The fortune-telling die inside the Magic 8-ball toy is an icosahedron, meaning it has how many sides?
The Magic 8-Ball is a toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice, developed in the 1950s and manufactured by Mattel. It is often used in fiction, often for humor related to its giving accurate, inaccurate, or otherwise statistically improbable answers.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Answer: The United States Government is divided into three branches: the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch. The executive branch carries out and enforces laws. The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch. Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress. The process of one branch of government overseeing other branches of government is known as checks and balances.
The Magic 8-Ball is a hollow plastic sphere resembling an oversized, black-and-white 8-ball. Inside a cylindrical reservoir contains a white, plastic, icosahedron floating in alcohol dyed dark blue. Each of the die’s 20 faces has an affirmative, negative, or non-committal statement printed in raised letters. These messages are read through a window on the ball’s bottom.
To use the ball, it must be held with the window initially facing down. After “asking the ball” a yes-no question, the user then turns the ball so that the window faces up, setting in motion the liquid and die inside. When the die floats to the top and one face presses against the window, the raised letters displace the blue liquid to reveal the message as white letters on a blue background. Although many users shake the ball before turning it upright, the instructions warn against doing so to avoid white bubbles, which interfere with the performance of the ball itself.
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