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Fark’s 2012 Headline of the Year Contest

It’s that time of year again, and the competition is fierce. But Fark’s Headline of the Year Contest is much less about the story itself and more about the pun that can be made of a headline. The best submitted headlines of the year are up for voting. Some of the headlines are: 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati [...]

17 Winning Words From Past National Spelling Bees

KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters/Landov Yesterday, 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word guetapens, which means “to ambush.” To celebrate Nandipati’s impressive achievement, here are 17 of the most interesting words from the Bee’s 87-year history. 1. Gladiolus, 1925. The word (a type of flower) is notable not due to [...]

Spell Along at Home!

If you’re watching the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee and want to play along at home, here are a few spelling quizzes we’ve run over the years. We should be doing regular spelling quizzes. Any topics you’d like to see covered?