If you thought that Western Union killing off the telegram was a sign of an end of an era, how about the end of monopoly money (via Engadget)? Monopoly money, after all, is such an iconic concept that it is often used to denote any kind of fake (dot com stock certificates) or amusing (Canadian money) currency. However, it seems that term may fade away into history with the news that the Monopoly board game is apparently replacing the colorful cash with mock Visa cards (branded, no less), along with scanner devices that can be used to debit and credit the card. Perhaps this fits right in there with teaching 8-year-olds how to take on debt to finance an automobile purchase. Might as well teach kids how to use debit cards as well. Of course, for those who just can't stand to be without the traditional Monopoly money, Hasbro still offers downloadable PDFs, so you can make your own.