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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070828/ap_en_ot/odd_miss_teen_south_carolina_1;_ylt=ApFHTMC.wzXJXTJksLLE7w0E1vAI

Intellectually-deficient American teen beauty pageant contestant (and boy, aren’t there a whack of redundancies in there) flubs a question about geography. Or geographic philosophy and American pedagogy, anyway:

…She was again asked why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map.

“I would love to re-answer that question,” Upton said. “Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography.”

Those that don’t share a border with the US may not know that American maps tend to leave out a lot of things. Like, oh, CANADA AND MEXICO. I imagine “her map” makes it a lot easier to find her country. Though does she realise Alaska is not an island?

That was much better than her previous response, which included “U.S. Americans” and mentions of South Africa and “the Iraq.”

Don’t worry too much for her; if history has taught us anything, it’s that she’s got an excellent chance of becoming President.

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