Jigsaw Puzzle Used To Test Ellis Island Immigrants’ Intelligence

Found some really interesting news out of The Smithsonian this week.

Most of us use jigsaw puzzles as a stimulating or relaxing activity, but back in the early 1900s they also provided a much more unjust use.

Ellis Island immigrants were presented this simple wooden puzzle as part of a test to gain admittance to the country. Apparently, the people who failed to assemble the puzzle correctly could be deemed “feeble minded” and risk being sent back home.


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The puzzle, when correctly assembled (above), represents the profile of a man.

They called it the “Feature Profile Test” and according to the puzzle’s designer Howard Knox, it served the purpose of measuring those who might serve as a burden to the state due to their insufficient mental makeup. Yikes. Doesn’t seem like open-mindedness with respect to immigrants has changed too much!

But as for the use of jigsaw puzzles, I think we’ve found plenty of productive ways šŸ™‚

Celebrate Earth Day With These Earthy Puzzles!


Earth Day is coming up soon, and Lord knows our Earth could use some appreciating these days.

Here’s a little collection of jigsaw puzzles to help you celebrate this planet we all live on!

3D Globe Puzzle

540 curved pieces make up this globe of a puzzle.
99 Beautiful Places On Earth
From ‘Old Faithful’ to The Great Wall Of China, thisĀ 27″ x 20″ covers some our planets gems.
Smithsonian Earth PuzzleHere’s a beautiful 1000-piece puzzle brought to you by our friends at The Smithsonian. National Geographic Collection
This collection from National Geographic includes 10 gorgeous jigsaw puzzles.
‘Planet Earth’ Everest Puzzle
500 pieces of beauty brought to you by BBC.
Northern Lights Puzzle
One of the world’s most amazing natural wonders in 1,000 pieces!
Grand Canyon Puzzle

This panoramic 1,000 piecer measures 13″ x 39″.

Earth Facts Puzzle

This fact-filled earth puzzle rewards the assembler with some earthly knowledge. 1000 pieces.

To be quite honest, narrowing this list down was a challenge. There are a ton of beautiful nature puzzles out there! If you have any favorite earth or nature-themed jigsaw puzzles, feel free to share them in the comments below.

And while you’re at it, give a big ol’ thank you to the third rock from the sun!

Toronto Silent Film Festival Puzzle Contest

I found a fun challenge for fellow puzzlers and film enthusiasts!

TheĀ Toronto Silent Film Festival, which runs April 6-11, has a fun puzzle contest on Instagram.

21 pieces represent 7 silent films and if you canĀ assemble them correctly you can DM the solution for a chance to win a prize! In order to assemble the puzzle, Instagram users will have to search for and save the images in the proper order.

Good luck and enjoy!

The Best Puzzles For Art Lovers

Famous art replicas are much less expensive when you have to reassemble them yourself. I assembled a collection of some of my personal favorite works of art in puzzle form!

Interestingly enough, they’re all 1,000 pieces. I suppose that’s the standard for art-based puzzles these days.

Sistine Chapel Ceiling

You’re not allowed to take pictures of the real thing, so recreate it in your living room! 1000 pieces.
Hokusai’s Wave
Based on the famous wooden print, this 1000 piece puzzle measures 26.5″ x 17.4″.
Van Gogh CollectionThis puzzle features 24 of Van Gogh’s most famous works. Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus
The completed 1000 piece puzzle measuresĀ 19.25″ x 26.5″.
Girl With A Pearl Earring Puzzle
Vermeer’s classic measuresĀ 19.25″ x 26.5″.
The Scream
It’s 1,000 pieces of Edward Munch’s famous Scream!
Kandinsky’s Yellow Red Blue

Still 1000 pieces but tougher to assemble with no recognizable objects!

Monet’s Water Lillies

Impressionist art meets solid wood carved texture in this 1000 piece puzzle.

As always, I would love to hear from fellow art-lovers about your favorite jigsaw versions of paintings!


A 23-Foot-Long Disney Puzzle

Look at this puzzle, isn’t it neat?! (See what I did there?)

Ravensburger is responsible for this beauty.

At 22.25 ft x 6.25′ feet, this Disney fan’s delight contains 10 hand-drawn scenes from your favorite Disney films: Snow White, Dumbo, Fantasia, The Lion King, and more! This beast contains over 40,000 pieces. It’s Guinness Book Of World Records certified: the largest commercial jigsaw puzzle!

Memorable Disney Moments Disney Jigsaw Puzzle

Of course at this length and quality it’s no cheap buy at $399.99.

As an added bonus (for the TRUE Disney fans) each scene contains a Hidden Mickey. Due to its size and difficulty, this one is recommended for puzzlers aged 14 and up.

Infuriating Single-Color Puzzles


Looking for even more ways to up your puzzle game? Your usual color-based puzzle tips and tricks won’t work on these difficult monochromatic puzzles! Sure to give you hours of work and [hopefully] fun.

All White Puzzle
38 x 26cm, 1,000 pieces.
All Black Puzzle
Pretty much the same deal as the white puzzle, but black!
Blue Spiral PuzzleThisĀ is a 654 piece Ravensburger.Ā 38.75″ x 15″. All Red Micro Puzzle
This one has less pieces for the easily frustrated. 108 pieces!

If you have any single-color puzzles you love, feel free to share them in the comments!

Enjoy šŸ™‚

Get Your Sweetheart A Personalized Photo Puzzle

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner fortunately/unfortunately depending on your relationship status. Odds are prettyĀ high that you haven’t gotten anything for your special someone yet, so here’s a fun idea for that lovable puzzler!

Make them a personalized photo jigsaw puzzle!

You can have a jigsaw puzzle made out of any JPEG image, horizontal or vertical. Choose a nice photo of the two of you, an inside joke, the world is your oyster! The photo enlargement quality is similar to something you’d order from a run-of-the-mill photo lab.

Puzzles are 1,000 pieces, with each piece around 0.8 inches. The puzzle also arrives in a box featuring your photo on the outside (which will look great on display)!

Happy Valentine’s you puzzling love birds!


An Incredibly Challenging ALL COLORS Puzzle

If you’ve been looking for a real challenge, I’ve got a doozy for ya.

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This beautiful 5,000 piece puzzle contains every color in the CYMK spectrum.Ā Each tile is an individual color, and the task is to place each color exactly in relation to every other colour. And let me just say, that’s no easy task.

Apparently the makers originally made a 1,000 piece puzzle that just wasn’t enough of a challenge for eager puzzlers, and the result was the creation of this LENGTH. They also make a 100-piece color spectrum puzzle for younger or less experienced puzzlers.

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You can order theĀ 5,000 piece puzzle forĀ $150Ā or the 1,000 forĀ $40.

At the very least its assembly makes for a rivetingĀ time lapse.