Five Things You Never Knew About Playing Cards

Playing cards have been providing entertainment for over a thousand years but turns out there’s more to a deck than 52 pieces of paper. So today we bring you five things you never knew about playing cards:

1. The United States Playing Card Company is the world’s largest producer of playing cards, selling more than 100 million decks per year!
2. The world record for the Largest Playing Card Structure ever created was a replica of three casinos in Macao, China and completed in 2010. It consisted of 218,792 cards, measured 34 ft 1.05 in long, 9 ft 5.39 in tall and 11 ft 7.37 in wide. It took American architect Bryan Berg 44 days to complete.
3. Math proves a deck should be shuffled at least 7 times to ensure it’s properly mixed.
4. Fancy a card game? More people play poker than golf, billiards or tennis- 60 million in the United States and more than 100 million worldwide.
5. The King of Hearts is also called the “Suicide King”. He looks as if he’s stabbing a sword in his head, rightfully earning the nickname.

And what’s better than a normal deck of playing cards? Gold plated cards! That’s a full deck of 24 Carat 99.9% gold… Yep, poker night just got kicked up a notch.

Let us know: What game unleashes your inner cardshark?

Don’t Get Awkwardly Stuck With Winter, Get The 12-Volt Heated Ice Scraper To Help Break The Ice!

Summers over, and fall is coming to  an end. You know what that means… winter is coming!

When children hear that winter’s on its way, the first things that pop into their minds are “Snowman!” and “Snowball fights!”, but when adults hear it, the first thought they get is “Ugh!”.

Winter’s the time for snow, fun, and a few awesome holidays, but its also the time for shoveling the sidewalk, cleaning the chimney, and of course scraping ice off the windshield.

Scrape scrape scrape… We know how that goes. Standing bent over with your wet mittens, scraping away at the windshield while shivering your guts silly… that’s winter!

Well here’s something to make the cold season a little warmer. With the 12-Volt Heated Ice Scraper , your scraping time will be less, and you’r sit in front of the cozy steering wheel while sipping a mug of coffee time will be much more…

That’s how it is for me!

-By Michael Brick


Did You Know? -Amazing Uses For Toothpaste

We love finding different uses for the most ordinary household items. This time it’s TOOTHPASTE! Yes! We are going to share some unusual tips and tricks for this ordinary household item that you can use to clean things around the house and make other things shine! So…now that we’ve gotten your curiosity up, let’s get started!

Removes Scuff Marks
Can you believe that just a dab of toothpaste can remove scuff marks from your favorite pair of leather shoes? It’s simply amazing! Just dab a little on the scuff marks, rub the area with a soft cloth, and then wipe clean with a damp cloth. You will make them look like new!

Cleans Piano Keys
Are the keys on your old piano looking yellow and dingy? Make them look brighter by cleaning them up with some toothpaste on a soft toothbrush, then after a little scrubbing, wipe them down with a damp cloth. This only makes perfect sense, since the little ivories are essentially elephants teeth. This trick also works well on modern pianos even though their keys are covered with plastic rather than the real stuff!

Cleans tennis shoes…the rubber part
Try a little of the non-gel variety on one of your old toothbrushes to clean and whiten the rubber sides of your tennis shoes! After scrubbing them, take a damp cloth to clean it off and they’ll look almost new!

Clean “Gunk” Off Your Iron
Non-gel toothpastes contain a mild abrasive, which is just what you need to scrub the “gunk” off the plate of your iron. Apply it to your iron while its cool and scrub with a rag, then rinse well.

Make Your Diamond Ring Shine
Next time your brushing your teeth, take your toothbrush and run it over your diamond ring to make it sparkle! Clean off any residue with a damp cloth.


Clean Your Watch Band
A little toothpaste on an old toothbrush will allow you to scrub all of the dirt away from your watch band. Rinse carefully so the watch don’t get water in it. Polish with a soft cloth.

Baby Bottle Deodorizer
Are your baby’s bottles starting to smell like sour milk? Toothpaste works well to remove this odor! Just put a little bit on the bottle brush and start scrubbing. Be sure to rinse the bottle out well.

Goggles Defogger
Wearing fogged-up goggles is not only frustrating but can be dangerous as well. To prevent this, coat the goggles with toothpaste and wipe off.

Mirror Defogger
Ouch! No wonder you cut yourself shaving…a fogged-up bathroom mirror certainly prevents you from seeing your face clearly. Next time (before you shave and cut yourself) spread a little non-gel toothpaste onto the mirror and wipe it off before stepping into the shower. When you’re done with your shower and ready to shave, the mirror won’t be fogged up!

Shines Chrome
You can find many commercial cleaners containing a very fine abrasive that are designed to make your chrome shine, but if you don’t happen to have one of these cleaners handy, try a little non-gel toothpaste instead (which also contains a mild abrasive) It will work just as good. Smear it on and polish the chrome piece with a soft, dry cloth.

Cleans Your Bathroom Sink, Destroys Odors From Drain
Non-gel toothpastes work just as good as any other bathroom cleaner when it comes to cleaning out your sink. How handy can you get, it’s sitting right there at your fingertips so why not use it? OR…if your family is like mine, they drop gobs of it in the sink while brushing their teeth so just take a sponge or cloth and make good use of their waste! Rinse it out and see it shine! An additional bonus even! This will also destroy any odors coming from down inside the drain.

Cleans Crayon Marks Off Walls
Did those crayon-toting angels of yours get creative and draw some fancy artwork on your wall? Don’t worry. Just grab a tube, a rag or scrub brush, and dab a little on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will take away the crayon marks every time. Rinse the wall with water.

