Monday, July 14, 2008


Last night's telecast of the Miss Universe Pageant was viewed by over one billion people worldwide. This incredible number occupies the same ratings stratosphere as Soccer's World Cup and the Olympics -- we can think of no other event that comes close. Of course, the staff at always takes the time to tune in and last night was no exception.

This year's winner is Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, who is pictured above. Ms. Mendoza is just the latest contestant from the land of Hugo Chavez to impress the international panel of judges. In fact, no country besides the United States has done as well in this competition, with Miss Venezuela collecting five (5) titles during the fifty-six year history of the event. Add to this total...

6 1st Runner-Up
5 2nd Runner-Up
4 3rd Runner-Up
2 4th Runner-Up
with an additional 34 advancing to the Semifinalist Round

As for Miss America, this year's representative for Uncle Sam was Crystle Stewart who surprisingly followed in the footsteps of last year's Miss America, Rachel Smith, by falling to the floor as she made her entrance in the evening gown competition. Who said history doesn't repeat itself?

Speaking of history, we have 1951s Miss America, Yolande Betbeze, to thank for the creation of this exceptional event. You see, Ms. Betbeze refused to pose in a swimsuit that year and Catalina swimwear, a major sponsor of the Miss America Pageant, pulled its support. One year later they helped establish both Miss Universe and Miss USA. I wonder what Bert Parks thinks.

In closing, here's what the staff at thinks --

While Miss Venezuela can eat crackers anywhere she wants in our little Texas Hill Country abode, there were other contestants that we thought were even more beautiful. There's always a Keebler product on hand awaiting any of these six should they ever want to visit the limitless shopping opportunities that abound right here, in Bulverde, where things of beauty are as rare as Obama supporters.

Miss Czech Republic

Miss Poland

Miss Honduras

Miss Ireland

Miss Argentina

Miss Malaysia

(Please note that Miss Bulverde is not pictured. Perhaps a future posting regarding some other topic -- "the many uses for paper bags," for example -- will include her image.)