U.K. student crowned Excel world champion

We suspect the mental agility required to become Excel world champion would also equip you for world domination, or hacking computers using your mind.

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Rebecca Rickwood, a 15-year-old student from Cambridge, has been crowned the Microsoft Excel world champion, the BBC reports.

Spreadsheet whiz Rebecca beat 78 rival students in the final round in a competition that saw 228,000 hopefuls from 57 countries competing for the title using Excel 2007. For her troubles, she was awarded $5,000.

We didn't know competitive spreadsheet construction was a thing, but we were fools--the brain-melting challenge involves performing timed challenges, demonstrating that contestants possess the Excel skills to pay the bills, presumably without using Clippy.

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