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(The Week)   The Monopoly iron was a remnant of metal-working in Chicago. So there you go. A small, metallic bit of American history. Tossed out for a cat   (theweek.com) divider line 170
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2013-02-06 02:18:44 PM  

brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

I can remember when the cat became more popular as a household pet than the dog. It now rules the Innertubes thanks to Ape Lad. Recognition as a Monopoly game piece is long overdue.

It's natural that the cat would win in a fair fight against a flat iron. Steam irons, not so much. And vacuum cleaners beat cats every time.

Our dog used to hate the vacuum cleaner. Eventually, however, he went deaf. He would then let my Mother vacuum him. Our dog had to be put down at 15 after somebody hit him in a car or truck and broke his spine, leaving his back legs useless. Very sad.

My Father does the vacuuming now. I assume it is because he likes pushing things around.

I often choose the iron as my playing piece because it was stable. I did not like my piece to tip over. I'm not surprised that it was the piece to go, seeing as so few people really like ironing, and those who do may also like thimbles. Canadian Monopoly was more politically correct than American Monopoly. I don't recall seeing the big artillery piece. I think it was replaced with a cowboy on a rearing horse. Canada has two football teams named the Roughriders, so maybe it was Teddy Roosevelt.

I do think the old battleship was a cool design. I think the Titantic would be a good Monopoly piece, seeing as how many monopolists went down with it.




No it doesn't.
 
2013-02-06 02:20:11 PM  
If a dice hits a hairball does it count?
 
2013-02-06 02:20:36 PM  

BATMANATEE: brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

I can remember when the cat became more popular as a household pet than the dog. It now rules the Innertubes thanks to Ape Lad. Recognition as a Monopoly game piece is long overdue.

It's natural that the cat would win in a fair fight against a flat iron. Steam irons, not so much. And vacuum cleaners beat cats every time.

Our dog used to hate the vacuum cleaner. Eventually, however, he went deaf. He would then let my Mother vacuum him. Our dog had to be put down at 15 after somebody hit him in a car or truck and broke his spine, leaving his back legs useless. Very sad.

My Father does the vacuuming now. I assume it is because he likes pushing things around.

I often choose the iron as my playing piece because it was stable. I did not like my piece to tip over. I'm not surprised that it was the piece to go, seeing as so few people really like ironing, and those who do may also like thimbles. Canadian Monopoly was more politically correct than American Monopoly. I don't recall seeing the big artillery piece. I think it was replaced with a cowboy on a rearing horse. Canada has two football teams named the Roughriders, so maybe it was Teddy Roosevelt.

I do think the old battleship was a cool design. I think the Titantic would be a good Monopoly piece, seeing as how many monopolists went down with it.

No it doesn't.


Had. It should be "had".
 
2013-02-06 02:21:12 PM  

Truman Burbank: Game piece change? Meh. Been done before.

The travesty was when they changed Baltic and Mediterranean to be brown instead of purple.


You made me look, now I'm mad.
xroads.virginia.edu
 
2013-02-06 02:21:41 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
/hotlinked
 
2013-02-06 02:21:45 PM  
I just wish they'd replace the Seymour piece in my Futurama edition Monopoly game.

No one ever wants to play with that one.
 
2013-02-06 02:23:12 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
How do those Parker Brothers sleep at night?
 
2013-02-06 02:23:39 PM  
Americans are too stupid, fat and lazy to work in factories.

You have to go for at least minutes at a time without checking Facebook if you work in a manufacturing environment and it certainly helps if you weigh less than 300 pounds.
 
2013-02-06 02:23:45 PM  

uncleacid: If a dice hits a hairball does it count?


If it's 3 or less, no.  4 and up, yes.  But that's for me, its opposite when you roll it.
 
2013-02-06 02:24:14 PM  

miss diminutive: regindyn: miss diminutive: Playing the boot made me feel all bootstrappy. Turning down GO money and community chests on principle is how the game is really meant to be played.

If you're really bootstrappy you'd start the game with no money.

I start the game in jail.


That's not bootstrappy rules, that's minority rules.
 
2013-02-06 02:24:42 PM  

The Onion is prophetic: I just took the dog and put it on top of the iron.  Hoverboarding doggy.


