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Feathers Of A Bird Locked Together

No, it is not  “birds of a feather flock together”.

When we were kids, we used to play with a simple toy – often homemade – which consisted of 3,4 or maybe 5 big feathers tied together and locked and glued onto a long nail that had pierced through several round pieces of rubber sheets.    Big goose feathers from the wings purportedly were the best.   In Chinese, we called it “Jianzi”, while I later learned that the Malay name for it is “Chapteh”

It was fun kicking it into the air and the challenge was to keep the toy airborne.  In China, this game is still very much alive and there are great experts doing all kinds of stunts with it.