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It's Not Just Miss South Carolina

8/30/2007 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlin Upton should feel very proud today. It seems she's not the only young person in America who appears to be a little less than informed. Christian activist and author Mark Dice dropped by San Diego State University to see how many of tomorrow's leaders know what year 9/11 happened.

Apparently, the unsuspecting >students couldn't quite remember. Perhaps if Mark had given them a hint -- like the year the Mariah Carey's cinematic masterpiece "Glitter" was released, or perhaps the year that Britney Spears' "Slave" song topped the charts. Come on Mark, give 'em somethin' to work with! It is understandable though, that collegians would be more likely to remember the last time Britney had a hit rather than the day that changed America forever. Oh Brit Brit! Ding Dang!

Over 2,700 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001.


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My Main Martyrdom    

This is sad!....students not knowing what year 9/11 occurred in....poor SAT scores....20% of high school students plus one Miss Teen USA contestant unable to locate US on a world map. These are all data points on a chart showing a downward trend....Cause?...teachers union more concerned with keeping poor teachers employed...lowering standards to allow poor performing students to be child left behind a.k.a. no child challenge to excel? All valid possibilities but not all encompassing or conclusive. I believe the root cause is the teachers union--they have the power to produce desirable outcomes; politicians only walk in step. ………… Here is a possible reason for conspiracy theory enthuses, elites shaping society toward socialism and two-class system. Why do they hunger for open-door immigration from Mexico having the highest drop out rate while asking for more scientists and doctors from Asia and India. We can produce our own—we’ve done it in the past.

2577 days ago


All of this demographic will be making and shaping our future when/if they vote!!!!

They will determine by what is "popular" who and what to vote for.

People who really know the issues and care about The U.S. better vote and keep the GOP in office despite setbacks....unless you really want to see "setbacks" by a liberal government...

Things will really be scary if that were to manifest.

2577 days ago


This stunt only worked because they did the survey at SDSU, which everyone in San Diego knows is a school where you learn how to make beer bongs and pass out on lawns wearing no pants. Had they been at any other school, the students would have been able to answer. All jokes aside, SDSU is a school for airheads; this is not news.

2577 days ago


is she friends with molly & holly??????think so just not blonde enough

2577 days ago


Webbster: I am a Christian and I've never had the urge or inclination to harm anyone for their beliefs. Yes there are some dangerous Christians, Muslims, and any other group. Its the person, not the group they belong to. This is racism my friend. Please get your facts straight before you go off on a tangent.

As for the story, sad that the event that changed the lives of so many and the face of this nation forever is already fading. This makes us vulnerable for the next one.

2577 days ago

Surf and Turf: The Race Track    

San Diego State might be one of the dumbest places in the world.

2577 days ago

Animal Lover    

It really makes me so angry that these stupid people can laugh when they don't know what year 9/11 happened. How can they not know what year that happened what the hell is wrong with them?? That tragic day is implanted in my mind, I remember everything I did that day and it was mostly cry for all the people that were murdered.
These idiots don't go to college to learn they go to party and to say Oh I'm in college...that's so sad...what losers!

2577 days ago

Are We Serious?    

Well not surprising- if ANYONE from the new england area was asked they'd be able to answer. The further away from the center of tragedy how soon the memory fades

2577 days ago

NY Mom    

Perhaps if the next attack on our soil happens on the west coast, they'll care enough to remember what year it occurs in. I think I can safely say that those of us living in NY could tell you what year, hour and moment that atrocity occurred. We will NEVER forget where we were, and what we were doing when we first learned the Trade Center had been hit.
This generation coming up is truly the ME, MYSELF and I generation. Selfish, self involved, lazy, and wanting everything handed to them on a silver platter. They all talk about getting respect, but seem to have a hard time showing it. Truly sad, for them and for this country.

2577 days ago


What's even more sad, is that guy believes in the 9/11 conspiracies.

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i take it Nate didn't know what year the 9/11 attacks occurred either, huh?

2577 days ago


Anyone can point a microphone into people's faces and get some of them to say stupid things or expose their own ignorance ... hell, Jay Leno's been running his version of that schtick for 20 years. The fact that people who are old enough to be in college can't remember which year 9/11 occurred is unfortunate, but it's hardly groundbreaking news. By linking to the site of a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, TMZ is helping promote his ridiculous theories about the Illuminati, the Catholic Church and the Freemasons being responsible for the attacks. To me, that seems pretty lame and irresponsible even for a tacky gossip site.

For added fun, you should check out the video where this guy harrasses kids buying the latest Harry Potter book and calls them Satanists. He's a moron, and offering him any attention or credibility is a mistake.

2577 days ago

if we only knew    

As a young college student. i am saddened that people, my age cannot remember such a horrific day, there has not been a day like 9/11 in my lifetime. the country stopped to remember to dwell on the loss. the country, as a whole not just politicians but also citizens all wanted to fight, we did not want to lose our freedom. but watching/reading this just shows how todays teens/young adults really do not care about the reality of our past. we were shocked when our country was attacked, and we should still be shocked as our battle for our freedom is not over yet. Thousands of our men and women are out there fighting, and more and more are shipped off everyday, each leaving a family, friends and other loved ones at home, worrying everyday about the lives, their lives could end everyday. I just do not know how my generation has become so selfish, life is not all about soroities, parties, and friends, though social lives are good, we need to remember those lost and those who are fighting for our right to be free, and to have privleges like being able to go to college, because even in America we are not free.

2576 days ago

Mr. X    

Uh oh, California is being invaded by women from South Carolina

2576 days ago


Somehow I'm not surprised. College admissions are a joke today and they hand out degrees like candy. I'm just pissed off that these people will have the same degree I do without any of the knowledge or work. And to think that my tax dollars are subsidizing these idiots.

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