Ow! What's the story there, Lisa?
Can't curently remember how to post hyper links, so here's some cut-and pastes:http://www.historylives.com/toysandgames.htm (this site gives the possible explanation as it being "reminiscent of animal knucklebones" that were originally used in the game...)http://home.ptd.net/~berners/Jacks.html (this site is a little more indepth, but not much)Hope your face stops hurting (it's killing me!HAHAH!)
I was going to stick my response under the other post, but I'll put it here in the interest of keeping them together.Yeowch. That's first.I asked some of the guy's in my reenactment unit who know a lot about games and history and such. They said pretty much the same thing- that the metal jacks are a progression from knucklebones (sheep). One sent me this link as well, which was one RRNN didn't list, and that I found kind of amusing to read (its very short):http://www.theplaymakers.com/welcome/archives/000123.htmlIt kind of sums up what they all told me, too, about being made out of cheap metal to resemble bones.Pretty morbid, really, and kind of cool. And a good game for rats, I think.
Ouch! Please to heal well, and quickly. Yes, jacks evolved from knucklebones (as used for the game) and aren't related etymologically to either dice or caltrops.I'll spread the word of your sale on my LJ
I am so inspired. I need to go find the picture of my cut, black -n- blue eye from years ago. Drinking + doing the wave backwards in a chair = cut open eyelid + lots of bruising and puffiness Hope you are feeling better soon!
Are you kidding??? I feel great! I'm shooting the deep-blue curl of Near-Miss...Im a donkey on the edge?
Right. I know what jacks evolved from, but at where does the cross with four balls interected at a right angle come from. It's a very, very specific design.
jason: If you're not gonna show up for class you're gonna miss a few dramas.....dood.
Somehow, I knew you already knew about the sheep's knuckles. I'll keep looking never fear!LISA'S BLOG READERS UNITE!!!For the pursuit of knowledge!
Here's a fellow interested in the history of toys, and has an "ask Dr. Toy" feature (where others who may Know these Strange Things may also chime in):http://www.drtoy.com/toy_history/index.html#eThere's also "Ask Metafilter" which may get either useful information or silly speculation; I'm not sure how useful it will be, but potentially hook up with someone who actually knows something. Worth a look, likely: http://ask.metafilter.com/One can also bounce the question off a reference librarian at a good big public library. It would make great fodder for the (international) stumper's list that sort of person frequents. Anyone on your list within stumbling distance of the New York Public library? wonders my academic librarian spouse--Have you seen critter knucklebones recently? they are kind of roundy here and there, and knobby those other place; it's not too hard a stretch just visually from them to the regularized shape of jacks.
Sorry, Lisa. Classes have started up again, and I don't have the time I used to for blog-surfing. But I did scroll thru your entries yesterday and read about the spectacular collision. Wow. Good thing it wasn't worse. D00d. :)
Ow!!!! I hurt just looking at it. I hope your recovery is a speedy one and that you enjoy the multi-colored look you'll be sporting for the next few days!
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