GIANT MONOPOLY UNDER THE CARPET
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 21st April 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Renovating a home is always a bigger task than what many people first envision it to be – but nobody would imagine that they might wind up in jail!
That’s what one couple discovered when they ripped up the carpet in their home to discover a gigantic Monopoly board painted on to the floorboards beneath.
The discovery was shared on Reddit by user u/Yamaha243 who explained: “While tearing up their carpet, my in-laws found a giant monopoly board.”
The board is surprisingly detailed and features all the squares you would need to play the game. Sadly there are no sign of the extra big pieces, cards or money though.
The post has since gone viral on Reddit and understandably piqued a lot of interest, mostly from people who were keen to know exactly what was going on.
One person managed to shed some light on why the Monopoly board might have been painted on the floor. They wrote: “Showed this to my wife, and she reminded me that there’s a whole neighbourhood near us, built in the mid-50s, that has game boards painted or tiled onto their basement floors. Seems to have been a selling point or something.”
Another added: “I’ll never forget always wanting one of these when I was younger. I must have begged almost every day, just longing to be able to finally get one of these. I don’t know why – I didn’t even like monopoly, but the gimmick of it just seemed… cool. I thought my friends would have been visiting my house every night, just to see this cool monopoly board, despite the fact that most of them had an SNES or Genesis, which was obviously much better.”
Not much else has been disclosed about the picture or the discovery since but the in-law did add: “Trying to convince them to cover it in epoxy and do the rest of the flooring around it how they originally wanted.”
At least this wasn’t a giant game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. We can imagine that would be a bit more difficult to cover up and conceal.
“Collin Fisher, PhD
“While tearing up their carpet, my in-laws found a giant monopoly board.”
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
10 Most Expensive Houses in the World
Once upon a time, the kings and emperors lived in forts and palaces, and rich and the elite lived in wonderful, similarly palatial buildings. But today, there is hardly any space available to build such houses, nor will such a construction play well with modern architecture. However, that has not stopped the wealthy people from finding the most luxurious places to live in. Some houses are old architectures that are inhabitable, while the others are new constructions. Let’s take you on a journey to visit the modern palaces. Here’s a countdown of the most expensive houses in the world.
The 10 Most Expensive Houses:
- 17 Upper Phillimore Gardens
17 Upper Phillimore Gardens
Located in London, this 10-bedroom mansion was once a prep school. This mansion is priced $128 million.
- Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace, the South Front
This building is located in the Billionaires Row of London. It is owned by Roman Abramovich, a billionaire from Russia, who owns the investment firm called Millhouse LLC, and Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League, and is valued $140 million.
- Seven The Pinnacle
Located in Big Sky of Montana, it is the largest property in Yellowstone Club. It is a private ski and golf community for the supremely rich people. Real estate developer and timber baron, Tim Blixseth, who is the co-founder of Yellowstone Club, owns this house with Edra Blixseth. The house’s price is $155 million.
- Hearst Castle
It is located in San Simeon in California, and is a 27-bedroom castle. Owned by William Randolph Hearst’s trustees, this heritage and tourist site is a part of the California Park System, and is worth $191 million.
- Ellison Estate
Located at Woodside in California, this is more of a compound than a house., and it consists of 10 buildings. Apart from that, the compound also a man-made lake, a koi pond, a bath house and also a tea house. Together, the area covered by the Ellison estate is 23 acres, and it is owned by Larry Ellison, who is the co-founder of Oracle and was third richest man of 2013 by none other than Forbes. Its value is $200 million.
- 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens
18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens. It is located in London and is another luxurious building on Billionaires Row, near the house of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This residential building has 12 bedrooms, a Turkish baths, and indoor pool and a parking space that can accommodate 20 cars. The house belongs to steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, the head of the largest manufacturer Arcelor Mittal, and is one of Forbes’ 100 richest Indians. Its value is $222 million.
- Four Fairfield Pond
Fairfield Pond Most Expensive Houses. Located at Sagaponack at New York, this palatial building is spread over an area of 63 acres, and it consists of 29 bedrooms, and even comes with its own power plant. Inside the building are 39 bathrooms and a 91-foot long dining room. It also has a basketball court, a bowling alley, tennis courts and squash courts. The building’s owner is Ira Rennert who owns the Renco Group. The mansion is valued at $248.5 million.
- Villa Leopolda
The estate, which is spread over an area of 50 acres, is located at Cote D’Azure in France, and is inclusive of a green house almost as large as a commercial building, a helipad, an outhouse kitchen and a guest house larger than many of the mansions owned by millionaires. It was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in 1955. Brazilian philanthropist, Lily Safra owns this gigantic mansion which is valued at $750 billion.
