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  • 1. Asha Open Quiz Final 2013 Harlem Shakers Govind Krishnamurthi Balaji Srinivasan February 24, 2013
  • 2. Rules • 4 rounds • 15 seconds on a direct, immediate response on a pass • We switch directions at the end of each round from the team that answered last • All questions infinite bounce, unless stated • All questions carry 10 points for the total answer. Partial points at the discretion of the QM • No negatives unless stated, so guess away! • Even if you don’t get points you can get a chocolate for a “good” answer • Some are special questions, rules will be explained at that time • QM’s decision is FINAL!
  • 3. Round 1
  • 4. Written round 5 points per answer Identify the scientists who sent out these Valentines day cards 10 days ago 
  • 5. Pencils down !
  • 6. And the answer is...
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  • 14. 1. His second wife, Constance Webb, was born in Fresno and died in San Francisco in 2005. His remarkable series of more than 200 letters to Webb was published in 1996 as “Special Delivery”. A letter to Constance Webb was attached to the back of his essay "Dialectical Materialism and the Fate of Humanity." He joined Raya Dunayevskaya and Grace Lee Boggs in founding the Johnson-Forest Tendency, a Trotskyist group partly named for his pseudonym. He also wrote a study of Moby Dick - Mariners, Renegades, and Castaway. ID this person, and for bonus points, identify a famous Kipling quote that he adapted and made even more famous.
  • 15. And the answer is...
  • 16. • C.L.R. James • "What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?“ (Kipling wrote "What do they know of England who only England know?“)
  • 17. 2. Some of “Cubewanos” range in temperature from 0.1 to 10 degrees Kelvin and are known as “dynamically cold”. One of the Cubewanos is named Varuna. There two ways of classification of Cubewanos proposed. In one of the ways, the DES classification, an object qualifies to be a cubewano if it is not resonant, if its average Tisserand’s parameter exceeds 3 and its average eccentricity is less than 0.2. What are Cubewanos?
  • 18. And the answer is...
  • 19. Classical Kuiper Belt Objects.
  • 20. 3. His birth has a legend similar to that of Jesus. A star shone and guided a Muslim mystic to the place of his birth. The arrows owned by this figure were each tipped with a half-ounce of gold - so that, even if they killed their target, the gold could be sold by the victim's family to ease their suffering. Five of his followers were known as the “Panj Piare” because they had enough faith to go into his tent even after he emerged with a sword dripping blood after he invited each of them into his tent. ID.
  • 21. And the answer is...
  • 22. Guru Gobind Singh.
  • 23. 4. A novel by Thomas Pynchon, one of the most acclaimed novels of the 1990s, focusses on the collaboration between X and Y on something they did around the time of the American Revolutionary war. Y first served X as an assistant when they travelled to Sumatra to observe the Transit of Venus in 1761. However, they were delayed and observed the transit of Venus from the Cape of Good Hope. One of the craters in the moon is named after X. A nickname for the 11 Southern states that formed the Confederate States of America apparent came from Y. ID X and Y.
  • 24. And the answer is...
  • 25. Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon.
  • 26. 5. Connect.
  • 27. And the answer is...
  • 28. Roles played by Christopher Lee
  • 29. 6. Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time (published in 2009) had the Beatles at 1, 3, 5 (“Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Revolver”, “Rubber Soul”). At #4 was Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited". What was voted #2 greatest album of all time?
  • 30. And the answer is...
  • 31. The Beach Boys, 'Pet Sounds'
  • 32. 7. X was the first type of movie theaters. It flourished from 1905 to 1915. Peter Bogdanovich had a much publicized affair with Cybill Shepherd that started with “The Last Picture Show”. Once he left his wife for Shepherd, Columbia refused to cast her in a film that had a role Bogdanovich had specifically written for her. The film, that tried to recount the earliest days of motion picture industry, flopped. Its title was X. ID X, a word that your kids may recognize immediately.
  • 33. And the answer is...
