Among the 16 Community Chest cards in the legendary Monopoly
board game is one that features a beaming Rich Uncle
Pennybags wearing the sash of a beauty pageant participant and
holding a large bouquet of flowers. "You have won second prize in a beauty
contest!" declares the card. "Collect $10."
The person who picks up said card upon landing on a Community Chest square is then given $10 from the bank.
card has remained unchanged in the original ("classic") Monopoly game
since 1936; in the game's first incarnation the cash prize was an
The decision to make the card a second-place win
rather than first-place could have been made for many reasons. For one
thing, it's one of the few Chance/Community Chest cards that involves
monetary compensation for something otherwise unbusiness-like (compare
with stock funds maturing or being elected chair of the board). And
besides, Rich Uncle Pennybags isn't exactly the most attractive dude.
the Monopoly: Here and Now Edition released in 2007, "you have won
second prize in a beauty contest! Collect $10" has been replaced with
"You have won second prize on a reality TV show! Collect $100,000."
Some would say that, modern as though it is, it doesn't have quite the
The original card has been the butt of a handful of
jokes, usually involving the person who draws the card reading it out
loud and collecting his or her money, and someone else remarking
sarcastically that it was a one-person beauty contest. Zing.
The aforementioned joke was made once on 3rd Rock from the Sun, and
every time I draw that card when playing Monopoly with my sister.