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(Do You Remember)   When Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in the 1960s, he ordered all Monopoly games destroyed. And also that guy behind bars in the jail is named Jake the Jailbird   ( divider line
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2014-03-10 11:40:35 AM  
TIL  ... nothing of value.  :(
2014-03-10 02:34:26 PM  
Just so you won't have to click on that:

11 little-known facts about Monopoly.

1. Monopoly is actually based on The Landlord's Game, which was introduced in 1903 by Quaker and political activist Elizabeth Magie.

2. The character locked behind bars in the jail is named Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory is the person who put him there.

3. The name of the character appearing on the box cover is Rich Uncle Pennybags.

4. During WWII, British Secret Service agents smuggled Monopoly games packed with escape maps, files, compasses and real money into POW camps inside Germany for prisoners to use to escape.

5. San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell produced what to this day remains the most expensive version of the game ever made. It is valued at $2 million, complete with a 23-karat gold board and diamond-studded dice.

6. Every few years, the top players from around the globe face off in the Monopoly World Championship tournament. Past winners have hailed from 10 different countries, including the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain and Singapore, to name a few.

7. Parker Brothers lawyers are always suing companies who sell unauthorized versions of Monopoly, as was the case with their suit against the creators of the game Ghettopoly, where "playas" build crack houses on various properties.

8. In 1978, Neiman Marcus offered an all-chocolate version of Monopoly during the Christmas season, which sold for $600.

9. When Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in the 1960s, he ordered all Monopoly games destroyed.

10. The longest Monopoly game in history lasted for more than 70 days straight.

11. In the 1970s a Braille edition of Monopoly was created for the visually impaired.
2014-03-10 03:29:29 PM  
that commie bastard
2014-03-10 04:06:19 PM  
Why would he ban Monopoly?  It's meant to teach you why capitalism sucks.
2014-03-10 06:55:51 PM  

NkThrasher: Why would he ban Monopoly?  It's meant to teach you why capitalism sucks.

This, but if you think it about government overregulation and cronyism plays a role too.  There is nothing capitalist about not being able to build on your property unless you have a monopoly on the street, that's bona fide fascism.  The bevy of taxes and social programs you face shows the negative aspects of government recklessness.  So although Monopoly teaches about the evils of capitalism, Castro might have objected to the role of government in it.
2014-03-10 11:38:40 PM  

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2014-03-11 12:56:30 AM  
They forgot no one plays it "right"

If you don't buy the property you land on, it's to be auctioned at that time. THAT'S why it seems the game never ends.

/not going to get into the whole Free Parking/Fines thing
2014-03-11 11:22:48 AM  

bronyaur1: 1960s?

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Forget it, he's rolling.
2014-03-11 11:35:08 AM  
Stopped by to pay my respects to a lonely little thread....
2014-03-11 11:45:28 AM  
Familly game night! We played that as kids. Dad was always the banker.  Mom always took the thimble as her piece. We'd fight over who would be the race car, battleship and cannon. Hours would go by as we play the game.  We'd play well past our bedtimes as father insisted we finish the game.  We'd get sleepy. He'd start to drink.  Eventually one of us would get tired. Dad would refuse to end the game.  We'd try to let each other have free rent. Dad would get upset. Mom would cry. Eventually the board would get tossed over in a fit rage.

Good times.
2014-03-11 08:21:39 PM  
Do ya remembah?

Pep-idge Fahm remembah's..

and Pep-idge fahm idnit gonna SOOHN FERGHET NEITHER!!!
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