Fact Friday – Monopoly

I’ll always be the first to admit that Monopoly really isn’t my favorite game, man it’s so damn boring. I really like the Mzanzi one for a while cause I got to own Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch but that was until I remembered just how freaking long the game can carry on for and it turns out Fysh is one of those that won’t give up half-way through a game… meh

But for xmas he got the new Monopoly Gamer, cause I’m a sucker for punishment right? Well, as it turns out this is actually a Monopoly I can play because it doesn’t last forever! You can finish a game in 2/3 hours boojah! No more days and days and days. Also, it’s played rather differently as well. There’s the basic around the board, collect money at the start, own properties and go to jail but they have coins instead of notes, no hotels and houses and fun power ups that are different for each character that make it rather hilarious and kinda “urgh, not again!” when Yoshi is allowed to collect all the coins on the board. You drop coins, move a hole bunch of spaces with these pipe things and battle big bosses.

Despite not really knowing Mario at all (we were kinda too broke to own things like gaming consoles so I was more the match boxes in mud villages kinda kid – not that it did me any harm, probably why I have such a vivid imagination) it’s still fun. I’m always Donkey Kong for some reason, obviously Fysh is Yoshi and when my brother plays he’s Mario. Poor Princess Peach hasn’t had a go on the board yet.




Five Fabulous Facts

  • The first version of Monopoly was invented by a woman. – In a story for Smithsonian Magazine, Mary Pilon, author of a book on the history of Monopoly, says that in 1904 a woman named Lizzie Magie received a patent for a Monopoly-like game she had invented. Her Landlord’s Game consisted of a “square board with nine rectangular spaces on each side,” according to Pilon’s story. The players had to circle around the board, buying properties and railroads and paying rent. There were even two corners with instructions to “Go to Jail” or go to the “Public Park.” Magie intended Landlord’s Game to teach people about “the evils of accruing vast sums of wealth at the expense of others,” writes Pilon. Though Magie’s game was distributed officially for a while, homemade versions eventually were passed around without lending any credit to her. Darrow presented one of these unofficial versions to the Parker Brothers and, according to Pilon, lied about inventing it.
  • The Monopoly Man may have been modeled after J.P. Morgan. – The image of the Monopoly Man, also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags, is rumored to have been drawn to resemble the famous businessman J.P. Morgan. In the decades before the game’s wide distribution, Morgan had been one of the most influential men in the country. Among his many exploits, he helped found the massive United States Steel Corporation, which many considered a monopoly.
  • The highest-rent property is different in each international version of the game.
  • During World War II, British secret service officials used Monopoly boxes to smuggle escape maps to prisoners of war in Germany. – The story of how this happened is partly due to coincidence. According to ABC, the British secret service wanted to find a way to smuggle maps to British POWS in German camps but didn’t want to use paper maps, which made too much noise when handled and could be damaged by rainwater. In 1941 the British enlisted silk manufacturing company John Waddington Ltd. to print maps that would be sturdier and easier to hide than paper ones. As it turned out, that company was also responsible for licensing Monopoly games outside the U.S. Because the Nazis were having trouble getting supplies and goods to their own soldiers, they would often accept humanitarian aid packages for prisoners. The secret service took advantage of this opening and slipped special versions of Monopoly into POW camps. These Monopoly boxes contained regular games pieces and a number of escape supplies, including a metal file, compass, silk escape map and even some real money mixed in with the play money.
  • If you absolutely cannot get enough of the game, you can enter a Monopoly tournament for a chance to win $20,580. – Every four to five years, Hasbro hosts a U.S. Championship and a World Championship for Monopoly. Winners can earn up to $20,580, equal to the total amount of play money that comes in each version of the game.


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