• Gandalf (The look of the character was inspired from this painting).
The name (X) for this fictional ‘character’ is aspoof on the name by which a figure from acontroversial event of the 1970s was known.Several years later, a supercomputer intendedto take on Garry Kasparov in a two-gamematch in 1989 was named X. What is X?
The famous legal case of the terrified typist in1956 attracted widespread notice. A famouslawyer, representing Duane Jefferson, made aneloquent plea but lost. He brought in a retrialciting the fact that his client was an impostorand was posing under another persons name-this did not help and he still lost the case. Whyis this case unique?
X was canned and given to Allied pilots flyingsorties during WWII. The idea was that if shotdown and stranded on a remote island, thepilots would eat X and then urinate into thesea. X contains mercaptons - powerful chemicalagents - that would attract fish to theshore, whereupon the pilots could catch themfor food. What is X?
• The question was, what is unique about this moment. This is Al Capone, and in this panel and the subsequent ones, he became the only real-life personality to appear in a Tintin comic.
In 1998, a film X was the first film dubbed fromits language into Japanese and grossed $1.6million. It became a cult hit and resulted in itsstar Y becoming, in the words of a Newsweekarticle, "Japans trendiest heartthrob sinceLeonardo di Caprio". Some routines performedby Y became huge hits for Japanese to performon reality TV shows. Identify X and Y.
Narrated as part tragedy part comedy, the novel isset as the memoirs of a fictional character, X. Thelatter is shown to be an unreliablenarrator, portraying his actions as reasonable andprovoking further contempt in the reader’s mind;although X does show remorse occasionally at theresult of his actions on Y, the main protagonist ofthe story. The novel concludes on a tragic note : Ydies in childbirth, X of thrombosis. The US editionset a sales record, becoming the first book sinceGone With The Wind to sell 100,000 copies in itsfirst three weeks. Name X, Y and the book.
What tradition was started by a prominentnewsmagazine in 1927 in order to cover up theembarassment of not featuring CharlesLindbergh on their cover after his trans-Atlanticflight?
• TIME Man of the Year (now Person of the Year).
• Robert De Niro with the real Jake LaMotta, the character he played in Raging Bull. This is a still from the sets of the movie.
This gentleman died young in Florida in 1971while still in his early 50s. He would become(supposedly) the 1st non-musician to get a fullpage obituary in Rolling Stone. Why?[Hint : Check out the timeline]
According to an urban myth, it was during a Testmatch between the West Indies and Englandwhen X was about to bowl to Y, that the radiocommentator Brian Johnston said: "The bowlersX, the batsmans Y".While Wisden stated that there is no record ofJohnston or anyone else actually sayingthis, Johnstons co-commentator, HenryBlofeld, recalled the incident as having taken placeat The Oval in 1976.Y refused to join the ICC Elite Umpire Panel as itmeant a lot of travelling and officiates in countycricket.