June 01, 2007

Get Yr Geek On!

photo: Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee

Last night we were glued to the tv watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee championships. We were thrilled that 13 year-old local boy-genius Evan O'Dorney came out on top by correctly spelling the word "serrefine". Turns out Evan doesn't even like spelling, he prefers composing music and solving crazy math problems. The best part was during the post-victory interview when the overbearing host asked him, "So Evan, now that you've won, how do you feel about spelling? (smile, smile, wink, wink)" Evan paused, looked at him and said something to the effect of, "Are you trying to say that now that I've won, I'm supposed to like it more?" Genius!

On a somewhat related note, during our visit to New York last week we spent some time with an old friend with whom I share a dorky passion for palindromes. The most impressive one that I can remember?

Doc, note. I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.

After poking around a bit, I found 2 others that strike me as particularly poetic:
"reno loner" and "party boobytrap"


Anonymous said...

totally watched this and cheered this kid on! I was screaming with laughter at his response to the silly announcer guy. He is awesome-so much better than the little Canadian one.

Anonymous said...

hi guys! i thought that kid was a total riot.

if i had a hi-fi...