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(YouTube)   Man opens a 1940s war time Monopoly set. Very cool discovery shows how games were produced when materials were scarce   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2017-11-04 05:59:24 PM  
Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.

And envisioning some dim sap escapee trying to buy a train ticket with Monopoly money.
 
2017-11-04 06:45:43 PM  
When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.
 
2017-11-04 06:58:35 PM  

fusillade762: Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.


I tried searching for "ultra thin compass" and got nothing, not even anything modern.  I have to believe you can make a wafer-thin one?
 
2017-11-04 07:03:37 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.


Neat. Welcome to Fark oldtimer!
 
2017-11-04 07:06:16 PM  
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2017-11-04 07:06:36 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.


When you first heard voices coming out of the "devil box", did you consider radio... err... "wireless" to be a tool of Satan?
 
2017-11-04 07:08:37 PM  

downstairs: fusillade762: Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.

I tried searching for "ultra thin compass" and got nothing, not even anything modern.  I have to believe you can make a wafer-thin one?


Get a needle and make the tip magnetic, then just float it in a cap full of water - or stick it through some cork and float it. Wherever the needle points is magnetic North.
 
2017-11-04 07:17:39 PM  

phimuskapsi: downstairs: fusillade762: Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.

I tried searching for "ultra thin compass" and got nothing, not even anything modern.  I have to believe you can make a wafer-thin one?

Get a needle and make the tip magnetic, then just float it in a cap full of water - or stick it through some cork and float it. Wherever the needle points is magnetic North.


Upon further consideration that was my thought as well. All they really need to hide is the needle.
 
2017-11-04 07:19:41 PM  

downstairs: fusillade762: Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.

I tried searching for "ultra thin compass" and got nothing, not even anything modern.  I have to believe you can make a wafer-thin one?


I once saw another "game" they sent to POWs, it was a puzzle with a mouse going through a maze that when you took it apart it had a map made from silk that was folded up real tight and a compass that was about as thick as three nickels. Looked like the kind you got in a cracker jack box.
 
2017-11-04 07:19:44 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Duke of Madness Motors: When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.

When you first heard voices coming out of the "devil box", did you consider radio... err... "wireless" to be a tool of Satan?


No, I built a crystal set as a kid. Didn't believe in Satan either, except as an imaginary character. I am glad we've moved past punched cards as data storage devices.
 
2017-11-04 07:22:36 PM  
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My favorite POW game.
 
2017-11-04 07:23:17 PM  
i think Slim Pickens is going to need a little more prune juice.
 
2017-11-04 07:27:38 PM  

groppet: downstairs: fusillade762: Now I'm trying to figure out how you'd hide a compass in a Monopoly game.

I tried searching for "ultra thin compass" and got nothing, not even anything modern.  I have to believe you can make a wafer-thin one?

I once saw another "game" they sent to POWs, it was a puzzle with a mouse going through a maze that when you took it apart it had a map made from silk that was folded up real tight and a compass that was about as thick as three nickels. Looked like the kind you got in a cracker jack box.


There were cribbage boards that turned into crystal radios that tuned to the BBC
 
2017-11-04 07:33:12 PM  
guess this is kind of what they looked like

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2017-11-04 07:58:48 PM  
I was expecting this to be done by the guy who taste tests military rations/MREs.
 
2017-11-04 08:03:51 PM  

Tom_Slick: There were cribbage boards that turned into crystal radios that tuned to the BBC


I never heard that before. Interesting!
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NPR - Fort Hunt GIs Sent WWII POWs Care Packages
 
2017-11-04 08:20:57 PM  

groppet: I once saw another "game" they sent to POWs, it was a puzzle with a mouse going through a maze that when you took it apart it had a map made from silk that was folded up real tight and a compass that was about as thick as three nickels. Looked like the kind you got in a cracker jack box.


I think that the silk map was also concealed in some Monopoly sets.
 
2017-11-04 08:21:58 PM  

flondrix: groppet: I once saw another "game" they sent to POWs, it was a puzzle with a mouse going through a maze that when you took it apart it had a map made from silk that was folded up real tight and a compass that was about as thick as three nickels. Looked like the kind you got in a cracker jack box.

I think that the silk map was also concealed in some Monopoly sets.


Ah, crap, is was right above my reply.
 
2017-11-04 08:27:46 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Duke of Madness Motors: When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.

When you first heard voices coming out of the "devil box", did you consider radio... err... "wireless" to be a tool of Satan?


I know my dad made a collection of pennies (one for each year) from ~1970s to back before WWII.  So they were still somewhat available in the 1970s, although I can't remember seeing one on my own.

Don't ask me how radio became "wireless" (at least for G1-4, wifi, bluetooth, etc.  Basically everything but AM/FM).
 
2017-11-04 08:37:40 PM  
OK, that was pretty cool.
 
2017-11-04 08:39:55 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Don't ask me how radio became "wireless" (at least for G1-4, wifi, bluetooth, etc.  Basically everything but AM/FM).


I think it started with wireless telegraph, especially ship-to-shore. It stuck, somehow.
 
2017-11-04 08:57:57 PM  
True story: some of the original owners of war-time Monopoly sets are still playing the same game.
 
2017-11-04 09:13:21 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: True story: some of the original owners of war-time Monopoly sets are still playing the same game.


That was funniest thing I've read on Fark in a long time.
 
2017-11-04 09:39:52 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: True story: some of the original owners of war-time Monopoly sets are still playing the same game.


That only happens if you don't play by the actual rules.  Like failing to have an auction for a property when a player lands on it and can't or won't buy it. For some reason people came up with an informal rule of pooling fines in the middle of the board and giving them to the person who lands on Free Parking, which prolongs the game too.
 
2017-11-05 09:56:44 AM  

Ooba Tooba: Duke of Madness Motors: When I was a kid I remember seeing steel pennies still in circulation.

Neat. Welcome to Fark oldtimer!


Lol I remember finding the rare steel penny in change.  I still have some of them.
 
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