Kicker – Spelling backwards


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: A Minnesota woman is now a Guinness World Record holder for her ability to spell very, very quickly.

Pal Onnen said she wanted to put her town of Hastings on the map with her world record attempt. And she succeeded—spelling 56 words aloud in 1 minute. 

Now, that’s pretty fast, but that’s not the half of it. Onnen spelled all 56 words backwards.

All of the words were randomized so she couldn’t simply memorize a specific list. 

The video you just heard showing off her world record feat revealed another talent. 

Or maybe I should say tnelat.

BASHAM: What?

BROWN: That’s talent backwards. Onnen is also quite adept at pronouncing words in reverse!

BASHAM: Quite the linguistically talented lady!

BROWN: Yes, she is! It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/Guinness World Record, Pal Onnen)

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