Tuesday, April 13, 2010

death by scrabble

SCRABBLE,” a real word which means “to grope frantically.”

on april 13, 1899 alfred mosher butts was born. so you might be asking, just who is alfred mosher butts? mr. butts is none other than the inventor of scrabble, one of humankind's most popular and enduring modern word games -- to date more than one hundred fifty million scrabble sets have been sold world wide. for all the scrabble aficionados out there, you may be interested in these bits of scrabble history. if these links whet your appetite, check out the daily telegraph's 60 bits of trivia tribute to mark scrabble's 60th anniversary -- although there should be 70 bits since 2008 was the 70th anniversary of butts 1938 patent on 'criss-cross words' - and cris-cross words is, to all extents, the game we know as scrabble - but why be picky?

oh, for those curious about alfred - alfred lived a long life, playing scrabble to the very end of with family and friends. he passed away in april 1993, just days shy of his 94th birthday.

last week there was a story aired and shared that stated that beginning in july the rules of scrabble were going to change and that proper nouns were going to be allowed. relax scrabble lovers, this claim is utterly false! scrabble remains what it is; however, beginning this summer there will be new spin-off of scrabble available in the u.k. (and probably some other places) called scrabble trickster which will allow proper nouns; the rules to the scrabble that we know and love will remain the same - no proper nouns! whew!!

in looking for just the right vid to celebrate alfred's wonderful creation, I stumbled upon this delightfully dark, demented short, directed and animated by katie steed, based on a short story by charlie fish. sit back and enjoy!!




okay gotta end this I'm sure I have several fb scrabble words to play!

photo: scrabble game mouse vs. owl, played at rita and zed's house. december 2007

11 comments:

Megan said...

!!!

Love it!

Martin H. said...

Excellent! I enjoyed the dark video and the even darker ending.

Tom said...

ha..that's an icky film...
my wife refuses to play scrabble with me...guess i'll have to sign up on the fb.

tut-tut said...

What would I do w/out Scrabble! Kim, you are my mentor.

I'll be back to see this dark video . . .

Kate Hanley said...

That was great! I like scrabble myself but am now into bananagrams - have you played? It's quite fun.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

martin - that game did have deliciously dark end, didn't it!

tom - don't feel alone, my f doesn't play scrabble either; lucky for me i have plenty of scrabble buds - both in the flesh as it were and out there in cyberia (via fb)

tut - she says as she is currently kicking my ass right out of cyberspace!

kate - bananagrams is great fun - and i have a peel filled with letters! the other day i was at a store and see they now have apple and pair bags along side bananas filled with letter tiles...i guess for people who are adverse to bananas!

Dumdad said...

My word, that was good! Letters all thank you for the vid...

Poetikat said...

Dark, demented and delicious! Makes me want to play now.

Baino said...

Haha and that's why I don't play scrabble. Actually I do but only using rude words! Great little clip!

Meri said...

I've never gotten into Scrabble, which is weird considering how much I like words. Hmm. . .

willow said...

When he's in town, WT and I have a Scrabble tournament every weekend. We're addicts.