Scrabble street sign

Did you know that New York City is the birthplace of Scrabble?

Alfred Mosher Butts invented the game in 1938 at a church in Jackson Heights, and a Scrabble-themed street sign has been erected to commemorate this. The sign has history though – it was originally put up in 1995, and disappeared in 2008. Local residents missed the sign and appear happy that it is making a return in the fall.

“The city is a really seminal place in terms of Scrabble history,” National Scrabble Association president John D. Williams told us. “Us New Yorkers like to think of ourselves as the center of everything, and Scrabble is no exception.” Williams said he’s “extremely happy” to hear of the new sign, which will be designed by Massimo Vignelli—though he did have one suggestion: “I wouldn’t mind seeing it in tiles.” (Source: Gothamist)