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Clet Litter as told to Bob Simpson
Spelling bee word missed by a 'hare'
Hogspore Elementary School held auditions for the Spelling Bee that’s coming up on Friday the 13th.
This year, the Spelling Bee Committee allowed the students to use spell checkers. This is the same
thinking that allowed the use of calculators in math tests and Google search engines on history tests.
The auditions took a while to winnow down to the ten finalists. The school admitted that they shouldn’
t have gone on for three hours with long difficult words cause the spell checkers were all giving the correct
Finally, the principal suggested using small simple words and within 30 minutes, the auditions were
finished. The final contestant to spell-out of the competition was fifth grader, Bernadetta Hunsacker.
Principal Imogene Scoggins ordered Bernadetta, “Please spell the word ‘Hare,’ as in rabbit.”
She knew the spelling was H. A. R. E. but her spell-checker corrected it to the more commonly
used word, “Hair.”
Principal Scoggins said, “I‘m sorry Bernadetta, that is incorrect. You came so close. You only missed
it by a hare.”
Me and Punkin took in New Year’s Eve down at the courthouse. We watched the Mayor push the giant
pumpkin off the courthouse roof at midnight. Most of the townsfolk was gathered around celerbrating
and kissing each other full on the mouth when the super squash hit the parking lot. The only feller not
kissing everybody was Dr. Brace Gumm, the town dentist. He might know something that he
ain’t telling us.
It was somewhat puzzling to see the courthouse open for business at that time of night and citizens
coming out from time to time. Then, I seen Sheriff Combover herd a group of unhappy-looking townfolk
into the courthouse. Turns out, the Sheriff was using the Pumpkin Drop celebration as a sting operation
for unpaid parking tickets.
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