X is for the unknown

I’ve been pondering again.  What word could the letter “X” stand for that I can blog about?  I live near Xenia and a blog about the big tornado there in the 1970s would be timely, but I have no firsthand knowledge of it.   Then it dawned on me that “X” is a symbol of the unknown.  Being  a sci-fi geek, I know X gets used a lot in books, movies and crypto-zoology.

Hammer Studios put out several sci-fi movies using the letter X to indicate something unknown.  In fact, one of the movies is titles, X the Unknown.  The movie begins with soldiers investigating a mysterious source of radioactivity.  Naturally, they are exposed to it and eventually die without revealing much.  An unknown, radioactive entity comes out of of the ground where the soldiers had been and through most of the movie you never see what it is, just the characters’ horrified reaction to it.  And once the creature is shown, it is just an indescribable blob.  Hammer also used X in their first Quatermass movie, The Quatermass Xperiment.  In this movie, an astronaut returns from space infected by something than mutates him into an alien bent on human destruction.

There are people who think that there is a 10th planet (well, 10th if you still consider Pluto a planet) in our solar system.   This planet that it supposed to be beyond Pluto is often referred to as Planet X.

And how would the Power Puff Girls have been born if Professor Untonium hadn’t accidentally spilled Chemical X into the concoction the girls emerged from?


3 responses to “X is for the unknown

  1. This was a very creative use of the letter X. I think it is my favorite that I have seen!

  2. Here’s to making it this far, congratulations! I have an award for you!!

  3. X is a much more formidable letter than we ever really give it credit for. I mean, without it, Roman Numerals would not work at all! Thanks for sharing, and it’s a pleasure to meet you post A-Z!

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