Illinois Avenue: The most commonly landed on Monopoly square, and a road that no longer exists. Because of dice probabilities and where Chance cards send you, Illinois Avenue, along with Go, New York Avenue, B&O Railroad, Reading Railroad, and Tennessee Avenue, are the most common places one lands while playing Monopoly. Also, Illinois Avenue no longer exists. It was renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd back in the 1980s, when everyone was renaming streets after MLK.
Prisoners of War: Something Monopoly helped out with. During WWII, the Nazis did something un-Nazi-like; they let allied prisoners of war play board games. The British government was even allowed to send its incarcerated soldiers a game or two. One of the games it sent was Monopoly. Inside the box, there were tools for escape. Specifically, with the cooperation of the game’s publisher, real bank notes were hidden among the Monopoly money. Compasses, metal files, and a folded silk map – which was less likely to disintegrate than a paper map – were also concealed inside the box to help the POWs flee their captors. It worked, and many soldiers escaped.
2 Million: The amount of the most expensive version of Monopoly. This version was produced by the celebrated San Francisco jeweler, Sidney Mobell. The game features a 23-carat gold board and diamond-studded dice.
21: The number of seconds in which a two-person game can be won. Though this is incredibly improbably, a two-person game can be won in only four turns, and only nine rolls of the dice.
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