Scrabble is one the biggest selling and most famous board games of all time. Scrabble sure is a heavy-hitter in the board game world. It is nearly 70 years old.
Here are some the interesting facts that you would like to know about Scrabble.
1. Back in 1931, the first name which was given to this board game was “Lexico”, then changing it to “Criss-Cross Words” and at the end “Scrabble”.
2. There is a special version of Scrabble made for blind people.
3. Scrabble was invented in 1931 by New York architect Alfred Mosher Butts at the age of 31. He invented this game in an effort to make a word game that combined anagrams and crosswords, which involved a great deal of luck, chance and skill. Butts died at the age of 93 in 1993.
4. Alfred Butts decided on the frequency and distribution of the letter tiles through analysing the front page of the New York Times.
5. This game can be found in nearly 121 countries and available in 31 different languages.
6. Over 150 million copies of Scrabble have been sold worldwide.
7. In 2004, Scrabble was finally put into the American National Toy Hall of Fame, joining other great toys and board games such as Monopoly, Etch A Sketch, Lego and The Game Boy.
8. There is a daily newspaper column in Thailand specially dedicated to Scrabble.
9. Scrabble became an American daytime game-show, hosted by Chuck Woolery on NBC, which ran from July 1984 to March 1990.
10. In Leicester, England, a five-year-old boy called the police to tell them that his sister was cheating at Scrabble.
11. 1993 Scrabble World Champion, Mark Nyman of the U.K., memorized 10k words from the American Dictionary in order to make preparation for the upcoming tournament.
12. A new person at an elderly people’s home got denied from the home on the grounds of being not compatible when she said that she didn’t play Scrabble.
13. Scrabble is given the status of second best board game in the history of U.S.A. First one is Monopoly.
14. In London, 1991, the first ever Scrabble World Championship came to a surprising stop before a single game was played. Because there were no Scrabble tiles present.
15. There are 19 A’s in the Malaysian version of Scrabble. That’s nearly a fifth of the total number of tiles in the game.
16. One variation of the Scrabble rules that people play is called “Clabbers”. This is an anagram of Scrabble, in which players play their words in any order they want to and play the letters in any order so long as the letters can make an anagram of a word.
17. In Great Britain, 53% of all homes own a copy of Scrabble, and in the United States, about 33% of all homes own a set.
18. There are five 10-point tiles n the French Scrabble, and those tiles are K, W, X, Y and Z.
19. In 1992, Franklin Mint commissioned and produced a version of Scrabble featuring 24k gold-plated tiles. Although it has long since sold out, copies of this golden-Scrabble can be found on eBay for roughly £350.
20. Lexico, the first version of Scrabble, did not have a board and was played with tiles only.
21. There are 124 playable two-letter words in the English language game, having every letter in the alphabet except for V.
22. Scrabble is used all over the world as a means of teaching English.
23. The name Scrabble comes from the words Scrabbling, Scrabbled and Scrabbles all of which means to claw or scrape at something frantically. These words all come from the Dutch word “Schrabbelan”, which most likely integrated into American diction from Dutch settlers to North America.
24. Each hour, at least 30k Scrabble games are started.
25. A lot of famous celebrities follow this game such as Sting, Keanu Reeves, Moby, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Joan Collins, Tom Cruise, Kate Hudson, Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth II.
26. If all the Scrabble tiles ever produced were combined together, they would stretch for more than 50k miles.
27. English Scrabble has 100 tiles. The most tiles are in Italian and Portuguese Scrabble which both have 120 tiles.
28. In 1985, Lieutenant Commander Waghorn and Lance Corporal Gill played Scrabble for five continuous days. Not by choice, mind, as they were both trapped in a crevasse in Antarctica.
29. It’s possible to score 1782 points on a single word. That word is Oxyphenbutazone.
30. In the world there are over a million missing Scrabble tiles.