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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, But Do Watch This To Discover Monopoly’s Rich History

Fun, ironic fact: The game was actually invented to teach people about the perils of inequality.

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, But Do Watch This To Discover Monopoly’s Rich History

Monopoly was originally called “The Landlord’s Game” when it was invented by Elizabeth Magie in 1903 to teach people about the perils of inequality. Since then, it’s gone through a lot of changes–goodbye player piece shaped like a purse!–and sold 275 million copies in 111 countries and 43 languages.

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Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, watch the video above to see how the game helped win World War II and how it evolved into an entertainment empire.

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