Nov 162017
 

Playing cards are so common today that we take them for granted. But, have you ever really looked closely at them or wondered what they could mean?Like, who is that suave King that doesn’t have a moustache? Here are 10 Things You Don’t Know About Playing Cards.

 
Be Amazed at these Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Playing Cards! Cards inspired many sayings – Many terms used during card games have been adopted as phrases in general life. Let’s look at a straightforward example first – ‘to follow suit’. How the four suits arose – It is generally agreed that playing cards originated in China in the 9th century before spreading to many other countries. Why there is a joker – The joker card first appeared in printed card decks in the 1860s. The card was used as the Best Bower, which was an extra trump card in the new American version of the game Euchre. Why the King of Hearts doesn’t have a moustache – If you’ve ever played close attention to the Kings in your card deck, you’ll have noticed the King of Hearts is unique for a couple of reasons. The King of Hearts is stabbing himself – The second unique thing about the King of Hearts relates to his weapon. Until the 1800s his weapon of choice was a battle axe, and yet today he holds a sword.

Why there are 52 cards in a deck – It’s the French we can thank for there being 52 cards in a standard deck. Different countries developed different versions of card decks which ranged from 24 to 52 cards. The court cards were attributed with personalities of historical figures – Because the court cards obviously represent positions in social hierarchy, over time people came to attribute historical royal figures to these cards. Why is the Ace of Spades is different? Ever noticed that the Ace of Spades often has a more ornate design than other aces?This practice originated in Europe in the 16th century, where there was a tax on the manufacturing of playing cards. It’s possible a deck of cards has never been properly shuffled and yielded the same result in all of history – You’ll be aware that there are many ways to shuffle a deck of cards. The most common are rifle shuffling, as used in casinos, Hindu shuffles, commonly used in Asia, and the overhand shuffle, which is perhaps the easiest technique. Design secrets behind Bicycle cards – The United States Playing Card Company owns Bicycle brand cards which are the most iconic cards worldwide, originating from the first back design which featured penny-farthing.

 
 
 

Nov 132017
 

There are lots of secrets in everyday things that you don’t know the purpose of. From the numbers on sauce sachets to the chemicals on Nintendo switch cartridges, here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know the Hidden Secret Uses of.

 
Be Amazed at these top 10 everyday things that you don’t know the purpose of. The front strap on a bra. Of course, bras come in many different shapes and styles, but many of them have something in common. Buttons on women’s clothing. Bras aren’t the only women’s clothing item that’s made the list. At number 8, we have the buttons on women’s shirts or blouses. The bumps on the F and J keys. Have you ever noticed the little raised sections on the F and J keys on a computer keyboard? There is a very good reason why they exist and why they are on these keys specifically. The zig-zag side of bobby pins. Whether you call them bobby pins, Kirby grips or simply hair clips, we all recognize this classic hair accessory and its iconic zigzag shape. The holes in Converse. I bet a lot of you have owned a pair of these before. I certainly have. But have you ever sat and looked at those two small holes near the bottom of these trainers and wondered what the point of them was?

The shape of a Toblerone. Of all the chocolate bars out there, Toblerone must have the most unique shape. Many people think its triangular structure is supposed to represent a mountain range, but the inventors’ sons say it was actually inspired by a sexy Parisian cabaret dance troupe, who always ended their shows on a pyramid formation. The dimples in candy trays. Toblerone isn’t the only confectionery item that has ease of eating as a central part of its design.Look at these small circular dimples in this tray of Toffifee. The end of a toothpick. If you eat out at a restaurant, there will often be toothpicks on the table to allow you to un-stick any food from your teeth. The number on Heinz sachets. Take a look at Heinz condiment sachets, and in the top corner you’ll spot a small number. Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad cream.The taste of Nintendo Switch cartridges. Our number one hidden secret use is the taste of Nintendo Switch cartridges. People have recently noticed that the cartridges of this super-popular games console have a very interesting taste.

 
 
 

How To Of The Day: How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

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Sep 252017
 

This trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50

How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs

‘Tis the season for stink bugs, and before you know it, you might start seeing them everywhere. But if you think you need some kind of expensive, complicated way to get rid of them, think again.

A group of researchers from Virginia Tech University conducted a study that found that instead of a fancy contraption, all you need is a pan of water and a light to attract the bugs to their doom.

The necessary supplies:

  • A large pan (an aluminum foil one if you want to toss it, because honestly, who wants to reuse a pan that’s had bugs floating in it?)
  • Water and dish soap
  • A light to attract the bugs

The Virginia Tech team has proven that homemade, inexpensive stink bug traps crafted from simple household items outshine pricier models designed to kill the invasive, annoying bugs.

Researchers from the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the best way to get rid of the little buggers: Just fill a foil roasting pan with water and dish soap, and put a light over the pan to attract the bugs in a dark room.

The trap eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50, the study found. The homemade model is comparatively cheap — roasting pan, dish soap, light — and homeowners might already own the components.

By the way, a stink bug’s ability to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism, meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. Simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger an odor release.

 

 

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Three Easy Pen Magic Tricks

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Jul 112017
 

How to perform 3 easy pen magic tricks – Vanish, Change & Transformation

 
YouTube magician Oscar Owen shows you how to perform three impressive tricks involving a pen: the Vanish, the Change and the Transformation.

In this tutorial, I break down and explain three simple, easy and visual pen magic tricks. Whilst the skill level required to perform these effects is minimal, you will still need to practice them so that you can perform the moves at speed. The faster these tricks are done, the more deceptive they will be.

 
 

Kitchen Hack Of The Day: How To Peel An Orange

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Jun 102017
 

This tip is especially useful for those of you that don’t have any nails to dig into the tough skin of an orange. With a few clever cuts of a knife, you can peel an orange and eat it without juice dripping all over your hands. But best of all, it’s FUN!

Kitchen Hack Of The Day: How To Peel An Orange

 

Why You Should Always Put A Coin In The Freezer Before You Leave Home

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Mar 292017
 
Simple, effective – and definitely a money saver, because you don’t have to toss loads of food unnecessarily.

Why You Should Always Put A Coin In The Freezer Before You Leave Home

Have you ever come home from vacation, business trip or maybe a weekend away with the family – and noticed your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?You quickly realize that you had a power outage while you were away, but it’s basically impossible to tell when it occurred or how long it lasted. It’s therefore also impossible to tell just how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyred, and then frozen again.

Or is it?

In connection with Hurricane Matthews which swept over parts of the United States, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on her Facebook wall with anyone who was forced to evacuate their home.

But the trick is certainly also good to know in case of any prolonged departure from your home – and will ease your mind about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat – or best be thrown out right away.

The trick lies in the magical combination of three simple but effective tools everyone already has at home: a mug, a coin and some tap water.

In a Facebook post which quickly received hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares, Sheila explains how to proceed. She writes:

“For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.

If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.

If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe. Please SHARE this on your page. 😀”

Please share this nifty trick on to all your friends!