X, or Mu, is a continent said to have been swallowed
by the sea, and to now lie under the Indian or Pacific
Ocean. The famous Theosophist Madame Blavatsky
claimed that the people were ape-like giants that had
the gift of telepathy. In a book called ―The Lost
Continent of Mu‖, one writer claimed that all of
mankind has its origins in X, which once extended
from Hawaii to Easter Island and Fiji. Supposedly, it
was completely destroyed 12,000 years ago by an
enormous earthquake, and sank into the sea. (Pic
X was developed by Dr. Joseph Lawrence, based on pioneering
work done by Joseph Y, whom he named it after. It wasn‘t
intended for oral use however—it was simply an antiseptic, and
the first one. Before Y‘s discovery that carbolic acid killed
germs, far more people died from infections incurred during
surgery than from the injuries themselves (illustrated by a
saying from the time: ―The operation was a success, but the
Since nobody knew how to stop infections before
Y, amputations (to keep them from spreading) were the most
common major surgery of the time, and the death rate from this
procedure was around forty percent. By the time X had been in
use for about twenty five years, in 1910, the death rate from
amputations had dropped to a measly three percent.
X is an electronics manufacturer that makes everything
from car parts to vacuum cleaners—and, in times
past, Nazi gas chambers. If you‘ve ever wondered who
was willing to take the job of building the group-sized
hydrogen cyanide chambers used in Auschwitz, now you
know. They were also immersed in building the infamous
train system of Nazi-era Germany, the Reichsbahn, which
transported Jews to the concentration camps.
And it‘s not as if they were on the fringe of the war—X
funded the Nazi Party during the 1930′s and actively
supported Hitler‘s regime once the war broke out. They
had more than 400 factories operating throughout
Germany by late 1944, many of which used Jewish Labor.
People like to use the word Y when describing
individuals with questionable ethics or no sense of
morality. Y is a conjugation of X, who was
considered an evil man primarily because his
thoughts, both written and spoken, were new and
unusual. As a result, his writings were found to be
diabolical in nature, partly because they were
viewed as attacks on people of importance at the
time, including the clergy.
John Nettleship was X‘s chemistry teacher in school.
So it makes a bit of sense that X would use her
former chemistry teacher as the inspiration.
Nettleship did not know he was the inspiration for
the character until the films came out and his
students, along with his wife, pieced things together.
X‘s mother actually worked as an assistant in the
chemistry department under Nettleship, so we can‘t
help but wonder what the real life professor, who
died in 2011, thought about the revelation that his
character was in love with the protagonist‘s mother.
The Black Death was a tragedy for all of the Scandinavian
countries, Denmark lost one third of its population, while
Norway lost half. The plague was so devastating, the
people soon made it into a character of its own. X comes
as the figure of death and illness, in the shape of a
hideous, old woman dressed in black, carrying a broom
and a rake. She traveled from farm to farm, spreading the
plague. If she carried with her the rake, some of the
inhabitants would survive, but if she was carrying the
broom, everyone in the family would soon die. It is still
common to mention X in the context of disease and
Cow intestines led a pretty depressing existence prior to the
nineteenth century. Their taste was overshadowed by the rest of
the delicious parts of the cow and their utility was overshadowed
by the versatility of pig and sheep intestines for sausage casing. All
of that ended in 1875 when it was used ingeniously to create X.
Typically, the 120-foot small intestine is extracted and cut into 40-
foot strands that are then treated with chemicals to aid
preservation. The strands are spun tightly together and dried out
in a humid room for six weeks to prevent cracking. It takes nearly
four whole intestines to make a single X, but even today it‘s a
commodity that‘s cherished by some of the world‘s best
professional s. Previously, cow farms would pay waste removal
companies thousands of dollars each month to remove the leftover
intestines, but now they‘ve become one of the most profitable
byproducts of the slaughtering process.
Last year (2012), a X appeared on Google Earth, just
north of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. They
aren‘t simply figments of the medieval imagination.
X‘s are different from mythical lands, although as
we‘ll see, sometimes geography and fable get
confused. All these islands once existed on maps and
geographers believed they were real. Some were
simple errors of fact that were later put right while
others turned out to be pure fabrications. All of them
had an effect on peoples‘ consciousness.
