Did You Know: Monopoly

Did you know that the longest game of Monopoly lasted for 70 days straight?

Take a look at this interesting facts too:

  • Mr. Monopoly is the name of the MONOPOLY® man.
  • George Parker issued a memo in 1936 that was to halt the productions of the MONOPOLY® game. He later withdrew the instruction and the rest is history!
  • Parker Brothers rejected the MONOPOLY® game when it was first presented to them in 1933, citing 52 fundamental playing flaws.
  • Over 5,120,000,000 little green houses have been “constructed” since the MONOPOLY® game was introduced in 1935.
  • World records are maintained for the longest game in a treehouse (286) hours, underground (100 hours), in a bathtub (99 hours) and upside-down (36 hours).
  • The longest MONOPOLY® game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!
  • Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into MONOPOLY® game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of MONOPOLY® money.
  • In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.
  • Over 250 million sets of the MONOPOLY® game have been sold worldwide.
  • Parker Brothers once sent an armored car with one million dollars of the MONOPOLY® game money to a marathon game in Pittsburgh that had run out of funds.
  • The MONOPOLY® game is published in 27 languages, including Croatian and licensed in more than 81 countries. Thai edition of Monopoly is the newest edition, introduced at the Toys R Us store in Bangkok, in December 2005.
  • In the 1970’s, a Braille edition of the MONOPOLY® game was created for the visually impaired.
  • The total amount of money in a standard MONOPOLY® game is $15,140.
  • In 1972, the Atlantic City Commissioner of Public Works threatened to change the names of the real Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, but public outcry vetoed the bill.
  • At the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, all six sets of the MONOPOLY® game that were on display mysteriously disappeared.
  • Over 20 tokens have been cast since the MONOPOLY® game was introduced in 1935 such as the horse, dog, car, elephant, purse and lantern.
  • A set made by Alfred Dunhill, that included gold and silver houses and hotels, sold for $25,000.
  • In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog offered a chocolate version of the game priced at $600.
  • The three most-landed-on properties are Illinois Avenue. “GO” and the B&O Railroad.
  • The 1983 Italian National Champion, Emilio Maltoni, learned to play the MONOPOLY® game alone by taking on the role of five players.
  • The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail.
  • When a player lands on an unowned property and decides not to buy it, the property goes to auction.
  • There are 22 properties that can be built upon.