Archive for June, 2010

Jun 06 2010

Posted by under Feel Good,Reality

POW Escape Maps Hidden in Monopoly Games

Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape…

Monopoly cover from 1941Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks — they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.
Someone in MI-5 (similar to America 's OSS ) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.
By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into 'CARE packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.
Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were regional system). When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.
As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's also managed to add:
1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass
2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together
3. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!
British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set — by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.
Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war.
The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony.
It's always nice when you can play that 'Get Out of Jail' Free' card!
I realize most of you are (probably) too young to have any personal connection to WWII (Dec. '41 to Aug. '45), but this is still interesting.

1 Comment »

Jun 03 2010

Posted by under Feel Good,Religion

Watch for the Blessings

Concentrate on this sentence:
"To get something you never had, you have to do
something you never did"

When God takes something from your grasp. He's
not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive
something better.

Concentrate on this sentence.
"The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been
waiting for to hear. Please do not break. Just 27 Words,

God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and
please watch over and heal my family in Jesus name, Amen. His prayer is
so powerful. Pass this to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming
to you, could be in the form of a new job, a house, marriage, financial
stability or to be debt free.

No Comments »

Jun 02 2010

Posted by under Humor


A husband says to his wife, "what would you do if I won Lotto?"

She says,
"I'd take half, then leave you."

"Excellent," he replies,
"I won 12 bucks, here's $6 – now go!"

No Comments »

Jun 01 2010

Posted by under Humor,Tips


An old man, a boy & a donkey were going to town.  

The boy rode on the donkey & the old man walked.  

 As they went along they passed some people 

Who remarked it was a shame the old man 

Was walking and the boy was riding.

The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right,

So they changed positions.


Then, later, they passed some people who remarked, 

'What a shame, he makes that little boy walk.'

So they then decided they'd both walk!  

Soon they passed some more people who thought 

They were stupid to walk when they had a 

Decent donkey to ride.  

So, they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people 

Who shamed them by saying how awful to 

Put such a load on a poor donkey.

The boy and man figured they were probably right, 

So they decide to carry the donkey.   

As they crossed the bridge,

They lost their grip on the animal 

And he fell into the river and drowned.


The moral of the story?

If you try to please everyone, 
You might as well.. 

Kiss your ass goodbye!

Have A Nice Day And 
Be Careful With Your Donkey

No Comments »

E-Mail from Grandma - Blogged