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What was the purpose of the spire on top of the Empire State Building?


In Soviet Russia…

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:
•No humans.
•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?

Sticks and Stones…

The term X when used as a unit of measurement (for body weights) equals 6.35 Kg. It also appears in the Bible,in a different context. Due to another meaning associated with X, special care was taken in using the ‘-ing’ form of the word and not the ‘-ed’ form during certain modern revisions of the Bible. Similar controversy arose from the  word appearing in a certain song by Bob Dylan.

What is X?

High on Protein and Taste

X is a breakfast cereal, marketed primarily as a low-fat cereal that can be eaten to help one lose weight. It advocates a special diet with the goal of losing six pounds in two weeks.
X is also used as a slang term to refer to a dissociative anaesthetic used on both humans (typically in young burn victims) and animals, with effects similar to those of PCP or DXM and may be used as a date-rape drug.
What is X?