Monopoly Fun Facts

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

December 7, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

Monopoly Fun Facts*


See Monopoly: An American Icon, a display about the history of Monopoly including rare, historic versions of the popular game through today’s games and product spinoffs. The original, permanent display opens December 9, 2011 at the National Museum of Play® at The Strong® in Rochester, New York. For more information contact: Susan Trien,, 585-410-6359


 Did you know that:

  • George Parker issued a memo in 1936 to halt production of the Monopoly ® game. He later withdrew the instruction and the rest is history!
  • Parker Brothers rejected the Monopoly ® game when it was first presented to them in 1933, citing several fundamental playing flaws.
  • World records are maintained for the longest game in a tree house (286) hours, underground (100 hours), in a bathtub (99 hours) and upside-down (36 hours).
  • The longest Monopoly ® game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days!
  • Escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into Monopoly ® game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly ® money.
  • In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.
  • Over 250 million sets of the Monopoly ® game have been sold worldwide.
  • Parker Brothers once sent an armored car with one million dollars of the MONOPOLY® game money to a marathon game in Pittsburgh that had run out of funds.
  • 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.
  • In 1972, the Atlantic City Commissioner of Public Works threatened to change the names of the real Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, but public outcry vetoed the bill.
  • At the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, all six sets of the Monopoly ® game that were on display mysteriously disappeared.
  • More than 20 different tokens have been cast since the Monopoly ® game was introduced in 1935 such as the horse, dog, car, elephant, purse and lantern.
  • A set made by Alfred Dunhill that included gold and silver houses and hotels, sold for $25,000.
  • In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog offered a chocolate version of the game priced at $600.
  • The three most-landed-on properties are Illinois Avenue, “GO,” and the B&O Railroad.
  • The 1983 Italian National Monopoly® Champion, Emilio Maltoni, learned to play the game alone by taking on the role of five players.
  • The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail.
  • When a player lands on an unowned property and decides not to buy it, the property goes to auction.
  • There are 22 properties that can be built upon.


 *Source:, the official Hasbro website