Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Euchre Science - Health benefits of euchre

Euchre QOD: “You’ll never get sick of cards.”

Euchre Haiku:
Feeling a bit drab
Call your pals to play euchre
You will feel better

The Science of Euchre
Did you ever notice that when you are playing euchre you never really feel sick? At least not until the effects of the numerous beers kick in. Well, it turns out that your euchre activities may actually be making you feel better. Researchers out of the University of California, Berkeley have discovered that contract bridge players actually have more immune cells after they play than before.

And since the two games have numerous similarities, this research can certainly be applicable to euchre. In fact, it’s likely that the only reason they didn’t run this study on euchre players was because it was conducted in California. Nobody in California plays euchre, right? Now, if the study was done by somebody at the Indiana University, they would’ve surely picked euchre.

In the study, they took blood samples of the players before and after a 90 minute bridge game, and measured the levels of T cells. It turns out there was a significant increase in blood levels after playing. T cells are the white blood cells that patrol your body in search of viruses and other microbial invaders.

So the next time you’re feeling a little under the weather, go out and play a little euchre. It will actually make you feel better.

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