If you‘re attending school or college, or work in an
office, you have probably noticed them around the place.
They aren‘t connected to the main power source of the
building, as obviously everyone inside the building
would be trapped in darkness if the power went out. So
how do they generate this light? Long-life batteries?
Hamsters on treadmills? No, sadly; instead, the light is
generated by the samples of a radioactive isotope of
hydrogen called tritium contained inside it.
Unfortunately, however, if that same disaster that cut the
power also causes it to smash, that same radioactive
isotope can escape and contaminate the building and
everyone in it.
X refers to a family of games with the same basic method
of play. Known as count-and-capture games, there is
some evidence to suggest that they may be the earliest
games played—predating even Senet but further
verification is needed. To play the game, all you need is a
patch of soft ground and a handful of seeds or pebbles.
Rows of holes are dug alongside one another, and players
distribute counters one at a time in a path round the
board. There are a number of goals; but the key to victory
in every version is basically to count really fast.
X was little-known in Europe and America until relatively
recently. A report from the Smithsonian Institute
described it as the ―national game of Africa.‖
As a girl, X took her Y to school one day at the suggestion
of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued. X recalled:
―Visiting school that morning was a young man by the
name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend
Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was
the custom then for students to prepare for college with
ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was
studying with his uncle. The young man was very much
pleased with the incident of the Y; and the next day he
rode across the fields on horseback to the little old
schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had
written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem…‖
This trading card game has been marketed by Steve
Jackson Games since 1982 and is still
popular. Expansions, in the way of cards, are
frequently added to the game, and in 1995, new
conspiracy theories were propagated for the game
revolving around the X effecting a ―fire sacrifice to
Satan‖ by nuking the World Trade Center in New
York City. X?
When X was a teenager, she was captured by the English
and held for ransom. Her husband was killed and X was
raped repeatedly and consequently impregnated. She was
forcefully converted to Christianity, baptized, and quickly
married off to an English tobacco farmer named Y to
make the pregnancy appear legitimate. English historical
accounts are ‗unsure of the cause of X‘s death‘. One
theory suggests, X learned of the English intentions to
obliterate her people and forcefully take their lands.
Afraid that X might reveal their political strategies, her
murder was swiftly plotted and she was poisoned before
she could reach home and report what she had learned.
____ ____ is a hag of Slavic origin, said to live in log
cabins in the woods. She is said by most to be evil – and
despite her perceived wisdom, it‘s considered unwise to
seek her help.
The main difference between her and other more
mundane hags of folklore is her chosen mode of
transport, which is a mortar and pestle. She uses the
pestle to ‗row‘ through the air while sitting in the giant
mortar, with a broom at the back to sweep away her
tracks. She is also said to live in a house without any
windows or doors, which supposedly has giant dancing
chicken legs for moving around.
Thought to have inspired the idea of Y.
In the Victorian Era, when you‘re sending such a
massive amount of correspondence that X becomes
more exhausting than a marathon, this invention
may come in handy. Coming in multiple forms, in
one such form the device was shaped in the form of
a dog with its tongue sticking out. In an era where
written documents were still the most common form
of communication, this device – despite its unusual
form and purpose – certainly had a place in the
While it is illegal to take rocks out of the
country, some tourists bring a piece of X home with
them anyway. Perhaps because it is a sacred tribal
ground, people who bring a piece of X away from
the site are said to experience the curse of
misfortune. As a result, people regularly mail their
rocks back to Y with letters of apology.
This classic, was adapted into a trippy, live-action
film in 2009. Though it‘s been around for over forty
years, this book hasn‘t always been readily available
in libraries and in stores. After its release, it was
banned in libraries all across the U.S. for its dark
tone and unruly lead character. Some parents were
apparently uneasy about the fact that the story‘s
protagonist, acted far too much like a regular little
boy – he was loud, chaotic, prone to tantrums, and
full of mischief.
