The Intersection

This is still considered a scholarship competition. I’m not laughing.


  1. #1 Linda
    August 28, 2007

    Pretty face, fuZZy brain… how totally embarrassing, especially for the listener.

  2. #2 Chris Mooney
    August 28, 2007

    No need to laugh, Sheril, I’ll see if I can do so on your behalf….

    There. Done.

  3. #3 Emily
    August 28, 2007

    Unfortunately, this morning’s “Today” show attempted to give her a chance to redo the question. Her answer: all of my friends and I know how to locate the US on a map, so the statistics must be wrong.

  4. #4 Kurt
    August 28, 2007

    No, Sheril is right not to laugh. This is just another example of the patriarchy leading young women to treat themselves as eye-candy instead of encouraging them to grow as fully actualized human beings. We should be howling in outrage instead of smirking to ourselves.

    Ahem. As someone who has been prone to cognitive meltdowns like that displayed in the video, I can certainly sympathize. By the way, I finally got around to seeing Little Miss Sunshine last week, and the send-up of the child pageant scene was absolutely hilarious.

  5. #5 Karlyn
    August 28, 2007

    Wow! But honestly, this is pretty much how George Bush sounds to me most of the time. He’s only marginally more coherent when he goes off script.

  6. #6 Ashley
    August 30, 2007

    Did that really happen??! Really??! Oh dear dear God we are ALL GOING TO DIE; adrift in a sea of idiocy… Not only does it remind me of GW, but I am haplessly reminded of Leno’s Stupid People…

  7. #7 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    August 30, 2007

    I have to admit I was mildly hesitant to post this video, but ultimately decided it makes a strong case about the need to improve education in the United States. However, it’s also important to point out this is a teenager under the relentless pressure of pageantry and speaking to a live audience of millions is enormously intimidating. Let’s not be too hard on her folks.

    What we should be focusing on is actively supporting increased federal funding for education and research innovation. I’d like to see higher salaries for teachers, better resources for students, more scholarship opportunities for women and minorities, and at least as much emphasis on excelling in mathematics and science as football and basketball.

    These are our tax dollars and we should influence how they are spent. For example, while it’s no secret I love astrobiology, I think it’s far more important to invest in our children here on earth than a robotic mission to distant planets. So write to your elected officials, get involved on your local board of education, and encourage kids to explore and wonder about the natural world.

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