Most historians believe that playing cards originated in China and then spread to India and Persia. From Persia they spread into Egypt and then in the second half of the 14th century migrated into Europe via the Italian and Iberian peninsulas.

Some of the earliest surviving packs were hand painted works of art which were expensive and affordable only by wealthy patrons. But you can play card games with any old pack so as demand increased new, cheaper methods of production were discovered so that playing cards became available for everyone…

Knave of Coins is acknowledge as the oldest known European deck (c.1390–1410).  Mamluk suits of cups, coins, swords, and polo-sticks, which are still used in traditional Latin decks.

Well, if you want your butt kicked then try this out. It comes from the military such as the SEALs but likely goes further back. Many groups use it today to get in shape: SWAT, Spec Ops candidates, and your Crossfit athlete. But it’s good for anyone who wants to be challenged. I’ve gotten through the deck with a few friends and it’s a great way to feel united.

Perhaps you’ve tried using the playing card technique before and if you haven’t given it a try. When you get to the higher numbers, such as 9,or 10, you will feel the hurt.

Continue reading on Spotter Up

Photo courtesy of Spotter Up