Antilia Ambani located at Mumbai in India, this building with an extremely untraditional architecture and style is spread across 400,000 square-feet. This 27-story modern palace has 6 underground parking floors and 3 helicopter pads and requires a staff of 600 people to maintain it. Mukesh Ambani, the richest man of India, and owner of the Reliance Group of Companies, is the owner of the most expensive modern building, valued at $1 billion.
- Buckingham Palace
It is located in London and technically speaking, it is still a house, even though it is not for sale. After all, it is the residence of the Queen of England, and has 775 rooms, including 188 staff rooms, 78 bathrooms, 52 bedrooms, 19 state rooms and 92 offices. The owner of this property is the British Sovereign, currently Queen Elizabeth II who has been ruling since 1952. The valuation of the palace is $1.55 billion, as per the National Building Society.
hile many know about the Buckingham Palace, many of these expensive residential estates are almost as unknown to the world as their owners are. There are some other expensive houses, like the most expensive apartment which is the Odeon Tower Penthouse in Monaco, owned by the Marzocco Family, the costliest celebrity home which is Santa Barbara Estate in Mentecito which belongs to television tycoon Oprah Winfrey, and the priciest castle, which is the Ashford Castle in Ireland.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. – Naval Ravikant
Happiness is…a life size Monopoly board
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I was chatting to a spider in my living room the other day. Really interesting. Apparently he’s a qualified web designer.
Love is…when your future looks sunny.
A time to Land on Old Kent Road…A time to land on Mayfair.
1959 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia.
April 19, 1927 — Actress Mae West was found guilty on this day in history of “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” in a New York stage play entitled “Sex”. She was sentenced to ten days in prison and fined $500. But the resulting publicity did much to launch her Hollywood career and make her one of the highest paid people in the United States.
Born in 1893, Mary Jane “Mae” West started to perform in local theatre groups when she was just seven.
By the age of 14 she was she was part of a vaudeville tour that performed across the country. Vaudeville was a popular theatrical show with several entertainers performing songs, dances and jokes.
She first trod the boards of Broadway in New York when she was 18 and for the next fifteen years she sang and danced in both Broadway and vaudeville shows.
As well as performing she turned to writing and in 1926 began to write, produce, and star in her own plays on Broadway. In the first of these, “Sex” (1926), her performance as a prostitute created a sensation. It ran for several weeks before the guardians of morality in New York put a stop to it.
Garish posters proclaiming “Sex with Mae West” caused outrage among key religious and political figures as well as many members of the public. After several complaints she was arrested and the police closed the show.
She went on to write and star in another show, The Pleasure Man, that dealt with homosexuality, but which ran for only one performance before West was again arrested for obscenity. This time a jury could not agree on her guilt.
Another play, The Constant Sinner, was shut down after just two performances by the District Attorney.
Other Mae West plays were panned by critics but did well at the box office, drawing the attention of Hollywood executives. Despite being 38 years old – an age when most actresses start to wind down their careers – she was offered a contract by Paramount worth $5,000 a week, equivalent to about $80,000 today.
Crucially for West, it was agreed that she could re-write lines in the films, which would allow her to set the tone for her persona. So in her first movie, Night After Night, a hat-check girl says to her: “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds.” To which West replies: “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”
The slightly changed line, “Come up and see me some time,” forever associated with Mae West, emerged from a 1933 film called She Done Him Wrong in which she starred opposite a young Cary Grant in his first movie.
She is in love with Captain Cummings, played by Grant, and says to him: “You know, I always did like a man in a uniform. That one fits you grand. Why don’t you come up some time and see me.”
Nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, the film was a box-office triumph and was said to have saved Paramount from bankruptcy. It grossed over $2 million, the equivalent of $140 million today.
Mae West’s blunt sexuality made her both famous and notorious and despite her advancing age she quickly built a reputation as a daring sex symbol. Such was her success that within three years it was claimed she was the second highest paid person in the United States behind only newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
When in 1967 The Beatles asked permission to use a picture of West on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, the actress joked: “What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?” But she agreed to the request.
Certainly, she was not short of money. When the management at her apartment building discriminated against William Jones, her African-American boxer boyfriend and barred his entry, West solved the problem simply by buying the building.
In August 1980, she was unable to speak after a fall. Tests revealed that she had suffered a stroke and Mae West died on November 22 that year. She was 87.
Several of the 13 films she made have faded, some into obscurity, but her lines from them remain memorable, such as:
“There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.”
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better. ”
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
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