Man's Personal Ad from 1865 Goes Viral More Than 150 Years Later

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Dating and courtship rituals have changed over the centuries, but judging from the vintage personal ad below, a nice smile has always been a selling point for potential partners.

This newspaper listing from 1865 spotted by Elite Daily lists the qualities of a single, 18-year-old man from Maine, including "a good set of teeth." Oxford University researcher Max Roser rediscovered the plea for romance, and posted a Twitter image of the ad for our modern enjoyment.

Dating apps (or, for that matter, the internet) didn’t exist during the 19th century, so singles sometimes posted carefully worded newspaper bulletins to snag a spouse. In this particular case, the man chose to open the ad by highlighting his full-toothed grin—a desirable trait, considering the era’s questionable dental hygiene practices.

The Maine man goes on to describe his patriotism, his thriving career as a farmer, and his many pets: sheep, a 2-year-old bull, and two young female cows. And if toothy charm alone weren't enough to attract a partner, his desire for commitment and willingness to spoil her—combined with a hint of endearing vulnerability—hopefully would.

"I want to get married," the ad concludes. "I want to buy bread-and-butter, hoop skirts, and waterfalls for some person of the female persuasion during life. That’s what’s the matter with me. But I don’t know how to do it."

[h/t Elite Daily]

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New Harry Potter Scrabble Accepts Wizarding Words Like Hogwarts and Dobby

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Patronus, Hogwarts, and Dobby may not be words found in the official Scrabble dictionary, but they are very real to Harry Potter fans. Now there's finally a board game that lets players win points using the magical vocabulary made famous by the Harry Potter books and movies. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter from USAopoly is a new edition of Scrabble that recognizes characters, place names, spells, and potions from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

Like traditional Scrabble, players use the letter tiles they pick up to spell out words on the board, with different words earning different point values. Any word you can find in an up-to-date Merriam-Webster Dictionary is still fair game, but in this version, terms coined in Harry Potter qualify as well. First and last names, whether they belong to characters (Albus or Dumbledore, for example) or actors from the franchise (Emma or Watson), are playable. You can also spell magical place names (like Hogsmeade), spells (accio), and objects (snitch).

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
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Showing off the depth of your Harry Potter knowledge isn't the only reason to put wizarding words on the board. Magical words are worth bonus points, with players earning more points the longer the word is. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter also includes cards with special challenges for players—a feature that can't be found in any other version of the game.

This Harry Potter edition of Scrabble will be available for $30 at Barnes & Noble and other retailers this spring. Until then, there are plenty of Harry Potter-themed games, including wizarding chess, out there for you to play.

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
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