Famous and not-so-famous paintings.
Whose relatively enormous diet includes
1 piece of chocolate cake
1 ice cream cone
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1 slice of salami
1 piece of cherry pie
1 slice of watermelon
1 green leaf
Journalists have used this (false)claim to imply that cultural group X has reason to spend a great deal of time thinking about the specific idea Z. This served as the first example and the idea behind the name of the trope or a type of phrasal template in which certain words may be replaced with another to produce new variations with altered meanings, similar to the “fill-in-the-blank” game of Mad Libs.
X is the new Y
The only good X is a dead X
To X or not to X?
X is my middle name We’re gonna need a bigger X
X, X Everywhere
I, for one, welcome our new X Overlords
Bitches Love X
One Does Not Simply Walk into X
Keep X and Y On
X’ers Gonna X
A Wild X Appears!
In Soviet Russia, X Ys You
What was the claim and the trope?
A bag’s worth of helium balloons are casually released by an anonymous civilian into the sky and are registered as missiles by a faulty East German Early Warning System; mistaken for an attack by NATO,resulting in panic and eventually nuclear war.
What is this the plot of?
X is an Irish ballad in which a hod-carrier born “with a love for the liquor”, falls from a ladder, breaks his skull, and is presumed dead. The mourners at his wake become rowdy, and spill whiskey over his corpse, which brings him back to life. Whiskey (from uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”) thus causes both his death and resurrection.
It is famous for providing the basis of Y’s famous final work, in which this comic resurrection is employed as a symbol of the universal cycle of life.
What are X and Y?
Connect A, B, C and D.
The Economist describes A as follows: “involves commodity exports driving up the value of the currency, making other parts of the economy less competitive, leading to a current-account deficit and even greater dependence on commodities”. What is A?
B is a door divided horizontally in a way that the bottom half may remain shut while the top half opens. The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open top. What is B?
In 1650 Franciscus Sylvius, created C, a gin, in an attempt to create a diuretic medicine. This was then used in the Thirty Years’ War by English troops and was an instant success for its believed warming properties on the body in cold weather and its calming effects before battle.
What phrase was thus originated or what is C?
D is a practical joke where someone lying in bed with another person pulls the covers over the person’s head while flatulating, thereby creating an unpleasant situation in an enclosed space. What is D?
In the season 8 episode, The Springfield Files, of The Simpsons, three frogs appear in the swamp, chanting their names, which are promptly eaten by an alligator who growls ‘Coors’.
What are the names of the frogs?
Answer each part and connect
A is a hit 1965 Hammer film, based on the novel by H.Rider Haggard. It starred Ursula Andress in the role of Ayesha, the immortal queen of a lost African kingdom along with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
B is a horror/ drama series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, revolving around an inter-dimensional monster with the ability to transform itself into its prey’s worst fears, mostly taking the form of a sadistic clown called ‘Pennywise the Dancing Clown’.
C! is a 1954 Warner Bros. Pictures black and white science fiction film about a nest of gigantic irradiated ants discovered in the New Mexico desert. One of the first of the 1950s “nuclear monster” movies, and the first ” big bug” film, it is regarded as a classic now.
D is a 2013 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix among others. The film centers on a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system (OS) with a female voice and personality.
Dial M for Murderousness
Hydro, the Man With the Hydraulic Arms
Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great ‘Frisco Freak-Out’
They Came to Burgle Carnagie Hall
The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel
This term now used to refer to an extremely intelligent person, was formed from a portmanteau of two words and inspired by an early computer, by the good people at DC Comics to name their newest genius super villain. What is the name?
Science Fiction author Reginald Bretnor using the pen name Grendel Briarton wrote a multi-year series “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand X!”, in which each installment was a short-short that ended in a horrific pun. X and the nature of the stories—detailed and tedious, yet ending in vaguely familiar catchphrases—may have been inspired by Walter Bagehot, a major literary and political figure from the late 1800s now fallen into obscurity.
X is now used to describe stories of this kind. Isaac Asimov was particularly notorious for these.
An example Death of a Foy
What is X?