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By: Andrea Lahouze | Posted: 03/25/2014
You know it. You love it. It might even be gracing your fridge right now. Invented by Minneapolitan Dave Kapell more than a decade ago to cure a nasty bout of writer’s block, those little magnetic words, suffixes, and prefixes quickly made their way into mainstream culture as a teaching tool for kids—and as a highly entertaining pastime for anyone with functional literacy.
Kapell’s Minnesota roots have now inspired Magetic Poetry’s latest Cabin and Sasquatch editions—just in time for summer camp and cabin weekends.
“Cabin culture is part of the fabric of life in Minnesota and played a big part in the creation of our Cabin Kit,” Kapell says. “And I suppose Sasquatch is part and parcel of any travel to woodsy places."
He waxes on: “As the night deepens and the campfire quiets down to embers and the sounds of the forest get closer and clearer, there’s nothing like a Sasquatch story to raise the hackles on the back of the neck!”
Yup. Kapell is a word person.
JuiceBox’s own word-nerd hackles rise just looking at the new choices: “Bigfoot,” “pontoon,” “loon,” “mosquito,” “picnic,” and, of course, “evidence” all make appearances, along with our personal favorite, “musk.”
When it comes to the magic and mystery of summer nights up North, that just about sums it up.
Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. See bio.
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