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Why does everyone try to justify others stupidity? When that 18 year old Miss Teen was trying to answer that question about a stat that said 1 in 5 Americans can't find the United States on a map, and she was asked why, she had the craziest answer. And my friends try to say "oh, come on. She's young." Or "Well, she was probably nervous, under those lights, with all those people watching."

Everyone has seen or heard it by now. She talks about "U.S. Americans" (as opposed to the Brazilian Americans, or any other kinds)...and she says "as such" a few times. Oh, and she says "the Iraq". She also says the problem is bad education in South Africa and the "Asian countries." Weird. It was always the Asians I cheated off of back in high school. If only I had known of their poor georgraphy skills.

Not sure what any of that has to do with the U.S. and finding the United States.

These beauty pagaents are ridiculous to begin with. I mean, do we really need to see women walking around in high heel shoes in bathing suits? That's just odd. And, just once, I'd like to hear one of these women say "Hey, I really don't care about world hunger. I just had a turkey sandwich, and as long as I'm fed, I'm good."

She was so rehearsed in how she'd answer questions, that when this map question came out of left field, she tried to answer it with the answers she practiced. That theory would be about as good as someone that studied for a spelling bee, spelling a completely different word just because they knew how.

Late night talk shows have all analyzed it, made fun of it, and talked about their favorite parts of it. Nobody has mentioned my favorite part. And that's when the buzzer goes off for her to end her answer. She still talks, nonsense, for another 10 seconds. I mean, if you're already sinking, why make it worse? The second that buzzer sounded, she might've been saved had she just said "Wow, saved by the bell!" Or "I would've made more sense of that answer, had I just had a little more time," with a smile on her face.

Instead, she'll be Youtube fodder for another month. And, like William Hung singing badly on American Idol, she'll probably become a millionaire out of this.

And, maybe, just maybe...in the future, they'll ask the question "Why can people in the U.S. perform badly at things, and then become rich and famous because of it?"

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Good point, Gavin. I hadn't given titles much thought. It is an oxyMORON, huh?

Sept. 13, 2007

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