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How to Beat Rock-Paper-Scissors – Improve Your Odds of Winning the Game.

How to Beat Rock-Paper-Scissors - Improve Your Odds of Winning the game.

Rock-Paper-Scissors is suppose to be a zero-sum hand game with a 1 in 3 chance of winning any given round, but is it really a game of chance?

The zero-sum game characterization is based on the assumption that the weapon (rock, paper or scissors) is chosen at random. Most real life experiments will show that, on average, players tend to chose each weapon about a third of the time.
However, who is to say that there is no pattern in the order of the weapon choice?

If players continuously or subconsciously use a predictable strategy to play the game then that’s a weakness that can be exploited.
 
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How to Count Cards in Blackjack

How to count cards in blackjack

Blackjack possibly has the lowest house edge of any casino table games, with an edge as low as a 0.28% in favor of the house.

Counting cards is used to lower the house’s edge, or even give the player an edge over the casino. The player edge may range between 0%-1% when counting cards.

 

The Hi-Lo strategy

The most popular card counting strategy is the “Hi-Lo strategy”, primarily because it is simple to master and yields good results.
With this strategy high cards are given a value of -1, while low cards are given a a value of +1. When added up, they total the running count. Bet amount is placed based on the running count – bets increased when the count is positive and decrease or not placed when the count is negative.

The reason the “Hi-Lo strategy” works is because high cards (10 to Ace) improve the player’s chances of hitting a blackjack, which pays out at 3:2. They also increase the dealer’s chances of going “bust” – since they have to hit on 16 and under. Low cards, on the other hand, are bad for the player – reducing his chances of getting a blackjack, but good for the dealer by decreasing his chances of busting on 16 or under.

If the high to low card ratio is higher than normal – meaning, there are lots of high cards still in the deck, the player can place a bigger bet to increase the amount he stands to win.

 

The running count

How to count cards in blackjack - Running count of Hi-Lo strategy

To track high to low card ratio, cards are assign a value between -1 to 1.
Cards 2-6 have a value of +1.
Cards 7-9 have a value of 0.
Cards 10-Ace have a value of -1.

The count starts at 0 every time the decks are reshuffled, and each time a card comes out, it’s value is added to the tally.

 

Factor in the decks

To get an accurate running count, one must take into account the number of decks left to be dealt.
In order to factor in the number of decks one would have to divide the running count by the number of decks waiting to be dealt. If your running count is +6 and there are 3 decks left, the real count is actually +2.

 

Betting

Bets are increased when the count is running positive, meaning +2 and above.
Generally speaking, one would want to increase their bet by one unit for each point that the tally goes up.


How to count cards in blackjack - Casino chips

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How to Turn Your Phone’s Flash into a Black Light / How to Detect Semen on the Go

A black light works by producing UVA light, or ultraviolet light.

Ultraviolet light by itself is above the spectrum of visible light, and cannot be seen. However substances that are emitting light in response to radiation (phosphors) glow in the dark in the presents of a black light.

The glow is created by the special way phosphors use the energy from UV light. When a photon from a UV light hits the phosphorous material, it causes the electrons to get excited and stray farther from the nucleus than they normally would. When the electron falls back to its normal state, some of the energy is lost in the form of heat. When the UV light wave is reflected back to the human eye, it now has less energy, therefore a shorter wavelength. This wavelength is in the range that we can see. The end result being, you cannot see the majority of the light coming from the source, but you can see its reflection off of objects containing phosphors.

Black lights are used in crime scene investigators to identify body fluids – including semen, sweat, saliva and urine. Semen happens to glow the brightest.
Turn your phone to a body fluid tracking tool, and detect semen on the go.

How to Turn Your Phone Camera Flash into a Black Light

Ingredients:

How to Turn Your Phone Camera Flash into a Black Light

 

1. Apply a small piece of tape over the phone’s flash.

How to Turn Your Phone Camera Flash into a Black Light - Apply a small piece of tape over the flash

 

2. Color the piece of tape with the blue Sharpie.

How to Turn Your Phone Camera Flash into a Black Light - Color the piece of tape with the blue Sharpie.

 

3. Apply another small piece of tape on top of the blue tape, and color it with the purple Sharpie.


How to Turn Your Phone Camera Flash into a Black Light - Color the piece of tape with the purple Sharpie.

 

Now turn your flashlight app on in a dark motel room and be a appalled.
Enjoy : )

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How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Rocket

Ingredients:

 

Build launcher

How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Roket - Cut empty Diet Coke bottle in half
 

  • Empty a 2 liter bottle.
     
  • Cut bottle in half.
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    Prepare Mentos

    How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Roket - Hook Mentos
     

  • Poke a hole in a Mentos with a nail.
     
  • Gently squash Mentos by hand to half it’s original height.
     
  • Repeat 5 times.
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    Hook the Mentos

    How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Roket - Hook Mentos
     

  • Straighten a paperclip leaving the smallest end loop
     
  • Hook 5 Mentos.
     
  • Press the straight end of the hook into a cork.
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    Prep for launch

    How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Roket - Arm Diet Coke
     

  • Open a fresh 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke.
     
  • Carefully replace original cap with your cork – make sure Mentos don’t touch the Coke.
     
  • Place launcher on top of the bottle.
     
  • Quickly flip the your rocket, set it on the ground, and get out of it’s way.
     
  • Watch your shooting Diet Coke Rocket

    How to Build a Mentos and Diet Coke Roket - Launch Diet Coke Rocket

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