Sixty three years ago, a game was created by a man by the name of Alfred Mosher Butts. Growing up with a last name like Butts wasn’t easy, as he was often the subject of playground taunts and the butt end (see what we did there?) of mean-spirited jokes. Butts wished there was a way he could easily rearrange the letters of his last name to an entirely different, less misfortunate word. It was this wish that lead Butts to a brilliant idea that would later turn into the invention of one of the most popular board games of all time, Scrabble.
While very, very little of the above story is true (okay, almost none of it) it is true that today, April 13, is National Scrabble Day. National Scrabble Day is celebrated on the creator’s (Alfred Mosher Butts) birthday each year. It is said that this popular board game can be found in 1 of every 3 homes across America. If you’re part of the other two thirds who don’t already own this fun, word spelling game (or, if you’re just looking to switch up from the traditional version), we’ve got a few unique suggestions listed for you below.
Sale: $14.99 ($13.49 after 10% off coupon GET10PCT)
Suitable for children, this version has kids matching picture words with the letter tiles. The board also reverses to a more classic version so the older kids can enjoy this game, too.
Nightmare Before Christmas Scrabble Game
If you’re a fan of this Tim Burton movie, you’ll want to pre-order this version. It features a glow-in-the-dark board and tiles which adds a fun, spooky element to game playing.
Star Trek Scrabble
Sale: $23.04 & Free Super Saver Shipping
Get beamed up with this version of Scrabble, which comes with an exclusive Star Trek dictionary that will help even the playing field if you’re playing with a die-hard trekkie.
Major League Baseball Scrabble Board Game
Sale: $23.74 (discount will appear when you add it to your cart)
Score a homerun by spelling out big-point words using the baseball shaped tiles. The board is also shaped like a baseball field diamond. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks sold separately.
Scrabble Premier Wood Edition
($109.99 after $10 off coupon code KTOYS10)
The king of all Scrabble boards, this luxurious version is played on a rotating, wooden gameboard and features faux-ivory tiles that come tucked inside an embossed leather pouch. However, spelling a simple word like “hat” on this board will make you feel like you’re doing this version of the game a terrible injustice.
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