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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070828/...south_carolina

    The 18-year-old got a chance to redeem herself Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show when 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."

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


    I like this part:

    Upton's former principal Creig Tyler remembered her as a well-rounded student.

    I'm sure she was. I bet she's still well-rounded and not bent out of shape by her experience.
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    There's one part of her response the I don't think was a mistake at all. Refering to people in the USA as U.S. Americans is actually more correct than saying simply Americans. Technically everyone from the American continents is an American. That's why there's an "of" before America in our name. I have friends from Mexico that laugh about the fact that many in the U.S. are ignorant of the fact that Mexicans actually are Americans. What really blows some of the ignorant people's minds is that many Mexicans ancestors were here on this continent before Amerigo Vespucci was even born.

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    Good thing she's pretty because I think that's about the only thing she's got going for her.
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    Can anyone quote or paraphrase what she said (if not too long)? I can't watch the video.

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    Verbatim...

    "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 our educations such as South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. uh or should help South Africa, should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for our children.."
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    Look no further than her hair color. That about sums it up.
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    Thanks, Jensen. Sounds like she was at quite a loss as to what to say. A classic "winging it" answer to the question why 1/5 of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a map: because uh some people out there in our nation don't have maps. That is pretty funny. In fact, it's hilarious. I'm sure if she's got this far (being a Miss Teen), she'll do okay, in spite of her gaffs. She's only 18.

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    "A classic "winging it" answer to the question why 1/5 of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a map: because uh some people out there in our nation don't have maps. That is pretty funny. In fact, it's hilarious."

    That is hilarious. The more I think about it, the more I crack up.

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    She's only 18.

    But she is already thinking of her children......

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