culture · Nostalgia · Throwback Thursday

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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Nostalgia · Things / Products · Throwback Thursday

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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Nostalgia · Stories · Throwback Thursday

A Love Affair with Books

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Earlier this week, when I was back in Ohio visiting my parents, I was reminded of where my love of reading was born. No matter where you look in their house, you’re bound to see a book. They are in built-in bookcases and free-standing ones. They are sitting on top of desks and nestled in baskets and perched precariously in stacks on top of chairs. Downstairs are the novels my parents cherish and upstairs are the ones I adored from my childhood that my mom has so lovingly saved. I loved growing up in an environment like this, where a dazzling array of miniature worlds existed within the four walls of where I lived.

When I moved into my new place last year, one of the first things I purchased was a set of bookshelves for my living room, which now proudly display the books that I’ve collected over the years. I have a considerably smaller amount than my parents (they probably have upward of 1,000) but it’s a collection nonetheless. Although some find the purchase of books frivolous, being surrounded by them brings me an immense amount of joy—when I peruse a bookstore or walk around a library or run my hands across my own collection, I swear I get the same feelings I do when I am hugged by someone I loved. Continue reading “A Love Affair with Books”

Nostalgia · Quotes · Throwback Thursday

What’s Your Favorite Photograph?

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“One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” … Every picture is of you when you were younger.” – Mitch Hedberg

Take a moment today to be thankful for the photographs that have helped keep your memories close…

And although keeping your photos on your phone (or the cloud) may be a convenient way to keep them, consider printing them out and putting them in an album (old-school style) or get a photobook printed. There’s something so wonderfully nostalgic about flipping through pages of photos, laughing, sharing, and reminiscing.

There are so many awesome options out there, ranging from the basic Snapfish or Shutterfly or SnapBox ones, to the heirloom-quality ones printed by companies like Artifact Uprising and Picaboo. Keep them, or give them to family and friends as gifts.

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What’s your favorite photograph and why? Who took it? How does it make you feel?

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At 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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Nostalgia · Recipes · Throwback Thursday

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

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I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t nostalgic about one of the most common childhood snacks: pretzels.

I remember those crunchy, salty lunchbox snacks being the perfect accompaniment to the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And there were so many different kinds—twists and snaps and sticks and nuggets and rods, oh my!

And then, even better, was the soft version. You know, like the kind you’d get at the mall or amusement parks or sporting events or the school carnival? Or, if you just couldn’t wait, the frozen kind you could nuke in the microwave, like the famous SuperPretzel? Continue reading “Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels”