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Monopoly Fans Dump the Iron as a Playing Piece, Add the Cat

It’s really no surprise -- when you ask the Internet to vote, the cat will always win.

 |  Feb 8th 2013  |   3 Contributions


Just in case we needed any more proof that the Internet is made of cats, our furry friends have even taken over the most classic of classic business-mogul board games.

Monopoly is no longer the sole province of dogs. The long-loved Scottish Terrier token now has a feline pal, thanks to an online survey conducted through Monopoly’s Facebook page and Twitter channel, game-creator Hasbro announced Wednesday morning.

Following a worldwide online fan vote, NBC's Today Show hosts, from left, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales unveil the Monopoly game's newest addition -- the cat token, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in New York. The cat replaces the iron token in the classic game. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for Hasbro/AP Images)

The cat is one of five tokens Hasbro put out to vote in its poll, which ran from Jan. 9 through Feb. 5. More than 250,000 people from 120 different countries chimed in with their opinions. The other tokens competing against the cat were a robot, a guitar, a diamond ring, and a helicopter.

"We put five new tokens out for our fans to vote on and there were a lot of fans of the many different tokens, but I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out and voted for the cat to be the new token for Monopoly," said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president for Hasbro gaming marketing.

Now cat-loving Monopoly fans no longer have to resort to playing Cat-Opoly (which, by the way, is actually quite a lot of fun because it’s so cat-specific) or creating cat-focused Monopoly games using do-it-yourself kits (which can be great or really awful, depending on the level of arts-and-crafts skills of the kit users). Now we finally have equal status in the world of rainbow-colored money and real estate speculation.

Photo: Image capture from Monopoly video

But which of the eight iconic game pieces got the boot to make room for the cat? For a long time, the iron, wheelbarrow, and shoe were tied for the dubious honor of being axed, but when wheelbarrow and shoe fans rallied, the iron was unplugged and left cold.

So, cat lovers, grab your token and your money, and may you always be able to buy Boardwalk and Park Place. As for the iron -- sorry, dude: Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Versions of Monopoly with the new cat token will come out later this year.

Source: Huffington Post

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