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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Monopoly

For a game that everyone and their mother has played, people seem to know little about its history. Next time you play, you'll look like a real pro — especially if you pull out MONOPOLY with the new cat token. (Bet you didn't know that!)

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1. Parker Brothers released the first official MONOPOLY game in 1935 — in the midst of the Great Depression.

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It sold like hotcakes (some old-timey language for ya) because it allowed people to live a life much unlike the reality around them, even if only for a couple hours.

3. "Marvin Gardens" is a misspelling.

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While all the properties in MONOPOLY were locations in Atlantic City at some point, it's actually "Marven Gardens," but was supposedly misspelled on the prototype and never fixed. Above: what real estate in Marven Gardens actually looks like.

5. Free Parking does not equal free money.

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Among the many "house rules," this is probably the most atrocious. "Free Parking" in the actual rules is exactly what it says it is: you park on the space, for free.

6. Mr. Monopoly's original name was Rich Uncle Pennybags.

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8. Mediterranean Avenue is statistically the worst property.

Its position on the board dictates it's the least likely property you'll land on.

Above: Even with a hotel, Mediterranean Avenue is never going to look as good as the REAL Mediterranean. Sorry.