If you're going to protest against something as innocuous as a spelling bee, then it's probably wise to make it fun with bee fancy dress costumes. This is what demonstrators did in Washington DC this week after they decided that spelling is too hard and obstructs people who are trying to learn to read. Ignoring the fact that millions of people successfully master it every year, protestors including 81-year-old Roberta Mahoney from Virginia handed out leaflets outside the spelling bee encouraging the government to simplify the way words are spelt. Representing the American Literacy Council, they said 'fruit' should be changed to 'froot', 'slow' should turn into 'slo' and 'heifer' should be 'hefer'. Americans already spell words like 'labour' with the 'o' cut out, so short of reverting to text-speak, we're not sure how it could get much simpler! We'd love to have seen someone in a cow fancy dress costume turn up to protest against the potential loss of the word 'heifer' though.