April 13th Scrabble Day

Whether you can spell or not, Scrabble is a game nearly everyone can enjoy. Naturally if you want to win, spelling helps. The game was created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938 and today is his birthday. It is distributed by Hasbro and is one of the best selling games since it first came out. It’s like an ever changing crossword puzzle. You might be surprised by some of the words you know (Even if you didn’t know them before playing the game.) It can last for hours, or you can shorten it by removing tiles. Actually you can invent a new version of the game nearly every time you play.

How to celebrate – Buy a Scrabble game. Make up your own rules, make sure to tell other players what they are. Create a Scrabble tournament.

November 19th National Play Monopoly Day

Today is the day to enjoy one of the best loved, and most hated, games ever created, Monopoly. Designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902 and promoted by Parker Brothers, it is estimated that over 5 million people have played the game since 1935.

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Of course something considered a monopoly has been outlawed in America so the game is the only place in the States that you can form a monopoly in business, destroying your friends and family on your way to the top (hopefully they will still be friends and family after the game is over. After-all it is just a game).

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Parker Brothers knew what they were doing. Since 1883 they help create and promote over 1,800 games. It use to be a great American pastime for the family, and friend, to gather around a table and play games, talk and enjoy each other’s company. Today most people play games on their computers either alone or with people halfway around the world. It is just not the same.

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Of course, neither are the Parker Brothers since they have been taken over by Hasbro. Still, when people do gather together and play a game, monopoly is still one of the most popular pulled out of the closet. Hasbro has kept up with the times as well changing the pieces, and squares after popular movies, interests and television shows.

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After all, who wouldn’t want to become the next King of Thrones, Wizard of Oz or the top Cat in Cat-o-poly. So today is your day, although it might not end until tomorrow, or the next day… or the next day… oer the next day…

How to celebrate – Play Monopoly tonight! Try and invent your own new version of Monopoly and submit it to Hasbro. Make it interesting, whoever wins gets to make all the family decisions for a week!