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Monopoly's New Cat Token

Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. If you were the iron Monopoly token, that is. In fact, skip jail and go to oblivion.

Nothing will ever be the same again now that the 76-year-old Monopoly has changed EVERYTHING by axing the iconic iron token and replacing it with (surprise, surprise) a cat, as voted by the Interwebs:

The feline piece conquered its own competition in a separate vote on the Monopoly Facebook page, winning over four other proposed tokens — a toy robot, guitar, helicopter and diamond ring — with 31%.

"We know that cat lovers around the world will be happy to welcome the new cat token into the Monopoly game," said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro Gaming, in a statement. "While we're a bit sad to see the iron go, the cat token is a fantastic choice by the fans and we have no doubt it will become just as iconic as the original tokens."

Mark my words, wheelbarrow. You're next: Link

The thimble will be the next to go. No surprise about the cat winning, but I thought the thimble would be the first to go. The iron is a good choice to retire, though.
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Younger players probably don't know that the tokens were selected to represent industry and different parts of the capitalist system. The iron represented iron, steel, and other building materials. The thimble represents the textile and clothing industry, and the wheelbarrow is for agriculture. The symbolism is lost when people don't know what those objects are anymore.
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We used to rub the iron on the driveway until it got hot, then dare each other to touch it. The sad part is that was more fun than playing the game.
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