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Monopoly Isn't All Fun And Games

Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips invented "The Landlord's Game," a predecessor to Monopoly, in 1903. An anti-monopolist, Phillips intended the game as a tool to demonstrate the negative consequences of concentrating land in private monopolies. Her game was popular among college students and leftwing intellectuals, but it wasn't until the 1920s that Charles Darrow encountered a version of the game and sold it as his own idea under the name "Monopoly" to the Parker Brothers. Darrow went on to make millions, while Phillips was mostly uncredited.

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  1. Basic probability dictates that rolling two dice will result in a 7 more often than any other number. 00:33

  2. Jail is the most visited space on the board. 01:44

  3. In all cases but one, the quickest way to recover your investment on a piece of property is to purchase three houses. 02:49

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