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Today, MONOPOLY is the best-selling board game in the world, sold in 103 countries and produced in 37 languages including Croatian. But where did the MONOPOLY game come from? How did this phenomenal pastime get its start?

MR. MONOPOLY tells the legend of MONOPOLY best.

It was 1934, the height of the Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers. Can you believe it, they rejected the game due to "52 design errors"! But Mr. Darrow wasn't daunted. Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time, and the game's exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce the game on his own. With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the MONOPOLY game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved the game! But as demand for the game grew, he couldn't keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers again. The rest, as they say, is history! In its first year, 1935, the MONOPOLY game was the best-selling game in America. And over its 65-year history, an estimated 500 million people have played the game of MONOPOLY!

-Over 200 million MONOPOLY games have been sold worldwide.

-More than five billion little green houses have been "built" since 1935.

-A MONOPOLY game made by my friends at Alfred Dunhill, with gold houses and silver hotels, sold for $25,000.

-The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted 70 straight days.

-The longest MONOPOLY game in a bathtub lasted 99 hours!

-The game of MONOPOLY is so much a part of today's popular culture that my lawyers have trademarked many of the game's graphic elements. The MONOPOLY tokens, Railroad, COMMUNITY CHEST, CHANCE, and Title Deed designs, as well as BOARDWALK and all four gameboard corners are legally protected.

Fun Facts

For sixty years, over 480 million players from around the globe have played this extraordinary game. But it takes more than just playing an occasional round to keep up on all the facts that surround the world's most popular game.

Did you know that: Monopoly
Mr. Monopoly is the name of the MONOPOLYŽ man.
George Parker issued a memo in 1936 that was to halt the productions of the MONOPOLYŽ game. He later withdrew the instruction and the rest is history!
Parker Brothers rejected the MONOPOLYŽ 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 MONOPOLYŽ game was introduced in 1935.
World records are maintained for the longest game in a treehouse (286) hours, nderground (100 hours), in a bathtub (99 hours) and upside-down (36 hours).
The longest MONOPOLYŽ game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!
Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into MONOPOLYŽ game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of MONOPOLYŽ 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 MONOPOLYŽ game have been sold worldwide.
Parker Brothers once sent an armored car with one million dollars of the MONOPOLYŽ game money to a marathon game in Pittsburgh that had run out of funds.
The MONOPOLYŽ 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 MONOPOLYŽ game was created for the visually impaired.
The total amount of money in a standard MONOPOLYŽ 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 MONOPOLYŽ game that were on display mysteriously disappeared.
Over 20 tokens have been cast since the MONOPOLYŽ 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 MONOPOLYŽ 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.


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