The official history of the game’s invention, as told by Hasbro, Inc., the current owner of the brand, is a lie, as official histories usually are. The real genesis narrative suggests a decidedly less capitalistic bent. Turns out that a Washington D.C. actress named Lizzie Magie, known for cross-dressing on stage, is the one who conceived of the game, nearly three decades before Darrow’s patent, around 1903. (Darrow and Parker Brothers stole the invention from Magie).

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