A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 19, 2016
“Marriage is like a deck of cards” (joke)

Marriage is compared to a deck of cards in a popular joke printed on many images:

“Marriage is like a deck of cards. At first all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you wish you had a club and a spade.”

“Marriage is like a deck of cards. You need a heart to love him, a ring to marry him, a club to bash his… “ was cited on Twitter on August 27, 2009. The expression went viral a year later, in August and September 2010. “Marriage is like a deck of cards, in the beginning all you need is 2 hearts and a diamond, 10 years later you’ll want a club and a spade” was cited on Twitter on August 26, 2010.


Twitter
ambisextrous
‏@ibelaurenn
“Marriage is like a deck of cards. You need a heart to love him, a ring to marry him, a club to bash his… http://tumblr.com/xol2v5tue
4:41 PM - 27 Aug 2009

Twitter
mel carey
‏@meledah
marriage is like a deck of cards, in the beginning all you need is 2 hearts and a diamond, 10 years later you’ll want a club and a spade
10:28 AM - 26 Aug 2010

Twitter
Ashish Porwal
‏@soccorfan
MARRIAGE is like a deck of cards..in d beginning all u need is 2 hearts n a diamond..10yrs later u want a club n a spade wink)
5:39 PM - 27 Aug 2010

Twitter
Tracy
‏@TracyPellFoster
Marriage is like a deck of cards.In the beginning all you need is 2 hearts and a diamond. By the end you’ll wish you had a club and a spade!
4:03 PM - 15 Sep 2010

Twitter
Mike Lazarus (Act!)
‏@GLComputing
Marriage is like a deck of cards, at first all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end you just wish you had a club and a spade.
1:28 AM - 13 Nov 2010

Google Books
Jokes for Blokes:
The Ultimate Book of Jokes not Suitable for Mixed Company

By Llewellyn Dowd and Phil McCracken
London: Ebury Press
2011
Pg. 345:
Marriage is like a deck of cards. At first all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end you wish you had a fucking club and a spade.

Google Books
Choices in Relationships:
An Introduction to Marriage and the Family

By David Knox and Caroline Schacht
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
2013
Pg. 193:
Marriage is like a deck of cards In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond By the end you’ll wish you had a freaking club and a spade
Unknown

Google Books
Chuckle, Giggle, Snort!:
Quips Collected By Karen Money Williams

By Karen Money Williams
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2013
Pg. ?:
Marriage is like a deck of cards. At first you need two hearts and a diamond. Later on, you need a club and a spade.

Google Books
Lies, Deceit, Adultery, and My Husband’s Boyfriend:
A Wife’s Tale

By Anne Maree Spencer
Houston, TX: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.
2014
Pg. 112:
She gave me another one.

Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you wish you had a fu**ing club and a spade.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 • Permalink