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August 26, 2007

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Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question :: hard to argue with that...wait, what?

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Brilliant! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

BTW - South Carolina, can you please show us where the United States of Ameria is located on this world map?

Posted by: Greg at August 26, 2007 11:46 AM

If you listen closely you can almost hear the sound of everyone's eyes rolling.

Posted by: Holly at August 26, 2007 12:11 PM

oh dear god....

Posted by: piscespaul at August 26, 2007 2:40 PM

Holy fuck!!! She's the reason for blonde jokes. It is truly stunning how completely stupid she is.

Posted by: BlakNyte at August 26, 2007 2:41 PM

she may be within that fraction of people who can't locate the US on a map... and such as... south africans... and azerbaijan... pony.

Posted by: Lilian at August 26, 2007 6:38 PM

I'm guessing Miss South Carolina is one of the 1 in 5 who can't locate America on a map.

Posted by: Jacob at August 26, 2007 10:29 PM

I agree, the africans must be stopped!

Posted by: James Christopher at August 26, 2007 11:37 PM

whooboy. That was cringeworthy.

Posted by: mjstone323 at August 26, 2007 11:46 PM

i usually cut myself with an exacto knife when im feeling down...thanks to this link i should be saving a small fortune since i no longer need to buy a new razor every week...thanks ze

Posted by: tt mcgigglesberry at August 27, 2007 1:50 AM

This seems to be on every blog on the wwwinterwebinets.

A beauty queen isn't so bright. Is that really news?

Posted by: Thomas at August 27, 2007 5:20 AM

I love her.

Posted by: Eric714 at August 27, 2007 11:03 AM

Posted by: juan valdez at August 27, 2007 11:14 AM

It turns out that 1 in 5 Miss Teen USA contenders can't find the United States of America in a question! Through that answer, we got to take a trip through South Africa, up to Iraq, bounce around a few Asian countries, even travel into the future of our children! Whee! It's hard to imagine the restraint Mario Lopez had to be the first person on a mic after that rambling idiocy and not at least letting out a long pained breath, let alone not saying "wow! She lost, right? Judges? Right? Yeah, that was really horrible! You are representing the young women of a state and are hoping to be a representative of the youth of our whole country and that's what tumbles out of your mouth when asked a question about our country's geographic literacy? You are the 1 in 5, and if you want to help the image of our country, wipe off the makeup, go back to school and find some reason to get excited about the matterial, because you've proven just now that we have a long way to go in helping ourselves improve before we can start to worry about South Africa, Iraq, Asia, the future, and, holy crap, CHILDREN! Yeesh! I know you're pretty and all kid, but before you pass on those water-headed genes and start tipping that 1 in 5 closer to the 5 in 5 mark, try and find out if you have any constructive skills beyond turning and waving to pass on to the future.

Posted by: Lucas at August 27, 2007 2:35 PM

genius is as genius does

Posted by: D'Arcy at August 27, 2007 3:28 PM

I'm so so proud of my home state.

Posted by: Charles at August 27, 2007 3:56 PM

I watched this live, and was thinking, "What the hell? South Africa? What? Education? Iraq? Asia? US and South Africa? What??!!"

Posted by: Miss Jecka at August 27, 2007 7:34 PM

ZE. Thinking is hard! I've been going through the archives of the show all week because I miss when you used to do it for me!

Posted by: pauline at August 27, 2007 8:33 PM

AIMEE TEEGARDEN: Recent poles have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the US on a World map. Why do you think this is?

MISS SOUTH CAROLINA: I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because-ah some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the US should help the US or should help the South Africa and should help the Iraq [CHIME] and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for our us.

MC: Thank you very much, South Carolina.

Posted by: j-schwa at August 27, 2007 10:57 PM

Granted, beauty pageants have never been seen as sources of great intelligence and insight, but still....this was painful.

Posted by: jen at August 27, 2007 11:20 PM

Huh. Does this dude think he's you?

Posted by: Joe at August 28, 2007 1:04 AM

That dude! He does think he's Ze! How sweet and yet, at the same time, totally pathetic.

Re. Miss Carolina - I think you're all being very nasty to the poor dear, leave it off wontcha (as we say here in Limeyland)?

