Fiver

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  • Fiver is most commonly a slang term used to refer to a denomination of currency, most notably:
  • Fiver is a term for Zaydi Shiite Muslims, who disagree with the majority of Shiites on the identity of the Fifth Imam.
  • Fiver is a fictional character - an intelligent and moody rabbit with premonitions of the future - in Richard Adams' acclaimed novel Watership Down. During the course of the story, the author asserts that rabbits "can only count to four", and anything beyond that is simply considered "many" or "a thousand". Fiver's name came about because he was one of the later (and smaller) rabbits born in a large litter. There were probably more than just five rabbits in the litter, however.
  • Camp Fiver in Poolside, New York (named after the character) was founded in June, 2000 by philanthropist Tom Tucker to provide a summer haven for inner-city children [1] (http://www.fiver.org).
  • In modern charity circles, the lauded fiver is a person who gives five percent of their income and/or five hours a week of their time to charity - considered an easier goal than the ten percent tithe the biblical Moses asked for in the book of Deuteronomy.
  • A math game by the name of Fiver is played on a 5x5 grid with a two-sided counter on each square. Flipping one counter from white to black also inverts the counters in surrounding squares according to a set of rules. The challenge of the game is to change all the counters from white to black in the fewest number of moves (and sometimes to deduce what the rules are). Note that this game is distantly related to Conway's Game of Life [2] (http://www.math.com/students/puzzles/fiver/fiver.html).
  • A fiver can also be defined as a short written parody of a one-hour television episode. The concept was created by the web author Zeke, creator of Five-Minute Voyager. An author of a fiver, also known as a fivist, creates a short parody of an episode, movie, play, or video game. The name comes from the notion that you can read one in five minutes if you don't have the time to watch the entire episode. Fivers exist for all Star Trek series as well as assorted science fiction series, video games, Shakespeare plays, etc. http://www.fiveminute.net
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