The world's longest ever monopoly match came to an abrupt sour end yesterday after the unfortunate death of Mary J. Hunter, leaving behind her husband Tom Hunter.
The Chicago couple began a simple game of monopoly on the 22nd of April 1979 and what followed is truly a gladiator battle of epic proportions.
Pictured in 1980 1 year into their 31 year long battle Mary and Tom were given a monopoly set from a family friend and sat down after dinner to play, "The game just would not finish" Tom said. "After 4 hours i think we were both ready to quit, but neither of us was willing to walk away because the other would claim victory"
The 2 set very strict playing conditions "After playing the first 30 hours straight, we decided on some rules: we would have a 5 minute food,drink and toilet break every hour and a 6 hour sleep break every day" Tom believed the hardest part of the game was dealing with the conditions although inside the house for the majority of the last 30 years the Hunter's were unable to use their air conditioning or heating because it would blow the monopoly money all over the place Tom informed me.
I asked Tom if he still loved his wife after being in fierce competition for more than half of their lives "well i guess through all the hatred, rivalry and trash talk our love always shone through" Things were not always so peaceful in the house and Tom suspects Mary used to steal money "Well Mary was the banker, and was very suspicious,i guess i learned not to let a woman in control of the finances around the house" Tom remarked.
Unfortunately the game came to an abrupt end yesterday when Mary had a heart attack in the middle of playing, after Tom landed on Mayfair and was set to pay her a huge fortune, its sad to see such a monumental game end in a draw, but despite having less cash and less assets Tom see's this as a victory "Well i guess at the end of the day she didn't have to heart to see the game out, and since she quit i am clearly the winner"
I asked Tom what he planned to do now the game is over, he replied he never wants to play monopoly again but is hoping to master chess and catching up on the missed episodes from his favorite television show Mash. In related news Guinness world records will not be counting this feat as a record due to the match not being officially completed.