Walkie-Tolkien?

X Technologies, Inc., is a software company that provides data management and integration solutions. It has supplied its products to the US Intelligence Community and the Department of Defence, amongst others. Recently however, the infamous PRISM program (the clandestine electronic surveillance program allegedly operated by the NSA since 2007) was also credited to the same company.

This company takes its name from a little piece of LOTR trivia. It is named after the magical version of walkie-talkie present in The Lord of the Rings mythos, which looks like a spherical stone and works like a crystal ball. It is sometimes translated as “Seeing Stone” but literally means “Farsighted” or “One that Sees from Afar”. When one looks into a X, one can communicate with other such stones and anyone who might be looking into them; beings of great power can manipulate the stones to see virtually any part of the world.

What is X?

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In stud poker, each player is dealt one card face down,which was called a ____ (as referring to a hiding place) and the rest face up. So if you had X, you were at an advantage. In the 19th century American West, the expression was used to
refer to a hidden weapon,such as a gun concealed in a shoulder holster. Now it is used as a metaphor for any surprise advantage or leverage.

What phrase does X refer to?

There are so many!

X is a public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia to promote rail safety. The campaign went viral through sharing and social media starting in November 2012, getting almost 20 million views around the world in the first week.

It’s being hailed as one of the most innovative and effective safety awareness campaigns – very effective on kids especially – and it’s been winning some big awards at the Webbys and the Cannes Lions.

It is now in the form of numerous apps, a Tumblr, and a karaoke video.

Name X.

Famous Last Words

  1.  ____________________________________________.
  2.  Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
  3.  Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.
  4.  My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
  5.  I am thirsty.
  6.  It is finished.
  7.  Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

What is missing?

Psych!

What psychological conditions do these people/characters suffer from:

1.Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets,Molecular Obliterator in Wall-E,James May from Top Gear

2.Moose Mason from Archies,George S Patton,Abhishek Bachhan,Richard Branson

3.John Forbes Nash,Lars from Lars and the Real Girl,Launcelot Gobbo from Merchant of Venice

4.Deadpool,Dory from Finding Nemo, Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock

5.Ed from Cowboy Bebop,Lisbeth Salander from Millennium Trilogy,River Tam from Firefly.

Power Packed

X came to life in 1973, Y in 1989.

Y wears sunglasses.

Y has larger ears than X and is apparently a different shade of pink.

X seems more anthropomorphic than Y.

X is a whole species of animals while Y is the only one of its kind.

X does not live in North America.

Y can be seen playing a drum while X can be seen doing …. a lot of things.

What are X and Y?

What’s in a Name?

When Latin was the language of scholarship, many scholars and scientists used to “Latinize” their names, adopting either translations or suffixes.
In the same manner(probably to spoof the practice),Charles Lutwidge Dodgson translated his first two names into Latin to get Carolus Lodovicus, then swapped the order of the names and re- anglicized them to get his pen name.
What is the pen name?

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Achtung

Bufotenin and 5-MeO-DMT belong to the family of hallucinogenic tryptamines. The crude way of exposing yourself to them leads to this practice. They can also be extracted by tickling the animals chin.
Reportedly even some dogs do it in Australia.
Homer did this in one episode (where he also gets chased by Teletubbies). He can then hear the animals reciting ‘Comfortably Numb’ in Marge’s voice.
What practice?

Endangered Species

This book was dedicated “to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers of St. Petersburg who, in 1905, demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution”.
The title comes from a joke about a panda and is supposed to be funny yet informative.
However many critics have pointed out that, although it’s a book-length rant about falling standards of punctuation, it itself contains numerous punctuation errors.
Which book?

P_ _ _ _ _

Some facts about X:

1. Most shoplifted author in Britain
2. Has written two books a year on average since 1983
3. Was diagnosed with Alzhimer’s in 2007 and is now unable to write or type. He still churns out books by dictating or using speech recognition software
4. Made his own sword for his knighthood using meteorite iron
5. Loves orangutans

Id X.