A New Edition of Monopoly Encourages You to Scam Everyone

Hasbro
Hasbro

Anyone who has played Hasbro’s Monopoly knows that it's easy to be victimized by unscrupulous players. People can and will swipe money from the bank, move forward or behind one space to land on a more favorable square, or outright lie about the rules to someone unfamiliar with the game.

Previously, such actions might make you reconsider your friendships. Now, you may have to go to the same extremes just to stay competitive. According to Insider, Hasbro's newest version of the game, Monopoly: Cheaters Edition, actually rewards unethical behavior.

The Cheaters Edition game board will look similar to classic Monopoly, with one significant change: Five “cheat cards” will be in play during each game. These cards are designed to encourage players to undermine each other through deceptive tricks like quietly adding hotels without paying, stealing currency, and collecting rent on another person’s property.

The board and cards for 'Monopoly: Cheaters Edition'
Hasbro

And there’s one other significant change: This version of the game doesn't have a designated banker, making the redistribution of your illicit funds that much easier.

If you succeed at pulling off a cheat unnoticed, you'll be rewarded with extra cash or property. But there are consequences if you get caught—including being forced to wear a plastic handcuff affixed to the game board.

According to Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro, the new edition was inspired by surveys of players who admitted to dishonest game strategies.

"A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games,” Berkowitz told Insider. “So in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along—a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating.”

Monopoly: Cheaters Edition is due out this fall and will retail for $19.99.

[h/t Insider]

Why Are CVS Receipts So Incredibly Long?

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If you’ve ever conducted business at one of the nearly 10,000 CVS Pharmacy locations in the United States and count yourself among one of the estimated 62 million members of the store's ExtraCare discount incentive program, you’ve probably been handed a receipt that is more scroll than slip. These transactional documents, which have been known to literally be several feet of thermal paper long and full of merchandise coupons, are often wadded or folded up like a bath towel and handed off to the consumer.

Is this an environmentally mindful practice? And do these coupons really keep people coming back for more?

CVS has stated that the lengthy receipts are intended to demonstrate the value of being an ExtraCare member by offering ExtraCare Rewards, typically a dollar or percentage amount off of a single item or purchase. Some of the receipt's oversized real estate is also taken up by a solicitation to participate in a satisfaction survey. (Though it’s not likely that one of the questions is about the length of the receipt.)

A woman is pictured holding up a CVS receipt
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Simply put, the chain wants to vividly illustrate the benefits of being an ExtraCare member, which also helps the company by allowing them to track your purchase history. The idea is that the Russian novel-length receipt will excite consumers who feel as though a surplus of savings are being delivered right into their hands.

The problem is that the coupons are often quick to expire or can sometimes exclude sale items, registering disappointment when a returning customer presents a slip for $2 off a bar of soap.

You can, of course, opt out of receiving a paper receipt through your ExtraCare account online or via the app, though the process requires a few steps to complete. The coupons will then be sent digitally via your smartphone. Since introducing that paperless option in 2016, the company claims it has saved 3 billion inches of paper that would otherwise have been squeezed into a ball and stuffed into your glove compartment.

Alternately, you can always use it to replace a broken window blind.

Which brings us to the other and possibly most important motivation for those long receipts: Social media engagement. The more people express dismay at those long receipts, the more exposure CVS receives. Considering their 2018 merger with health insurance giant Aetna cost more than $70 billion, some free publicity could come in handy.

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25 Most Popular Songs to Clean the House To, According to Spotify

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Doing the dishes is a lot less grueling when you pretend you're in a Whitney Houston video. Spotify users around the world have discovered the power of music to make chores more fun, as evidenced by hundreds of playlists with words like housework, cleaning, and chores in the title. Before diving into your next home project, queue up these 25 popular songs for cleaning.

To compile the list below, the price comparison site Compare the Market looked at 50,000 songs from 348 Spotify playlists with names referencing housework. The most common song in this category is "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, which appears on 44 of the playlists surveyed. It's followed by "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers in the second slot and "bad guy" by Billie Eilish in third.

The top 25 cleaning songs include a lot of recent hits, but some older tunes are also represented. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," and Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" have been inspiring listeners to pick up their brooms for decades.

You can read the full list below before updating your own cleaning playlist.

  1. Señorita // Shawn Mendes (Featuring Camila Cabello)
  1. Mr. Brightside // The Killers
  1. bad guy // Billie Eilish
  1. Uptown Funk // Mark Ronson
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody // Queen
  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody // Whitney Houston
  1. Truth Hurts // Lizzo
  1. I Don’t Care // Ed Sheeran (With Justin Bieber)
  1. Shape of You // Ed Sheeran
  1. Someone You Loved // Lewis Capaldi
  1. Old Town Road // Lil Nas X (Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)
  1. Sunflower // Post Malone
  1. Don't Stop Believin' // Journey
  1. Shake It Off // Taylor Swift
  1. Believer // Imagine Dragons
  1. Wake Me Up // Avicii
  1. Despacito // Luis Fonsi
  1. High Hopes // Panic! At The Disco
  1. Sweet but Psycho // Ava Max
  1. Sweet Home Alabama // Lynyrd Skynyrd
  1. Party In The U.S.A. // Miley Cyrus
  1. Shut Up and Dance // WALK THE MOON
  1. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) // Beyoncé
  1. Livin' On A Prayer // Bon Jovi
  1. Billie Jean // Michael Jackson

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