Today we play a lot of games by using playing cars like rummy, blackjack, poker, etc. The four-deck playing cards have been around for a long time now. They were invented in China during the Tang dynasty, around the 9th century AD. The very first playing cards were wooden. Here are some mind-blowing facts about playing cards that you can tell your friends the next time:
- The most popular playing card suite of hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds is French. There are four other kinds of suites too. One of those suites is German and has acorns, hearts, bells and leaves instead. There was once a fifth suite too. The symbol was a green eagle for the US and a blue crown for the British.
- In several states of the U.S.A., prison inmates have been given playing cards featuring a summary of unsolved cases. About 40 such cases were solved as a result of being printed on playing cards.
- During World War II, the prisoners of war were given ‘Bicycle’ playing cards which when submerged in water, would reveal parts of a large map that would aid them in their escape. They were given as Christmas presents.
- Most playing cards are for the right-handed with numbers printed on upper-left and lower-right corners. A deck for the left-handed will have the opposite placement and a neutral deck with have numbers written on all four corners.
- When you shuffle a playing card deck, you’ll end up with a sequence of cards that has probably never happened before.
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