Playing cards were invented in Imperial China as early as 9th Century during the Tang dynasty. A deck of regular playing cards contains fifty-two cards: thirteen cards in each of four suits. Most of us play cards come with one or two Jokers. Some startling facts :
|2||The two colors on the faces (red and black), or the two sides of the card (front and back), symbolize day and night.|
|7||Consider Ace as 1, Jack as 11, Queen as 12, and King as 13. The middle number between one (Ace) and thirteen (King) is seven, the number of days in a week.|
|12||The twelve court cards — all the Jacks, Queens, and Kings — correspond to thetwelve months of the Gregorian calendar year or twelve zodiac signs in each year.
The average value of all the court cards is twelve.
There are twelve hours in each day and each night.
There are twelve animals in the cycles of the Chinese calendar.
|13||There are thirteen cards in each suit. In a lunar year, the moon goes around Earththirteen times. Some earlier calendars, used at the times and places playing cards were probably invented, were based on a lunar calendar.
There are thirteen weeks in each season.
|24||Start with a full deck of cards without Jokers. Deal them all one by one into two piles, and then put the second pile on the first pile and start over. Do this a total oftwenty-four times and the entire deck will be in the same order as it was before you started dealing.
There are twenty-four hours in a day.
|52||There are fifty-two cards in a deck and fifty-two weeks in a year.|
|365||Again, consider Ace as 1, Jack as 11, Queen as 12, and King as 13. If you add up all fifty-two cards in the deck you’ll get 364… plus one for a Joker is 365, the number of days in a year.
Here is another way to get there: 4 = The number of suits (or seasons) 7 = The average value of a card (or days in a week) 13 = The number of cards in each suit (or months in the lunar calendar year) 4 X 7 X 13 = 364… plus one for a Joker =365, the number of days in a year.
What if it’s a leap year? Just add in the other Joker.
The four suits means four seasons.
Hearts♥ = Spring
Clubs♣ = Summer
Diamonds♦ = Fall
Spades♠ = Winter
An interesting fact about a deck of playing cards is that usually playing cards have differentiable patterns on the backs of the cards. Unless the cards have advertising or pictures on the backs, that is. Each card manufacturer has their own unique pattern they place on their cards. The normal colors you’ll see these patterns printed in are red and blue.
Besides playing card games, building houses out of playing cards or “Cardstacking” is a favorite pastime for many people. A man named Bryan Berg has turned this pastime into a career. He earned the Guinness World Record for the “world’s tallest card tower” in 1992. Since then, Berg has won even more honors for building higher towers. His highest to date measured 25 feet, 3.5 inches. Bryan Berg used 2,400 decks of playing cards to build this huge tower with.
An interesting fact about playing cards is that specially-constructed decks were sent to American soldiers who were being held in German camps during World War II. The United States Playing Card Company collaborated with the government in the production of these cards. What made these cards so unique was, once they became wet, they peeled apart. Inside, the prisoners found parts of maps that would lead them to freedom.
In 1966, when the Vietnam War was raging on, two United States lieutenants contacted the United States Playing Card Company. The two officers wanted decks of playing cards that consisted of nothing more than Aces of Spades. The aces were used as part of a psychological warfare against the Viet Cong. You see, when the French used cards to foretell the future, the Aces of Spades forewarned of death. The Viet Cong were superstitious, and just seeing this card made them fearful. Thousands of Aces of Spades were dispersed throughout the jungles to make the enemy leave in fear.