Triple Word Win: Gifts for Scrabble Lovers

Browse your dictionaries and sharpen your pencils — tomorrow is National Scrabble Day! One out of three American families owns Hasbro’s popular word game, which is sold in nearly every country in the world. It’s hard to believe that tiny, wooden, innocuous letters can inspire such a fiercely competitive spirit in people — but the game is also popular with families and friends just looking to spend some quality time, who don’t mind using their brains in the process. So, before you busy yourself hosting a Scrabble game tomorrow, or wondering if the kids at the 2012 National School Scrabble Championships are way smarter than you (they probably are), head past the break to indulge your inner board game geek. We’re celebrating National Scrabble Day by sharing a few game-centric treats — ranging from food to fashion — that deserve your dollars and cents. Happy Scrabbling! … Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we chatted about the meaning of “pink slime” and other amusing vernacular. We found out which search engine’s users are the most racist. We reviewed this unabashedly honest Spring checklist. We wanted this sleek, limited edition Scrabble Typography set. We saw through the eyes of… Read More

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Photorealist Paintings of Scrabble, Seltzer Bottles, and Other Curiosities

There is something undeniably comforting about Steve Mills’ paintings. In a career that spans three decades, he has moved from expansive, seaside landscapes to photorealist depictions of everyday items — board games like Scrabble and Chinese checkers, old-fashioned seltzer bottles and Mason jars, newspapers, marbles sparkling in the light. Full of nostalgia and rustic charm, his work seems deeply influenced by his upbringing on Martha’s Vineyard (where he still spends summers). Click through to see a gallery of our favorite Mills paintings, and then visit his website to see a whole lot more. … Read More

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Wanted: Scrabble for Typography Geeks

If there’s one thing that could inspired to abandon our addiction to virtual Scrabble, then it’s Andrew Capener’s A-1 Scrabble designer edition, which he created as a student project. “The idea was to excite people about typography by giving them the ability to choose what font their Scrabble set would come in,” he explains. “The set would come in the font of your choice or with an assorted font pack.” The board itself and the interior box is made out of solid walnut, while the exterior box is made from birch. Click through to get a better look at the set. … Read More

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Should Proper Nouns Be Allowed in Scrabble?

The horror: In an effort to appeal to younger audiences and dumb people, Mattel, which owns the distribution rights to Scrabble, has announced that they are changing the game’s rules to allow for proper nouns. (Some background for non-players: Except for a few tricky exceptions, names and places have always been strictly forbidden… Read More

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Pepsi Hearts Obama, Animal Collective Hearts Hall & Oates and We Heart Scrabble Keyboards [Links]

Books: Is Neil Gaiman your cup of cup of novelty coffee?
A Star of the Early 18th Century Shines Anew as Works Are Revived
Design: Pepsi Meets Obama
Film: Film About a Rapper Captures Bed-Stuy as It Once Was
Music: Animal Collective:… Read More

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