Incidentally, does anyone know the correct answer to the original question?

Posted by: Jeremiah Cornelian at August 28, 2007 5:42 PM


I just saw that video and couldn't help but notice it was a complete zefrank ripoff.

Posted by: Dan at August 28, 2007 6:49 PM

And no one thought that "No Child Left Behind" would work...

Posted by: Violet Hemlock at August 28, 2007 7:41 PM

You all are forgetting one thing: She's very pretty.

Posted by: michael at August 28, 2007 9:56 PM

I think most of us in South Carolina are just glad that The Redneck Shop http://www.theredneckshop.com/ and the long battle over taking the confederate flag off the top of the state capitol building are no longer in the national news.
SC's Miss Teen USA would've made Strom Thurmond proud.

Posted by: Nicole at August 29, 2007 5:24 PM

I was listening to George Bush giving a speech in New Orleans for the anniversary of Katrina. I suddenly realized how much W sounds like Miss South Carolina.

The answer to the original question:
We Americans tend to think that we are all that matters in the world, so why bother knowing our place in it. It's like Galileo - no one wanted to know the earth revolved around the sun because it made us seem less important.

Also social studies are first on the chopping block when schools need to save money in order to keep up with no child left behind mandates.

And finally, around the middle of the twentieth century there was a backlash against geography, mainly because some of the academic literature sounded racist. Harvard eliminated its geography department and the rest of the Ivy League followed suit. Geography lost its prestige, which made it easier for Americans to pay less attention to it at all levels.

Posted by: Gus at August 29, 2007 9:52 PM

Anyone see the Family Guy episode where Brian gets the stupid girlfriend? This is a scary parallel...

Posted by: heypeterman at August 30, 2007 12:22 AM

She's Brian's girlfriend from Family Guy!

Posted by: cliff at August 30, 2007 1:37 PM

And the answer is:

"Because the funding that our education system should be receiving is being used to execute poor foreign policy, thus driving away quality educators in all fields of study, not just geography, to other professional fields that offer a wage that better suits today's rising cost of living."

See? it's not hard to ramble through many hot topics to answer that question in a meaningful way.

Posted by: gifa at August 30, 2007 3:35 PM

actually, no... you know what? Upon further thought... I think her answer brilliantly and cleverly illustrates exactly how a large percentage of the country's population can't locate the U.S. on a map.

Posted by: gifa at August 30, 2007 3:38 PM

I highly recommend the musical version:


Posted by: Spamboy at August 30, 2007 8:32 PM

I think she's very sweet. she was saying what want to think for several people about american education mapping. that's your problem!

Posted by: aj at August 31, 2007 1:48 PM

She's purty! And presidential! And she beat 46 other contestants to rank 3rd runner up. There were 46 less impressive contestants. Makes you wonder how many children got left behind.

Posted by: kate at September 1, 2007 9:48 PM

I think, therefore, that what she, that girl Miss Amusesus, was trying, such as, to say, is that we, from those places there, the ones that don't have teknology, therefore, can't help ourselves but should help places such as Armenia and therefore Canada.

Posted by: M. Oxie at September 5, 2007 3:15 PM

laugh all you want, she just a penis and sixty million dollars away from being president

Posted by: Neil at September 9, 2007 9:54 PM

So this got me thinking, is it possible that 20% of Americans can't find the US on a map? That's a really big number, and the US is pretty easy to find. Besides, we're confronted with the shape of the US in the media all the time. If it was Iraq, I'd believe immediately, but the US?

So I did some digging, I couldn't find a source that said that 20% of Americans can't find the US on a map. I did find a National Geographic study of young Americans (age 18-24) that found that 6% of them couldn't find the US on a world map. That sounds more reasonable.

Anyone know where this 1 in 5 statistic came from? I'm pretty convince she just made it up. So who's dumber, the girl who can't answer a question based on made up statistics, or the one who uses the made up statistics?

Posted by: Gus at September 14, 2007 9:52 AM

Really nice as or ass of South Caroline. Funny funny funny

Posted by: Communication at September 14, 2007 5:28 PM

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