Date: Sat, 5 Aug 1995 09:14:38 -0400

From: Heilan Yvette Grimes HEP2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Re: King's X

A few questions:

1. When I was growing up in Southern Ohio kids had a way of immediately

stopping another kid from either too much joking around (tossing you hat back

and forth over your head to another kid so that you couldn't get your hat

back), too much tickling. All you had to do was say "King's X" and cross your

fingers. This brought everything to an immediate stop, your hat was returned

to you, or the tickling was stopped. Over the years I've asked others about

this and have discerned that people in parts of Alabama, parts of Arizona,

and parts of California said "King's X". Anyone else?

2. Also what about Pinkies? If you and a friend happened to say the same word

or phrase at the same time one would yell Pinkies. You would link pinkies

together (either hand) and say:

First Kid: What goes up the chimney?

Second Kid: Smoke

Both Together: May you wish and my wish never be broke.

Then you pulled apart your Pinkies and touched part of the clothing of the

other person and yelled out the color of that clothing.

Done successfully your wish would come true. Anyone else do this?

3. Finally, there is a phrase in the english language that when said uses

all the muscle combinations of the mouth. What is it? I think I read it in a

Douglas Hofstadter book but haven't been about to find it.