Scrabble Facts

Scrabble Facts
Scrabble is a word game that was created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, as a derivative of his earlier game Lexiko. He tried to sell the game himself by manufacturing sets under the name Criss-Crosswords. In 1948 James Brunot bought the rights to the game, with an agreement to pay a royalty to Alfred Mosher Butts, and changed the name to Scrabble. He began to manufacture it on a larger scale but lost money. In 1952 Jack Straus, Macy's president, played the game and placed an order. James Brunot couldn't keep up and sold the rights to Selchow and Righter and sold over four million copied in its second year.
Interesting Scrabble Facts:
Scrabble is a word game that uses letter tiles to create words in an attempt to reach the highest score.
The box rules of Scrabble have been changed four time, in 1953, 1976, 1989, and again in 1999.
There is also a Scrabble version produced in Braille for those unable to see.
There have been more than 150 Scrabble game units sold around the world to date.
Scrabble can be found in 31 different languages and in at least 121 countries around the world.
It is estimated that in each hour of the day there are at least 30,000 games of Scrabble started.
If someone were to take all of the Scrabble tiles that had ever been produced and lined them up they would reach over 50,000 miles.
There is one word that can result in 1782 points in Scrabble. The way to achieve this is by hitting all three triple word scores with the word oxyphenbutazone.
The highest score achievable on the first word is 128, with the word 'muzjiks'. It is a word that means Russian peasants.
There are 100 tiles in an English version Scrabble game. Italian and Portuguese Scrabble both contain 120 tiles, which is the highest number of tiles in any Scrabble set.
Being low on tiles is not terrible in the English version of Scrabble. There are 124 words in the English language that can be played with only two letters.
Some people play Scrabble by mail and by email.
In the United States version of Scrabble - the Scrabble dictionary does not allow any offensive words.
In the French version players all play each move with the same number of letters. They call it Duplicate Scrabble.
Scrabble is used in many places around the world to help teach English.
In 1998 the largest Scrabble game took place at Wembley Stadium. Each tile was 6 feet square.
In 1996 a woman in Haggerstown, U.S. hit her husband over the head with a Scrabble board. She was charged with assault.
Two men, Lt Cdr Waghorn, and Lance Corporal Gill, were stuck in a crevasse in Antarctica in 1985 and continually played Scrabble for five days.
A portrait of Prince Charles was created with Scrabble tiles in 2008 to honor his 60th birthday and the 60th anniversary of Scrabble.
Celebrities known to enjoy Scrabble include Keanu Reeves, Madonna, and Sharon Stone.

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