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Scrabble Acknowledges the Importance of Vaping: Links You Need to See

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The unbelievable things that can happen in a day! First, the Boy Scouts of America have finally admitted that their longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and their national president called for change…mic drop. No, wait. Pick that mic back up — that’s not all. Second, the story of how Kimye got together is different than you think: Kim pursued Kanye. And third, that stickler for proper words, that jerk who never, ever gave you pointz for creative spelling—Scrabble—just added thousands of new words that include slang like “obvs,” “sexting,” “vape” (about which Flavorwire’s Jonathon Sturgeon wrote extensively) and “cazh” (as in “casual”). Now that mic can be dropped.
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Triple Word Win: Gifts for Scrabble Lovers

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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!
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Photorealist Paintings of Scrabble, Seltzer Bottles, and Other Curiosities

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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.
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Wanted: Scrabble for Typography Geeks

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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.
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