Known by a number of names, including Follow the Lady and Follow the Bee, three-card monte is a confidence game in which victims, or marks, are tricked into betting that they can find a certain card, such as the queen of spades, among three face-down playing cards. After showing the target card, the dealer often uses sleight of hand before rearranging the cards quickly and giving the player an opportunity to select one of the three cards. What happens if the mark unexpectedly finds the queen?
Honore de Balzac
Back in the day
USA Today was founded in 1982 with the goal of providing an alternative to relatively colorless, copy-oriented publications like The New York Times. The paper, known for synthesizing news down to easy-to-read-and-comprehend stories, is colorful and bold, with many large diagrams, charts, and photographs. USA Today boasts the second widest circulation of any English-language broadsheet, behind what publication?
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Marco Polo was a Venetian trader and explorer who, together with his father NiccolÃ² and his uncle Maffeo, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and visit with Genghis Khan's grandson, Kublai Khan. Polo helped generate extraordinary interest in the Far East among Europeans, and his book, Il Milione, was an instant hit at a time when books had to be painstakingly copied by hand. What famous explorer carried a heavily annotated copy of Polo's book?