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"Mama always said lnfinite Rebound was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.“ – Forrest Gump Clockwise 17 Questions 15/-0
1 Leonardo Pisano _____ was born around 1170 and died around 1250 in Pisa in what is now Italy. He wrote several mathematical texts. In his best known book, Liber Abaci, published in 1202, he posed the following problem: A man put a pair of rabbits in a place surrounded on all sides by a wall. How many pairs of rabbits can be produced from that pair in a year if it is supposed that every month each pair begets a new pair which from the second month on becomes productive? If ___ had not specified a month for the newborn pair to mature, he would not have been as famous today. What is the solution to the problem?
A. Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci Let fn denote the number of pairs of rabbits after n months. The key fact is that the number of rabbits at the end of a month is the number at the beginning of the month plus the number of births produced by the mature pairs: fn = fn¡1 + fn¡2 The initial conditions are that in the first month there is one pair of rabbits and in the second there are two pairs: f1 = 1; f2 = 2: Source : Introduction to Matlab.
2 A ____ choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "take it or leave it". The phrase is said to originate from ___ , a stable owner in England. To rotate the use of his horses he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all. Henry Ford was said to have sold the Ford Model T with the famous _____ choice of "any colour... so long as it is black"
A. Hobson’s Choice Named after Thomas Hobson. Source: Football Focus, August
3. 16 August 2010 Time:9:00 AM What is happening ?
A3. SKS Microfinance SKS Microfinance became the first microfinance company to be listed on the BSE. So, they called their customers, villagers from South India, to ring the BSE Bell. Source: Mint, 17 Aug 2010
4 The BhadwaiPrajapatiMandali (seen in the pic) was paid 1,100 before the work started. Later, they demanded 11 lakh for their efforts. But settled for 6 lakh after the “love and respect” they received from the Mumbai junta. Who are these people? Why is Bhadwai (in Madhya Pradesh) significant?
A4. Peepli Live Peepli is actually shot in a town called Bhadwai, MP. The Bhadwai village mandali played all the side roles and composed the “MehengaiDayen” track. Source: Well, the movie.
5 . MalikGhulam Mohammed served as the Governor General of Pakistan from 1951-1955 and was the first finance minister of Pakistan. Before partition, he started a joint venture in India. After Mohammad migrated to Pakistan, the other partner added a bit of redundancy to the name of the company to maintain its identity. What? .
A5. Mahindra & Mahindra That is how Mahindra & Mohammad became Mahindra & Mahindra. Source: Chat with a Mahindra employee
6. Identify In 2008, he became the “gardener” of the company he started in 1999. Very famous for his books on entrepreneurial management such as “The Professional” and “Go Kiss the World”.
A6. SubrotoBagchi, “garderner” at “MindTree” Consulting. The title came from his mother’s words even as she lay on her deathbed in a Bhubaneswar hospital. Her youngest son came down from the US, where he was working, to keep a vigil at her bedside. But after two weeks, with no improvement in her condition as she lay quiet and unmoving, Bagchi decided to get back. On his way to the airport, he stopped by at the hospital, held her hand and bent “to kiss her forehead, wrinkled with age but still beautiful", when she told him: “Why are you kissing me? Go kiss the world.” This, says Bagchi, became the guiding principle of his life. Source : Browsing through books at Landmark
7. What is being referred to ? The Southern Cross is an icon of South-ness. It is eminently practical, and at the same time inspirational. ____ chose to represent it by just the four bright stars corresponding to the four compass directions. Those who like symbolism can think of this as representing all people, who have come to this country from all over the world.
A7. The New Zealand flag Source : Googled up a Random Thought
8. Jackie Coogan was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor. Many years later, he became known as Uncle Fester on 1960s sitcom The Addams Family. In the interim, he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers. He earned one of his nicknames thanks to a role he played in a 1921 classic. Name the movie or the nickname attached to Coogan.
