X may now be the poster image for all things outdated but it had some distinct advantages over anything else present at the time. It was more comfortable and faster over the cobbled roads present at the time than the alternative because of the distinctive wheel. It was also lower in weight.
Then two new inventions came about and closed the chapter on X. They were the chain drive and the pneumatic tyre.
What is X?
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?
X wrote the novels -Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life – which were sort of fictional biographies. In them he hypothesised, that the real meteorite (Y meteorite) which fell near Y, Yorkshire, England, on December 13, 1795, was radioactive and caused genetic mutations in the occupants of a passing coach. Many of their descendants were thus endowed with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good or evil deeds. The progeny of these travellers were purported to have been the real-life originals of fictionalised characters, both heroic and villainous, over the last few hundred years, such as Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, and Lord Peter Wimsey. This created the Y universe which was later expanded by X and other writers to include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sherlock Holmes, The Spider,James Bond, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, and even Star Trek.
This concept has been used as a unifying device by others such as Warren Ellis’s (Planetary), Alan Moore (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and in Tales of the Shadowmen edited by Jean-Marc Lofficier, using characters from French Literature.
X and Y please.
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?
What was the purpose of the spire on top of the Empire State Building?
Винни-Пух is a 1969 animated film by Soyuzmultfilm, directed by Fyodor Khitruk and is the first part of a trilogy.
This is the definitive version of X in Russia. When this was made, Russia was under the iron curtain and hence Khitruk never knew about the western version. This makes it delightfully different from its western adaptation. Major differences include:
•Backgrounds done in crayons
•The title character is not always happy and sometimes even gets snarky. And is brown and not orange.
•The bird is female.
• The most annoying character- the one who ruined everything -is absent.
Sadly some of these changes and some other creative differences caused the translator of the series to leave with only three shorts done when there could have been more.
What am I talking about?
On NeoGAF , Major Nelson called the C moniker disrespectful. “I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.”
“At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn’t see it,” he said. “I’d been looking at the name for A B for months, and I wasn’t clever enough to merge them and come up with C.”
“But, you know, I think it’s going to stick. I think we can say we don’t like it as much as we want, but it’s a clever use of the name. Probably not the most flattering name, but I think it’s going to be there.”
Major Nelson works for Microsoft. What product is he talking about? What is the moniker?