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Up Your Game With 15 Pop Culture Decks of Playing Cards

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Whether you're known to play a solo game of Solitaire, host poker night, or play a round of Kings with friends, having a good looking deck of cards around can come in handy. If these beautifully designed cards don't make the cut, check out the options below that have pop culture references in spades.

1. PRINCESS BRIDE; $10

If you think a Princess Bride-themed deck of cards is inconceivable, think again! In addition to the "The Brute Squad" deck of cards pictured above, there are two other officially licensed variations by the same company, Albino Dragon. The "As You Wish" set features ornate illustrations, while the "Storming the Castle" type comes with darker themes and drawings.

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2. FIREFLY; $15

Fans who are still upset about the untimely end of Firefly might take some comfort in this officially licensed and pre-weathered set of cards. For this set, artist Ben Mund created illustrations of objects and characters from the short-lived Fox series.

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3. THE GOONIES; $10

Grab your treasure map and get ready to take on a challenge with this Goonies-themed deck. Illustrated by popular artist Nat Iwata, the colorful pack depicts characters from the 1985 cult classic.

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4. ADVENTURE TIME; $7

The set, decked out in characters from the Land of Ooo, is perfectly suited for fans of the Cartoon Network series. There's also a gender-swapped version with Fiona and Cake, in case you're into Ice King fan fiction.

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5. ALIEN; $10

Not for the faint of heart: If you're intrigued by the aesthetic of the Alien franchise, then these ghoulish cards are for you. Each face card features an alien, facehugger, or chestburster.

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6. WIZARD OF OZ; $10

This illustrated set comes with a different character on each face card. There's also a silver pack (like the color of Dorothy's slippers in the book) that was printed in honor of the film's 75th anniversary in 2014.

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7. GHOSTBUSTERS; $10

These officially licensed cards by Albino Dragon have original illustrations. Each face card has a different character from the classic ‘80s comedy, including Slimer, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore.

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8. DEADPOOL; $7

Celebrate the smart aleck anti-hero with this bright red set of cards. The officially licensed deck has 52 different pictures, so you're in for a surprise every time you pull a new card.

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9. ONCE UPON A TIME; $7

Fans of the ABC hit Once Upon a Time will love playing games with all their favorite fairy tale characters. Each collector's box includes two unique decks, featuring a linen-type finish and photos from the show on each card.

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10. GREMLINS; $10

You can still play with these cards after dark—just don't get them wet. Each card in the officially licensed deck is decorated with a different image of a Gremlin, except for the King of Hearts, which obviously has Gizmo.

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11. 8-BIT VIDEO GAMES; $15

While not dedicated to any specific games, this deck of cards is an ode to video games of old. The 8-bit themed deck has all the familiar themes from vintage video games: angry gorillas, pixelated hearts, and even backs that look suspiciously like levels in Zelda.

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12. FRIDAY THE 13TH; $7

Pay homage to a few iconic horror movie villains. Besides Jason (pictured above), you can also get cards with the bad guys from 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street and 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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13. BEETLEJUICE; $7

These appropriately striped cards feature images from one of Tim Burton's more beloved Halloween flicks. Maybe if you say Beetlejuice three times, he'll appear and help you cheat.

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14. GAME OF THRONES; $11

When you play a game of Go Fish with these Game of Thrones cards, you can probably lose without losing your head.

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15. INSTAGRAM; $22

None of the decks on this list work for you? Try making your own. This customizable set can be made with photos from your Instagram account. Just select your favorite images and they can be immortalized on 54 glossy cards.

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National Geographic Ranks The 25 Happiest Cities in the Country
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Feeling unhappy? Maybe it's time to move. National Geographic recently released rankings of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. The results: Eight of the 25 locations are in the Golden State, but the honor of No. 1 happiest city goes to Boulder, Colorado.

The rankings are based on 250,000 interviews conducted in 190 metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015. The survey—developed by Dan Buettner, author of the new book The Blue Zones of Happiness, and Dan Witters, a senior scientist at Gallup—looked for data points that are correlated with life satisfaction and happiness, like whether or not you exercise, if you feel safe in your community, whether you feel like you live within your means, and whether you feel like you are reaching your goals.

A map of the U.S. showing which cities made the top 25 happiest cities index.
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Of course, all that isn’t necessarily the result of your geographical location. But you don’t see cities like Los Angeles or New York—where wealth is also clustered—on the list, so presumably San Franciscans are doing something a little differently.

Take a look for yourself. Here are the 25 happiest places in the U.S., according to the results.

1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
3. Charlottesville, Virginia
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
7. Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
10. Anchorage, Alaska
11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
13. Salinas, California
14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
19. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
21. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia/Maryland/West Virginia
22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota/Wisconsin
23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

You can grab a copy of November’s National Geographic to read more about the world’s happiest places.

The cover of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones of Happiness and the cover of November 2017’s National Geographic.
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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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