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  1. When Ringo Starr temporarily left the Beatles in 1968 because he felt side-lined, his fellow Beatles sent him a telegram telling him that he was the best drummer in the world and that they loved him. He returned, and found his drumkit covered in flowers, spelling out "Welcome Back, Ringo.".

  2. Pointing became considered rude because originally it was thought that you were casting a spell on the other person.

  3. In 2016 a group of hackers almost stole $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve, but were discovered when they spelled “foundation” as “fandation” in money request transcripts. They still managed to get away with $81 million.

  4. About Horace De Vere Cole, an eccentric prankster who once gave out tickets to a theatrical performance to bald people so that when the light shone on their heads it would spell out "bollocks"

  5. Many non-english languages have no concept of a spelling bee because the spelling rules in those languages are too regular for good spelling to be impressive

  6. Tolkien didn't mean to change the spelling of "Dwarfs" to "Dwarves". He said it was a mistake that neither him nor his editors spotted.

  7. The the chemical formula of the salt that makes solid cheese smooth and creamy spells out NaCHO.

  8. There are 820 readable pieces of literature in Skyrim, including letters, journals, spell tomes, books that offer skill points, 5 books that add quests, and 307 books that serve no other purpose than lore.

  9. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was initially called "Operation Iraqi Liberation", but was quickly changed to "Operation Iraqi Freedom" due to the acronym spelling out "OIL".

  10. In languages where spelling is highly phonetic (e.g. Italian) often lack an equivalent verb for "to spell". To clarify, one will often ask "how is it written?" and the response will be a careful pronunciation of the word, since this is sufficient to spell it.

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How 52 ninth-graders spell 'camouflage', Sankey diagram

spelling fact data chart about D&D 5e number of spells by class - all advice welcome
D&D 5e number of spells by class - all advice welcome

Funny spelling details

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Yale's Stadium Prank in which Yale students disguised themselves as a Harvard pep-squad and tricked Harvard fans into holding up placards spelling 'WE SUCK' at their own football game.

American English spellings like "color" and "center" were first published by Noah Webster as an effort to simplify what he thought were unnecessarily complex spelling rules.

There's a poem called "The Chaos" by Gerard Nolst Trenité which was written to show differences in pronunciation of English words spelled similarly and only rhymes if you know how to pronounce them correctly.

Elon Musk wanted Tesla's Model lineup to spell SEX: Model S, Model E, Model X. However, Ford owns the term Model E, so Tesla opted for Model 3 to spell S3X

James Cameron pitched the sequel to Alien by writing the title on a chalkboard, adding an "s", then turning it into a dollar sign spelling "Alien$". The project was greenlit that day for $18 million.

US POW, Jeremiah Denton, blinked a message in morse code whilst on Vietnamese television, spelling the word "torture." This informed the CIA of conditions in Vietnamese captivity.

For 10 years, Emerich Juettner printed poorly made counterfeit $1 bills (Washington was spelled Wasihgton). He never used more than $1 at a time and never in the same place twice. He was caught only after a fire at his apartment. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and a $1 fine.

There was a famous 18th century racehorse named Potoooooooo. His original name was Potatoes. Potatoes acquired the strange spelling of his nickname, Pot-8-Os, when a stable lad was asked to write it on a feed bin. The lad's version, Potoooooooo, was said to amuse his lordship so he kept it.

The beat of the "Mission: Impossible" theme spells out the letters "MI" in Morse code (--..)

Jeremiah Denton, an American POW in North Vietnam, during a televised press conference in which he was forced to participate, repeatedly blinked his eyes in Morse code spelling out "T-O-R-T-U-R-E"

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee is spelled that way so that Americans could correctly pronounce "Boiardi."

The "L" in "could" was added intentionally in the 15th or 16th century solely to match the spellings of "would" and "should."

A German woman named Thea Alba became famous in the 1920s because she's could write 10 different things with all 10 fingers at the same time. She could also write using both hands, both feet, and her mouth simultaneously spelling in different languages.

Kevin Plank, the founder of the American company Under Armour, opted to use the British spelling "armour" in the company name because the URL was still available for that version.

If you take all the letters from the word "wizard" and swap them with opposite letters (a->z, b->y), it spells wizard backwards.

Before his execution, the Marquis de Favras, upon reading his death warrant stated, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes"

Tatooine from Star Wars is a real town in Tunisia spelled Tataouine and famous for its cave dwellings

Sign language includes very few words about astronomy, making it hard for those who are deaf to talk about space. The International Astronomical Union just created about 50 signs to replace words like "constellation" that previously had to be spelled out letter by letter.

The last name of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" author Dale Carnegie was not originally named Carnegie - in an example of how to influence people, he changed the spelling from Carnegey to resemble the name of the more influential Andrew Carnegie

Elon Musk wanted the first three Tesla models to spell S-E-X but settled with "S3X" since Ford owns the trademark to "Model E". After the Model Y is released, the four models will spell "S3XY".

Some Koreans are trying to rename their country back to "Corea". They believe that Japan changed the spelling to "Korea" so Japanese athletes would march first at the 1908 Olympics.

The Marquis de Favras, who, on reading his death warrant, said “I see that you have made three spelling mistakes”

Chris Pratt is that guy in 'Wanted' who gets hit by a keyboard and the flying keys/tooth spell "Fuck you"

A heteronym is the opposite of a homonym: two words that are spelled the same way (bass, entrance, dove) but different pronunciations have different meanings

The beat of the Mission: Impossible theme song spells the letters M.I. in Morse Code: dash dash-dot dot)

Spelling infographics

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Probability of Selecting Random Scrabble Tiles and Having them Spell an English Word in the Order that You Chose Them (Including Blanks)

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20,000 attempts at spelling Zach Galifianakis, sorted by levenshtein distance