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(NPR)   Catching up with spelling bee champions from decades ago, and they're not all trying to make a fortune by competing in Scrabble tournaments   (npr.org ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Scrabble, National Spelling Bee, Weekend Edition Sunday, Alex Trebek  
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2013-05-29 01:33:24 AM  
static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-05-29 01:35:55 AM  
Scrabble is about math Subby. Not spelling.
 
2013-05-29 01:41:49 AM  
TFA was as riveting as I thought it would be.
 
2013-05-29 01:42:06 AM  
Having been dragged to a number of Scrabble tournaments by my scrabble playing boyfriend - one can't pay rent on a single room apartment in Detroit from the winnings of any Scrabble contest.
 
2013-05-29 01:55:54 AM  
www.worstpreviews.com
Well, not all of them were taught how to spell by Morpheus
 
2013-05-29 02:00:06 AM  
No surprise that most of them don't end up as writers.  Comparing spelling bee contestants to writers is like comparing bricklayers to architects.
 
2013-05-29 02:03:05 AM  
I was led to believe that all Spelling Bee winners would be CEOs by now and screwing supermodels on yachts all day while their heads rested in a frame designed to support their gigantic mutant brains.
 
2013-05-29 02:09:23 AM  

bbfreak: Scrabble is about math Subby. Not spelling.


And rememberization ( 1 + 1 + 3 + 1 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 10 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 30 ).
 
2013-05-29 02:17:22 AM  
I learned the hard way not to play Scrabble with filipinas....if ever offered to play a game...run the other way, as fast as you can.
 
2013-05-29 02:20:56 AM  
i suck at scrabble.

i make a few bucks writing
 
2013-05-29 02:22:08 AM  

SpdrJay: I was led to believe that all Spelling Bee winners would be CEOs by now and screwing supermodels on yachts all day while their heads rested in a frame designed to support their gigantic mutant brains.


Even the female ones?
 
2013-05-29 02:26:17 AM  
Clicked the link, saw that it was about some chick that placed 31st, closed link.  Only the winner is the champion.
 
2013-05-29 02:27:39 AM  
E! U! O! N! Y! M!
 
2013-05-29 02:54:33 AM  
i2.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-29 02:56:35 AM  

caddisfly: E! U! O! N! Y! M!

 
2013-05-29 02:57:38 AM  

caddisfly: E! U! O! N! Y! M!


csb

Was offered a job by Rebecca Sealfon's dad

/csb
 
2013-05-29 03:01:18 AM  
Burton Guster agrees.
 
2013-05-29 03:14:23 AM  

The Mulatto Maker: [www.worstpreviews.com image 428x276]
Well, not all of them were taught how to spell by Morpheus


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2013-05-29 04:39:07 AM  
CSB time:
I never made it to the national. I only placed second in the school district. The teacher reading off the words didn't like me. Either that or she just wanted the girl to win. She pronounced an obscure word as if it was French. She insisted it was English and in common use. She even used it in a sentence but the word might as well have been "cromulent". I knew something was up when the girl pronounced the word correctly before spelling it. In front of the entire school district (over closed-circuit tv - HUGE school district), I called them both cheaters. They called me a poor sport. That's okay, because all my classmates called me a hero for what I said and agreed that the whole thing was fishy as hell.
The next time I saw that girl, she tried to talk shiat (now who's a poor sport?) and I just told her I got to 2nd place honestly. Boy, did that make her mad!
I felt vindicated when she went on to the next step up and washed out in the first round. You ain't getting that scholarship either, biatch.
 
2013-05-29 04:54:51 AM  

JWideman: CSB time:
I never made it to the national. I only placed second in the school district. The teacher reading off the words didn't like me. Either that or she just wanted the girl to win. She pronounced an obscure word as if it was French. She insisted it was English and in common use. She even used it in a sentence but the word might as well have been "cromulent". I knew something was up when the girl pronounced the word correctly before spelling it. In front of the entire school district (over closed-circuit tv - HUGE school district), I called them both cheaters. They called me a poor sport. That's okay, because all my classmates called me a hero for what I said and agreed that the whole thing was fishy as hell.
The next time I saw that girl, she tried to talk shiat (now who's a poor sport?) and I just told her I got to 2nd place honestly. Boy, did that make her mad!
I felt vindicated when she went on to the next step up and washed out in the first round. You ain't getting that scholarship either, biatch.


So.... you're a poor sport.
 
2013-05-29 05:34:03 AM  

LordOfThePings: bbfreak: Scrabble is about math Subby. Not spelling.

And rememberization ( 1 + 1 + 3 + 1 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 10 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 30 ).


This

entasia is an easy-to-hook 57.
If not, place taenias as that 57.

It is a math game with a set of acceptable strings of values, with a set of acceptable placements.
 
2013-05-29 05:52:29 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: JWideman: CSB time:
I never made it to the national. I only placed second in the school district. The teacher reading off the words didn't like me. Either that or she just wanted the girl to win. She pronounced an obscure word as if it was French. She insisted it was English and in common use. She even used it in a sentence but the word might as well have been "cromulent". I knew something was up when the girl pronounced the word correctly before spelling it. In front of the entire school district (over closed-circuit tv - HUGE school district), I called them both cheaters. They called me a poor sport. That's okay, because all my classmates called me a hero for what I said and agreed that the whole thing was fishy as hell.
The next time I saw that girl, she tried to talk shiat (now who's a poor sport?) and I just told her I got to 2nd place honestly. Boy, did that make her mad!
I felt vindicated when she went on to the next step up and washed out in the first round. You ain't getting that scholarship either, biatch.

