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Oklahoma's Miss America competes on television game show



Taking a break from smiling, waving and luring Internet child predators to a dank cell, Oklahoma's reigning Miss America Lauren Nelson just earned a loyal grade-school fan base by appearing on the Jan. 17 broadcast of Fox's hit game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"


Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, the show usually pits normal folks like you and me in a match of wits against actual prepubescent know-it-alls, but lately is on a run of celebrities playing for charity. Nelson made a strong showing, earning $175,000 for the Miss America Scholarship Fund.


And that's a worthy cause, because had the University of Central Oklahoma student known that it was Patrick Henry and not Alexander Hamilton who so famously quipped, "Give me liberty or give me death," she would've banked a cool 300 grand.


She almost didn't get that far. On the question that asked "More than 99 percent of the mass of our solar system is contained within what heavenly body?" she answered, "The universe."


That's like saying most of the United States is found in Nelson's hometown of Lawton, but whatever. We all knew it was the sun.


Speaking of all things large and shiny, Nelson's tiara was perched atop her head for the entirety of the show.


She can take pride that it stayed there, but we think she should take more in knowing she did better on the show than the previous week's contestant, "Access Hollywood" tool Billy Bush.


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