Sure to become a YouTube classic by this afternoon . . .

We don’t expect a lot from beauty pageants: pretty girls in fancy dresses and bathing suits, unpredictable offerings in the talent category (baton throwing!), cringe-inducing answers to softball questions that tend to involve the phrase “world peace.” But at last Friday’s Miss Teen USA competition, one contestant managed to fumble a question in such a spectacularly hilarious (and tragic) manner, we couldn’t resist passing it along.

Near the end of the competition, one of the judges asked Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina, what she thought of a recent poll that showed one fifth of Americans can’t locate the United States on a world map. Upton’s answer, a spew of half-English gibberish, is a must-see case study in stupidity, confusion, and panic. (And yet Upton finished the event as the third runner-up.)

We are suddenly filled with regret that this is apparently the last time the Miss Teen USA pageant will be televised.

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Sure to become a YouTube classic by this afternoon . . .