Dice are used all over the world for a number of games. A rolling dice always provides excitement and tension, be it at home with family at the dinner table or in the casino. Playing dice games is fun for all ages. For this article we hand-picked five remarkable facts about dice.
1. The oldest dice
Dice have been around for thousands of years. The oldest dice were found in what is now Iran. The Greek and Romans were great fans of dice, too. In those days, people even played for much larger sums than they do today. Roman emperors, especially, absolutely loved playing high-stake dice games for big bucks.
2. Linguistic origin
The word ‘dice’ is derived from Old French and Latin. It is a combination of the words ‘dé’ (French) and ‘datum’ (Latin), which means ‘something which is given or played’. Over the years, those words evolved into the term dice.
3. ‘Alea iacta est’
This famous quote by Julius Caesar has become a common expression and Latin buffs, including politicians, love to use it in many contexts. The meaning of the quote? ‘When the dice are thrown, there is no turning back.’
4. Opposite sides add up to seven
For most games a six-sided die (yes, that’s the singular!) is used. The sum of the opposite sides is always seven (6+1, 5+2, 4+3). Dice with fewer (four) or more (up to twenty) sides exist as well, but are used less.
5. No such thing as a 100% even dice
A die is ‘pure’ when each of its sides has an equal chance of winding up ‘on top’ after the dice have been thrown. In reality, however, a dice can never totally be even. All dice are slightly irregular although it’s visually invisible to the naked eye.
But don’t let that stop you to have some fun. Roll the dice!