Next time you get into a card game out on your little island,
think about this prior to drawing to that inside straight,
or needing 2 cards to fill a flush -
It turns out there are
More Ways To Arrange a Deck of Cards
Than there are Atoms on the Earth
There are in fact -
ways to arrange a deck of 52 cards. (67 zeros)
And as Khaikin explains,
"Any time you pick up a well shuffled deck,
you are almost certainly holding
an arrangement of cards that has never before existed
and might never exist again."
2 Colors - Red & Black = Day / Night
4 Suits - Clubs, Diamonds, Spades & Hearts = weeks per month
13 cards per suit = seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
26 per color = equinox
52 cards per deck = weeks per year
if you add up all of the values in a deck, using the Aces as one,
and Jacks, Queens and Kings as eleven, twelve and thirteen respectively,
you arrive at a total of 364.
Adding the first Joker gets you to 365 – the same number as there are days in a year –
and adding the second Joker gets you to 366, a Leap Year.
if you dealt one million hands of cards every second,
it would take you 20 sexdecillion,
or 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, years
to deal the same number of hands as there are ways to arrange a deck of cards.