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Congrats to Nina Davuluri, the first Desi Miss America and first Indian American Miss New York! Of course, the hatetweets have already begun.

Davuluri was one of THREE Asian Americans in the top five finalists, including 4th runner-up Miss MInnesota Rebecca Yeh (who won the Talent competition playing violin, I know, right?) and 1st runner-up Miss California, Crystal Lee.

Davuluri's question in the poise-test round was on "Big Brother" host Julie Chen's revelation of her decision to have plastic surgery. Her answer: She's against it. But in her answer she also managed to drop the following pointed remark: "I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And Miss America is always evolving." As proven tonight.

Update: Barely did the tiara touch her lovely head than the racist ignoramuses began to tweet.

Playing with Tigers

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It’s never been easier to check “playing with tigers” off your bucket list. About an hour’s drive outside of Bangkok, in a province called Kanchanaburi, there’s a place called Tiger Temple. It’s a Buddhist monastery that partially supports itself and its animal residents (including a large population of tigers) on donations and visitor fees. Among the many activities you can do: bottle-feed tiger cubs; exercise adult tigers in water moats; hand-wash, hand-feed, and walk with tigers; and of course, take über-cool, up-close-&-personal photos with these beautiful, majestic creatures that will leave your family and friends ooh’ing and aah’ing in amazement and new-found respect for you!

There’s another facility in Thailand that offers similar interaction with tigers called Tiger Kingdom, but from the photos my friends who visited have taken, it doesn't even come close to the type of interaction offered by Tiger Temple. Upon booking your visit, be sure to reserve the morning tour (limited to only 12 people), which allows you to have breakfast with the monks. In doing this, you’ll be able to witness some of their spiritual prayers and rituals, surrounded by adult tigers and cubs, making for epic photos! Plus, you'll get more time with the tigers, which is what you want, right?!

Many people think the tigers are drugged to allow humans to get so close. Having spent a half-day at Tiger Temple, I can assure you - the tigers are very much alert and aware of their surroundings (i.e. drug-free)! At times, they ARE lethargic due to the heat and sun (like humans can get under such circumstances), and staff DO take advantage of that for photo opportunities, which lessens any potential dangers.

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