Interesting facts about Playing Cards

January 27, 2018 | Categories: General, What's New

Playing cards have been a great mode of entertainment since ages and continues to hold a very popular spot even today.

Interesting facts about playing cards

Available in a ton of versions today, playing cards are loved by people across globe. Sometimes played for easy fun games as casino/poker while also being a part of serious games as bridge and also used to charm people with card tricks – cards are as versatile as it gets.

And, here we give you a fill of some interesting and amazing facts related to playing cards which most of us may not be aware of.

1. Origin
It is believed that the playing cards were first invented in China in 9th century AD, and comprised of only 30 cards. They were originally printed on materials such as wood, paper or even bones.

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Eventually, it gained popularity and spread to India (as 13 card rummy), Persia and European countries. Source

2. Hidden Map
Apparently, a peculiar kind of cards were created during the World War II. These cards could be peeled into two halves upon submerging in water, and each half was a part of a map.

hidden-map-playing-card-fact

Putting all these pieces together would form a larger map. Usually, these were given to the prisoners of the wars in order for them to find their way home if they managed to escape. Source!

3. Suicide King

suicide king playing card facts
Did you know one of the king cards in a deck of playing cards is known as the “suicide king”? If you take a look at each king card of all the four suits, you will find that the King of Hearts alone does not have a moustache among all the kings and sword piercing through his head. Source!

4. Countless Unique Combinations
You would be amazed to know that a deck of 52 cards can form about 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique combinations!! Yes, that’s right. Perhaps, you would also end with a unique permutation each time after shuffling the pack thoroughly. Source!

5. Why 53 cards in a deck?
Although a clear answer to this is not yet known, the number of cards have transitioned from 20 to 36, 40, 48 and then 52.

53 playing card deck

However, the 52 set became more popular and spread easily across the world. Source!

Incase you know any interesting fact about playing cards, we are ready to hear.

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