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First ever 'National Solitaire Day' celebrated on May 22

 

May 23, 2018

The photograph is real, although it has erroneously been attributed to a number of different legislative bodies, from the U.S. Congress to a variety of state legislatures. The picture was actually snapped in the Connecticut House of Representatives on 31 August 2009 by photographer Jessica Hill, while Rep. Larry Cafero was delivering a lengthy speech on the state budget. The photo was captioned by the Associated Press as follows: (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) A game of solitaire may calm the frazzled but it can also cause a hubbub. This 2009 photo by photographer Jessica Hill taken in the Connecticut House of Representatives during a floor debate on the state budget, precipitated a lot of outrage from the public in Connecticut as well as around the country. One writer called computer solitaire the "cockroach of games" because of its highly addictive nature and adaptability to any electronic platform.

Sorry I wasn't able to alert readers beforehand about this big news item. I only was aware of it when my wife shared a recent post from Microsoft sharing the good news. For those of you who may have spent the last thirty years on another planet or do not regularly use a computer or smart phone, this new national day honors solitaire played on a variety of electronic device. It was 28 years ago that Microsoft first added solitaire to 3.0 Windows.

When I read the announcement about yet another "national day of something" I had two questions. Why is Solitaire such a big deal that it needs its...



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