  • 34. Nickelodeon
  • 35. 8. Milos Forman wanted to make a movie in 1978 about this famous match in Reykjavik. He met the main players and wanted them to play themselves in the movie. After a few meetings, he came to the conclusion that one of the players’ personality wasn’t compatible with the rigors of movie-making, and he abandoned the project. What was the match and who were the players?
  • 36. And the answer is...
  • 37. Match of the century, Bobby Fischer v.s. Boris Spassky, World Championship 1972.
  • 38. 9. This was first editorial cartoon published in the United States. It was the now iconic image of a snake that has been cut into parts—each part representing a section of the British colonies—with the caption “Join or Die.” Who designed this cartoon?
  • 39. And the answer is...
  • 40. Benjamin Franklin
  • 41. 10. In 1908 Taraknath Das wrote an appeal to this person, who was renowned not only as a literary figure but as a moral voice for oppressed people, urging him to publicize British tyranny in India. The response was not exactly as Das desired, for he argued instead that “If the Hindoos have been enslaved by violence it is because they themselves have lived by violence, live by violence, and do not recognize the eternal law of love, inherent in humanity.” His response is shown in the next slide. Who?
  • 42. And the answer is...
  • 43. 11. Connect.
  • 44. And the answer is...
  • 45. Arianna Huffington
  • 46. 12. In January this year, Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio published a paper in a journal for zoological taxonomists. He said he named a species of Brazilian orchid bee Euglossa __X___ in honor of ___Y__ because the bee had tricked scientists for some time with its similarity to other species. ID X and Y.
  • 47. And the answer is...
  • 48. Bazinga, Sheldon Cooper.
  • 49. 13. Shown below is a sculpture installation by Blake Fall-Conroy. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 4.97 seconds. What is this called?
  • 50. And the answer is...
  • 51. Minimum wage machine “Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.”
  • 52. 14. What is this painting and why is it left unfinished?
  • 53. And the answer is...
  • 54. Benjamin West's painting of the delegations at the Treaty of Paris: John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. The British delegation refused to pose, and the painting was never completed. Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War.
  • 55. 15. This is the general plan of what?
  • 56. And the answer is...
  • 57. Charles Babbage’s Great Calculating Engine
  • 58. 16. The archdiocese of Atlanta (Cathedral of Christ the King) had a major windfall last year from the estate of Joseph Mitchell who lived in Atlanta and died last year. Joseph, 76, left his house, furniture and $7.5 million for its building fund. He also bequeathed his financial assets, including stocks and bonds, to the archdiocese, totaling between $15-20 million. This wouldn’t have made news, if not for another item left to the diocese. What item?
  • 59. And the answer is...
  • 60. 50 percent stake in the trademark and literary rights to "Gone With the Wind“. Joseph Mitchell was Margaret Mitchell’s nephew.
  • 61. Audience-1: Id this soldier, who became a nation’s elected leader. He has been in the news recently as his party failed to win majority in a recent election
  • 62. And the answer is...
  • 63. Benjamin Netanyahu, PM of Israel
  • 64. Audience -2 : This castle was the centerpiece of a WW2 movie. Name the movie.
  • 65. And the answer is...
  • 66. Round 2
  • 67. 1. The Oxford Online Dictionary defines this word as the sudden realization as to have committed a stupid act. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this as “used to express sudden recognition of a foolish blunder or ironic turn of events”. What word?
  • 68. And the answer is...
  • 69. 2. In November of 2012, the music we will play first was replaced on the Billboard’s Classical Traditional Albums by the music which we will play second. The album was on top for 11 consecutive weeks and consists of the tracks that inspired an author when creating a literary work. The second album is called Advent at Ephesus and is by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles — a group of singing nuns from Missouri. Now what is the name of the album it replaced as #1.
  • 70. And the answer is...
  • 71. 3. This word is used to identify a person in a group or gang who is either used, ignored, and/or stepped on quite frequently. This word is said to have originated from the person below. What is the word and the etymology?
  • 72. And the answer is...
