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?

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’)

Six Degrees

A published more than 1525 mathematical papers in his life. His friends honored his work with the idea of AX, which works on the same principle of six degrees of separation.
There also exists a BX, which honors the prolific actor B. Consequently there is ABX. Natalie Portman and Richard Feynman, both have an ABX of 6.
There is also CX which concerns musicians. Stephen Hawking is the only person to have a single figure ABCX.
Who are A,B and C?

Yeh Melody Kaunsi Hain?

Outside, there were few lights on and the stars in the sky were visible and “just amazing”, according to the song’s co-producer, Ken Nelson.

While composing the song’s lyrics, _______ could not find the right words. He was thinking of a specific word, which he deemed a missing key word in the lyrics, to fit the song’s concept. He looked around the studio and found the telephone directory yellow pages, which happened to be situated nearest to him. ________ later titled the song X as a reference to the directory. He quipped, “In an alternate universe, this song could be called Playboy. The lyrics progressed from there with the band collaborating. Bassist ____ ________ came up with the opening line That night, having quickly composed the song, the band recorded it.

A much different origin of the song was told on The Howard Stern Show in November 2011. ______ explained to Stern that he was impersonating Neil Young while entertaining guests when he came across the first chord of the song, which stuck with him for a bit then in a Neil Young voice he sang the opening line . _______ went on to further explain that the word X has absolutely no meaning whatsoever and while writing the rest of the song he tried his best to change X to something else since every lyric before X made no sense but in the end the word X just sounded right. _______ also told Stern that through the years depending on the attitude and manner of whoever interviews him, he would make up some story about a song or album titles just to move on to the next question. _______ applauded Stern saying “I like you, Howard, so that’s the first time I’ve ever told anyone the truth behind X.”


I _________ you this question

Hold on to your short attention spans. This is gonna be a lot of reading.
The answers of all these questions are connected. Give the connection too.
Question 1
Dr. X is a fictional character introduced in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer. It was also featured extensively in cinema, television, radio, comic strips and comic books for over 90 years, and has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius. It  became a stereotype often associated with the Yellow Peril and has inspired numerous other characters like Ming the Merciless, Dr. No, Dr. Zin from the Jonny Quest, Dr. Yen-Lo from The Manchurian Candidate, Lo-Pan from Big Trouble in Little China, Marvel Comics foe the Mandarin, DC Comics’ Rā’s al Ghūl.
Id X.
Question 2
“I told you ’bout the X and me, man
You know that we’re as close as can be, man
Well, here’s another clue for you all;
The X was Paul”!
                                      — The Beatles, “Glass Onion”
Glass Onion consists almost entirely of cryptic shout outs to the group’s earlier songs.
 John Lennon was so fed up with fans trying to find hidden allusions in their songs that he decided to write a completely nonsensical one. Lennon allegedly said, “Let’s see the fuckers figure that one out” after finishing it. Which, in an ironic twist, was still searched for “clues“.
What is X in the lyrics?
Question 3
When kept as a talisman, a X is said to bring good luck. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Others believe that it should be hung the other way, as it will then release its luck to the people around it.
A stylized variation of the X is used for a popular throwing game, Xs.
Superstitious sailors believe nailing a X to the mast will help their vessel avoid storms.
It also lends its name to a species of crabs.
Question 4
U.S.   World
#1      B
#2      _ _
#2½   F
#3      H
#4      2H
The one left blank is a giveaway.What common item can be bought in these varieties?
Question 5
William Addis of England is believed to have produced the first mass-produced X in 1780.In 1770 he had been jailed for causing a riot; while in prison he took a small animal bone, drilled small holes in it, obtained some bristles from a guard, tied them in tufts, passed the tufts through the holes on the bone, and glued them. He soon became very rich. He died in 1808, and left the business to his eldest son, also called William; the company continues to this day under the name of Wisdom Xs. Pig hair was used for cheaper Xs, and badger hair for the more expensive ones.
What common item’s origin has been described above?
Question 6
Ape hanger
Types of what?

Repetition Mutation

Pretty much all the lyrics in the songs by this artist are a single sentence (or two) that are repeated over and over with added music and sound effects. Some examples:

  1. The only lyrics are a voice sample of are a sample of Angela Bassett’s voice from the film Strange Days at the 1:39:08 mark.
  2. The only lyrics are a voice sample by Lord Finesse. Lord Finesse (a hip hop artist and producer, from The Bronx, New York, best known as the leader of the D.I.T.C. rap crew).
  3. The lyrics are samples from a song of the same name by “The Doors”.
  4. The chorus of the song is homage to a Black Sheep song, which features a similar chorus. The line “Walk without rhythm/and it won’t attract the worm…” refers to the science fiction novel Dune.
  5. The vocal contains samples from a 1974 sermon by Reverend W. Leo Daniels called “The Answer to Watergate”. Daniels, the then-pastor of the Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church of Houston, Texas, had eleven albums released by Jewel Records on its “Jewel Devotional Series”.

Identify the artist and the songs.

Tock tock tock tock……

This phrase originated from an SNL skit that parodied VH!‘s music documentary series “Behind the Music” fictionalizing the studio recording of the 1976 song A by B. The sketch featured guest host C as music producer Bruce Dickinson.

In it, the recording seems to be going well but the band stops playing after a few moments because the E part is rather loud and distracting. Dickinson, to the surprise of most of the band, asks for “a little more E and suggests that the E player, Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell), “really explore the studio space this time.”Hilarity ensues.

At the climax of the sketch, Dickinson exclaims: “Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription is more E” The band agrees to let Frenkle play the E part his way. As the band begins another take, the sketch ends with a freeze frame on Frenkle with the superimposed message: “In Memoriam: Gene Frenkle: 1950–2000.

The actual song indeed features a E, but it is overshadowed by the main instruments playing throughout the song.

The actors on the sketch found it really difficult to keep a straight face.

Answer all parts.

Swords and Souls

A and B are 2 wildly popular 3D fighting video games revolving around the demonic runeblades of the same names respectively. These swords “could have been” inspired by another sword wielded by the albinistic, antihero protagonist of a fantasy series of books. The author of the books received a song writing credit for the song C, inspired by the same sword, for the band D. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story about a troubled boy who loves the stories about the protagonist, and finds escape from the everyday world in them. The story was published in the short story collection Smoke and Mirrors.

Answer everything if you want to keep your soul!

Of weird instruments and Funky covers


1. Odd-looking instrument W, the name of which, is derived from words that mean “to speak/chatter” in its language.
The word W is also a popular nickname given to a Fighter Jet, since people think the jet looks like the instrument.

2. X is a music album by an American indie-rock Band, which uses a story-based theme and references a popular astronaut Y in two of its songs.

Songs from X use sounds from W ( the instrument, not the fighter jet),
and one of the songs Z is a Folk tune, popular in the Computer/TV/Brick Gaming context.
X, Y, Z?

W, Y, and Z are from the same country. X can be derived by staring at the album cover 🙂

[Note: Reposting this question of mine, from a FB quizzing group]

Cracked by Nishanth, Vic and Vishal.

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