# Hobbies & Games

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## How do you make a display case for coins?

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Gather a wooden box that measures 12 inches x 8 inches x 1.5 inches, one wood piece that measures 12 inches x 8 inches x 1.5 inches, one wood piece that measures 12 inches x 8 inches x .5 inch, felt, glue, a tape measure, a pencil, a reciprocating saw, wood stain, sandpaper and tack cloth. Make sure that the two pieces of wood fit snugly inside the box.

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• ## Board Games

• #### Q:Can a king take a piece in chess?

A: The king is both the most important and weakest piece in chess. Though it is often best to keep the king out of harm's way, it is within the rules to take opposing pieces with the king.
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• #### Q:What was the tallest Jenga tower ever made?

A: The highest confirmed Jenga tower built under official rules was 40 complete levels and 2 blocks and was built by Robert Grebler in 1985. This corresponds to 24.19 inches in height.
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• #### Q:Which chess piece can only move diagonally?

A: Bishops are the only chess piece to only move diagonally. Another way to consider the bishop's movement is that whatever color square it starts on, it must always stay on that color.
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• #### Q:Can you use the same word twice in a single game of Scrabble?

A: A single word as many times as possible during a game of Scrabble. As long as every word the tiles touch is a dictionary word, the word is allowed.
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• #### Q:What is a good tic-tac-toe strategy?

A: One of the best strategies for playing tic-tac-toe includes claiming the center square. This is because the center square is included in three different winning combinations.
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• #### Q:How much money does each person get in Monopoly?

A: In the Monopoly board game, each player starts with \$1,500. This should be broken down into two \$500 bills, two \$100 bills, two \$50 bills, six \$20 bills, five \$10 bills, five \$5 bills and five \$1 bills.
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• ## Card Games

• #### Q:How many clubs are in a deck of cards?

A: There are 13 clubs in a standard 52-card deck of playing cards. There are also 13 diamonds, 13 hearts and 13 spades.
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• #### Q:What are some fun two-person card games?

A: Some fun two-person card games include Gin Rummy, Spit and Crazy Eights. These card games are simple, quick to play and accessible to players of all skill levels.
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• #### Q:How many cards are there in a tarot pack?

A: There are 78 cards in a standard tarot pack. There are 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards. The minor arcana cards are divided equally among four suits, usually swords, pentacles, wands and cups.
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• #### Q:What different card suits are used all over the world?

A: In the United States we are accustomed to card suits used on traditional French card decks: hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. However, when playing cards were given to Europeans by Egyptians, their decks used cups, coins, swords and polo-sticks for their suits. As card games spread over Europe, different suits were adopted.
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• #### Q:Can you call a re-deal in a game of Spades if you don't have any spades?

A: It is possible for a player to call a "misdeal" if a dealt hand does not contain any spades. This request leads to the same dealer dealing out another hand to each player.
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• #### Q:How to play solitaire with real cards?

A: To play solitaire with cards, build the playing board by laying out seven different piles of cards along a horizontal row. Then, begin the foundation row and attempt to win the game by playing the cards on the board and the cards in your stockpile. This game takes about 15 to 30 minutes to play.
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• ## Collecting

• #### Q:Which basketball cards are worth money?

A: George Mikan's 1948 Bowman rookie card has sold at auction for as high as \$218,500. Michael Jordan's 1986 Fleer rookie card has gone for as much as \$82,000. The Exquisite brand LeBron James 2004 autographed jersey rookie card is a relatively recent card that is appreciating quickly in value because of James' stature in the game and the limited run of the card.
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• #### Q:What is a pen collector called?

A: There is no specific term for people who collect pens, and most refer to themselves simply as pen collectors. Pen collectors primarily pursue vintage pens, including fountain pens, ink dip pens and ballpoint pens.
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• #### Q:How are dead butterflies preserved?

A: Although the technique and method of preservation varies depending on the life stage of the butterfly, preserving a butterfly typically involves placing the specimen in preservative fluids and then storing it in rubbing alcohol to keep its wings moist and relaxed. Pupae are generally first preserved in alcohol, then frozen and mounted on insect pins, while adults may be placed in antiseptic solutions or tight-fitting boxes until they relax enough for proper mounting and display.
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• #### Q:How do you polish stones?

A: Stones are polished by tumbling them around inside a rock polishing machine barrel filled with water and polishing grit. A variety of course silicone carbide powdered grits are applied, each designed to smooth the stones further with each application, rubbing away the rough stone surface in order to give the stone a polished shine.
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• #### Q:Why do people collect stuff?

A: Different people have different reasons for collecting specific things, states RarityGuide.com. The most common incentives have to do with a desire to preserve memories of childhood, attempts to nurture insecurities, passion for owning celebrity memorabilia, quest for monetary gains and a sense of fulfillment or achievement. Many people collect stuff simply because they find it interesting and enjoy doing it.
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• #### Q:Where can you find collectible cash registers?

A: Antique collectible cash registers are available for purchase online at AntiqueCashRegisterCollector.com and at RareAntiqueCollectiblesStore.com. AntiqueCashRegisterCollector.com features a wide variety of cash registers in various price ranges. It showcases wooden as well as brass models with serpentine and clamshell inlays.
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• ## Contests & Gambling

• #### Q:What is pigeon racing?

A: Pigeon racing is a competitive sport in which pigeon owners release their pigeons at a predetermined distance from their homes and time how long it takes their birds to fly back home. The pigeon with the shortest flight time is determined the winner.
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• #### Q:How many chips do you start with in the World Series of Poker Main Event?

A: Each player's chip count at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker is determined by the amount of chips that he or she has earned during the proceeding days of the tournament. Over 26 million chips separate the top and bottom players in the 2014 Main Event.
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• #### Q:How do you claim lottery winnings?

A: Though some states differ on the dollar amounts, lottery winnings in excess of \$600 must be claimed from an official, state-operated lottery office by presenting the appropriate forms and the original winning ticket. Smaller winnings can be claimed anywhere lottery tickets are sold.
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• #### Q:What are the most popular lottery numbers?

A: According to a study conducted at Southern University, the most popular Powerball lottery numbers are 16, 19, 26, 35 and 42. Powerball and Mega Millions are the most wide-spread lottery games in the United States, and the odds of winning the lottery are one in 46 million. While the Internet is filled with websites stating they have the magic formula for the lottery, the reality is that the lottery is purely a game of luck, and every number used in the game has a chance of being drawn at least once.