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  1. I LOVE LOGICA!

    I LOVE LOGICA!

    A sticker for all logic lovers!

    Here is what we have been thinking about in recent months and now we have brought to realization.

    In fact, with every order leaving our warehouse, you will also find the new exclusive label to customize whatever you want: smartphones, PCs, cars, mopeds, notebooks, etc.

    What are you waiting for?

    Take a look at the news on our site, proudly show off the sticker and tag us on social networks ... we will share the most imaginative ideas to use it!

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  2. WE’LL PUT OUR FACES IN THIS

    preparation pack

    From the moment we receive your orders to the time we ship them with our carriers, we are careful to put in this all the attention they require.

    Processing and shipping them in 24 hours, a pocket size catalogue and a safe packaging.

    Because we’re aware that when you receive something expected, expectations are not to be disappointed!

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  3. DIGITAL PAYMENTS #3: GOOGLE PAY

    DIGITAL PAYMENTS #3: GOOGLE PAY

    To the many payment methods already accepted by our site, Google Pay is now added!

    If you use Google as your search engine, now this can help you even when finalizing your purchases. You can save your data, your email and your cards on Google and pay without worries.

    With Google Pay, everything is simpler, and the benefits are countless.
    Whatever your bank, you won't have any problems while shopping.

    Google Pay takes advantage of the very high protection systems already used by the famous search engine, such as encryption, the possibility of choosing an authentication pin and blocking the phone anywhere.

    Payments are now truly at your fingertips!

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  4. DIGITAL PAYMENTS #2: AMAZON PAY

    DIGITAL PAYMENTS #2: AMAZON PAY

    Amazon Pay is more than just a button!
    This method of purchase is a real experience, easy, comfortable and immediate.

    The speed and trust that we now place in the great company that is Amazon, can now also be found in Amazon Pay.

    What are the benefits ?

    • Protection of personal data
    • Maximum flexibility for payments on any channel you choose, web or mobile devices
    • A single account to shop on tens of thousands of sites
    • A-to-z Guarantee on Qualifying Purchases
    • Voice commands to make purchases and donations

    Yes, if you have an Alexa device, integrating it with your Apple Pay will be very simple. You can then ask her to complete the order or check her status!

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  5. DIGITAL PAYMENTS #1: APPLE PAY

    DIGITAL PAYMENTS #1: APPLE PAY

    If you own an Apple device, payments on our site will now be even more immediate, thanks to Apple Play!

    Apple Pay is standard on every iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad. No apps to download or complicated procedures to perform. Just add your credit, debit or prepaid card to the Wallet app and voila, setup is complete.
    Now you can start with your purchases.

    Apple Pay is widely accepted across all digital platforms, whatever your bank.
    By buying from the Safari search engine, you will avoid filling in endless forms, thanks to the previous storage of data, and you will be able to finalize purchases even with a single glance or touch.
    Personal data is, however, always protected: during each purchase, Apple Pay uses a specific number and a unique transaction code.

    Easy isn't it? How to eat an apple!

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  6. A BRIEF HISTORY OF BACKGAMMON

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF BACKGAMMON

    To start with, this traditional board game, of which a new version will arrive by the end of June on our site, is known by other names around the world. In Italian we also use to call it Royal Table, but we also hear it called Tric Trac.

    Its birth dates back to 4500 years ago, thanks to the discovery of the Royal Game of Ur in the tomb of a Sumerian king in ancient Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq. Other sources would like him to be even older and originally from Iran.

    It certainly managed to spread to the West as well as to the East, thanks to the various migrations of peoples and tribes; of the original Backgammon began to create different variations, different ways of playing, depending on the geographical area. Some frescoes representing a playing field very similar to today's were also discovered in ancient Egypt, inside the tomb of none other than the legendary Tutankhamen.

    Backgammon is also mentioned in the well-studied Odyssey, with the episode of suitors intent on playing with pawns in the outer atrium of Ulysses' palace. Try to take your old school textbook and have fun finding this passage.

    A game consisting of a board and three dice won its place of honor even in ancient Rome; it was known as Ludus duodecim scriptorum ("game of the twelve lines"), which subsequently took the name, probably also undergoing modifications, of Alea ("dice") or Tabula ("table"). The game was to be widespread in all social classes. Suetonius, in his Lives of twelve Caesars, thus describes the maniacal interest that the emperor Claudius had for that game: «With great passion he played dice, on which art he even put out a book; and he used to play even while traveling, having the chariot and the board adjusted so that the game would not get messed up ».

    Traces of this game are also found in Pompeii: the excavations brought to light the murals inside a tavern that depict the development of a game of tabula, which ended between mutual insults.

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  7. THE REAL SOCIAL WEIGHT OF MAHJONG

    THE REAL SOCIAL WEIGHT OF MAHJONG

    "Mahjongg has had the power to be both a bridge and a barrier between different cultures," explains Annelise Heinz, a researcher who has dedicated an entire book to this specific board game.
    Heinz has managed to trace how the popular game of Asian origin has always found a way to be community across various cultures and countries.

    Mahjongg is a relatively modern game that developed around the mid-1880s, especially in large cities in China, such as Shanghai and Beijing. It was then in the early 1920s that he developed a truly international reputation. Exporters, shopkeepers and businessmen helped spread this new fashion all over the world, even in America.
    In the new world, everything started anew from the elite and subsequently reached the entire population, especially as a tool to facilitate the transition into a new era, more globalized and deeply connected with the Asian world.

