Archive | July, 2010

The Many Faces of Monopoly

Did you know we sell over 50 different versions of Monopoly available on our site? We have everything from Dukeopoly, to Denveropoly, Wizard of Oz – opoly. I was reading a short piece on the history of Monopoly and never realized how widespread the game really is. Facebook will soon be announcing their 500 millionth user, while Monopoly has already been played by more people than that. You thought Facebook was taking over the world? 201000012465

Monopoly City Streets

Monopoly City Streets was released late in 2009 to help spur users into playing a massive multi-player online version of the popular board game. I remember being extremely excited about this push, only to be let down by the web server issues, hackers, and what seemed to be impossible numbers others were achieving. It was mediocre fun to say the least. I think Monopoly will always be more fun when played around a small coffee table. The online game has been shut down.

Monopoly in World War II

Did you know that Monopoly was used to help prisoners of war plan their escape? Here’s an excerpt from a site that goes more in depth as to how it was used:

As he gently spread the layers of cardboard of the package, he found two slivers of metal which screwed together to form a file. He broke the little wooden red hotel to find a tiny silk map of his region folded very tightly. Under the packaged Monopoly money was real German Reich marks ready to spend and, finally, inside the Scotty dog was a tiny compass.

Monopoly Facts, Courtesy of Hasbro

  • Over 5,120,000,000 little green houses have been “constructed” since the Monopoly game was introduced in 1935.
  • The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!
  • In the 1970′s, a Braille edition of the Monopoly game was created for the visually impaired.
  • The total amount of money in a standard Monopoly game is $15,140.
  • A set made by Alfred Dunhill, that included gold and silver houses and hotels, sold for $25,000.
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Betty White 2011 Wall Calendar

We’ll be selling the Betty White 2011 Wall Calendar!

Available now for pre-order! Check it out here.

For a career that has spanned 70 years, our favorite Golden Girl with a ridiculous sense of humor now has her own calendar. We received some proofs about what her calendar will look like, and it’s such a classic.

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Betty White’s 2010 Comeback

In early January of 2010, a Facebook group called “Betty White to Host SNL (Please)” urged NBC to have the 88 year old host the show. NBC heard the call, and Betty White hosted on May 8th, 2010.

Her monologue and appearance is an important cultural statement from who many young’ins would call an “elderly person”. By all means, she is far from exuding what that word has come to mean. Here is a quote from her monologue which has piercingly fresh humor and can only be pulled off by a few people:

“I really have to thank Facebook … I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers, but that’s only because I’m polite…People say ‘But Betty, Facebook is a great way to connect with old friends.’ Well at my age, if I want to connect with old friends, I need a Ouija board. Needless to say, we didn’t have Facebook when I was growing up. We had phonebook…but you wouldn’t waste an afternoon with it.”

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What Is a Year? (Video)

The Cassiopeia Project is a collection of science education videos made readily available to anyone who wants them.

They produced a great video about what a year really is. I never put much thought into the science behind the year before seeing this video:

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Does this Month have 30, or 31 days? (PIC)

We found this picture on reddit.com and thought it was hilarious. It outlines the knuckle trick to figure out whether or not a month has 30 or 31 days.

Created by reddit user, RufusMcCoot :

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