Playing cards have helped the U.S. military pass the time, intimidate enemies, identify aircraft and spot Iraqi leaders. Now they will encourage soldiers to exercise caution and care around archaeological sites in Eygpt.
The L.A. Times featured this unique deck of cards that features ancient sites in Egypt. In preparation for the Bright Star desert-warfare exercise, the Department of Defense commissioned more than 10,000 of these decks for participants.
The cards feature everything from pictures of famous sites to warnings about how easily they can be damaged. For instance, the rotor wash of a helicopter can irreparably destroy a site.