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The notion of whirligig arose from pirn , a onomatopoeia which alludes to turn Of something. A whirligig is called a top small in size that is usually shaped prism .

The whirligig has an extension that allows it to be rotated with the fingers. This top can present words , phrases or numbers that serve for the development of games .

By having inscriptions on its sides, the whirligig makes it possible to play by appealing to the random . The person who rotates the whirligig cannot know which face will be up once the object stops, so the inscription that is displayed when the movement is stopped depends on luck.

A regular game takes place with a whirligig that has six faces or sides. In them you can read "Take one", "Take two", "Takes all", "Put one", "Put two" or "Everyone puts" (or similar expressions).

Players receive the same amount of records or coins and form the initial well contributing a card each. Then, in the round, each participant must spin the whirligig. According to the instruction you play according to the legend, the various players must take or put chips. The winner is the one who stays with the pot or with the most chips.

Is called dreide , on the other hand, to a four-sided whirligig that is used to play in Hanukkah , a Jewish holiday. This whirligig has four letters of the Hebrew alphabet (nun, guimel, hei and shin) and allows children to win or lose sweets according to the result of the turn.

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