Friday, May 27, 2005

The Rise Of The Bees

This is a trend that we like. Who would have guessed that Spelling Bees would be making a comeback? Not only are the 'Bees Back, but CNN is reporting that they're popping-up in the national culture as well:

According to the 2002 Oscar-nominated documentary "Spellbound," which brought the quirky culture to audiences around the world, some 9 million U.S. children compete in spelling bees.

From local school contests, through district and regional rounds, the elite make it to the National Spelling Bee. This year 273 kids aged 9 to 14 will compete for the top prize of $22,000 in cash plus scholarship funds, an encyclopedia and huge national media attention.

The spelling bee is so ubiquitous these days that it even features in an advertisement for Citibank in which a small boy stands nervously at a microphone trying to spell "volatility."

It was also the inspiration for this year's hit comic musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a low-budget show that landed six Tony Award nominations.

Very Nice Indeed.

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