Ready For Some Family Therapy? Let’s Play Monopoly!
Just so we’re clear: I get the race car this time.

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Monopoly is the quintessential American board game we all know and shun on family game night because we don’t want to pay for more group counseling after the bickering escalates. Originally intended to demonstrate the evils of land ownership, it ended up mostly demonstrating the evils of totally destroying your sister’s dignity when she landed on your fully-hoteled Boardwalk. The …

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20 (Suspicious and Somewhat Useles) Facts About South Dakota
The state that gave you forced perspective photos of tourists picking Mt. Rushmore's nose is back with 20 almost believable facts.

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1 Official Motto: “Under God the People Rule” Unofficial Motto: “Under God the People Rule (We Just Don’t Have a Lot Of’em To Do It”) 2 South Dakota’s name is derived from two Native American Sioux Dakota words: “Dakota”, meaning “Uh, That’s JustOur Name”, and “Hekahele itoka kasota mapiya oyate oaako iyakahea”, meaning “South”. 3 The geographical center of the United …

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20 (Suspicious and Somewhat Useless) Facts About Missouri
All you ever didn’t really care about knowing about the "Show Me State" until you showed up here.

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If you like your states between -40 and 118 degrees and full of holes, you’ll love Missouri! 1 Official Motto: “Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto” (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.) Unofficial Motto: “Etiam eu libero Budweiser cervisiam ad finem” (Yes, you get free beer at the end of the Budweiser tour.) 2 The first successful parachute jump …

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20 (Suspicious and Somewhat Useless) Facts About Illinois
Unofficial Motto: “Speed limit? What speed limit?"

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1 Official Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union” Unofficial Motto: “Speed limit? What speed limit?” 2 The Illinois state song is entitled “Illinois,” a long, meandering song whose only word appears to be “Illinois”. Since it was ratified in 1925, no one has ever been able to finish singing it. 3 Metropolis, the home of Superman, really exists in Southern Illinois, …

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20 (Suspicious Yet Mildly Useful) Facts About Nebraska
Unofficial Motto: "You Can Legally Drive 75 Here."

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If you’ve been dying to know where Kool-Aid and the Rueben sandwich came from, or that Blue Chalcedony is not just a great name for Prog Jazz band, read on. 1 Official Motto: “Equality before the law.” Unofficial Motto: “You Can Legally Drive 75 Here.” 2 The goldenrod was declared the state flower on April 4, 1895 by 75 allergic and …

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20 (Suspicious Yet Mildly Useful) Facts About Minnesota

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1 Official Motto: “L’Etoile du nord” (“Even Our Toilet Paper Is Frozen”). Unofficial Motto: “Land of 10,000 (Usually Frozen) Lakes”. 2 Minnesota baseball commentator Halsey Hal was the first to say ‘Holy Cow’ during a baseball broadcast, just after realizing his parents intentionally named him “Halsey Hal”. 3 President Teddy Roosevelt gave his “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” …

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