Brain Game: Just Visiting

MonopolyMonopoly was always one of my favorite board games, and I won more than my share of games, but I was always a stickler for the rules. Most of the people I've met who did not like playing the game cited "It takes too long!" as the primary reason. But if you play Monopoly strictly by the original rules included in the set, you can usually knock out a game in a reasonable amount of time. But that means no adding money under the "Free Parking" space, selling all improvements evenly across a property group before mortgaging, and auctioning any unowned property that a player lands upon but chooses not to purchase outright. Yep, I said "stickler."

The mathematics of Monopoly have long interested me as well, and that notion brings us to today's Brain Game. Like yesterday's puzzle, the answer to this one isn't as obvious as it might first appear. Please read carefully before answering!

As a collection, which color group
of Monopoly properties costs the most
for a player to purchase and fully develop?

Here is the ANSWER.


No, it's not the dark blue properties (Park Place & Boardwalk). In fact, the dark blue group is #4 on the list. The red group is #3, the yellow group is #2, and the correct answer to today's Brain Game is: THE GREEN GROUP.

The key reason the dark blue group lags is that there are only two properties in the group, while most other groups are made up of three properties.

Here's the breakdown:


Pacific = $300, N.C. = $300, Penn. = $320. Total green properties = $920.

Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then a hotel = $1,000 per property.

Total green properties = $920 + hotels on all three $3,000 = $3,920 to fully develop.







Park Place = $350, Boardwalk = $400. Total blue properties = $750.

Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then a hotel = $1,000 per property.

Total blue properties = $750 + hotels on both $2,000 = $2,750 to fully develop.


The YELLOW GROUP ($3050) and RED GROUP ($2930) also cost more to purchase and fully develop than the dark blue properties, even though the purchase price and house/hotel prices of each property are less expensive.




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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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