Playing cards related to calendar?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RazorAce, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Has anyone ever heard of or read about how playing cards match up with our calendar? I dont remember everything and dont really know what to search for but heres what i can remember.

    4 Suits represent the 4 Seasons
    52 Cards represent the 52 Weeks in a Year
    364 Total Value of Cards represent the 365 Days in a Year (adding the Joker for 365 and the second for leap year)
    2 Colors (Red and Black) represent the 2 Halfs of a Year

    I dont remember the rest of it but i found it quite interesting.
     
  2. Yeah I've heard that.

    And Ace-King is 13 cards, the same amount of phases in the lunar cycle.
     
  3. Yeahh good point, i forgot about that one.
     
  4. do you know that if you if you spell the words Ace,two,three,...,king you`ll
    get exactly 52 letters?
    And that this also works in french,german,swedich and dutch?
     
  5. This sounds very interesting...I've never heard of this....*starts brainstorming patter ideas* lol

    I have heard, however, that each king represents an actual king in history.
     
  6. Incorrect. If I'm not mistaken there's 54(-ish) letters in swedish.

    Ess, två, tre, fyra, fem, sex, sju, åtta, nio, tio, knekt, dam, kung.

    And for those interested - homemade phonetics!

    [S (just say the letter S)], [t-vaw], [trae], [fee-rah], [fem], [sex], [scheu ("sch" kan be switched to a spanish J as in "Juan")], [ottah like "Ottawa" but without the "wa")], [knee-o], [tea-o], [kneck-t], [dahm], [keung].

    Well, okay. That wasn't perfect, but it's close enough. Swedes are welcome to suggest any changes.
     
  7. 54? throw in the jokers :p
     
  8. I see what you did there.

    The problem is however that if you include the jokers in the counted cards you also have to include them in the cards from in which you count the letters. ;)
     
  9. I believe that sum of letters is just a coincidence because the number is, as far as I can tell, pretty similar in all languages (it's 53 in Croatian, for example).
     
  10. From Wikipedia

    For a period, starting in the 15th century, French playing-card manufacturers assigned to each of the court cards names taken from history or mythology. This practice had largely disappeared by the 19th century. The most common names for the kings were:

    King of Spades: David (a biblical king)
    King of Hearts: Charles (presumably after Charlemagne)
    King of Diamonds: Caesar (presumably after Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic)
    King of Clubs: Alexander (king of Macedon)
     
  11. In Serbian it can be with 52 letters.
     

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