A8. The Kid Coogan famously played the role of “The Kid” in Charlie Chaplin and the Kid. Source: Watched the movie this past month. A big Thanks to Pofama for the movie.
9. When King George visited Madras in 1928, it was decided that a handcrafted ____ would be gifted to him as a souvenir from Tamil Nadu. The person chosen for this task was none other than Mr. Chetty. He then wove a rich ____ with a special border called as ‘Durbar Pet’ or ‘Coronation Border’ as a souvenir. Even today, the Durbar Pet borders are available on special request. How do we better know Mr. Chetty ?
A9. NalliChinnaswamyChetty Source: Nalli Next is a treat for sore eyes when you enter Oberoi mall :P
10. One fine morning in 1951, ____ walked into the Nalli store with a blue thread in her hand. She wanted a saree to be fashioned out of that particular shade of blue. That shade was not available commercially, and hence Nalli experimented with dyes and finally fulfilled her wish. From then on, this particular shade of blue came to be known as ____ Blue.
A. Companies securing most number of H1-B Visas Source: I don’t remember how I got to this. Sorry.
12. Henry Ford dreamed up a way to evaluate his assembly line employees. Each worker had a cubbyhole where at the end of the workday, a manager would place a piece of colored paper. A white piece of paper meant their work was acceptable while ___________ . Germans would call it “the blue letter" ("den blauen Brief bekommen"), and the French military terms it as"yellow paper" ("cartouche jaune") Origin of which corporate phrase?
A12. Getting the pink slip. Euphemism for getting fired. The "pink slip" has come a long way from when Henry Ford dreamed up a way to evaluate his assembly line employees. Each worker had a cubbyhole where at the end of the workday, a manager would place a piece of colored paper. A white piece of paper meant their work was acceptable, a pink one meant the boot. Source: Wanted to know where pink slip came from.
13. What’s the significance of the image? This image recreated using state of the art 3D Tech is to be featured in a TV documentary called Death Masks, due to be screened on the History Channel on September 13.
A13. This is what William Shakespeare looked like. Historians alongwith scientists from the UK have made a 3D model of William Shakesperare. Source: Stumbled upon this at Dailymail.co.uk while trying to read transfer gossip.
14. A B C D five points each Dutch artist A known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, impossible constructions and explorations of infinity made a lithograph B. Lego paid tribute to B by having a model on it. B was made popular by a 2010 movie C. B was actually modeled on another structure D named after its father-son founder pair Lionel D and Roger D.
A14. A - Maurits Escher’s B -Infinite Staircase/Ascending & Descending was based on D-Penrose Staircase and was made popular in C-Inception by Christopher Nolan. Source: Conceived during my brief flirtation with trying to know more about art movements especially - surrealism.
15. This galaxy recently voted as the Hubble Telescope’s best photograph, is named after its resemblance to a something very peculiar. Name it.
A. Sombrero galaxy after the Mexican Sombrero hat Source: Lifted off he net.
16. SalemohammadMotorwala Yusuf is an umpire who has been active mostly in first class cricket. His decision to call a medium pacer for suspected action had far reaching impact in the history of cricket. “In his second over, I must have called him four times, After calling him, he came and asked me, ‘What is wrong?’ I told him, ‘I have doubts about your action". What resulted?
A. The bowler was Anil Kumbleand hence he changed from being a fast bowler to a leg spinner. Source: Lifted off he net.
17. What’s the good word? The word of Greek origin actually means “to find” or “to discover” or “to learn”. It has the same root as “eureka” (I have found it) , which Archimedes uttered after his fortuitous discovery. It is widely used in problem solving techniques across all fields where you start with no knowledge and eventually “discover” the solution through “learning”. Widely used in computer science and algorithms and artificial intelligence.
A17. Heuristic/Heuristical Bothe eureka (actually heureka) and heuristic come from the Greek verb heuriskein, meaning "to find“ or "to discover." Source: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Russel and Norvig, 3rdEfition