In a misguided effort to remain relevant, Monopoly (or, more accurately, Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly) held an online vote to kick one of its tokens off the island. The tribe has spoken: the thimble is no longer.
This is a sad day, not only because the thimble has been winning second place in beauty contests and going directly to jail since 1935, but also because the thimble was the token for misunderstood kids everywhere. The thimble was my token.
Sure, a thimble may not be as “sexy” as, say, a top hat or a car, but it’s unique in that it’s the only token that doubles as the very thing it represents. That’s what made it so delightfully weird.
The thimble may not be the only piece that gets the axe. The vote asked Monopoly fans to select their favorite 8 tokens from 64 options, including the 8 classic pieces. The other pieces are more “modern.” You know, things like hashtags and emojis (not kidding).
But until the rest of the votes are revealed (dear god please don’t let the hashtag win) we bid farewell to the humble thimble. Goodbye, old friend.