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Carnivals Used to Give Out Cigars for Prizes. The Phrase “Close, But No Cigar” Started Here. Attendants Would Say This to People Who Lost a Game.

If you’ve ever come close to accomplishing something but fell short, you’ve probably heard the phrase close, but no cigar. You probably accept defeat and move on. But have you ever given this commonly used phrase any thought? Why the cigar? Who even requested a cigar? Did you know where the saying “Close, but No …

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Super Mario

Nintendo’s Mario was Created with a Mustache to Eliminate the Need to Animate His Mouth.

Mario has been jumping on screens and collecting coins for decades. Mario has had undeniable staying power as one of, if not the, most prominent figures in video games. Mario has become so popular that many people now celebrate today, March 10, as Mario Day, or “Mar10,” as some call it. Do you know why …

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Why Did Kadabra Stop Appearing in Pokemon Trading Card Games?

Pokemon, the famous Japanese game and animation series, turned twenty-six this year. It is the second best-selling video game franchise right next to Mario. The franchise is so popular that even non-gamers are familiar with its world. If you have been a fan of the game and series, you’d probably know who Kadabra is and …

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What is Solitaire?

Windows Solitaire, one of the most played computer games of all time, has celebrated its 31st birthday recently. The game rose to popularity in the early nineties, when all versions of Microsoft Windows were shipped with it. But did you know that the game’s name is technically incorrect? The term solitaire refers to any tabletop …

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In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money.

United States v. Kane United States v. Kane, No 11-mj-00001 (D. Nev. filed Jan. 19, 2011), is a court case where a software bug in a video poker machine was exploited to win several hundred thousand dollars. Central to the case was whether a video poker machine constituted a protected computer and whether the exploitation …

In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. Read More »