We're sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but it turns out we've all been playing Monopoly wrong this entire time and wasted too many hours thinking we were doing it right.
What is wrong with us?!
Last year on Twitter, user @iowahawkblog asked his followers which trivial hill they were willing to die on and @AskRubenHow2Bet responded with this truth bomb about the game that is notorious for breaking up families, Monopoly:
WE HAVE WASTED SO MUCH TIME!
As he said, this little move is actually in the rules of the game and we were obviously too lazy to read them properly and pick up on it.
"Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price.
"You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you.
"If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder.
"The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property.
"Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price."
Reuben, smart, insightful Reuben, then went on to explain that you can bid on the property even if you landed on it and turned it down originally!
Excuse us whilst we go and reevaluate our entire lives...