For Your Thoughts

X may now be the poster image for all things outdated but it had some distinct advantages over anything else present at the time.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?


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?

Spaced Out


This is slightly more convoluted than usual. So instructions:

This one is a what you see is what you get kinda connect,but you have to be specific to the characters,not the actor playing the character. The connect has 5 parts(1,2,3,4,5).Each part may or may not have different parts(1a,1b,1c,2a,2b,2c and so on).If the same part has two pictures, then they point to the same thing.

Also all parts belonging to one question no.are connected. ūüėÄ

So you gotta get the answer for each part(a,b..),the connect for each question no.(1,2…) and the overall connect.





K  K2





















v  v2



h1  h2

Hot Brakes?

Junior Johnson was a pioneer in his own right during his run in NASCAR. He discovered drafting as a strategy to reduce drag drastically, for one.
Another innovation was brought on by his friend in the aerospace industry, who wanted him to try out a new material. Amazed by its light weight and strength and because of the rules of NASCAR, he was using it in the late 60’s before anyone else.However NASCAR banned its use when they saw his brake discs glowing red from use, thinking it would cause a tire fire.
What material?

Even More Metallic People

The initial 1963 versions were made from ultra-fine 3-D knit iron alloy, powered by flat linear armature DC motors (rechargeable via any electrical outlet), short-wave radio (even a rotary phone was used once), collapsible roller skates. Most functions were controlled by miniature electronic switches mounted on the insides of various pieces; by pressing various combinations of them (using even the tongue), different systems were engaged.
The modern version is almost unrecognizable when compared to that.
Actually it looks almost exactly the same.
What is being talked about here?

More Heinlein?

Pretty obscure…….

This story tells about the journey of a mechanical genius from his self-imposed exile from the rest of humanity to a more normal life, conquering the disease myasthenia gravis as well as his own contempt for humans in general.

Being born a weakling, he¬†channeled¬†his intellect, and his family’s money, into the development of the device patented as ‚ÄúSynchronous Reduplicating Pantograph”. Wearing a glove and harness, he could control a much more powerful mechanical hand simply by moving his hand and fingers. In the story, these devices became popularly known as “Xs”. In reference to this story, the real-life remote manipulators that were later developed also came to be called Xs. Specifically; an “X” is a device which is controlled by moving a model of the device; usually a pair of robotic hands that are controlled by sensors in a pair of gloves.

No relations to that other X, though .What is X?

Keeping It Sharp

When the first atom was split during the early days of Manhattan project, the safety of all the people involved somehow rested on the shoulders of a professional woodsman. Specifically his axe. He was asked to swiftly cut a rope when hollered. To the other end of the rope was a cadmium strip with a lead weight attached at the bottom.

The woodsman was asked to cut the rope asap when he heard the word _____.Doing this would drop the cadmium strip in place (the core of the reactor), ready to absorb the neutrons, and putting the reactor in a safe condition.

When asked what he word meant, Fermi replied ______ ___ ____ ___ ___.

Although the methods have changed and it’s done electronically now, the term has stuck. Fill in the blanks.


Hobo with a X

In last year’s SXSW conference a certain advertisement company hired 13 homeless persons. They were each given some electronic devices and a certain job. With 20$ upfront and guaranteed a total of at least 50$ with a chance to make even more money in the form of tips, they provided a free service but donation was encouraged through a PayPal service. The service provided by these people was thought to lighten the load from the existing infrastructure provided for the conference as well as donating money to charity and encouraging people to interact with homeless persons.

However this got a lot of backlash as people thought it was exploiting the homeless. The event organizers also distanced themselves from this scheme. Many people looked at it as the internet era equivalent of people wearing signboards in front of shops.

What service was provided by these people?

(People from NITK will realize how this situation is somehow the opposite of what is faced by them on a daily basis for certain amenities that should have been much more easily accessible)

Save our planet.

I suppose everyone knows whose ad pic 1 is. Good.  Lets call them X, and proceed.



X recently came out with a decently brilliant tech-idea Y, an icon of which is shown in pic 2. Y is just a tweaked form of the industry standard Z.



If adopted by the majority, Y can prove very beneficial as this post’s title suggests.

Knowing the usual set of X’s activities, deduce Y and Z. ¬†Also put funda as to why Y is claimed to be so awesome.


Cracked by Grim, wanderlust, Salime and Anirudh.

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Identify this chap, and the reason why this question is being asked today.

Clue:  The character, not the legend.



Cracked by Paatala Veera, Kaustubh, Nihar and raklodrama.

Kaustubh gets QM’s respect for identifying Ron Jeremy.

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Respect. in memoriam

I’m sure Late. Senator¬†X would’ve scoffed at the representation of ¬†Y as shown in this figure.





The figure shown is borrowed from a show, a screenshot put below.



The name of this sitcom you needn’t identify.

Id X, Y.
Put as much funda as seems fit.

P.S : Don’t worry too much about the tilted photos.
They’re an attempt to keep Leila Boujnane and Paul Bloore away.


Cracked completely by Royan. Nihar got the name of the Senator right.

Good work, fellas.


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