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Ok, gang...I KNOW that we don't expect our beauty pageant contestants to do brain surgery...but shouldn't they maybe HAVE a brain?
When Asked Why 1/5 of Americans Can't Locate the U.S. on a Map...
"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq and everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children."
- Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina
Hawaii On My Mind
"We are truly the land of the great. From the rock shores of... Hawaii... to the beautiful sandy beaches of... Hawaii... America is our home."
- Nadine Tanega, Miss Hawaii
Would you rather be more smart, or more beautiful?
"Well, I'd rather choose to be beautiful, um because, to be beautiful it's natural. But being smart you can learn... you can learn, um a lot of things... a lot of things from the experience... you can learn from a lot of things being smart."
- Jeannie Anderson, Miss Philipines
Explain the Confucius quote "Learning without thought is labor lost."
"Good evening, Panama. Confucius was one of whom invented confusion and that's why, uhh... One of the most ancient, he was one of the Chinese.... Japanese who were one of the most ancient. Thank you."
- Giosue Cozzarelli, Miss Panama 2009
I Just Wanna Live While I'm Alive
"I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever."
- Miss Alabama, Miss USA 1994
What is the most important event in our nation's history?
""In my opinion, Pearl Harbor which occurred on December 7, 1941 was the most significant event in our nation's history because... it ended the great depression and forced us into the World War II, and... our country experienced patriotism and unity."
Do you think the US should have universal healthcare as a right of citizenship? Why or why not?
"You know I think this is an issue of integrity regardless of which end of the political spectrum that I stand on. I've been raised in my family to know right from wrong and politics whether or not you fall in the middle, the left or the right it's an issue of integrity whatever your opinion is and I say that with the utmost conviction."
- Alicia-Minique Blanco, Miss Arizona
"At that moment, it's kind of like dying. You're alone. There's nobody that can do it for you."
-Terry Meeuwsen, Miss America 1973
When asked to give her astrological sign...
"Oh, I don't have any."
- Miss Sri Lanka 1985
Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?
"Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. You know what, in my country, in my family, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that's how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you."
- Carrie Prejean, Miss USA 2009
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