So.... you're a poor sport.


No, I'm just sharing a CSB moment. Thanks for reading!
 
2013-05-29 07:01:32 AM  

JWideman: No, I'm just sharing a CSB moment. Thanks for reading!


I'll give you S, B.  Not very C.
 
2013-05-29 07:31:20 AM  

SevenizGud: Rebecca Sealfon


In the world of past national spelling bee champions, there is only  Rebecca Sealfon .  I watched every minute of that gloriously disturbing spectacle as it happened.
 
2013-05-29 07:33:24 AM  
tvscreener.com

"I told you I saved you from a lifetime of shame, Gus."

"Shut up, Shawn."
 
2013-05-29 07:34:00 AM  

wademh


[pic of Scrabble board]


Doesn't the first word in the game have to cross the star in the middle?
 
2013-05-29 07:44:57 AM  
We spend our days correcting people's Facebook posts.
 
2013-05-29 07:51:29 AM  

caddisfly: E! U! O! N! Y! M!


Yay!
 
2013-05-29 07:51:42 AM  

SevenizGud: caddisfly: E! U! O! N! Y! M!

csb

Was offered a job by Rebecca Sealfon's dad

/csb


That is interesting. What does he do?
 
2013-05-29 07:59:42 AM  
A few years ago, I ran into a girl I had a crush on in fifth grade, and the first thing she remembered was how I beat her in the school spelling bee that year. Devastated.
 
2013-05-29 08:21:10 AM  

bbfreak: Scrabble is about math Subby. Not spelling.


Scrabble is about memorizing lists of arcane n-letter words that are only ever seen on Scrabble boards.
 
2013-05-29 08:46:53 AM  

JWideman: CSB time:
I never made it to the national. I only placed second in the school district. The teacher reading off the words didn't like me. Either that or she just wanted the girl to win. She pronounced an obscure word as if it was French. She insisted it was English and in common use. She even used it in a sentence but the word might as well have been "cromulent". I knew something was up when the girl pronounced the word correctly before spelling it. In front of the entire school district (over closed-circuit tv - HUGE school district), I called them both cheaters. They called me a poor sport. That's okay, because all my classmates called me a hero for what I said and agreed that the whole thing was fishy as hell.
The next time I saw that girl, she tried to talk shiat (now who's a poor sport?) and I just told her I got to 2nd place honestly. Boy, did that make her mad!
I felt vindicated when she went on to the next step up and washed out in the first round. You ain't getting that scholarship either, biatch.


And not a day goes by when some poor bartender hasn't heard that story, in hopes that he'll take pity on your wretched life which has never recovered from the gross unfairness of having been cheated out of the glory that was meant to be yours, as ordained by God himself, to win that spelling bee.
From Hell's heart, you spit your last breath at her.
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2013-05-29 08:51:51 AM  
i406.photobucket.com

And a hotplate!
 
2013-05-29 09:59:35 AM  
They all sound a bit humbled after they found out that computers will always beat them in rote memorization lol.  I enjoy a good spelling bee, but the little freaks up there just spouting out shiat (same with scrabble) that have no clue otherwise about the word, seems pretty shiatty and isn't even fun to watch anymore.  They took the hometown hero aspect out of it and replaced it with overachieving kid with asshole parents that moved to that district for that goal, which gets no mileage in our household.  I normally biatch about the dumbing down of the youth but equally dislike cut-throat type A personalities.  It just seems like they miss the point of life in a way.  Oh well.  Glad these kids turned out okay and are doing well as adults in spite of their parents :)
 
2013-05-29 10:34:40 AM  
Subby? Thanks for reminding me that I've wasted my life.
 
2013-05-29 11:20:10 AM  

bbfreak: Scrabble is about math Subby. Not spelling.


This. Knowing two letter words, and placing them in ways so as to prevent your opponent from being able to play words is what scrabble is about.
 
2013-05-29 12:04:01 PM  

fustanella: A few years ago, I ran into a girl I had a crush on in fifth grade, and the first thing she remembered was how I beat her in the school spelling bee that year. Devastated.


Yes, but was she hot?
 
2013-05-29 12:18:28 PM  

powhound: I learned the hard way not to play Scrabble with filipinas....if ever offered to play a game...run the other way, as fast as you can.


Curious, but why's that?
 
2013-05-29 12:57:03 PM  
paging Twitch Boy... (one of my favorites from Fark)

National Spelling Bee '96 through '98
 
2013-05-29 12:57:39 PM  

The Banana Thug: powhound: I learned the hard way not to play Scrabble with filipinas....if ever offered to play a game...run the other way, as fast as you can.

Curious, but why's that?


When I was stationed in Hawaii my filipina gf wanted to play. I was thinking, okay, no problem. I will take her to the cleaners. The game lasted about 10 minutes before I gave up. Turns out she was some sort of regional Scrabble champion in her home country. So yeah, if a filipina ever asks to play, chances are she knows the Scrabble dictionary quite well, and will leave you feeling like a high school dropout.
 
2013-05-29 02:11:48 PM  
That kids that were excellent on a national championship level academic event are successful as adults is no surprise to me. They might breeze through the school level, maybe even the district or country level on chance or a little bit of talent or preparation, but to win at the national level on that, those kids are driven, be it on their own or by their parents and put a LOT of work into studying for it. The kind of kids (and families) that put that kind of priority on it and work into something scholarly set themselves up to be winners in general.
 
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