Hang Posters on the wall Just put a litttle dab in each corner of the poster and a few in between on the edges. Put your poster up and it will stick like magic. When you get ready to remove it will come off easy with no holes.

Fill in holes in the wall
Ugly nail holes showing? Just a little white toothpaste will fill in the hole instantly. Let it dry and you can paint over it.

Get All The Toothpaste That You Paid For
When the tube is almost empty place in warm water for a few minutes while you shower. Lay it on the couter or on the edge of the sink, using your toothbrush handle push the warm toothpaste to the top of the tube.

Air Freshener For Your Car
Squeeze a small amount of toohpaste onto a the center of a paper towel. Roll or fold the towel up. Place under the seat. When the car is left in the warm sunshine it will heat up and the toothpaste will release a nice soft mint smell into your car. Replace as needed.

Make your own toothpaste for making your teeth whiter
This is so easy and will save you money. Mix Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide blend into a paste. Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint extract to flavor to your desired taste. It will make your teeth sparkle and will help whiting them at the same time.

Now that you’ve probably gone through a couple of tubes like us, we’ll see you in the toothpaste aisle!

Nook Color vs Kindle – Review

Nook Color vs Kindle:  Who Wins The Contest?  Nook Vs Kindle Review

Some people feel the Nook is better than the Kindle 3.   Amazon has thus far refused to come out with color, so Barnes & Nobles clearly has the upper hand here.  What about other features, head to head?

First I will point out that Kindle had the lead in the weight/portability department, and as to price.  Now that’s changed because Barnes &Noble lowered their price of the Nook .

Nook Color vs Kindle: Display Resolution

Nook wins.  Nook Color is  1024 x 600 pixels, while Kindle is 800 x 600 pixels.   Latest update:  with its July release, evidently Nook has some improvements. Where B&N hits one out of the park: Its page refresh rates and speedy page turns.   It has reduced the flashing between page turns (by about 80%)


Nook Vs Kindle Review:   Nook Color vs Kindle Screen Size

Nook nudges out Kindle with its 7 inch screen size.

Nook Color vs KindleTouch Screen?

Yes, Nook has it.  Nook wins

Nook Vs Kindle Review: Display technology

Kindle has 4-Level gray scale;  Nook is the victor, with its VividView LCD

(unless you’ve a special fondness for Black and White, that is)

Nook Color vs Kindle: Operating System

It’s a draw.   Kindle 3 has  Linux (2.6.10 kernel)  &  Nook has Android 2.1  O/S

Nook Color vs Kindle: Supported Files

Kindle features AZW, PDF, TXT, MOBI, PRC, MP3, AA while Nook supports EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, and  MP4.   Here Nook Wins.

Nook Color vs Kindle: CPU

Nook features ARM Cortex A8-based Ti OMAP 3621 (800 MHz) and Kindle has the Intel PXA255.  It’s a Draw

Battery Life: Nook Color vs Kindle

There is now a change – Nook purports that its Nook Color can last up to 2 months, on a single charge with the Wi-fi shut off.   We’ll have to wait

Kindle  has a battery life of up to 4 months assuming limited use of a half hour a day – Kindle wins for now.


Dimensions of the Kindle:  191×135×18mm   and  for Nook:  6.5 by 5.0 by 0.47 inches –  so,  now that Nook is compact and more lightweight – well, you decide.

Nook Color vs Kindle: Memory Capacity

In this category, Nook Color has 8 GB  while the Kindle 3 has 4GB –  in this category, Nook wins the race.

Nook Vs Kindle Review – Nook Color vs Kindle:  Memory Card Slot

Well, Kindle does not have one while Nook has a Memory card slot (Micro SD) – so  guess who won?

Kindle Wireless Reading Device - 3G-6 Inch Display-White-ASIN: B0015T963C
Nook Color vs Kindle: 3G HSDPA network support

Yes, indeed Kindle 3 has it, while no, the Nook doesn’t.  Therefore, Kindle wins here.

Nook Color vs Kindle: Weight

Weight of Kindle =  8.7 ounces   and  Nook = 7.52 ounces –35 percent lighter than  before.

Nook Vs Kindle Review/Wi-Fi:   Nook has 802.11b/g/n   and  Kindle 3 has 802.11b/g/n (the Same, so it’s a Draw)

Nook Vs Kindle Review: Keyboard

Kindle 3 has a Keyboard  whereas Nook has Touch screen – thus, Kindle wins, in terms of ease of use  (typing)

Nook vs Kindle 3 Review:  Browsing Capability

It’s considered a draw.

Now as to price,  remember Kindle was a lower rate – but now, Nook has nudged ahead by coming down to around $160.

Nook is way ahead now that they’ve come out with a better price.  Special Note:  Users get free Wi-Fi access atAT&T hotspotsnationwide for the Nook Color


Overall Rating for New Nook Color:  4 out of 5 Stars

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Staying In Touch- The Logitech HD Pro Web Camera

Your husband is doing his duties in Iraq, and although he’s out there making you proud, you still miss him. We all know that email or even phone calls just don’t do it… You want to see him!

Well now you can! The Logitech Hd Pro Web Camera, lets you stay in touch with those you love most.With its built in mic and its HD video capabilities, you’ll be able to see those lovely people that you miss seeing. Grandma in Alaska, daughter in college in Los Angeles, or brother in the marines, you’ll now be able to feel that their at your side.

Don’t just hear their voice… See their smile!

Check out the Logitech HD Pro Web Camera