The standard playing card suits of clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds originated in France in the 15th century. Earlier German playing card suits were acorns, leaves, hearts and bells. In Switzerland, the suits were (and sometimes still are) acorns, flowers, shields and bells. The oldest suits on playing cards from Italy and Spain are coins, cups, swords and caveman-style clubs, all derived from the Middle East and North Africa, where playing cards originated. Back then, each suit consisted of 10 numbered cards and three face cards: a king, a cavalier and a knave, but no queen.
According to legend, what hand was Wild Bill Hickok holding when he was shot during a poker game in 1876?
A) Full house: aces over tens
B) Royal flush in diamonds
C) Straight: king-high
D) Two pair: black aces and eights
Previous answer: Georgia O'Keeffe had a house at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
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