    And this transition is also visible in women's lives.

    In its origins, Mahjonng was a game played mainly by men; nothing suggested his subsequent and decisive association with women and their femininity. American ideas about Asian culture were founded on a completely different, non-canonical, non-standard way of being women. The exoticism and femininity that revolved around the Mahjonng absolutely favored such a widespread and enthusiastic participation.

    Ironically, the times were deeply racist. The Johnson Reed Act of 1924 only cemented the restrictions on the immigration of Asians to the United States. The Americans continued to practice it with pleasure because they associated it with a mysterious and ancient Chinese past, now vanished, allowing them to distance themselves from the contemporary population.

    Asians living in America had to deal with their middle position, if we might say so.
    Although they looked at the famous board game as a way to return at least in thought to their homeland, often they could not escape its commodification in

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  8. ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE

    ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE

    You got it right ... today we talk about the Rubik's cube, originally known as the magic cube.

    The puzzle was patented by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian designer and architect with a passion for enigma. The first curious fact, however, is that the inventor himself took more than a month to find the solution for its creation. Just think that when the cube was born, Erno didn't even know if there would ever be a solution!

    There are several ways, however, to approach the solution of the puzzle. The most intuitive is the layered method: 7 steps to perform and a few algorithms to memorize. The method most used by professional speedcubers, on the other hand, is the Fridrich method, which allows you to solve the cube much faster, grouping second-third, fourth-fifth, sixth-seventh steps of the layered method in single steps.

    The Rubik's Cube began to be marketed by Idela Toy Corp in 1980, winning the award for the best game and brain teaser of the year.
    And if initially it was appreciated above all in the circles of passionate no brainers, during the Eighties it became a real must-have.
    Over the years, 350 million have been sold!

    The first organized tournament was held in Monaco in 1981 by the Guinness Record Organization.
    It was an Australian player who took the victory, with a solution time of around 38 seconds ... 38 seconds ... SECONDS! Crazy times!

    The cube is now a real vintage icon that never loses its charm, it is a continuous challenge in search of new records.
    So continuous and global that a Braille version was also made.

    The passion for this mind puzzle with a thousand faces can take even more unpleasant turns. In fact, it was necessary to create an organization called Anonymous Alcoholics, to help people suffering from Rubik's cube addiction.
    Rubik can be harmful to health if not played in moderation!

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  9. MEDICI'S "BALLS"

    MEDICI'S "BALLS"

    The new secret box of our Leonardo Collection is inspired by the famous Medici family, central to the Florence of the Renaissance period.
    In fact, on our puzzle appear elegant and refined inlays that could have to do with that historical and artistic period.

    Florence, in honor of the Medici, has strewn its streets with the family crest: a shield with red balls on a golden field.
    The curiosity lies in the fact that the shields are not exactly equal to each other ... the number of balls, in bisanti heraldry, can vary.

    If at first, in fact, the spheres in the coat of arms were equal to eleven, Giovanni di Bicci brought it to nine, his son Cosimo to eight, and the latter's son, Piero il Gottoso, came to reduce it to seven. The last decrease occurred with Lorenzo the Magnificent, who brought the spheres to 6, with the top one loaded with the insignia of the Royals of France.

    As to why, then, there are balls in the center of the Medici coat of arms, suppositions and hypotheses have been made far and wide. Some more likely, others less so.
    Among the most accredited is that for which, in heraldry, the "balls" of a coat of arms usually represent the number of enemies killed in battle by those who took them as their own insignia. The Medici would therefore begin with some soldier who, in an important battle or campaign, for example during a Crusade, killed eleven enemies, or the number of balls that, as mentioned, was at the beginning on the coat of arms.

    Another hypothesis, which is also very much accredited by historical sources, wants the Medici coat of arms to allude to the florid and fortunate banking activity carried out by the Medici. The balls would be nothing more than coins.
    This hypothesis in particular would be supported by the similarity of the Medici coat of arms with that of the Arte del Cambio, a shield with a red background with gold bezanti.
    The Medici, therefore, would have simply inverted the colors of the

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  10. INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    In one of the past articles, we have already introduced you to Professor Hoffman's impressive book, "Puzzles, Old and New".

    For those who missed it, this enthusiast of games and puzzles, decided to enclose in a single text any puzzle he could trace back to his days.
    Some were newly invented, others as ancient as Noah.

    And anyone who is lucky enough to leaf through the pages of the book is faced with barin teasers of all kinds, from the most traditional to the most absurd.
    Brain teasers and more, because there are also sections dedicated to numerical and literary logic games.
    In short, aiming at the idea of ​​solving them all, was a long long time project.

    One of the puzzles explained and illustrated by Hoffman has to do, as you may have guessed from the title, with a spider.
    The professor refers to it as "The Spider and the Flies", describing it as one of the cutest of the "dexterity and perseverance" puzzles.

    It is a small wooden tray with glass on the front.
    In the background a spider's web is outlined, drawn right in the center of it.
    And in correspondence of the spider's stomach a slight depression of the base of the game.

    In different points of the canvas appear small colored circles, two blue and two red, and four small balls of felt to represent flies.
    The player had to have fun bringing each fly in its relative position, avoiding ending up in the belly of the spider (personified by a mercury globule).

    And, speaking of puzzles that have to do with webs and spiders, in our catalog you will find a small, very enigmatic wooden chest.
    In fact, on the Einstein Box a spider similar to that of Hoffman's game is drawn, but inside? We do not know ... at least until we can solve it!

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