  • 73. The origin is from Zeppo Marx. Zeppo was forced into the Marx brothers group, wasn’t necessarily his choice, when his brother Gummo was drafted into WW1. He was considered the weak link or the least talented of the group, unfairly, because of his late arrival into the group. A more appropriate reason could be that they didn’t make use of his talents well. He performed in 5 films and his roles in the movies were always superfluous. Hence the term Zeppo became associated with a reluctant participant who didn’t matter in the larger picture of things, i.e. at best an extra or an “useless person”.
  • 74. ID the movie and the actor who plays “Sarge” in this audio clip.
  • 75. And the answer is...
  • 76. Louis Gossett Jr, Officer and a Gentleman. Won an Oscar for Supporting Role.
  • 77. 5. Something about Superman changed forever with this issue (1944). What?
  • 78. And the answer is...
  • 79. In 1944 with the emblem on his chest, the trademarked version of his symbol appeared. Prior to this all the superman symbols were not trademarked and was free to use by others.
  • 80. 6. ID and describe the need for this character created by the US government in the early 1900s. He wore white trousers, white jacket, had gold teeth, a Panama hat, a big smile and money in his pocket.
  • 81. And the answer is...
  • 82. “The Panama Man”. Used by the US government to recruit citizens of Barbados to work on the Panama Canal project. They took someone from Barbados and sent him back to Barbados, dressed as shown, to act as a human billboard in the recruiting effort for the Panama Canal project.
  • 83. 7. In the southern part of the United States, only a decade after the American Civil War, this sport was predominantly African-American. The person shown below won the event when it was held for the first time in 1875. In fact, all the people he competed against were African American and he had just one Caucasian opponent. This event is now considered one of the top three events of the sport. Which event? Bonus: If you ID the gentleman.
  • 84. And the answer is...
  • 85. Oliver Lewis, won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875. Riding the colt Aristides, Oliver Lewis won the Derby with a time of 2 mins 37.75 sec
  • 86. 8. X (person on the left)’s first customer was Henry Lillard (right) a janitor who worked in the same building , in Davenport Iowa, in 1895. Lillard had lost his hearing and was deaf for several years due to an injury. X treated him and apparently Lillard’s hearing came back. What technique did this treatment originate? Bonus points if you id X.
  • 87. And the answer is...
  • 88. D.D. Palmer, considered the originator of Chiropractic treatment. Here is Lillard’s statement: I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good. HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa.
  • 89. 9. Ralph Anspach, shown below (born 1926) is a retired American economics professor from San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago. He created a game Y in part as he had a significant disagreement with a mainstream game. He thought that the “lessons” (which is described in the title of this mainstream game) taught by this mainstream game is unethical and morally wrong. Z, the owner of the mainstream game brought a lawsuit against Anspach in 1974. Anspach based his defense on the grounds that the game itself existed in effectively the public domain before Z purchased it and in 1979, the parties reached a settlement allowing Anspach to continue marketing his creation. The game is currently in print, and is produced and distributed worldwide by University Games. Id, Y and Z.
  • 90. And the answer is...
  • 91. Anti-Monopoly –Y Parker Brothers - Z Instead of real estate and public utilities, "properties" in Anti-Monopoly are individual businesses that have been brought under single ownership. Players take the role of federal "case workers" bringing indictments against each monopolized business in an attempt to return the state of the board to a free market system.
  • 92. 10. According to his CA driving license (resident of San Diego) he's 6'8" (without the hat) and weighs 195 lbs. And his birthday is May 16. His family tree possesses the gene that results in oversized, bald heads for males. He is fluent in English and Spanish, has starred in more than 2,200 English- and Spanish-language TV and radio ads since 1995. According to this person’s workplace, he ran for president in 1996 and beat out Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and Dogbert (a popular cartoon character) in a national independent virtual vote poll. Who?
  • 93. And the answer is...
  • 94. 11. He was born in Cromer, Norfolk, England, being one of three children. He was sent to Gresham's School boarding school, Holt, Norfolk, from 1956 to 1965, when his father died of cancer. An Innovation Fellowship in his name aims to foster innovation by supporting talented young Royal College of Art designers in protecting and commercializing their work. The fellowship was set up following his UK High Court victory against Qualtex, a company selling copies of his company spare parts and infringing his company’s design rights. His products can be found in stores like Frys and are noted for their exceptional design. Name him.
