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The Real History Of Monopoly Is A Lot More Controversial Than You'd Expect

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Playing Monopoly with your family and friends was a pretty common thing when you were a kid. A lot of us still try to play it when we hang out in groups, but we all know the game usually ends up with someone frustrated.

However, it turns out, the game we all know and love has a controversial past that they don't want you to know about.

The story that the Parker Brothers have been shipping along with their board game is always the same: Charles Darrow invented the game while he was unemployed during the Depression. By inventing the game, he ended up becoming a millionaire and saved his own life. But this isn't true.

Many years later, it was discovered that Parker Brothers have been lying about the origin of their most popular game. They were trying to disguise the fact that the game's history actually predates Monopoly by three decades.

The real history of Monopoly

The actual inventor of the game is a woman named Elizabeth Magie. She was basically forgotten until 1973, when economics professor, Ralph Anspach, uncovered Magie's patents for the original game she created back in 1903.

His discovery unearthed a surprising history about one of the county's favorite games...

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