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National Scrabble Day

April 13 is National Scrabble Day!

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by a man named Alfred Mosher Butts.  Butts was born on April 13, 1899 and when he lost his job at an architecture firm, he set out on creating a new board game. Scrabble, originally called Lexico, was based on his beloved crossword puzzles. Celebrate today by playing a game of Scrabble with your family and friends!

Some interesting Scrabble facts:

  • Over 150 million games have been sold in 121 countries around the world.
  • Scrabble is currently produced in 29 different languages. The latest is the Welsh language Scrabble introduced in 2006.
  • The original game did not have a board but was played with tiles only.
  • It’s not possible to play Scrabble in Japanese or Chinese, but they play in English with a rule book in their own language.
  • There is a town called Scrabble in Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA. They don’t have a Scrabble club.
  • The longest word playable with only vowels is ‘euouae’ (a Gregorian cadence) and the longest word with only consonants is crwth(s) (an old Welsh stringed instrument).

Check out some of our awesome Scrabble games and calendars!

Sources: Yahoo, Telegraph

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International Tongue Twister Day

November 7 is International Tongue Twister Day!

A tongue twister is a phrase containing a combination of alliteration and rhyme strategically designed to be stumbled over, producing humorous results when the words are mispronounced.

Celebrate International Tongue Twister Day by practicing a few tongue twisters and challenging your family and friends to a tongue twister duel!

Warm up by saying these short tongue twisters three or more times, as fast as you can:

Red leather, Yellow leather
Unique New York
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper
Irish Wristwatch

Then try something a bit more challenging:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.or
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