The Grand History of Poker

The history of poker has been debated heavily over the years. Today, it is a wildly popular game, but its origins are not known by many. It is likely that the name poker came from the French word poque, which evolved out of the German word pochen (which means to knock). However, some historians doubt that the origins of poker are the same as those games bearing similar names. The Persian game as nas is very similar to poker. The Persian game may have been taught to the French settlers in New Orleans by Persian sailors. Additionally, poker has been connected with the game primero which was popular in the Renaissance. Bluffing was incorporated in the English game brag. An …

Martial Arts: Physical Techniques And Mental Discipline, Part 2

Many types of Martial Arts have a colored belt system. Judo was the first type of Martial Arts to adopt this practice. The color of the belt indicates the level of skill the student has. Students have to pass skill tests to move on to learning techniques and moves of the next color. Beginners start with a white belt. In the old days, the white belt was dyed the new color as a rite of passage and honor in Martial Arts. Today the belt is simply replaced with the new color of the skill level. After white, the colors are yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black. While the goal of each student in Martial Arts is self improvement, the …

Are New Moms Hardwired for Self-Sacrifice?: Part 2

When I shared with my friends and family the good news that I was pregnant with twins, they all said two words to me, Get help. That was the best advice I received. Now, you might be saying, But I cant afford help, or I could never leave my baby with anyone else! I said that too. Learning to trust a stranger with the most precious thing in your life is scary. Also, hiring a full-time, or even an occasional babysitter, can be costly. However, there are several alternatives to taking out a second mortgage on your home in order to get a breather. 1.Postpartum Doulas. Some hospitals now offer, free of charge, the services of a part-time postpartum doula …

Quick History of World War Two – European Theater

The War’s beginning? Some would say that World War Two began with Germanys Invasion of Poland on the 1st September 1939 and the ultimatum of Britain that without a German withdrawal a State of War would exist. Needless to say there was no German withdrawal and WWII began, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declaring war on the 3rd of September 1939 Others would argue that world war two was simply the second round of world war one. Although the major powers had yet to realise it the continuance of the war between the Axis and Allies would result in the end of European dominance of the world and the destruction of their colonial empires. By renewing the fight they …