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It's not always easy to tell where someone is from just by looking at them. Given that America is an increasingly diverse "melting pot,"  deducing a person's background can provide insights into the dangers of assumptions.

We've assembled a collection of celebrities and politicians whose ethnicities or heritage go beyond their looks. Can you guess the national or geopolitical origins of the following household names? Answers are displayed in subsequent slides.

Actress Alexis Bledel arrives at Ford's Theatre for The American Film Company's premiere of Robert Redford's film "The Conspirator" Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (National Journal)
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U.S. Singer Mariah Carey performs on stage at a top of the mountain concert in Ischgl in the Austrian province of Tyrol, Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) (National Journal)
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In this 2012 photograph provided by the candidates campaign,Jim Costa poses for a photo. Jim Costa is running for the Senate in California. (AP Photo) (National Journal)
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FILE - In this June 6, 2011 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives the keynote address to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File (National Journal)
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Dwayne Johnson, a cast member in the upcoming film "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," smiles during an interview on the opening night of CinemaCon 2012, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (National Journal)
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 28, 2011 photo, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. The new GOP-drawn map shrinking Ohio from 18 to 16 districts still pits Democratic U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur against each other in the March primary. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (National Journal)
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Ralph Nader is seen in Washington, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (National Journal)
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Charlie Sheen accepts the outstanding actor in a television comedy series award for "Two and a Half Men" at the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (National Journal)
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Charlize Theron arrives at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) (National Journal)
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