Dang, why didn't I think of that, lol!

Oh well, I surrender to our feline overlords in the game of Monopoly :P
 
2013-02-06 02:24:55 PM  

Titanius Anglesmith: I just wish they'd replace the Seymour piece in my Futurama edition Monopoly game.

No one ever wants to play with that one.


I guess you could say that it just waits there for you?
 
2013-02-06 02:25:32 PM  
Cat tokin'?

3.bp.blogspot.com

/approves
 
2013-02-06 02:25:32 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Titanius Anglesmith: I just wish they'd replace the Seymour piece in my Futurama edition Monopoly game.

No one ever wants to play with that one.

I guess you could say that it just waits there for you?


Awww man. Now I'm sad.

/shakes fist
 
2013-02-06 02:27:38 PM  
Wow, the author sounds quite bitter.  I bet he just is not getting enough pussy.
 
2013-02-06 02:30:00 PM  
Playing with a little pussy has always been a dicey proposition.
 
2013-02-06 02:31:10 PM  

miss diminutive: Playing the boot made me feel all bootstrappy. Turning down GO money and community chests on principle is how the game is really meant to be played.


Not with my siblings. Extortion, blackmail, property leasing to make sets, finance deals, usury, fragile alliances and inevitable betrayals were pretty much par for the course in the struggle to crush the opposition. Sort of like EVE Online meets Hasbro.
 
2013-02-06 02:31:33 PM  

brantgoose: Teddy Roosevelt would be a really great ironic Monopoly piece, seeing as he was famous for busting monopolies. I had a game called Anti-Monopoly as a child. It was a politically-correct, free-market slash socialist alternative to Monopoly where the object was breaking up monopolies. Come to think of it, it was pretty much the same game, only with less trading and fighting. I never did get anybody to play it, though, so it wasn't as exciting to break up trusts as screwing people out of their money and property and laughing at their failure like J.D. Rockefeller.


Gosh! You had a game with a system of rules that appealed to all the right ideological positions, with the goal of deriving an ideal socialist endgame, but when you tried to put it into practice and get people to invest their time and effort into your scheme, nobody wanted to play along?

Do tell.
 
2013-02-06 02:35:02 PM  
No, the iron symbolized the oppression of women, so it is racist.

no wait... womens issues... ok, the iron symbolized rape.  Rape.

Everything is rape.

Or racism.
 
2013-02-06 02:39:06 PM  
Well, well, well...  It looks like my value of my miniature antique metallic laundry item collection is just about to skyrocket!  HA HA!  Who's laughing now, Jim Cramer??
 
2013-02-06 02:39:11 PM  

plausdeny: brantgoose: Teddy Roosevelt would be a really great ironic Monopoly piece, seeing as he was famous for busting monopolies. I had a game called Anti-Monopoly as a child. It was a politically-correct, free-market slash socialist alternative to Monopoly where the object was breaking up monopolies. Come to think of it, it was pretty much the same game, only with less trading and fighting. I never did get anybody to play it, though, so it wasn't as exciting to break up trusts as screwing people out of their money and property and laughing at their failure like J.D. Rockefeller.

Gosh! You had a game with a system of rules that appealed to all the right ideological positions, with the goal of deriving an ideal socialist endgame, but when you tried to put it into practice and get people to invest their time and effort into your scheme, nobody wanted to play along?

Do tell.


I recently a scored a copy of this at a garage sale for $5.  It's a pretty funny defense of corporation-hating socialism.
 
2013-02-06 02:39:11 PM  

Decillion: First Star Wars, then Transformers, then Indiana Jones! Plus Aliens, Terminator and Predator! Let's not forget Spider-man, Superman, and Batman. Add Pacman, Megaman, etc.

Operation is a shell of the former game!

And now Monopoly!

Stop ruining EVERYTHING! Ruiners!


I bought the new Operation game for my niece this Christmas and I was shocked to find that the game doesn't  buzz anymore when you touch the metal frame...  I guess it was too stressful for the new generation, I don't know...
 
2013-02-06 02:39:36 PM  
I already own too many different copies of Monopoly. Not a problem for me to never buy another one. Between various old versions I've found at yard sales/thrift stores, and the handful of theme-opolies I've picked up, yeah, I'm covered.
 
