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Ant
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Posted on Thursday, 28 December, 2006 - 04:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello all,

I got this in a cracker, they're not centimetres, nor half-inches. There's a word we use in Scrabble - "li" which is a Chinese mile. Might these be micro-lies?

Crackr thingy

Regards Ant
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Atferrari
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Posted on Monday, 01 January, 2007 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hola Ant

In this context, what is a cracker?

Isn't it something to measure volume fo liquid in a specific container?
Like the marking in more modern small medicine (bowls? caps?) used to administrate them to children?

Certainly I am lacking of vocabulary here...!!
Agustín Tomás - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Ant
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Posted on Monday, 01 January, 2007 - 03:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello Agustin,

We have a rather childish tradition which started in the mid-1800s at a guess, of a pretty paper cylinder with a handle formed at each end, perforated so as to break easily; there's a strip running through the centre with some mild explosive in the middle which gives off a loud "crack" when the whole thing is pulled apart.

These originally used to contain sweetmeats, over the years they've come to contain a paper hat which people often refuse to wear, a joke which is very rarely funny (Why didn't the skeleton go to the party? He had no-body to go with...) and an incredibly tatty plastic toy.

The tattiness depends on the price, the bottom end isn't worth buying. Most of the higher-priced stuff isn't worth buying either. If you spend serious money it's still, usually, rubbish but you get nicer looking crackers to decorate the table. We used to buy cheap crackers, open them and insert customised presents and better jokes but people still disliked the hats!

Does this description identify with anything at your end? Don't ever apologise for your lack of vocabulary, it's 100% better than my Argentinian!

Happy New Year - Ant

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