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The Story Behind Croquet

April 5th, 2013

Those looking for a classic, relaxing game to enjoy in the outdoors often push some wickets into the dirt, break out mallets and enjoy a few friendly rounds of croquet. Croquet: The Basics Virtually anyone - young or old - should be able to understand the basic mechanics of commonly played backyard croquet. According to the United States Croquet Association, two striped...

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Fun Basketball Trivia to Impress Your Friends

March 14th, 2013

With the start of the NBA season right around the corner, you and your friends will be gathering together to watch your favorite teams go head-to-head on the court. You can set yourself apart with fun trivia facts about the game that might just impress your fellow friends. Here are some to keep in your mental vault.Peach basketsGo old school with your trivia and talk about...

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Necessities for your preseason couch-gate

February 14th, 2013

Baseball preseason is almost upon us! Spring training tickets are already available, and players are gearing up for another season. If you choose to watch the games at home, a couch-gate party can be an essential part of your viewing experience. If you're thinking of hosting a gathering, there are some things your party shouldn't go without.In a Yahoo! News interview, New York...

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Tips and Strategies for Playing Hearts Online

December 28th, 2012

On the surface, Hearts is a relatively simple card game. However, when you really start to move up to advanced play, it can prove to be a fairly complex beast. As one of the more popular games that you can play online, you may have recently found yourself bitten by the Hearts bug - it's easy to pass hours playing round after round. If you're just getting started, here are some...

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How To Play Spades

December 28th, 2012

If you enjoy card games like Hearts, then Spades could be right up your alley! Just like Hearts, it calls for four players and a single deck. However, this game asks that players pair off into two teams and have partners sitting across from each other. The basic format of a Spades game goes like this: players are dealt their cards and each team collectively decides how many...

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The History of Square Dancing

November 29th, 2012

Dancing has been an ever-evolving form of expression that was used to assert individualism as well as display camaraderie within a community. Each form of dancing was the product of a society that was still reminiscent of past civilizations. Square dancing has long been associated with the U.S., specifically its rural, Western roots, but it can be traced back across the...

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How to Win at Risk

November 19th, 2012

Are you one of those people who always happens to be busy when your friends are planning a Risk night? Is it because you don't want to endure the long, drawn-out process that is watching your armies slowly fall? Although Risk is mechanically a simple game, it actually calls for a surprising level of strategy. Of course, there's no way to ensure victory, but you can put...

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A Brief History of Scrabble

October 16th, 2012

Scrabble has long been one of the most popular board games in the world, with multiple tournaments held around the globe. According to Time Magazine, about 150 million copies of the game have been sold, and you can find a Scrabble set in a full third of homes in the United States. It's even spawned a wildly successful smartphone game known as Words With Friends, which pits...

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How To Read More Efficiently

September 6th, 2012

It may seem like reading more is a simple matter of picking up a book a little more frequently, right? While this will definitely help, perhaps the act of reading itself isn't as efficient as it could be. If you've got a stack of books and magazines that you're ready to start tackling, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your reading skills. Here are a few tips...

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Tips For Starting Piano Lessons For Your Child

September 4th, 2012

Many of us have memories - some fond, others less so - of playing piano as children. It's virtually a rite of passage that every kid must take music or other enrichment lessons at some point. Although the majority of us stopped playing at some point in our lives, all of that time spent practicing scales and pieces wasn't necessarily for naught. In fact, one study suggests that...

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