Friday, July 14, 2006

Questions about euchre playing cards

Without cards there would be no euchre. And without euchre, the universe would cease to exist. You’ve used the plucky pasteboards all these years, but have you ever wondered where they come from or why they look the way they do? Well, author John McLeod did and he went out to find the answers. You can find his answers at his frequently asked questions about playing cards site.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll learn.

  1. How to turn your design idea into a real pack of cards.

  2. Who was Hoyle.

  3. Who was the inspiration for the people on the face cards?

  4. Why is the Ace worth more than the King? Rebellious peasants no doubt.

  5. Why does the Ace of spades have a bigger design than the other aces? Taxes.

And finally, did you know that the Joker was invented specifically for the game of euchre? And here I thought it was done as a tribute to joggling.

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