2013-02-06 02:40:12 PM  
Permanent Press did the iron in.
A generation before that it was the mangle
and before that the washboard
and even further back, a rock in the river.

Progress..
 
2013-02-06 02:41:22 PM  
The only Monopoly edition worth playing:

img42.imageshack.us
/and some brilliant typos on the Community Chest and Chance cards...
 
2013-02-06 02:41:23 PM  
Today dies the American working class.
 
2013-02-06 02:42:25 PM  

badLogic: So cat == the Internet?


i758.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-06 02:42:50 PM  

brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.


Some of us don't dress like crap, so yes. Non-iron shirts aren't really, but they do make ironing easier.
 
2013-02-06 02:44:22 PM  
img42.imageshack.us

You crazy kids and your newfangled Monopoly tokens. Back in my day they were little wooden pegs, and we liked it that way.
 
2013-02-06 02:45:00 PM  
Geesh! The author acts like he had 1000 dainty irons shoved up his ying-yang.
It's just a board bored game!
 
2013-02-06 02:45:03 PM  
I don't care, as long as they keep the thimble.  The thimble is one of the last symbolic vestiges of misogyny left in this country.  It is a symbol of the household drudgery expected of every adult woman in this country.  Without the thimble as a touchstone, a reminder, women would lose their place in society.  They would go to school, get jobs, become independent, start their own fem-centric businesses, and maybe even run for political office!  It would be utter chaos!!

So yes, the iron can go, that is all well and good.  But keep the thimble, or disaster will soon follow!

/satire
 
2013-02-06 02:45:03 PM  

cptjeff: brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

Some of us don't dress like crap, so yes. Non-iron shirts aren't really, but they do make ironing easier.


Perhaps he meant the type of iron from Monopoly.
binaryapi.ap.org
Ya know, the kind you have to put over a fire or heat source. Instead of one with a built in heat source.
 
2013-02-06 02:47:08 PM  
Actually now that I think about it I bet I could convince some idiot hipsters about the benefits of artisinal ironing with an old fashioned flat iron, and that for the low price of $20 per piece I will iron their clothing in the style of the old world.
 
2013-02-06 02:47:10 PM  

stonicus: We go right for the top shelf with our words now...


I like Louis C.K., but this rant and the "you're flying through the sky in a chair" rant just come off like a cold Andy Rooney and George Carlin sandwich without the spicy mustard that I ordered.
 
2013-02-06 02:51:11 PM  

Decillion: Operation is a shell of the former game!


I like how the original cover of Operation had the surgeon smoking a stemmed cigarette over the patient's body.

/google it if you don't believe me.
 
2013-02-06 02:51:34 PM  

stonicus: We go right for the top shelf with our words now.We go right for the top shelf with our words now. We don't think about how we talk.


Funny you should say that.
 
2013-02-06 02:51:47 PM  

MrEricSir: [img42.imageshack.us image 500x222]

You crazy kids and your newfangled Monopoly tokens. Back in my day they were little wooden pegs, and we liked it that way.


"Which piece do you want to be?"

"The green one."

"Which green one?"

"The one that looks like a , uh...the one that looks like an....ummmmm. On second thought, I'll be the black one."
 
2013-02-06 02:54:22 PM  
PedoBear doesn't even get an honorable mention?
 
2013-02-06 02:55:47 PM  
Does the cat have a pop-tart on its back?
 
2013-02-06 02:56:27 PM  
Ironic tag has a sad.
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-06 02:58:45 PM  
I had a carved wooden Dachshund that I bought at a farmer's market for a Monopoly piece. 'Twas a cute little thing, but it towered over the regular pieces. Sorta like a weinerzilla

/lucky for me
//intimidating for them
 
2013-02-06 03:00:44 PM  

Treygreen13: cptjeff: brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

Some of us don't dress like crap, so yes. Non-iron shirts aren't really, but they do make ironing easier.

Perhaps he meant the type of iron from Monopoly.
[binaryapi.ap.org image 460x309]
Ya know, the kind you have to put over a fire or heat source. Instead of one with a built in heat source.


