that. It`s because we spend more on war than education and even more-so because parents have next to nothing to do with their kids anymore and don`t help and push their kids to make something of themselves. As long as they leave mommy and daddy alone they could care less if TV, PC, Console games, Lil Wayne, and disgruntled, underpayed, undersupplied teachers at understaffed, underfunded schools do all of it (or little of it) for them. Then when the kids fail out (much to their surprise of course) they blame it on everyone else or on liberals, conservatives, dems, GOP, gays, blacks, or the Nazis. So long as they don`t blame themselves any.
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    skullgrin Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm
    notice that it was only a small group of kids who didnt know the answers. Im sure the majority of who they asked did know the answers. You have to be careful with clips like this. They only show you what they want (just like the media)
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    FistOfBono Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    "I haven`t been taught that knowledge"
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm
    my 12 yr old nz kid knew most of the answers.
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    jops360 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm
    i hate these types of shows. they fail to realize just how unimportant government is on young teenagers. they just dont give a poo. think about it, when you were a junior in high school did you care about government affairs? no you spent your spare time trying to get ass/beer or going to see your friends to spend time doing jack poo. just saying these videos prove nothing.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    OldOllie "Liberals have taken over our education system, and this is what they`ve done with it "
    As opposed to what the conservatives would do? Teach Jesus didn`t put dinosaurs on the Ark with Noah and Abstinance Only is the only way to deal with STDs and pregnancy. Ignorance is Bliss doesn`t really work in the real world.
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    clockwork208 Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm
    They`d teach us to pray, too. Get it right, Mr. 1of1.
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    kinky_afr0 Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm
    stupid americans
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    February 4, 2012 at 12:09 am
    Countries that border the US:
    "Uh... Canada, oh but that`s a state..." (paraphrased; damned if I`ll go back thru all that idiocy) THAT was the point that I actually facepalmed. Utterly. Completely. Pathetic.
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    spanerbulb Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 12:09 am
    To be honest ask these types of questions in many countries and you would find similar levels of ignorance. Remember through pooty TV alone kids are brought to believe it`s cool to be a bit dumb. The Disney channel being a prime example.
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    xelous Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 12:47 am
    Damn, these kids are dumb
  63. Profile photo of helix25
    helix25 Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 1:12 am
    Canada a state... And France is a continent too.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 1:36 am
    Jesus. My kid is 14 and watched this and got half right. OMG
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    sariel Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 2:00 am
    This video was dumb, manipulative and worst of all oh-so smug. Americans: y u work so hard to propagate the myth of your own ignorance??
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    teknollag Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 2:08 am
    Seen way to many of these type of videos..
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 4:09 am
    Does not seem that legit......
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    marcus2 Male 13-17
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    February 4, 2012 at 5:02 am
    They have to be actors, how can anyone be that stupid? I`m not even from America and I can answer all of those.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 5:37 am
    I hope at least a lot of that was staged.

    In other news: "I hope you enjoyed our programming." Huh? Maybe that`s an accepted use of the word, I`ve just never heard it. Sound weird.
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    clamaato Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 6:39 am
    I have heard the # of states question a lot and for some reason people get it wrong... I can`t understand why. Who told them anything different than 50???
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    Huey Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2012 at 6:49 am
    If girls are that dumb in WA, I need to move to WA. =D
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    number1man Male 13-17
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    February 4, 2012 at 8:22 am
    I got most of them right away I couldnt figure out biden`s first name but that`s no biggie and i completely forgot about the united states starting with a "U" untill the guy said it
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    CCMA_19 Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I can answer all of those questions in MY SLEEP!! They`re all Elementary!
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    Aeladil Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    Yep, I also truly facepalmed at the "Canada? Oh wait that`s a state.."

    As a Canadian, I could answer all of them except the question regarding the representative for Washington.

    That`s pretty sad.
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    robert69 Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    i was never taught that knowledge
  76. Profile photo of Sloppy1
    Sloppy1 Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Geez, I can answer all of them, and I don`t live in the States. Very sad.
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    dontcare91 Male 13-17
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    February 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    only the jocks got all the questions right. Hahaha.
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    pretty sure this is a joke
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    j_dizzek_27 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    I don`t want to live here anymore.
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    yelloow12 Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2014 at 10:19 am
    History, geography, and politics...you`re right we are totally drated because 16 year old kids don`t know random facts in these areas

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