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How are all Americans made equal in the year 2081? What handicaps have George been given? Why? Why does hazel have no handicap?

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1) Amendments to the Constitution have made every American is fully equal. Everyone is the same, no one is smarter, better-looking, stronger, or faster than anyone else.

2) George has to wear a radio ear piece. twenty-four hours per day because he is of above-average intelligence. He also carries a 47 pound "handicap bag" locked around his neck.

3) Harriet has no handicap because she is well below the realm of average intelligence.


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