Every Child On Earth Has Had a Small Plastic Hotel Stuck Up Their Nose

As any extremely boring person you’re trapped at the bar with who has seen that particular edition of QI will tell you, Monopoly was originally invented as a critical swipe against capitalism and known as The Landlords Game. But the world wasn’t quite ready for critical board games (and still isn’t) so Charles Darrow tweaked the original idea, threw in a few small metal dogs and irons, and relaunched it as Monopoly on this day in 1933. Thanks to this great man, family Christmases have been tearfully ruined ever since.