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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Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]


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