There's something funny about the Miss America Pageant to John Oliver and the Last Week Tonight team. It's something that they obsessed over for a week. No, it's not that the pageant itself even exists in the modern day, though that's plenty confusing. It's not the ridiculously complex questions either – though Oliver did take time to marvel at that.
For example, one contestant was asked what the U.S. government's response should be to the Islamic State's recent, brutal beheadings. "That's right: They asked one of the contestants to solve ISIS," Oliver said, horror in his eyes. "And she only had 20 seconds to do it!"
But Oliver couldn't hide his delight at her answer – that America must come together with other world powers to solve the problem versus trying to do it ourselves. "Holy shit, that is a much better answer than I could have done in that amount of time," he said while laughing in disbelief. "That is a borderline better answer than the president gave last week!"
However, this wasn't what kept Oliver and his team going crazy all week. It was actually the pageant's claim that they are the largest provider of scholarships for women, boasting "$45 million" in scholarships made available. After struggling to believe that and looking up tax forms for 33 state pageants and the greater Miss America Organization, the LWT team could only come up with $4 million.