Miss South Carolina

This isn’t new but it is funny; it’s been doing the rounds on YouTube and Facebook for the last couple of weeks.

The background

In the final round of the Miss Teen USA 2007 competition the five remaining contestants had to answer a question from one of the judges, picked at random. The answer could be no longer than 30 seconds.

The question

First up was Miss South Carolina, who was asked the following question by Aimee Teagarden:

Q: Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?

A fair enough question, you’d think. Not the easiest question, but then neither is it the hardest either by any stretch of the imagination.

You might expect the answer to include a comment about education, about America’s media being fairly self-focused and not reporting much about anything beyond its borders … apart from the Iraq (sic), perhaps.

The answer

Here’s her answer in full:

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, 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, or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our ch…”

She was so going to finish by saying “… for our children”, wasn’t she!

The commentary

And now over to American comedian, writer and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s commentary on her answer:

Final word

I really want to be fair to her and offer some kind of defence of her answer, but … well, I’m not even sure OJ Simpson’s lawyers could offer a positive spin on that performance. It really was a stream of conscience poured out into 30 seconds of prime-time TV footage.

On NBC’s Today programme she offered this:

Personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on a map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better.

What am I? What am I?

What would really happen if your toys came to life? This short film (4 minutes 54 seconds) tries to answer that very question.

This made me cry with laughter. A lot.

Bits of it made Jane laugh too, although at the end of it she said that she thinks I’ve got a weird sense of humour.

Certificate 15WARNING: There is some swearing at the end of this short movie. By swearing I mean they use the word “f*ck”. Quite a bit. If it offends you: don’t watch it.

Thanks to James for pointing me to this.

Fish and Marillion

I spotted this YouTube video on Ricky’s blog.

It would appear that for one night only (The Market Square, Aylesbury, 25 August 2007) Fish had a new backing band!

I feel that Anthrax could have gained a lot from that approach to playing with former singers; I’ve made my views clear elsewhere. I’m just sad that a great band like Anthrax have lost a great singer like John Bush.

In other news: lucky Ricky also won tickets in the Planet Rock Fish competition, and managed to get to his exclusive gig in Edinburgh last night; check out his review.

Sony Bravia advert spoof follow-up

Sony Bravia advert

Most of you — at least those in the UK who watch television — will have seen the colourful Sony Bravia advert. For those of you who haven’t, or if you want to see it again, here it is (courtesy of YouTube):


I discovered this spoof interview with a supposed resident. It’s very, very funny.

The making of the Sony Bravia advert

The advert was actually filmed in Glasgow, at Toryglen. Here’s a five minute documentary about the making of the advert:

You can also check out more at www.bravia-advert.com.