Xenomanes in the customary garb of the Calloiers des Isles Hieres.

Xenomanes was the pilot of Pantagruel’s fleet in the king’s search for the Oracle of the Bottle, the man who safely brought them through many a harrowing episode. You will recall that the royal household sailed from St. Malo in 1546, and returned sometime later. After the success of that expedition, Xenomanes was commissioned to find a site to perform the experiment proposed in Chapter 52 of the Third Book of the Deeds and Doings of the Noble Pantagruel.

The experiment consists of wrapping an egg with pantagruelion carpasian asbestin and roasting it an oven. According to Pantagruel, the egg will come out cooked and burnt, but there will be no alteration to the pantagruelion, except that it be cleaner and whiter than when put into the oven.

When Pantagruel proposed this experiment to his father Gargantua, the elder king approved, but proclaimed that for public safety it be conducted in the utter reaches of Gondwana. And he issued a royal proclamation that two thousand bricks of pantagruelion, and ten bricks of pantagruelion carpasian asbestin, be provided by the syndics of Googleheim in recompense for their subsidies in he battle of the loaves.