Miss Teen USA entrant, Miss South Carolina Lauren Upton, when asked a darstardly tricky question from the pageant host, very nearly carried off her imbroglio of an answer with something not quite resembling aplomb.
While not being awarded the diadem, Ms Upton still managed to take fourth place in the pageant, which possibly signified the judges indifference to American ignorance, and an even greater indifference to the indolent minds of Miss Teen entrants.
"[Miss Upton] pointed out the cartographic deficiency at the heart of the world's richest and most powerful nation.
Contestants vying to be Miss Teen USA were asked why they think one fifth of Americans can't locate the US on a world map.
"I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don't have maps," Ms Upton said. This problem didn't stop her promoting the American education system.
"Our education over here in the US should help the US … uh, 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 children."
We can safely conclude that future generations of Americans will continue to be incapable of finding their way to their local primary school, or locating their country on a map, and Miss Teen USA entrants will prosper.