"People still use irons?" sure sounds like he's talking about the entire category, not just one type. If he meant what you think he might have, it would have been, "People still use irons like that?", or something similar. So unless he utterly sucks at english, I'm just gonna assume that he's a dork who thinks the entire world wears tee shirts and cargo shorts 24/7 just because he does.

\Presuming it's a he.
 
2013-02-06 03:02:46 PM  
I still use my dot com version of Monopoly. Got it for something like $5 right after the big internet bust.

It's funny to see all the companies that no longer exist. It's so anachronistic now, it's like playing a version themed to disco.
 
2013-02-06 03:03:00 PM  

cptjeff: Treygreen13: cptjeff: brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

Some of us don't dress like crap, so yes. Non-iron shirts aren't really, but they do make ironing easier.

Perhaps he meant the type of iron from Monopoly.
[binaryapi.ap.org image 460x309]
Ya know, the kind you have to put over a fire or heat source. Instead of one with a built in heat source.

"People still use irons?" sure sounds like he's talking about the entire category, not just one type. If he meant what you think he might have, it would have been, "People still use irons like that?", or something similar. So unless he utterly sucks at english, I'm just gonna assume that he's a dork who thinks the entire world wears tee shirts and cargo shorts 24/7 just because he does.

\Presuming it's a he.


I dunno. I mean, "people still try to get wrinkles out of clothes?!" seems like a wholly unreasonable question. Even if he rarely chooses to personally iron his clothing, you'd think he (or she) would at least see people out and about without wrinkled clothes and assume somebody somewhere uses an electric iron.

Either that or everyone has their clothes pressed at the dry cleaner. Or maybe they steam their wrinkles out. I guess that's possible.

We'll have to ask him.
 
2013-02-06 03:08:18 PM  
Wall Street is raping the US economy like a Steubenville football player, the NRA is actively pandering to the gun industry, and the GOP is still the #1 whore of the 'job creators', and this is what these people are getting their outrage from!?.
 
2013-02-06 03:08:43 PM  
Ca$h Cat made it happen:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-06 03:12:39 PM  

MrEricSir: [img42.imageshack.us image 500x222]

You crazy kids and your newfangled Monopoly tokens. Back in my day they were little wooden pegs, and we liked it that way.


Came here to say this. I was always the tall orange piece.

/odds are pretty good that was lead-based paint
 
2013-02-06 03:13:54 PM  

miss diminutive: durbnpoisn: Does this mean that all of our old classic sets are worth money now?

Only if you own three of the same colour.


well played! +1 internets to you.

/i laughed
 
2013-02-06 03:16:06 PM  
To make the game faster (sometimes) and more fun (always) play Triviopoly:

Put a couple of boxes of Trivial Pursuit cards next to the table.

Every time you are required to pay rent on someone else's property you get the choice of going "double or nothing" on a question and category selected by a neutral player (not you or the one you owe rent to).

Gets fun when you get to the hotel stage of the game.
 
2013-02-06 03:16:59 PM  

brantgoose: People still use irons?

Well, I mean, apart from my Mother's generation, of course.

I can remember when the cat became more popular as a household pet than the dog. It now rules the Innertubes thanks to Ape Lad. Recognition as a Monopoly game piece is long overdue.

It's natural that the cat would win in a fair fight against a flat iron. Steam irons, not so much. And vacuum cleaners beat cats every time.

Our dog used to hate the vacuum cleaner. Eventually, however, he went deaf. He would then let my Mother vacuum him. Our dog had to be put down at 15 after somebody hit him in a car or truck and broke his spine, leaving his back legs useless. Very sad.

My Father does the vacuuming now. I assume it is because he likes pushing things around.

I often choose the iron as my playing piece because it was stable. I did not like my piece to tip over. I'm not surprised that it was the piece to go, seeing as so few people really like ironing, and those who do may also like thimbles. Canadian Monopoly was more politically correct than American Monopoly. I don't recall seeing the big artillery piece. I think it was replaced with a cowboy on a rearing horse. Canada has two football teams named the Roughriders, so maybe it was Teddy Roosevelt.

I do think the old battleship was a cool design. I think the Titantic would be a good Monopoly piece, seeing as how many monopolists went down with it.


Well, alright then.
 
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