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Make a House of Cards

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published February 8th 2011
Are you tired of playing traditional card games or childish games like snap? Well, the answer is to become the architect and builder of a house of cards.

Find a stable, solid surface to be used as your construction site. No need for hard hats here, for to have something collapse like a house of cards means that it's going to be tediously fragile and soft.

Just like any house, a building of cards demands nothing less than perfect balance. Use a plumbline to determine the suitability of your construction site. Try to avoid gushy surfaces like carpet. Concrete and wooden floorboards are ideal.

Basically, your house will consist of cards arranged as topsy-turvy Vs and cards laying flat on top of those cards. Leave space between the inverse Vs about half the width of your finger.

Decide beforehand how large or small you want your house of cards to be. Larger houses equal more sets of cards arranged as topsy-turvy Vs, which equal more patience. Overall, a high degree of anger management should be mastered if your house collapses at anytime.

And for the love of Mike, whatever you do, don't set up your cards in any place you know that there's going to be a draft or vibration. Examples include next to doorways or where loud music is played. If you live next to a train line or in a place where aircraft are landing, then your idea of making a house of cards has just collapsed like the same.

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A House of Cards - Photo by Peterjroberts
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Why? A respectable alternative to standard card games
When: Anytime
Where: Any stable surface
Cost: Free
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