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People Called Emily Are More Likely To Cheat In Board Games

People Called Emily Are More Likely To Cheat In Board Games

With everyone in isolation and strapped for ways to spend their time, it appears we're all looking to forms of entertainment of the past - namely, board games.

That's right, people all over the country are dusting off their Scrabble sets, Guess Whos and chess boards to while away the hours while we can't go outside.

In fact, new research by comparison site idealo.co.uk has found that classic board game Monopoly is really reaping the rewards of the lockdown, reporting a 6,000 per cent sales increase since coronavirus measures were put in place! How crazy?

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Off the back of that, the research found over 2,100 Google searches for how to play to classic Hasbro game, with a massive one in ten Brits searching 'How to cheat in Monopoly'.

Guys, c'mon!

One in 10 people are searching how to cheat in Monopoly (Credit: Pexels)
One in 10 people are searching how to cheat in Monopoly (Credit: Pexels)

What's more, idealo.co.uk went one step further to tell us the names of the prime cheaters across the country - and it's not boding well for Emilys and Ashleys.

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The data has disclosed the monikers of the the people most likely to flout the rule book, with Emily coming out on top for the women's list.

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Cheating Emilys are closely followed by Megans, Hannahs, Georgias and Claires. Ladies, hang your heads in shame.

For the men's list, it was Ashleys that didn't want to play fairly, followed by Williams, Scotts, Callums and Isaacs.

What happened to winning fair and square, lads?!

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We're keeping an eye on you Emilys and Ashleys out there (Credit: Pexels)
We're keeping an eye on you Emilys and Ashleys out there (Credit: Pexels)

As well as finding the biggest cheaters, the data found children's game Hungry Hippos to be soaring in sales, reporting a 2,300 per cent increase, while - rather aptly - the game Pandemic, which is based on on disease breaking out across the world, has seen sales shoot up by 2,600 per cent.

Idealo's Ekin Ogurlu commented: "The unfortunate situation everyone has found themselves in has seen people searching for more traditional games to help provide distractions and pass the time.

"We're seeing revivals of old classics such as Scrabble and Risk to go alongside the ever-popular Monopoly, which is also seeing a burst in sales.

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"It's nice to see the spare time is being used by people to bond with their families and board games are the perfect pastime to do just that - unless you have an Emily or William in your house - then it might be best to keep the board games in the cupboard!"

Watch out for those Emilys and Ashleys next time you bang out the Monopoly, everyone...

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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.