Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

10 Things We’re Loving Online | May

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Did you know nostalgia strengthens a sense of meaning in life? In fact, nostalgia provides all kinds of positive benefits you may not know about.  Our goal here at The Nostalgia Diaries is to help you live a more simple, positive, and happier life by celebrating the past to create better days today. 

One of the ways we do that is by sharing cool, interesting, remarkable, fun, helpful, positive, motivating content (mostly centered around nostalgia) that we find around the interwebs. We do that here on the blog with our Music on Mondays, our Throwbacks on Thursdays, our #RememberReminders on Friday, and our Everyday Nostalgia on Sundays.  We do it every day on Facebook.  And while we don’t generally share other people’s stuff on The Nostalgia Diaries’ Instagram feed, we see some great content posted daily by our followers and those we follow. Like these shoes that Christina Campbell at _christina.pearl_  recently posted: Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Online | May”

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Wonder Woman: A Nostalgic Hero Returns to the Big Screen

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In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.*

Today we have a wonder-filled Throwback Thursday for you. Next month, nostalgic audiences will welcome the return of Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman.

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (2017)

First appearing in the 1941 comic, All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has since seen plenty of action through the decades, fighting an assortment of bad guys from Nazis to supervillans. She always prevailed, not only because of her exceptional fighting ability, but also because she had some handy super hero hardware to go along with her super hero patriotic tights (her sexy — or as some would say, sexist — version of the typical super suit worn by male super heroes). Bulletproof bracelets and shield, a telepathic tiara, and the Lasso of Truth have been mainstays to her crime-fighting arsenal.  Add to that her invisible plane, and you have a super hero that has instilled wonder, in every sense of the word, in generations of DC Comics fans and critics alike. (She has sparked continuing debate in some interesting articles such as this one and this one and this one). Continue reading “Wonder Woman: A Nostalgic Hero Returns to the Big Screen”

Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

10 Things We’re Loving Right Now | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

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For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking all the way back to the month of April 2017.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… we know what you’re thinking: “Um, hey guys, in case you haven’t noticed, April 2017 is this month. That’s not that long ago!”

And if you’re thinking that, you’re right. But hey, whoever said ‘throwback’ meant a long time ago? Even Merriam and Webster confirmed for us that throwback means just an earlier time. Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Right Now | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog”

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National Scrabble Day 2017: Oh, My Word!

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We’ve been feeling pretty lucky lately over here on the The Nostalgia Diaries. For the past few weeks, some fun, nostalgia-inducing holidays have been falling on Thursdays, which means they were just begging for us to highlight them on #throwbackthursday. Two weeks ago, we had a colorful #tbt with National Crayon Day, and last week we had the pretty sweet opportunity to enjoy National Twinkie Day.

And then we couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered that today was National Scrabble Day—it’s like we hit a trifecta of Throwback Thursday goodness!

Trifecta, in case you were wondering, is the highest scoring word you can create if you have the letters F,R,C,T,E,I,T, and A on your Scrabble rack. It comes in at 13 points, whereas the other words you can create with those seven letters—ATTRETIC, CATTIER, CITRATE, and FATTIER—will get you at most 10 points. So plop those letters down on the board, make sure one of them falls on a triple word score, and you’ll have a true trifecta of goodness and a total of 36 points (even more if you play off another word or create a new one in the process!).

But we digress…

Scrabble—a game where “Every Word Counts”—has been winning over hearts and twisting words since American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created it back in the 1930’s. And, considering the board game is popular in over 120 countries and is found in one-third of all American houses, we’re betting that we’re not the only ones nostalgic for this famous, family-friendly pastime.

Heck, people love Scrabble so much that they’ve even come up with other ways to use those perfect little wooden letter blocks instead of just building words. You can find them (or some version of them) in jewelry, home decor, and artwork (Corey even has some hanging around her place). The massive success of the Scrabble app and other word game apps such as Words With Friends also prove the popularity—and staying power—of this simple, classic game.

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So in honor of this locution-filled holiday, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite Scrabble fun facts:

  1. What’s in a Name? Mr. Butts created the game as a variation on an earlier word game he invented called Lexiko. It was then referred to as Criss-Cross Words during the 30’s and 40’s and wasn’t trademarked as Scrabble until 1948.
  2. Hey! No Cheating! Feeling the surface of a tile when your hand is in the bag— otherwise known as “brailing”—is forbidden in Scrabble play.
  3. How Many? There are 187,632 words on the official Scrabble tournament and club word list.
  4. It’s Official! In 2014, 5,000 new words were added to the official Merriam-Webster Scrabble Players Dictionary. Some of the new words included pop-culture mainstays such as selfie, hashtag, mixtape, frenemy, and chillax.
  5. Bingo! When a player uses all seven of their Scrabble tiles to make a word, it’s called a bingo. Yell it out and your opponents might get confused as to what game they’re actually playing.
  6. 1782 Wasn’t Just a Year! It’s also how many points competitive Scrabble player Benjamin Woo won with just ONE word. The word was OXYPHENBUTAZONE, and he played it across the top of the board, hitting three Triple Word Score squares while making seven crosswords downward. Talk about an over-achiever…
  7. Nostalgia for the Win (Maybe…)! Playing NOSTALGIA on the board will score you only 10 points, so try to find a bonus spot to up your total.

So go on . . . get playing, and good luck!

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Tell us: Are you a Scrabble fan? What other classic “board games” do you remember playing? Monopoly? Life? Risk? Sorry? Clue? Yahtzee? What was your favorite? Do you still play board games?

P.S. We also think this might be the coolest Scrabble board ever…

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

We’d love for you to join us in this journey.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow our colorful, creative spaces on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. We’re fun and happy and whimsical and nostalgic over there, too. Pinky swear.

 

 

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National Twinkie Day 2017

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The world breathed a collective sigh of relief in 2013 after the makers of Twinkies started making that spongy yellow log of goodness again following a 10-month hiatus.  It had been a tense time for confectionery consumers; Hostess was in the throes of bankruptcy and a bakers’ strike and the possibility that we would never see a cellophane-wrapped package of Hostess Twinkies again threatened to rip a hole in the space-time continuum.

Okay, well, maybe it wasn’t THAT big of a deal, but for people who grew up with Twinkies as the go-to lunch box dessert, the threatened extinction of Twinkies no doubt sparked up all kinds of nostalgic memories of grade school days gone by.
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