Top Ten Spelling Bee Freakouts

The Howard National Spelling Bee has begun! Celebrate with a surprisingly joyful—not to mention educational—gallery of the top ten freakouts. So far, we've learned the definition of euonym and the difference between numnah and numnuts. More: [Techland] » 6/02/10 10:20am 6/02/10 10:20am

13-Year-Old Kansas Girl Wins Spelling Bee

Last night, Kavya Shivashankar, an aspiring neurosurgeon from Olathe, Kansas, took home the trophy at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. At the age of 13, this was her last chance to win the title. » 5/29/09 9:30am 5/29/09 9:30am

Magnificent Obsession: Spelling Bee Semifinals Are Written On The Wind!

Only one thing could do justice to the drama, pain and glory of the semifinals of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee: the films of Douglas Sirk. » 5/28/09 4:20pm 5/28/09 4:20pm

Awesome Moment From Daytime TV

The lovely young woman at left is Kavya Shivashankar, who you may remember from this post. Anyway, Kavya - and a group of other smart, spirited young Americans - just finished up the Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminaries...and we've got a cute clip. (Added bonus: Kavya's sister makes an appearance.) » 5/28/09 2:30pm 5/28/09 2:30pm

You Are Getting Sleepy: Breaking Obama's "Spell"

By now you've probably heard the conspiracy theory » 11/04/08 4:20pm 11/04/08 4:20pm flying around that Obama uses "Ericksonian hypnosis" techniques in his speeches to brainwash listeners into blindly absorbing his "propaganda". Well, according to a piece in today's that's not really possible. Despite the "evidence" of a thousand movies and swinging…

Perhaps you've seen Ashley White before: She appeared in a documentary called Spellbound, about the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. One of the few African-American youngsters featured, Ms. White had a photographic memory and dreams of becoming an obstetrician. By the time the movie was released, in 2002, Ms. White… » 5/05/08 6:20pm 5/05/08 6:20pm