A Big Happy Family

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. 

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.


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.

Cue Manly Tears

X is a fantastic instrument-if played by someone who knows how to. They were originally used for signalling during wars(for obvious reasons). This legacy has been carried forward and many military bands use them. Can you tell which are some of the more popular songs played on it-

A- very popular funeral song
also one of the most popular hymns in Christianity, a ‘slave song’, as it was written by a slave trader, who then became a minister(hence the line ‘who saved a wretch like me’).

B-unofficial signature song of Irish Americans, is not liturgical but still played at funerals, to the tune of Londonderry Air.

C-unofficial Scottish anthem, also played during funerals( remember the one in ‘The Departed’)