Selchow and Righter/Hasbro has released another game in the Scrabble® series of word games: Super Scrabble. Unlike their previous efforts to 'gimmick' the brand, this game is actually a reasonable enhancement idea, preserving the simplicity of the original game while renewing it.

Super Scrabble's premise is simply: "Take Scrabble, and double it.". That is, there are approximately twice as many squares on the board (it's now 21x21), and there are twice as many tiles to play with (they've taken the distribution from the original set, and simply doubled the number of tiles of each letter (including blanks)). Obviously, the new, larger board means more premium squares, and they've extended out to Quad-letter and -word scores. Any ten-letter words with a Q and two Zs out there?

The BBC food meme is making the rounds again. I did it here. But here's the update...

Bold what you've eaten, italicize what you'd like to try, strike out what you intend to avoid...

The original list (from the BBC)

  1. Fresh fish
  2. Lobster
  3. Steak
  4. Thai food
  5. Chinese food
  6. Ice cream
  7. Pizza
  8. Crab
  9. Curry
  10. Prawns
  11. Moreton Bay Bugs
  12. Clam chowder
  13. Barbecues
  14. Pancakes
  15. Pasta
  16. Mussels
  17. Cheesecake
  18. Lamb
  19. Cream tea
  20. Alligator
  21. Oysters
  22. Kangaroo
  23. Chocolate
  24. Sandwiches
  25. Greek food
  26. Burgers
  27. Mexican food
  28. Squid
  29. American diner breakfast
  30. Salmon
  31. Venison
  32. Guinea pig
  33. Shark
  34. Sushi
  35. Paella
  36. Barramundi (?)
  37. Reindeer
  38. Kebab
  39. Scallops
  40. Australian meat pie
  41. Mango
  42. Durian fruit
  43. Octopus
  44. Ribs
  45. Roast beef
  46. Tapas
  47. Jerk chicken/pork
  48. Haggis
  49. Caviar
  50. Cornish pasty
And a few more that weren't on the previous list...
  1. Indian food (other than curry)
  2. Kiwi (the fruit, also called "Chinese Gooseberry")
  3. Rabbit
  4. Japanese food (other than sushi)
  5. Rijstafel
  6. Hot Dogs/Frankfurters
  7. Goat
  8. Mongolian "Barbeque"
  9. Viet-Namese food
  10. French food
  11. Jambalaya

And a few more, from [ profile] pauamma...

  1. Hare
  2. Horse
  3. Boa
  4. Beaver
  5. Squirrel
  6. Bee larvae
  7. Indonesian food (other than rijstafel)
  8. Korean food
  9. Flounder
  10. Eel

And more from [ profile] catwyche...

  1. Blood Pudding
  2. Gumbo
  3. Rattlesnake
  4. Squab
  5. Turducken
  6. Fleur de sel
  7. Swan
  8. Plantains
  9. Starfruit
  10. Cat

I originally got this from [personal profile] gridlore last November, but it had gone away by New Year's; now [profile] dewhitton has found it again, now at

The link at the bottom of it leads you to more info and a downloadable screensaver-for-Windows version at

For those who have an interest in optical illusions, Akiyoshi's Illusion Page has some, with an explanation of why they "work" (PDF).


Jan. 16th, 2005 12:30 pm
He denies it's filk, but it is. It's here. It's great. Go look. Thanks to [personal profile] gridlore for bringing it to my attention.


Dec. 20th, 2004 06:02 am
Snarfed from [ profile] catwyche, passed on to [ profile] pauamma, re-gakked by [ profile] catwyche, and resnarfed and edited by me...Yummitude follows... )


Nov. 27th, 2004 11:31 am
Ganked from [personal profile] gridlore:

Edited 1/1/05: Seems that Joe Public is no longer authorized to view this. Damn. It was niftycool!

Edited 3/18/05: it's been found again, by [profile] dewhitton at and more info and a downloadable screensaver-for-Windows version at



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