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Friday, May 29, 2009

When in Doubt, Sound it Out

Last night, I watched the Scripps Spelling Bee, an annual tradition for me. Ever since I watched Spellbound, the documentary about eight teenagers and their parents' quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee, I've been completely hooked. I love that finally the smart kids get the attention they deserve and it's truly the only day on TV when it's cool to be so uncool.

If you haven't watched the Spelling Bee, you're missing out on these great moments. Get a good laugh on a Friday.



Here's one of my favorite Spelling Bee bloopers from last year:




Join me in celebrating N-E-R-D-I-N-E-S-S.

-Thuy
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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lol!
Yup I watched it too! Fascinating.

Leslie said...

Last night I watched it also! AND... I just finished reading a book by Karen Luddy called "SPELLDOWN" about a girl who goes from losing the school bee one year to attending (I won't say if she wins or not) the National Bee in the 1960's!

I highly suggest the book!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We watched the finals on ESPN and then the championship round on ABC. I love to see the personalities of the kids come out...some are pretty funny like Kennyi. Other book for younger kids on the topic is Abigail Spells.

Unknown said...

I didn't get to watch it, but I love that kind of stuff. I love your last comment. Yes, I was (am?) a nerd!

Pami said...

I watched it too just amazing the words those kids can spell, I just saw the winner on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Jillene said...

I love the Spelling Bee but didn't get to watch it because my son was in a choir concert at his school. Thanks for the videos though--It made me feel as if I were watching it for the first time (which I was).

Jennifer said...

It's amazing! I can't believe these people... I was always first one out of the spelling bee in my class, and Lord knows what I'd do if I didn't have spellcheck!-- I'd be looking in a dictionary every-other word!

Yes, I'm still a "newscaster" :) I'm a reporter 3 days a week and an anchor on the weekends, it's fun!

Randi Troxell said...

i know right!?!!? hubby and i watched last night... and lets just say we went to bed feeling very very dumb... they were soooo good!

Amy said...

That was amazing.

Patrice said...

LOL!!! Too funny! N-E-R-D-I-N-E-S-S! That cracked me up!!!

Meg said...

Awesome. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Awesome.

Kimberly said...

I really don't know what to say... But, I did watch that movie, it was good. I don't make it a habit to watch spelling bee's though...

B said...

"Well, that's a relief!" No kidding hey? Can you imagine having to spell numbnut for the entire nation on tv?

mrs.notouching said...

I heart nerds. I married one too :-)

Mrsbear said...

I loved Spellbound. I meant to watch the Bee and completely forgot to program it on the DVR. I'm so bummed.

E @ Scottsville said...

Francesca,

I missed that show last night but have been hearing about it all day today. Wish I'd seen it!

Thanks for dropping by "Five Moms & A Blog!" Hopefully once you get to know the rest of us, you'll love us as much (or at least almost as much) as MiMi!!! =0)

Take care!

~Erica

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T. I still remember the word that lost me the 5th grade spelling bee.

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh, I am cracking up. Those kids are hysterical. I love it!

*Monica said...

Best spelling bee blooper ever.

I thought I would pee when that happened

AiringMyLaundry said...

Haha.

I couldn't watch. I feel like an idiot when children spell better than I do.

Oh, and thanks for the tip on what to say to other mothers on my blog. I will keep that in mind!

Jenni said...

I didn't watch but I saw the winner on the news this morning!

Amazing kids! I thank God for spell check!

Jen said...

I watched it too! I was sitting in totally amazement!!

Kelly Deneen Raymond said...

So, SO cool! Spelling is good. :)

Laura said...

I loved watching the spelling bees, my friends. I loved that its on ESPN and has the sports subtitles. I am so impressed with how poised and graceful these young spellers are. Way impressive.
Have good weekends!

@TiffanyRom said...

I LOVED that nerd is the new cool.

I actually cried a few times.

My 8 year old was hooked.

Vegas baby.

T

tiarastantrums said...

I watched this too - I felt really stupid afterward!

Eve said...

They are all so stinkin' cute!

Numbnuts? HAHAHA!!!

Helene said...

That announcer had no sense of humor! He just had to know the minute he said "numnah", that some kid was gonna think he said "num-nut".

I didn't watch it but I used to totally rock the spelling bees when I was younger!!!

And Francesca, I'm SOOOOO not pregnant. No worries. My tubes have been burnt and clamped and tied off to the very core.

Stesha said...

Spelling Bees are rather intriguing. Though, I am ashamed to say I love it when a word is spelled wrong. It kinda makes me feel better about myself. A ego boost.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Holly said...

Hahaha! Reminds me of being in a spelling bee when I was in first grade. I made it to the third round, when I spelling swim S-I-W-M. Good going.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this was adorable!!!

Fiauna said...

H-O-O-R-A-Y for word nerds!