25 Interesting Facts About Monopoly

Written by: Zoe Adams
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Last updated: March 17, 2021

Did you know that the earliest game of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903?

Monopoly Facts

Are you one of the billion people who has played Monopoly?

Check out these fun and interesting facts about the world’s number one board game!

Monopoly was created by the Parker Brothers and is subtitled as ‘The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game’.

Simply out, the aim of the game is to dominate the market as a single entity.

The earliest game can be traced back to 1903.

This version was created by Elizabeth Maggie, who wanted a game to understand tax.

Two famous characters are Jake the Jailbird, and Officer Edgar Mallory.

Mr Monopoly’s true name is Rich Uncle Pennybags.

Over 275 million games have been sold worldwide in over 111 different countries, and has been translated into 43 languages.

It has been played by over a billion people with the longest running game lasted for 70 days straight.

Tokens have included elephants and purses.

Between 1940 and 1960, it was voted America’s number one game.

Escape maps, compasses, files and money were smuggled in Monopoly cases during World War II.

During the 1970’s, a Braille version was created for those who are visually impaired.

In 1972, the Commissioner of the Public Works wanted to rename places on the board, but the public stopped him.

In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue offered a chocolate Monopoly game at $600.

Icons have been featured on postage stamps.

Monopoly at McDonald’s encourages you to save tokens from your meals to win big prizes like a car, on an instant win like an apple pie.

More than six billion houses, and 2.25 billion hotels have been made.

Many editions are available, including Disney, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and many more.

There are many world tournaments for the game. They have taken place in: Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, United Kingdom, and, United States.

The most expensive game board was made by designer, Sidney Mabell. It had a 23 carat board, and a diamond studded dice, and cost over $2,000,000!

It has been on over seven media platforms, in twenty languages. Since the launch, it has been downloaded over 10 million times.

A board game was sent to space in 2007.

In 2008, 3000 people passed “Go” online, in a world record attempt.

It was awarded the Best Mobile App Award in 2008.

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), a heated game of Monopoly occurs, after which cold water is thrown on the patients.

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