Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cat token wins spot on Monopoly board

Scottie dog move over.

Cat token wins spot on Monopoly board

Scottie dog move over.

Who's that lounging on the fence on Park Place?

Why a silver cat.

The ever-regal feline has won a spot on the Monopoly board. 

Habro Inc., makers of the world's most famous board game announced the results of its Facebook vote today. One token - the iron - lost the popularity contest and will be banished from the board later this year. Game lovers picked the cat over four other nominees for the new token.

"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 told the AP.

The ouster of the iron was big news here in Pennsylvania - wheelbarrow capital of the world - where legions fans waited on thimbles and needles to see which piece would get knocked off the board. Harrisburg-based Ames True Temper, which makes 80 percent of the wheelbarrows in the U.S. and launched a social media campaign to "Save the Wheelbarrow."

The Scottie dog was in no danger of being bumped, generating the most votes among Monopoly lovers in 120 countries.

Feline fans are no doubt celebrating the cat's rightful place on the Monopoly board. As I write with one cat on the arm of my chair and another behind my head, it's no secret which new token I supported. (The cat's competitors were the guitar, the robot, diamond ring and helicopter.)

One fan suggested it might even be time for the game to be renamed "Meowpoly."

Inquirer Staff Writer
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