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Question 27

September 23, 2009

X are known as the Devil’s bones. X consist of pips, different in number, marked on each of their faces. Terms such as ace, duce, trey, cater, cinque and sice were once used in correlation with them. X come in various forms such as Crooked X, Loaded X, cheat X, Shaved X, Iced X etc. What is X?

Question 25

September 22, 2009

X was bought by Peter Minuit  in 1626 from native Indian people in exchange for trade goods worth sixty guilders, often mistakenly said to be worth twenty-four dollars. It can be converted to modern currency by comparing bread prices etc. and amounts around $1000 nowadays. What is X?

Question 3

September 15, 2009

X was created in 1923 by Britton Hadden and Henry Luce, making it the first weekly news magazine in the United States. The two had previously considered calling the magazine -‘Facts’. In 2009 X announced a personal print magazine ‘Mine’ which met with a poor reception and criticism that its focus was too broad to be truly personal. Some people refer to the magazine as ‘The International Magazine of Events’.

Question 1

September 15, 2009

The first appearance of the word X is from 1784 and means an odd person. There is a well-known myth about the word, which says that in 1791 a Dublin theatre owner named James Daly made a bet that he could introduce a word into the language within twenty-four hours. He then went out and hired a group of street urchins to write the word “X”, which was a nonsense word, on walls around the city of Dublin. Within a day, the word was common currency and had acquired a meaning (since no one knew what it meant, everyone thought it was some sort of test) and Daly had some extra cash in his pocket. What word is X?