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.”