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panlives
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I found this little ditty on an interesting, old transformation card from Australia:

“The cards in this pack, I hold to view
Like the weeks of our year are – fifty-two;
Then count the dots, and so arrive
At the days of the year – three-sixty-five.
The suits are four and he who seeks
Throughout a month can find four weeks.
While tricks are thirteen, making clear
The thirteen months of our lunar year.
That’s why churchwardens keep a pack
In the vestry – as an Almanac.

Greetings for 1916”
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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This kind of verse has been turned into a story song as well for WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam and Middle East Conflicts.

Thank you for sharing this version.
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On Jun 3, 2011, panlives wrote:

Then count the dots, and so arrive
At the days of the year – three-sixty-five.


How do you "count the dots" to reach 365?

There are two index pips on each card (= 26 per suit)

For each of the numerical cards in a suit there are 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10=55 main field pips.

So there are 26+55=81 x 4 suits = 324 pips. Where are the other 41 to bring the total to 365?
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