Saturday, 3 October 2009

Bored ... Games and Monopoly

I was going through my google reader and came across this link in a post by Laura.

Interestingly , I learned how hidden maps in 'Monopoly' helped Prisoners of War 'get out of jail' during WWII.
So how did a simple board game end up in a position to help out one of the most powerful military forces on the planet? Silk and serendipity ...
The British secret service MI9 conspired with the UK licensee of Monopoly (Parker Bros.) to create special editions of the popular board game . Coincidently, they had just mastered the art of printing on silk.

The top secret escape kits included maps printed on silk, money, compasses, and other tools to help prisoners of war to flee from German war camps.The Silk maps being the key element. The German army had allowed humanitarian groups to distribute the 'innocent' game in care packages to the POWs.

Read the amazing story at Get Out of Jail Free: Monopoly's Hidden Maps

Gee, I haven't played Monopoly in ages might have to drag it out tonight and challenge my DH.
Monopoly has a new game online... Monopoly City Streets ! It uses google maps.
They say Board games are making a comeback too...along with Wii


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8 comments :

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Awesome story.

CatWay said...

fascinating!

Jeanette said...

How interesting!! And re the board games... my kids are loving them at the moment (and they're my gift of choice this year for kids parties)

Laura said...

Thanks for the mention! my kids LOVE board games...I think we need another Monopoly game, though....

Mary said...

Board games have always been very popular in our house. With Simon it's Chutes and Ladders at the moment. Luke has had a Monopoly addiction since he was 6.

PlanningQueen said...

It is indeed a great story. I think my 10 year old will like the links to the online Monopoly game. Thanks for sharing.

Mistress B said...

wow, I had never heard of that!

Monopoly is a favourite in this house - there was just a brawl over it this afternoon........... lol

jeanie said...

Oh hooray Monopoly has a redeeming feature.

I personally hate the game.

Give me pictionary, trivial pursuit OR charades ANY DAY.

If I want to feel broke, I can do that in real life.

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