Apr

24

 Just 52 cards (weeks) with 4 suits (seasons) with 13 cards (weeks) in each season can be shuffled into 400000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 combinations. That's 4 and 69 0's.

The Pips (spots on a card) = the number of days in the year for trivia buffs (jacks count 11, Queens 12 and Kings 13).

Oh and here is a mind-fuddling bit of math that I perform with all the time and I'm still shocked that it always works: The Gilbreath Shuffle.

Easan Katir writes: 

Years ago one learned from professional card men how to shuffle overhand, riffle, even spread cards on a table and mess them up — and end up with every card in the exact place as before. Market application? There are those who know how to shuffle the news, analysts' ratings, technical patterns, so their capital increases — while the audience of investors looks on, amazed.


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