X created quite a stir with the French public when
this painting went on display in 1863. There are
actually two people who modeled for the nude
woman. He used his favorite model, Victorine
Meurent (1844- 1927), for the woman‘s face and his
future wife Suzanne for the woman‘s body. The two
men in the painting are X‘s brother, Eugene and his
future brother in law.
The X were like the ninjas of
America. They would sneak up
behind you and slit your
throat, without you even knowing.
They used primitive weapons
made mostly of wood and bone.
They were also the greatest knife
fighters the world has ever
seen, and were pretty good with
the tomahawk and throwing ax.
They terrorized the southwest
United States, and even the
military had trouble beating them.
They were great hit and run
fighters, and their descendants
teach modern day special forces
how to fight in hand to hand
combat. They usually scalped their
X is a byword, now, for suspense. X was nominated
as director 5 times but lost all five, and was not even
nominated for the now-renowned classics. The
Academy finally honored him with the Irving
Thalberg lifetime achievement award, for which he
walked on stage, said, ―Thank you,‖ and walked off.
The origin of this phrase is, undoubtedly, from
hunting, and more specifically from the hunting of
boars. A ferocious animal, it often hid in the
undergrowth and _______were employed and
ordered to go straight in to chase it out. But very
much aware, and afraid, of the animals‘ sharp
tusks, they much preferred to merely ‗____ ______
___ ____‘, a practice strongly disapproved of by their
The X is a modern off-shoot of Masonry and does not
have a direct tie to the original X – a
religious military group formed in the 12th century.
Members of the Masonic X do not claim a direct
connection to the medieval group, but merely a
borrowing of ideas and symbols. In order to become a
member of this group, you must already be
a Christian Master Mason. This organization is a distinct
one, and is not just a higher degree of Masonry. Despite
Freemasonry‘s general disclaimer that no one Masonic
organization claims a direct heritage to the medieval
X, certain degrees and orders are obviously patterned
after the medieval Order.
The X is from Irish mythology and are usually seen
as female spirits. They were considered to be omens
of death and were believed to have come from the
―otherworld‖. They are generally thought to be
remnants of an ancient Celtic pagan religion in
which they were minor gods, spirits, or ancestors. In
English they are often referred to as fairies.
According to legend, Xs will wander around the
outside of a house wailing when someone inside is
about to die.
X is an alteration in the perception or experience of the
external world so that it seems strange or unreal. Other
symptoms include feeling as though one‘s environment is
lacking in spontaneity, emotional coloring and depth.
Individuals who suffer from derealization may complain
that what they see lacks vividness and emotional coloring.
Emotional response to visual recognition of loved ones
may be significantly reduced. Feelings of déjà vu or
jamais vu are common. Familiar places may look
alien, bizarre, and surreal. The world as perceived by the
individual may feel like it is going through a dolly zoom
effect. Such perceptual abnormalities may also extend to
the senses of hearing, taste, and smell.
Ever since its first display, the painting has become a
symbol for the brutality and suffering of war. The
stark black and white shapes which cover the large
canvass are caught in moments of anguish. Perhaps
the most moving portion of the work is the figure in
the far left; a woman screaming as she cradles a dead
child. The resonances with the image of the X are
obvious, but all too human in this case.
Currently owned by the Quaker Oats Company of
Chicago, X‘s trademark dates back to 1893, but was first
registered in April 1937. She originated from the
―Minstrel Show‖ as one of their stereotypical African-
American characters. She was later adopted by
commercial interests to represent the X brand. The X
character received the Key to the City of Albion, Michigan
on January 25, 1964. An actress portraying her visited
Albion many times for fundraisers. Soon after Quaker
Oats introduced X syrup in 1966. This was followed by X
Butter Lite syrup in 1985, and Butter Rich syrup in 1991.
She has simply become just a logo for a brand name over
Eventually, he wore white face paint that was coated
in aluminium dust. But nine days into shooting the film, Ebsen
complained of shortness of breath, cramping and eventually the
inability to breath and was rushed to hospital in an oxygen tent;
where he remained for two weeks. After some tests were
completed it turned out he was having an allergic reaction to
the aluminium dust in his makeup.
