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Fans pick five new Monopoly rules

Written By kom limapulan on Jumat, 04 April 2014 | 23.46

Monopoly Rules ... Hasbro will release a limited "house rules" edition of the popular board game. Source: AP

NO RENT collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.

Several thousand people weighed in on "house rules'' over 10 days of recent debate and a year after Hasbro Inc. added a cat token and retired the iron in a similar online stunt aimed at keeping the 79-year-old game fresh.

"Our goal is to stay current and deliver Monopoly in a way that they want to engage with it and that means sometimes being new and having modern takes on the brand,'' said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of marketing, ahead of the house rules announcement.

New means old all over again in this case since house rules are often passed on through generations. Some casual players may have thought a few of the 10 in the running before debate ended Thursday were already in the official rule book. And some, even regular players, might not have heard of others.

Did you know some people play that mums get out of jail for free? Always. No questions asked. That one didn't make the cut. Nor did buying houses for a property without an actual monopoly (a complete colour set of properties), or starting the game by placing half of all the money on the game board for a cash-grabbing free-for-all on the count of three.

Hasbro's house rules debate came after the company received results of a survey showing nearly 70 per cent of 1000 respondents reported never having read all Monopoly rules and 34 per cent said they had made up rules more than once.

The winning house rule for landing on Go means players get 400 Monopoly dollars instead of the official 200. As for Free Parking, official rules call for absolutely nothing to happen when a player lands there. Under the house rule, any taxes and fees collected are thrown into the middle for a lucky someone who lands on that corner square.

Rounding out the five winners are that players must travel around the board one full time before they can begin buying properties, and collecting 500 bucks for rolling double ones.

To appease hardcore players not interested in new rules, the US company will put the winners into a special House Rules Edition to be released in the fall and add them to classic Monopoly's game guide next year as unofficial.

"There are a lot of Monopoly purists who want to play by the classic rules and don't want to change it, but we love the idea of there being some optional rules in there that can mix up the game a little bit,'' Berkowitz said.


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The world’s most incredible photos

07 Epiphany. Shooting the night sky in Tekapo, New Zealand. Photo and caption by Sebastian Warneke / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Source: Supplied

REMOTE ice caves. Explosions of colour in the night sky. Unusual rock formations.

These are some of the spectacular snaps from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014.

In its 26th year, the contest showcases some of the best sights the world has to offer.

It includes categories such as outdoor scenes, travel portrait, sense of place and spontaneous movements. Submissions are still welcome, with the contest ending on June 30.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE AMAZING IMAGES.

05 Mirrow Wave. The Wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day.   Source: Supplied

Photo and caption by Nicholas Roemmelt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Photo (at top of story) and caption by Sebastian Warneke/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


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What on earth just happened?

Cyril Rioli kicked the first goal of the game. Source: News Corp Australia

SO AT this point, it's probably fair to say Hawthorn has moved on from the loss of Buddy Franklin.

The Hawks' first-half performance against Fremantle was absolutely stunning. They kicked the first six goals of the grand final rematch, along with the first 37 points, to destroy any prospect of a tight contest within the opening 15 minutes.

MORE: ALL THE ACTION FROM THE BIG REMATCH

Come to think of it, the match was over before Fremantle had even claimed its first mark of the night. Dead. Done. Dusted.

David Hale also made his mark. Source: Getty Images

Some people thought Hawthorn would struggle a bit more in front of goal this season without Franklin. Boy, how wrong they were.

MORE: HAWKS BUCKED THE TREND OF HISTORY

Almost as wrong as that bloke who thought the Dockers were capable of winning the game. Ahem.

These guys could play footy with their eyes shut. Source: Getty Images

The AFL's reigning premiers kicked 139 points against Brisbane in round one. They were held to 90 in their second game — not exactly a paltry figure — and reached 77 by half-time against the Dockers.

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In other words, they scored more points in one half of footy than Franklin's new club, Sydney, has managed in either of its two matches so far. And remember, this time the Hawks were up against the AFL's most-vaunted defence.

Credit to the Dockers, they all kept trying. Source: Getty Images

The focus isn't on one big name player up front anymore. At the end of the second quarter tonight, Hawthorn had eight different goalscorers: David Hale, Isaac Smith, Luke Breust, Jarryd Roughead, Grant Birchall, Paul Puopolo, Cyril Rioli and Will Langford.

How do you stop that sort of strike power, coming from all over the park? Will anyone be able to stop the Hawks from marching to another premiership this year?

NOTE: In the end, Hawthorn 21.11 (137) beat Fremantle 11.13 (79). Wow.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the grand final rematch. Get the conversation going on Twitter: @SamClench | @newscomauHQ | #AFLHawksFreo

Meanwhile, in Sydney ... Source: News Corp Australia


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Is this proof fairies are real?

Flies or fairies? A man from the UK claims this photograph is evidence to the existence of the mythical flying beings. Source: John Hyatt Source: Supplied

THE only fairy we come in contact with is usually followed by the word cake. But one man believes he has seen the mythical winged creatures and has a photo as proof.

