When was the last time you played the board game monopoly?
This 83 year old board game is highly popular around the world and is probably responsible for more broken hearts and broken friendships than the FIFA World Cup and Game of Thrones put together.
Despite its reputation as the surest way of bringing out the evil and competitive side of us all, there’s a lot that the average person doesn’t know about it.
For instance, did you know that…
1. The game is based on Atlantic City, New Jersey
The creator of the game, Charles Darrow, was a resident of Philadelphia but did not make the game based on locations found within Atlantic City.
It was reworked in Indianapolis by someone named Ruth Hoskins. This version was passed on to Darrow eventually and he did the business tycoon thing of stealing the idea and claiming that he invented it. Classic monopoly move.
In any case, Atlantic City is a resort city in the state of New Jersey, known for its casinos, boardwalk, and beaches.
2. The longest game lasted 54 hours
The longest game of monopoly ever played lasted a full 54 hours and was played by David Monteith, Lazslo Farkas, Mike Dux, and Al Henderson. The game was played from the 13th to 15th of March, 1975, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
They added an additional rule to allow for unlimited borrowing from the bank to make sure no one went bankrupt.
We don’t know what state their friendship was in after the end but considering how much we hate our friends after games much shorter than that, it doesn’t bode well.
3. Monopoly was once used to help Prisoners of War (POWs) escape
Back in the days of World War II, some Allied soldiers were captured by the Germans and kept in POW camps. These POWs were allowed a few items from home such as books, games, and such.
So the Allies came up with the idea of sending them a monopoly set. This set had maps, compasses, tools, and real money hidden in the game!
Using these tools, the POWs were able to stage a daring escape, making this one of the coolest monopoly trivia facts ever.
They should make this into a movie.
4. There was once a monopoly set made of chocolate
In a world of Star Trek monopoly, Pokémon Monopoly, and Game of Thrones monopoly, this one set stands out for sheer deliciousness. It was made in 1978 by a true genius from a company called Neiman Marcus and was included in their christmas catalogue.
It was priced at $600, which is just… wow. The price aside, the entire thing could be eaten and it’s honestly the best worst idea we’ve ever heard.
5. The Monopoly World Championships exist
Yes, that’s right. This is a real thing that actually exists. Starting from 1973, the championships have been held around 14 times to date, with the last one being held in Macau. They use the classic ruleset and offer cash prizes upto $1500, which is amazing.
We hope you enjoyed learning those fun trivia facts! Feel free to use them to impress your friends at parties. Just let them know where you got them *ahem*
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