It's National Spelling Bee week! A combination of sport (hey, ESPN gives it coverage), incredible smarts and the full-on glory of tweendom, it's no wonder the annual event has given us many, many reasons to laugh over the years. This year, prelims are broadcast on Wednesday, and semifinals and finals on Thursday. We'll be watching.
Eventual winner of the 2008 Bee Sameer Mishra gets tripped up when he mishears a few (important) little letters. Watch an interview with him about the incident here.
In the 2004 Bee, the pressure may have been just a little too much for Akshay Buddiga ... though he did manage to bounce back pretty well and finish in 2nd place.
In the 2012 Bee, Jack Pasche realizes he has the word spelled wrong after the second letter ... and that's where the fun begins.
Kennyi Aouad gets the giggles at the 2007 Bee. Hey, he's just a kid ... and, it really is a funny word.
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And we present to you: Rebecca Sealfon, winner of the 1997 Bee.
Dominic Ranz Ebarle Errazo has the crowd wondering if he's trying to send a secret message in the 2005 Bee. (The truth: He's no cheater... just a really big fan of Napoleon Dynamite.)
In the 2005 Bee, Katie Seymour asks for just a bit too much information. If only the judges were able to answer, her job would be so much easier.
A slight misunderstanding of pronunciation leads to a big moral dilemma for Andrew Lay in the 2009 Bee.
And in case you haven't had enough humor, here's a look back at some of the other best Bee laughs.