Either John Hyatt, a university professor from the UK, is terribly late to the April Fool's party or he's convinced he's actually managed to photograph fairies.

The 53-year-old Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) was out taking photographs of his local landscape and when he enlarged his shots he noticed a cluster of tiny flying creatures.

Upon closer inspection the odd-looking objects seemed to have a human-shaped form.

Mr Hyatt told the Manchester Evening News that he insists his photos are genuine and haven't been altered in any way. In fact, he's not even calling them fairies, that is something other people have been saying after he posted his images to social media.

John Hyatt (not with a fairy here) took the photograph. Source: Facebook Source: Supplied

He said: "It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take.

"I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don't look the same.

"People can decide for themselves what they are.

"The message to people is to approach them with an open mind.

"I don't believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day."

The photos, which are too fuzzy to truly make out any features, show the group of "fairies" "enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight", said Mr Hyatt.

Pictures of supposed sightings of fairies have popped up all over the internet for years but all have either been dismissed or unproven. This new set won't change that. But it will make for some interesting debate. We dare not rubbish them as fake for fear of Tinkerbell's wrath.

In the meantime Mr Hyatt will be displaying his sprites at a special exhibition in the UK.


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This is how to do races, Australia

AUSTRALIA pretends it knows how to do the races. Ladies sip champagne, speak eloquently and are dressed to impress. The men wear crisp suits, ties tied and nurse a cold beer.

But if they think we struggle with class and a nasty hangover, maybe they should direct their gaze to Aintree racecourse in Liverpool.

This is the opening of the Grand National Festival and it ain't pretty.

A fake tan can hide a range of sins. Picture: Mercury Press and Media. Source: Supplied

This racegoer puts her best foot forward. Source: Austral International Press Agency

Grinners are winners. Source: Picture Media

The ladies in the Liverpool are much cheekier than Australians. Source: Splash News Australia

Who is having the last laugh? Source: Splash News Australia

Raise your voice and your glass. Source: Getty Images

The paper comes in handy to rest weary feet. Source: Getty Images

Don't make an arse of yourself, love. Source: Splash News Australia

Pre-mixed drinks are always a good idea. Source: Splash News Australia


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Fans pick five new Monopoly rules

Monopoly Rules ... Hasbro will release a limited "house rules" edition of the popular board game. Source: AP

NO RENT collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.

Several thousand people weighed in on "house rules'' over 10 days of recent debate and a year after Hasbro Inc. added a cat token and retired the iron in a similar online stunt aimed at keeping the 79-year-old game fresh.

"Our goal is to stay current and deliver Monopoly in a way that they want to engage with it and that means sometimes being new and having modern takes on the brand,'' said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of marketing, ahead of the house rules announcement.

New means old all over again in this case since house rules are often passed on through generations. Some casual players may have thought a few of the 10 in the running before debate ended Thursday were already in the official rule book. And some, even regular players, might not have heard of others.

Did you know some people play that mums get out of jail for free? Always. No questions asked. That one didn't make the cut. Nor did buying houses for a property without an actual monopoly (a complete colour set of properties), or starting the game by placing half of all the money on the game board for a cash-grabbing free-for-all on the count of three.

Hasbro's house rules debate came after the company received results of a survey showing nearly 70 per cent of 1000 respondents reported never having read all Monopoly rules and 34 per cent said they had made up rules more than once.

The winning house rule for landing on Go means players get 400 Monopoly dollars instead of the official 200. As for Free Parking, official rules call for absolutely nothing to happen when a player lands there. Under the house rule, any taxes and fees collected are thrown into the middle for a lucky someone who lands on that corner square.

Rounding out the five winners are that players must travel around the board one full time before they can begin buying properties, and collecting 500 bucks for rolling double ones.

To appease hardcore players not interested in new rules, the US company will put the winners into a special House Rules Edition to be released in the fall and add them to classic Monopoly's game guide next year as unofficial.

"There are a lot of Monopoly purists who want to play by the classic rules and don't want to change it, but we love the idea of there being some optional rules in there that can mix up the game a little bit,'' Berkowitz said.


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MH370 sightings prove fruitless

Aviation expert Ron Bartsch is surprised that nothing has been found of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and thinks the chances of discovery are more remote by the day.

A NUMBER of sighted objects have provided false hope in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with none associated with the missing plane.

The Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Navy are racing against time to find the plane's back box recorder, believed to be somewhere in a 217,000 square kilometre patch of ocean off the coast of Perth, using technology on board the vessels Ocean Shield and HMS Echo.

Lead search co-ordinator Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston warned the clock was ticking, as the search entered a fourth agonising week.

"On best advice, the locator beacon will last about a month before it ceases its transmissions. So we are now getting pretty close to the time when it might expire," he said.

He expressed disappointment at not having found any debris yet.

Lost at sea ... Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston says objects spotted in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 haven't been associated with the missing plane. Source: News Corp Australia

"Unfortunately all the leads we got from the satellites turned out to be other things other than wreckage from the aircraft."

