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Thud Heard 'Round the Universe

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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That loud thud reverberating throughout Mexico City's National Auditorium at last night's 2007 Miss Universe contest was not the sound of pageant papa Donald Trump's media empire crashing down. It was Miss U.S.A. Rachel Smith's butt bump with the stage. In the only watchable portion of the pomped-up gala, Smith hits the deck and then, displaying true American grit, hops back up and pretends like it never happened—good enough for a fifth place finish.

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