photo by Dave Kapell
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.
“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.