X has volume roughly equivalent to 90ml, though the rough and ready measure is the amount needed to fill a glass equal to the height between the index and little fingers when they are held parallel to one-another.
The X commemorates the team’s victory of a particular king over the Viceroy’s, in a robust game of tent-pegging in the early 1900’s.
The story goes that the king had a Polo team, which was undefeated during his reign. Their favourite pastime was skull-pegging. The skulls of their enemies buried half way into the ground, they lifted the skulls by pegging them with their spears as they rode their horses, rider and horse inebriated with ‘Bhang’. The civilized version of the game, came to be known as ‘Tent Pegging’.
It was in the king’s tradition to invite the ‘Viceroy’s Pride’, for a friendly engagement in the king’s territory. The ‘Viceroy’s Pride’, all Irishmen, handsome in their gait, who in the evening drank till the night’s end, and were still able and proud enough to walk straight.
When the `Viceroy’s Pride’ arrived for a friendly match, the home team felt nervous and feared that if they host the game it would be their skull on which their Maharaja would peg his spear. So a conspiracy was hatched.
On the evening before the encounter, the “Viceroy’s Pride’ was entertained to the pouring of double measures of whisky in every peg. In the morning, they went into the friendly match of tent-pegging, their heads heavy and groggy.
Meanwhile, while they were drinking, the pegs used for tent-pegging were replaced with smaller ones for the `Viceroy’s Pride’ and larger ones for the home team.
The upshot was, `The Viceroy’s Pride’ lost to the king’s team. Incensed by the loss of the game and size of pegs, the Political Agent of the Viceroy went up to the king to complain, that the pegs had been replaced.
Replied the Maharaja, “Yes, in our place pegs are larger”. And that’s how the X became famous, not for the pegs in the game but for the pegs of Whisky!
In modern times references for X has been given in many movie songs, latest being an Akshay kumar movie.
Id. what is X.
Given is the photo of the king.
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