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The curious history of the world’s most popular board game

"Landlords Game board based on 1924 patent" by Lucius Kwok - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Landlords_Game_board_based_on_1924_patent.png#/media/File:Landlords_Game_board_based_on_1924_patent.png
There is a good chance that you have played this board game. And perhaps your parents and their parents before them too.According to the company, that makes it, over 275 million games have been sold in 111 countries. Over the last eight odd years over one billion people have traded make-believe real estate with fake money.If you guessed Monopoly,...

The Adventures of a Magic Turtle

The Adventures of a Magic Turtle
One winter afternoon, a little boy sat below a ‘neem’ tree, next to a river. He was returning from school, and carried a large bag on his back.He looked very sad. And as he sat staring at the water, big fat tears started dripping from his eyes creating little round ripples in the pond.He had only been sitting there...

A Train Adventure of Wild Animals

A Train Adventure of Wild Animals
An empty goods train was speeding through a jungle. Up front, in the engine, was the driver and at the back, in the last compartment, was the guard. Apart from them, the entire train was empty.A goods train carries goods. Like logs of wood, or boxes of chocolate – ummm, even cars and jeeps. But this train had been...

The Honest Thief

The Honest Thief
There was once a cunning thief, Bhairav, who always planned his moves carefully. One day he decided to rob the holy men who came to the local temple from far off lands for the temple’s annual festival. He calculated that all these people came from distant towns, so they must be carrying lots of money.So Bhairav dressed up like...

The Black Hole of Social Weights and Measures

William James Sidis could speak five languages and read Plato in original Greek by the age of five. At eight he passed the entrance for Harvard but had to wait three years to be admitted. Even so he became Harvard’s youngest scholar and graduate in 1914 at the age of sixteen. Frequently featured in ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’,...

The Priest, the Tiger and the Jackal

One day a priest was walking along a country road when he came upon a tiger, shut up in a strong iron cage. The villagers had caught him and shut him up there because he had started preying on their fowl and cattle.As soon as the tiger saw the priest, he pleaded, "Oh, Brother Brahmin, please let me out...

The Priest’s Successor

There was once a famous temple, high up in the hills of Assam. The priest of this temple was widely respected and known to be a great scholar. When he grew very old, he started searching for a younger priest who could take charge of the temple after his death. But, much to his dismay, he could not find...

The Horse’s Revenge

The Horse's Revenge
Once upon a time a horse and a buffalo lived in a beautiful meadow up in the mountains. There was plenty of grass to eat and water to drink, and the two had become good friends. But one year, there was no rain. The meadow stream dried up and the grass turned brown. Soon the horse and buffalo found themselves...

The Ridge Forest

The Ridge Forest
A long time ago, when it was all right for men to hunt animals, there was a man who was known to be a perfect shot. He would always kill a wild animal in one shot. He never missed and he never shot an animal except when he was hungry.One morning, he took his gun and headed off to...

The Mouse who Lived in the Lion’s Cave

The Mouse who Lived in the Lion's Cave
The king of the jungle, the lion, lived in a big dark cave at the foot of the hill. He was a good king, and used to hunt only when he was hungry. Every night, he would go out to hunt and bring back one animal to his cave. After eating to his heart’s content, he would go to...

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