Since time immemorial the dog has monopolised the Monopoly board. Equality with the dog was long overdue. Finally, the cat has replaced the iron as a Monopoly token and joined the Scottie dog. This little niggle has been a thorn in the side of all cat lovers for generations!
What is so charming, and good for the cat – especially after the recent Smithsonian Institute distortions about cat killing wildlife – is that the cat as a Monopoly token was voted on by thousands of international Monopoly fans from 120 countries. Surely this proves the popularity of the domestic cat all over the world?
The fans had a choice of:
The cat polled 31% of the votes. The iron was voted off the board, ahead of the boot and wheelbarrow. Other than the cat, the tokens now are:
- racing car
- Scottie dog
- top hat
This clever promotional idea was dreamed up by the game’s manufacturers, Hasbro. The votes took place on Facebook (10,286,812 likes!). Hasbro’s spokesman, Eric Nyman, was pleased with the winning choice and expects the new cat token to become iconic.
Now, where is my 1960s Monopoly board….