The black and white keys of the piano are made of wood covered with veneer. Most pianos that were made before 1960 have white keys with thin ivory tops. The black keys are traditionally made with ebony.
A checkerboard has 64 squares. Half are light squares while the other 32 are dark squares. The board is positioned in a way so that each player has a light square on the right-side corner closest to him.
In the classic Monopoly version from the United States, the street names are named Mediterranean Avenue, Baltic Avenue, Oriental Avenue, Vermont Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, Saint Charles Place, States Avenue, Virginia Avenue, Saint James Place, Tennessee Avenue, New York Avenue, Kentucky Avenue, Indiana Avenue, Illinois Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor Avenue, Marvin Gardens, Pacific Avenue, North Carolina Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Park Place, and Boardwalk.
The names of all of the chess pieces are the pawn, knight, bishop, rook, queen and king. There are more pawns compared to any other pieces, 16 pawns total, with eight for each player.
Many of the best chess openings, such as Ruy Lopez, the Italian Game and Sicilian Defense, move the pawn on the e2 square two spaces forward to e4. There are endless chess openings, but moving the pawn to e4 has been commonly used for hundreds of years.
As of 2014, the current version of the Clue board game includes a total of nine weapons, including the candlestick, rope, knife, dumbbell, poison and a trophy. The lead pipe, wrench and revolver that were originally part of the game are no longer included.
A standard double-six set of dominoes contains 28 tiles with a total of 168 spots. Another commonly used set of dominoes is the double-nine, which contains 55 tiles with a total of 495 spots.
There are 13 clubs in a standard 52-card deck of playing cards. There are also 13 diamonds, 13 hearts and 13 spades.
There are 13 spades in a 52-card deck of standard playing cards. Each card in the deck is part of one of four suits: spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs. Spades and clubs are black, while diamonds and hearts are red.
There are 26 red cards in the standard 52 card deck. The red cards are the diamond and heart suits, and the black cards are the club and spade suits.
The face cards in a deck of 52 playing cards represent royalty as depicted by French designs in the Middle Ages, according to Bicycle Cards. The French imported four-suited decks from Central Asia and created simple designs based on various historical figures. The king of hearts represented Charlemagne; the king of diamonds, Julius Caesar; king of clubs, Alexander the Great; and the king of spades, King David of the Bible.
The standard dimensions of playing cards are 2.25 x 3.5 inches for bridge cards and 2.5 x 3.5 inches for poker cards. According to the International Organization of Standards (ISO) specifications, a poker playing card is equal to B8 size.
Several card games can be played alone. Almost all single-player card games are a variation of the classic game solitaire. These variations include klondike, calculation solitaire, spider solitaire, golf solitaire, free cell solitaire, la belle Lucie and pyramid solitaire.
Collectible dolls can be found in specialty physical stores and online. Shopping online is a convenient way to look for dolls, as it allows you to peruse items from all over the world. Collectible dolls often have limited availability, so it may be hard to find the one you are looking for in a local store.
Thrift stores and specialty shops sometimes buy VHS tapes, but most are sold to individuals. Many people are willing to pay for VHS tapes online. There are also communities where people trade tapes with each other.
Precious Moments dolls can be bought and sold on a number of online stores. EBay, Sell4Value, GoCollect and iCollectBazaar all offer the ability to sell Precious Moments figurines on their websites.
The best known and original manufacturer of the .357 Magnum revolver is Smith & Wesson. The company introduced the cartridge in 1934 and the revolver in 1935. The original weapon was named the Registered Magnum.
Some of the most popular things to collect include artwork by artists both old and new, memorabilia from old movies or television shows, and antiques like furniture, old currency, jewelry and other collector's items.
The value of dolls modeled after the late Princess Diana vary due to their age, condition and designer. Though the value of the dolls had declined before her death, according to The Morning Call, certain types of dolls appreciated in value after Diana’s death.
Some criteria for a Halloween-costume contest could include creativity and how unique a costume is, along with how believable and realistic the costume looks. Often the person wearing the costume also gets into character to make the costume seem even more realistic. However, each Halloween-costume contest may establish its own criteria for judging.
Mandalay is a city located in north-central Burma and sits along the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River. It is 350 miles north of the current capital, Rangoon. It is Burma's second largest city and served as its capital from 1857 to 1885.
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.
As long as the game is not rigged, keno is a game of pure luck, therefore there is no strategy to picking numbers that improve the odds of winning. The best a keno player can do to improve the odds for himself is to find the best possible pay table.
The first casino in Las Vegas was the Hotel El Rancho, opened by Thomas Hull in 1941. The casino had 70 slot machines, one craps table, two blackjack tables, one roulette table and 110 hotel rooms.
In a reverse raffle, every ticket in the raffle pool is drawn and the winner of the raffle is the individual whose ticket number corresponds with the final ticket drawn from the pool. Reverse raffles are a popular activity for charity events. Tickets are sold for a fee and the proceeds go to the charity.