44-year-old former beauty queen and current Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wins the honor of being Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate. (It will not be, as was guessed yesterday, Tim Pawlenty.) A bit of background: Palin is the youngest and first female governor of Alaska -- a state that has a rape rate that is double the national average.

Palin is also under investigation for allegedly firing Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to fire Mike Wooten, a state trooper, who is also her ex brother-in-law. (It seems he divorced Sarah Palin's sister, which prompted this mess.)

According to Wikipedia, Palin "hunts, eats moose burgers, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane." What's more, she "holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association" and has admitting to using "marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it." (Liar.) Oh, and she also wears pearls and has a kid with Down syndrome. So...there you go.