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        Parker Brothers was founded by a man named George S. Parker, (1867-1953). George S. Parker, who had spent over half a century trying to make Salem Massachusetts, the distinction "game making capital of the world", before MonopolyŽ came to Parker Brothers in 1935.

       An estimated 500 million people have played MonopolyŽ since 1935, and an estimated 200 million sets have been sold world wide. MonopolyŽ is licensed in 80 countries and published in 26 different languages.





How "Far and Deep" do some people take this game.
Here are several examples.




In 1961The First Officially Recognized MonopolyŽ Event Took Place.
A Group of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity students at the University of Pittsburgh ran out of money for the bank after four days of play. And beings they where playing by official MonopolyŽ rules, (which state that the bank never goes broke) they wired Parker Brothers, and asked for more money. So Parker Brothers sent $1,000,000 in MonopolyŽ money by plane, and had Brink's Armored Car Service to meet them at the airport. The cash was delivered to the fraternity, and the game went on.


In 1967 while finishing off a $2 million train robbery, the trains hijackers played a game of MonopolyŽ with the stolen money.


In 1970's Nieman-Marcus offered an all chocolate version of the game. This version was made to the exact size of the actual game, including chocolate houses, chocolate hotels, and etc. Retail cost for this set? try $600.


In 1974 Alfred Dunhill of London, the exclusive gifts company, offered a special edition of Monopoly, featuring a gold-tooled leather board, 9K gold hotels, gold and silver tokens, and "Georgian style" houses. Retail cost? Ł1675, or about $5,000.


In 1983 The Worcester Polytech Dive Club of Worcester, Massachusetts, in a benefit fund-raiser, played MonopolyŽ for 2 days inside the tank at Boston's New England Aquarium. It was reported that not a single player was unnerved by the sharks.


On a Ceiling
Two University of Michigan students painted an 8 x 8 foot MonopolyŽ board on their dormitory ceiling and played the game using helium-filled balloons as tokens.


In a Tree
In Louisville, Kentucky, six teenagers played in shifts to set the first "treetop" MonopolyŽ record.


Underground
Seven Colorado teenagers dug a backyard cave and played the first recorded underground MonopolyŽ game.


On a Mammoth Board
One of the largest MonopolyŽ games was played on a board which was laid out on the streets and sidewalks at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Players cast huge foam dice from the third floor fire escape and they were informed of their moves via walkie-talkie and messengers on bicycles.


Truly International Event
Students at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota organized a truly international MonopolyŽ event when they played with French, Italian, Spanish, and German game boards arranged in a circle. Passing GO would be proceeding through "customs" and entering another country where transactions where conducted not only in the currency of the particular country, but in it's languages as well.


U.S. Nuclear Submarine
While the U.S. Nuclear Submarine Seawolf was submerged for 60 days, the crew's favorite pastime turned out to be MonopolyŽ


NASA requested that Parker Brothers produce two specially engineered MonopolyŽ sets for playing on board future space flights. And Parker Brothers meet this request.


For The World Championship
In November, 1973 the first World MonopolyŽ Championship was played by the Regional Champions of the East, Midwest and the West and the British Champions. The Western Regional Champion, Lee Bayrd won the game and was awarded the Charles B. Darrow Cup.




Official Recognized Monopoly Marathon Records:

Longest Game Ever Played---1,680 hours (70 days)
In a treehouse---240 hours (10 days)
In a moving elevator---384 hours (16 days)
Underground---100 hours (4 days 4 hours)
In a bathtub---99 hours (4 days 3 hours)
On a balance beam---200 hours (8 days 8 hours)
Underwater---1,200 hours (50 days)
On the back of a fire truck---101 hours (4 days 5 hours)
Anti-gravitational game---36 hours
Largest outdoor game---938 x 765 feet
Largest indoor game---122 x 122 feet
Smallest game---1 square inch. for 30 hrs.










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MonopolyŽ, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and the playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro,Inc. for its real estate trading game and game equipment. Š1935, 1936, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1961, 1973, 1984, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Hasbro Inc.

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