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He might be "the Bear of Very Little Brain," as his creator, A.A. Milne, once wrote, but Winnie the Pooh has delighted generations of readers since the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" was first published 80 years ago this month.

The fictitious character, who "gets into a tight place" when visiting Rabbit in the book, was said to be based on a toy bear owned by the author's son, Christopher Robin.

E.H. Shepard's illustrations brought Milne's characters to life – including Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl, and Roo. Tigger joined the gang in the Hundred Acre Wood two years later in Milne's book, "The House at Pooh Corner" (1928).

In the mid-1960s, the Pooh stories were turned into a series of very short "Winnie the Pooh" films, produced by the Walt Disney Co.

The original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy and other characters from the Pooh books are on display at the New York Public Library.

Modern Monopoly

The Boardwalk still is going to cost you $400, but you can get there in a new ride.

In the "Here and Now" edition of the Monopoly board game, the Toyota Prius is one of several new name-brand tokens in a group that includes a laptop computer, an airplane, a Motorola RAZR cellphone, McDonald's French fries, and a New Balance running shoe.

The Prius replaced the vintage race car token in the original game, which was created by Parker Brothers more than 70 years ago. More than 250 million copies have been sold since then.

Did you know?

A contraction is a word made up of two words combined into one by leaving out one or more letters. An apostrophe appears in place of the missing letters.

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