• During WWII, the British and US government
teamed up the Bicycle Playing Card Company to
create a deck of cards that contained maps of
escape routes for POWs escape to freedom. The
cards needed to be soaked and peeled apart to
reveal the maps.
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    • Not only that, they were all aces of spades. It was meant to be bad luck in nam, that card. You ever wonder why some army men have cards in their helmets? Thats why.
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    • How did the POWs know to soak the cards
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    • That’s pretty cool. I wonder how much you could sell it for if you still had some
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    • Hypothetically could you still find these in an old pack of cards? Or would it have to be a pack that was sold to the military
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    • The board game Monopoly was used in a similar fashion. Maps were hidden under the playing surface of the game board and real money mixed in with the Monopoly money along with other useful tools to help them escape.
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    • Nice rolling bicycle thats why i buy those cards
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    • Imagine playing go fish and someone spills a cup of water and next thing u know u have secret pow escape routes on ur cards
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    • Vintage tweets with the heroes
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    • Alright, I collect playing cats and I want a deck of those.. someone hook me up lol
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    • There's a article on Bicycle's website for anyone curious about the credibility.
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    • They also used monopoly hiding real money inbewtween the fake money and a map of the area inbetween the community cards
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    • Bicycle makes a pack dedicated to these cards and can be found on amazing for like $6 or so, I have them and if someone’s interested I’ll post the card talking about the history of the deck and the completed map the deck makes
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    • I can't believe I read WWII as "World War 12" in my mind...
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    • Oh wow. I love ww2 stuff :)
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    • As far as we know, there's only one last surviving deck of these cards, and any others being sold are fake replicas not made by bicycle, but by some other random company.
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    • Fellas, do you eat your cards peeled or unpeeled?
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    • That’s cool
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    • Can we have these remade PLEASE
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    • What kinda nicholas cage typa shit is this?
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    • This is so fucking cool
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    • How much would those be worth now
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    • What a helluva way to die
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    • InfoChecker I'm begging you I want this to be real
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    • Why can’t people these days be as smart
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    • anyone know why ww2 tag is blocked? like in all forms.
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    • I have the anniversary pack, it’s the normal playing cards with the original map design layered on so you can see both. It’s a bit hard to read the cards but you can lay them out to see the map and it’s really cool
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    • Where is infochecker
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    • I went to the beach and we got some bored games and couldn’t find anything really that good but I got myself some water proof cards that are pretty dope
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    • Where can I get this
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    • Source?
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    • Do you think that they are still out there waiting to be found?
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    • I have one of those decks
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    • Bycicle cards!
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    • Where’s that fact checker profile when you need it
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    • We gonna need these for when the Democrats start covid camps.
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    • Winner if they're still there
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    • Ohhhhh so that's why you can't bring playing cards to basic
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    • They did that for A LOT of things
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    • Who let POWs keep playing cards? Most of the axis countries didn’t even keep POWs for long.
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    • That'd be cool to come across a deck of these just somehow untouched in there original box
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    • so what i’m hearing is, soak them in your piss and have pissy maps
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    • Meaning they most likely had to piss on it because any water they get is needed.
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    • That’s cool.
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    • Kool
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    • A collectors dream
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    • That's actually really cool
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    • Where do I find one now
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    • How were the POWs supposed to know?
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    • But now Americans just shit on the Brits because they're so self obsessed.
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    • They did the same thing during the Underground Railroad times do help slaves flee to the north.
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    • You guys eat your cards with or without the peel
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    • I bet theres an officer who told them no cards, who would be rolling hopefully in their grave
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    • What's up with not being able to use certain words like of enemies during ww2 I gotta start using words like enemy of the state or the germanator
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    • Imagine an enemy of the state takes your cards cause he wants to play with his friends then they accidentally spill the drink on it now everyone is fried
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    • “Peel to reveal”
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    • That seems like a blatant abuse of the international Red Cross.
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    • Where’s fact checker
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    • Fucking genius
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    • How much are they now tho?
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    • Still the only deck I’ll buy
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    • That's really smart intill the enemy catches a escapee(s) with these on another note for a sec I thought that the black w/ white text was a cards against humanity black card oops.
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    • So, just leave in your pants in the washing machine?
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    • , so so cool
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    • S...soaked in what
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    • I believe you can still buy map-back bicycle cards
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    • Do y'all eat your cards peeled or unpeeled?
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    • How did the POWs know to do it?
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    • During Vietnam, they again collaborated with this playing card company and shipped dozens of crates marked “secret weapon” containing dozens of only aces to be used as calling cards
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    • "Do you have the second half of the east gate escape route?" "Goldfish"
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    • That kinda sucks, my great grandpa was a POW in WWII and they weren't allowed playing cards so they made their own out of cardboard
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    • Imagine a German spilled water on one accidentally and found the map
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    • Could you imagine escaping the pow camp only to find out you brought the wrong cards
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    • “Shit we’re about to be captured! Quick, everyone shove your card decks up your ass!”
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    • Or they coulda just launched attacks on the POW camps to get their boys out
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    • Or just try your best to get sent to Stalag 13. Colonel Hogan will take good care you and you can still help the war efforts
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    • You win at poker. You win your freedom.
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    • It's treason then
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    • Fun fact, if you get captured and your captures are following the Geneva convention... you are not allowed to try and escape. Because escaping is technically against the Geneva Convention and if they were abiding by it so do you
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    • But how would they figure it out?
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    • Sounds like some Hogan's heroes shit lol
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    • They also had fabric maps as the actual lining of the Air Force bomber jackets in case they got captured.
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    • Imagine playing cards and accidentally spilling water on the cards just to see enemy plans.
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    • Bicycle shoestring teams up and upgrades every pair of boots to contain a noose.
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    • I have one of them, they're super cool
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    • Why would the pows be allowed to keep their cards if they were prisoners and how did they know where the escape routes are to even make the maps? Like, obviously it's real but seriously?
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    • It’s pretty cool that in a crisis like that everyone worked together so well to try and achieve a common goal. Sad circumstances but human nature can be really impressive when shit hits the fan
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