Over the Christmas period, people up and down the country will get out the board games and spend some quality time together competing to win.
From Trivial Pursuit to Articulate there are a number of choices but one that many seem to really enjoy is Monopoly.
The game has been around for 85 years, first being made in 1983, but despite being played for so long it appears there are still a few things people don’t know about it.
Hours are lost going round the board, collecting £200 and snapping up places and properties – even though one of the official rules could save everyone time.
Have you heard of the auction rule?
Well, according to the official rules of Monopoly, you don’t have to wait until you land on a property to buy it.
The rules clearly state: “If the player lands on an unowned property, whether street, railroad, or utility, they can buy the property for its listed purchase price.
“If they decline this purchase, the property is auctioned off by the bank to the highest bidder, including the player who declined to buy.”
WHAT?! Mind blown.
This fact went viral on Twitter back in 2017 and the post has recently been doing the rounds once again.
It was shared by a user named Ruben, who in response to the question ‘What is the most trivial hill you are willing to die on’, wrote: “When someone lands on a property in #Monopoly & they don’t buy it, IT GOES TO AUCTION for any player to buy.
“IT. IS. IN. THE. RULES.”
Thousands of people liked the original tweet, with many commenting on it.
One person replied: “Yes! Speeds up game enormously and guaranteed to divert all pre-existing family animosities into silent resentment as they are bankrupted far sooner.”
Another said: “HOLY MOLY! That takes strategy/risk-taking UP A DAMN LEVEL! I am so down for this rule. Thank you for the tip-off!!”
A third was frustrated that this was a surprise to many, posting: “l’m always amazed by the amount of people that don’t know this. HOW CAN YOU BUY A GAME AND NOT READ THE RULES?”