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Solitaire is the ancient art of taking boredom and loneliness and turning them into frustration and paper cuts. The term comes from the Latin word "solitux," which means "Worship Satan." Solitaire comes in many forms, ranging from the popular card game to masturbation to drinking.

Origins of Solitaire[edit | edit source]

The first form of solitaire was invented by Nelson Mandela while imprisoned on the Island of L'aard. He was driven to invent the game by the non-stop playing of the song "Free Nelson Mandela" over the prison's speaker system; it was either that or total insanity.

Mandela's version of the game consisted of counting how many times in five minutes he could consume a deflated football, and pass it through his system to consume it again. To this day, Mandela holds the all-time record of one time.

Rules[edit | edit source]

This card game is played with only one player. You must have no friends and a lot of free time to play this mindless game. You have to make a bunch of piles of cards, with 1 card in the first pile, 2 cards in the second pile, 3 cards in the third pile, and so on. When you get to the seventh pile, or what seems to be the seventh pile, stop and count the cards to make sure there are 7, because there almost certainly won't be, because you're playing this drunk, aren't you? Why else would you? When you find there are more or less than 7 cards in the seventh row, collect up all the cards, shuffle them again, and begin laying them out again. Half way through, you will need to stop, collect them all up again, and make sure they are all facing the same way. An expert player will do this only two or three times before getting it right, but many people can go all night without managing to correctly set up the starting sequence. This is one of the frustrations of playing the game, and why so many people are reduced to doing it by computer.

After all of the cards are dealt, then you can make columns of cards of alternating colors (such as black and red, or blue and green, or whatever you want) by moving cards from one column to the next. If you have an ace, then you are allowed to move it to the top. You can move other cards to the top as well if you want, but you don't have to. After all of the cards are moved to the top, then you count your points. Whoever has the most points wins.

Solitaire today[edit | edit source]

What should have been a momentous and exciting occasion gets ruined by an uncalled for message from management.

Because solitaire is a single player sport we have no way of verifying its existence; the mere act of observing a game of solitaire is to destroy the concept of Solitaire. Work by leading metagamists seems to indicate that Solitaire does exist and is probably played with a deck of 52 cards. Some of these cards may be in the form of photon arrangements caused by electrons flowing through silicon wiring; others may be made of more conventional format of paper. (99.999% crushed wood, 0.001% crushed factory worker). It is a challenge for the player to order the cards according to suit and number based on a totally arbitrary set of rules that no one follows anyway. Some popular versions of solitaire include Freecell, Spider Solitaire, Canfield, Klondike, and Diarrhea.

Solitaire and Oprah[edit | edit source]

Oprah briefly considered using solitaire as a vehicle to take over the Earth. When she discovered that it had its origins in making a game out of eating footballs, she was too personally offended to go through with it. She tried making her own game by eating ten footballs, though, but it didn't work.

Cheating[edit | edit source]

Because Solitaire is a one player game, there is always great competitiveness and therefore ways of cheating have been discovered. Among one of the more tricky ways of cheating is to look through the deck and pick out the cards you need. Another version of cheating is when one puts a card of the SAME color on another card! If you're very careful, you can get away with this cheating, although it is not strongly recommended. Especially don't cheat if you think God can see it.

Addiction[edit | edit source]

A junkie getting his fix.

Solitaire addiction, or "solitairoholism," is a dependency on the Windows card game Solitaire characterized by craving (a strong need to play), loss of control (being unable to stop playing despite a desire to do so), physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, and tolerance (increasing difficulty of winning).

Although acceptance of the "American Disease Model" of Solitairoholism is not entirely universal, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the World Health Organization and the American College of Physicians have all classified Solitairoholism as a disease.

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