A couple decided to improve their home, which included replacing old carpets. However, what they discovered underneath was a game-changer. After ripping away the old floor, the couple uncovered a giant hand-printed Monopoly board underneath.
The massive board game, which features street names and stations from the American version of the popular game, was painted onto the floor by the previous homeowners many years ago.
The hand-printed board game was so on point it contained classic street names such as Connecticut Avenue and Baltic Avenue. It also has classic Monopoly features such as the Chance square and Community Chest. What a fun way to play this classic game.
The couple's son-in-law shared the photo of the discovery on Reddit, with the caption: "While tearing up their carpet, my in-laws found a giant monopoly board." It soon reached almost 200,000 views and 2,000 comments.
Monopoly was invented by Elizabeth Magie in 1903. Originally it was called the Landlord's Game and was created to reveal flaws in the capitalist system of property ownership, inspired by her father, James Magie.
Magie sold the game to the games company, Parkers Brothers, who then re-launched it as Monopoly in 1935 as a more competitive and ultimately capitalistic game.
One of the viewers posted a theory on why the board game might have been painted. They said that it was a popular interior design trend in the mid-1950s to paint massive board games somewhere in your home.
"Showed this to my wife, and she reminded me that there's a whole neighbourhood near us, built in the mid-50s, that has game boards painted or tiled onto their basement floors. Seems to have been a selling point or something."
One person referred to their grandparents' house, which had Shuffleboard, a floor game that uses cues and weighted discs, tiled into their floor.
Many Reddit users voted for the couple to keep the board, as does their son-in-law. The couple's son-in-law added that he was "trying to convince them to cover it in epoxy and do the rest of the flooring around it how they originally wanted".
It seems that various households are looking to bring that 50s trend back. One woman in Minnesota painted a 1970s version of the board game on her driveway back in 2020. Diana Brennan and her daughter, Samantha, embarked on the "afternoon project" during the coronavirus pandemic. They saw it as a method to spend time together while being socially distanced outdoors.
Would it be the new trend of home decoration in 2021? And will it maybe increase family activities? All we know is that this is a kick-ass way to play a board game in life-size.