Ebsen was swiftly replaced by Jake Haley and the costume was
changed (the aluminium was blended into the white
paint, rather than speckled on top). In a much happier
development, during scenes in which Haley was squirted with
oil, the crew actually used chocolate sauce as it looked better on
X, whose name appears in every strip in Morse code, and
who fled from Cuba just before Castro took over the free
press, considered himself a spy of sorts, and drew the
cartoon as a satire of the Cold War and a criticism of its
pointlessness. By 1990, health complications impeded his
work on the strip, and other editors of MAD took over the
task. Prohias passed away on February 24, 1998. Y is
possibly the longest running feature in MAD
magazine, and the hilarious battles of wit between the
―protagonists/antagonists‖ are still ongoing in the pages
of the satirical magazine.
Ever since this was pointed out to me, I haven‘t been able
to miss it. Films seem to have an obsession with using X
images, shades, and backgrounds on posters and artwork.
I‘ve read a little about color theory in art – and according
to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s color wheel, X are
complementary to each other. When used
together, complementary colors are naturally aesthetically
pleasing, which is important for attracting people‘s
attention to a movie through its poster or DVD cover.
There are many interpretations of exactly what emotions
X are meant to evoke, but some say one makes us imagine
excitement and vitality, whereas the has calming and cool
Audiences believed X, a virtuoso in his
instrument, made a pact with the devil to perform
supernatural displays of technique. Some patrons
even claimed to see the devil helping him during his
performances. It is because he was denied the Last
Rites in the Church and his widely rumored
association with the devil, that his body was denied
a Catholic burial in Genoa. It took four years, and an
appeal to the Pope, before the body was allowed to
be transported to Genoa, but was still not buried. His
remains were finally put to rest in 1876 in a cemetery
According to Muslim Internet Forum Multaqa Ahl al
Hadeeth, ―X are forbidden because of its imitation to
Allah‘s creatures whether it is original or mixture or
even deformed one and since the picture is the face
and the face is what makes the real picture then X
which represent faces that express emotions then all
that add up to make them Haram.‖ Additionally, ―A
woman should not use these images when speaking
to a man who is not her mahram, because these faces
are used to express how she is feeling, and a woman
should not do that with a non-mahram man.
―At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping
from the chamber causing the candle flame to
flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed
to the light, details of the room within emerged
slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and
gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment
– an eternity it must have seemed to the others
standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement.‖
What breakthrough archaeological discovery is being
Most people are familiar with the word when it is
referring to a style of dress or architecture. The X
language was one of the languages of the East Germanic
branch of the Indo-European family. Not only is the X
language now extinct, but the whole East Germanic
branch itself as well (which also included the exotic
sounding languages Burgundian and Vandalic). X had its
own writing system which looks like a combination of
Greek and Latin letters. It is the earliest Germanic
language which has enough written records in order to be
accurately attested, with the Bible being translated into
the language in the 6th century.
A real icon of this era, this image was drawn from the first
issue of counter culture ‗Zap‘ magazine. The image was a
cartoon created by noted counter-culture artist Robert
Crumb. It depicts several men, side by side, one leg
forward, strutting down a highway, or through a field, or
over all manner of landscapes with the words ‗____ __
________‘ The cartoon was Crumb‘s take on the lyrics of
the Blind Boy Fuller song ―X‘ My Blues Away‖. Crumb
intended the cartoon to be anything other than what it
quickly became, a commercialized (and often plagiarized)
representation for the entire ‗hippie‘ era. Crumb said the
cartoon was the worst thing that ever happened to his
career. The last thing he wanted to become was ‗the
greeting card artist for the counter culture.‘
Ivan Albright painted in the magical
realist style, but this should not be
taken to understand that his
paintings were full of fantastical
whimsy. Magical realism in art can
best be described as a stylistic
realism designed to bring the
interior ‗truth‘ of an object to the
viewer. This style is perfectly suited
to the subject matter of this painting.
In Y‘s book, X, a young man‘s sins
take their toll on a portrait, and not
on the man himself. This painting
was commissioned for the 1945
MGM filming of Y‘s book. Over the
course of the film, the portrait
degenerates as the young man‘s soul
does, so Albright was hired to make
alterations to this work during