However the leader of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JAC) wasn't giving up hope.

"I think there is still a great possibility of finding something on the surface. There are lots of things in aircraft that float," he said.

Friday's search in the Indian Ocean involved 14 planes and nine ships, the JAC said.

Weather in the search area was good, with visibility greater than 10 kilometres.

Explosive claims of concealment

Meanwhile, Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed Malaysia was deliberately concealing information about missing flight MH370 and the country's radar system should have easily tracked the plane.

'Cover-up' ... Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claims it's not possible that the nation's radar system did not track flight MH370 after it changed course. Source: AFP

The explosive claims come in an interview with the UK Telegraph, in which the former Deputy Prime Minister called for an international group to lead the investigation into the missing flight, as Malaysia's integrity "is at stake".

Mr Ibrahim stated that when he was Malaysian finance minister in 1994, he authorised the installation of a sophisticated radar system.

It was "not only unacceptable but not possible, not feasible" that Malaysia's radar system did not track flight MH370 after it changed course while flying over the Gulf of Thailand in the early hours of March 8, he told The Telegraph.

"We don't have the sophistication of the United States or Britain but still we have the capacity to protect our borders," he said.

Under standard operating procedure, the Malaysian air force should have been alerted to a problem with MH370 within minutes, he said.

Mr Ibrahim accused the Malaysian government of an "intention to suppress key information" about MH370.


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MH370 sightings prove fruitless

Aviation expert Ron Bartsch is surprised that nothing has been found of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and thinks the chances of discovery are more remote by the day.

A NUMBER of sighted objects have provided false hope in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with none associated with the missing plane.

The Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Navy are racing against time to find the plane's back box recorder, believed to be somewhere in a 217,000 square kilometre patch of ocean off the coast of Perth, using technology on board the vessels Ocean Shield and HMS Echo.

Lead search co-ordinator Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston warned the clock was ticking, as the search entered a fourth agonising week.

"On best advice, the locator beacon will last about a month before it ceases its transmissions. So we are now getting pretty close to the time when it might expire," he said.

He expressed disappointment at not having found any debris yet.

Lost at sea ... Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston says objects spotted in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 haven't been associated with the missing plane. Source: News Corp Australia

"Unfortunately all the leads we got from the satellites turned out to be other things other than wreckage from the aircraft."

However the leader of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JAC) wasn't giving up hope.

"I think there is still a great possibility of finding something on the surface. There are lots of things in aircraft that float," he said.

Friday's search in the Indian Ocean involved 14 planes and nine ships, the JAC said.

Weather in the search area was good, with visibility greater than 10 kilometres.

Explosive claims of concealment

Meanwhile, Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed Malaysia was deliberately concealing information about missing flight MH370 and the country's radar system should have easily tracked the plane.

'Cover-up' ... Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claims it's not possible that the nation's radar system did not track flight MH370 after it changed course. Source: AFP

The explosive claims come in an interview with the UK Telegraph, in which the former Deputy Prime Minister called for an international group to lead the investigation into the missing flight, as Malaysia's integrity "is at stake".

Mr Ibrahim stated that when he was Malaysian finance minister in 1994, he authorised the installation of a sophisticated radar system.

It was "not only unacceptable but not possible, not feasible" that Malaysia's radar system did not track flight MH370 after it changed course while flying over the Gulf of Thailand in the early hours of March 8, he told The Telegraph.

"We don't have the sophistication of the United States or Britain but still we have the capacity to protect our borders," he said.

Under standard operating procedure, the Malaysian air force should have been alerted to a problem with MH370 within minutes, he said.

Mr Ibrahim accused the Malaysian government of an "intention to suppress key information" about MH370.


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Photographer killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and another reporter was wounded when a policeman opened fire on their car. Source: AP

A VETERAN Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television freelancer who witnessed the shooting.

Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention. She was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel.

"Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss," said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking in New York.

Anja Niedringhaus pictured in Rome, was killed in Afghanistan when a policeman opened fire. Source: AP

The two were travelling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the centre of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district. The convoy was protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. They were in their own car with a freelancer and a driver.

According to the freelancer, they had arrived in the heavily guarded district compound shortly before the incident.

As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled "Allahu Akbar" — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested.

Medical officials in Khost confirmed that Niedringhaus died.

Gannon, 60, is a Canadian journalist based in Islamabad for AP. She has covered war and unrest in Afghanistan and Pakistan for three decades.


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Schu shows signs of ‘consciousness’

Michael Schumacher, right, is showing signs of awakening from his three-month coma after a skiing accident. Source: AP

MICHAEL Schumacher's manager says the retired Formula One star now "shows moments of consciousness and awakening," more than three months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident.

Manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement that "Michael is making progress on his way." She added that "we keep remaining confident."

Kehm says Schumacher's family does not intend to disclose further details.

The 45-year-old Schumacher fell while skiing in France and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

Schumacher's condition stabilised after he was placed in the coma. In late January, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up.


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