  • 95. And the answer is...
  • 96. James Dyson, of Dyson vacuum cleaner and air multiplier fame
  • 97. 12. The name of the “thing” through which an electric train draws its power is named so due to the resemblance to a mechanical device with two pens used for tracing images. What is this “thing” called?
  • 98. And the answer is...
  • 99. Pantograph – one of whose roots is the Greek word for write. The tool allows you to copy writing.
  • 100. 13. The photo below shows the picture of Paul Winchell the famous ventriloquist (voice of Tigger for many a year). He however has made an invention with Y (2nd pic). This invention was gifted to the University of Utah and was improved upon by Z (3rd pic) to help Barney Clark a Seattle dentist shown in the 4rd and 5th picture. Identify Y and Z and what was the invention?
  • 101. And the answer is...
  • 102. Y- Henry Heimlich – shown here demonstrating his maneuver Z- Robert Jarvik – Scientist at University of Utah. Jarvik -7 the first artificial heart.
  • 103. 14. What is being described below and what is its/his/her name?
  • 104. And the answer is...
  • 105. Ba of Tutankhamun – Ba is the soul or that part of a person that can travel, after the death of the person.
  • 106. 15. The majority of the land for farming in 19th century Ireland was held by absentee landowners. One such owner, the Earl of Erne hired X, whose caricature is represented below, to oversee his estates. Shortly after X took over a series of bad harvests led the farmers to form the Land League (Union to protect farmers). The Land League petitioned X for a reduction of rent of the land and X refused. The League retaliated by refusing to have any commerce or communication with X. Id X.
  • 107. And the answer is...
  • 108. Charles Cunningham Boycott, from whom the term boycott is derived.
  • 109. 16. They were well off men who were the main fighters on the street during the French Revolution. They were named from a type of perfume that they wore. Their attire was top—boots with thick soles, knee—breeches, a dress—coat with long tails, and a high stiff collar, and carried a thick cudgel. What was their name and how did they refer to their cudgel?
  • 110. And the answer is...
  • 111. Muscadins (wearing a musk perfume) of Paris and their cudgel was called “Constitution”.
  • 112. Audience-3: This picture became a meme recently. What is happening in this picture?
  • 113. And the answer is...
  • 114. Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya allowing Abel Mutai to win the race. Abel Mutai had stopped thinking that he had crossed the finish line.
  • 115. Audience 4: Id this actor and the movie
  • 116. And the answer is...
  • 117. Round 3
  • 118. Written Round 5 points for each correct answer
  • 119. Identify the Google doodles (who it is dedicated to).
  • 120. Pencils Down!
  • 121. And the answer is...
  • 122. Alan Turing
  • 123. And the answer is...
  • 124. H.G. Wells
  • 125. And the answer is...
  • 126. Vivaldi
  • 127. And the answer is...
  • 128. Charles Darwin
  • 129. And the answer is...
  • 130. Oscar Wilde
  • 131. And the answer is...
  • 132. Agatha Christie
  • 133. And the answer is...
  • 134. Lucille Ball
  • 135. And the answer is...
  • 136. Robert Bunsen
  • 137. And the answer is...
  • 138. Jules Verne
  • 139. 1. Connect
  • 140. And the answer is...
  • 141. William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 142. 2. What is being described here? “The walls are pale violet. The floor is of red tiles. The wood of the bed and chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheets and pillows very light greenish-citron. The coverlet scarlet. The window green. The toilet table orange, the basin blue. The doors lilac. And that is all--there is nothing in this room with its closed shutters. The broad lines of the furniture again must express inviolable rest. Portraits on the walls, and a mirror and a towel and some clothes. The frame--as there is no white in the picture--will be white. This by way of revenge for the enforced rest I was obliged to take. “
  • 143. And the answer is...
  • 144. Van Gogh describing “Bedroom in Arles” in a letter to his brother.
  • 145. 3. Yucca brevifolia, native to southwestern North America, has a top heavy branch system. This shape reminded Mormon settlers of a biblical story and led to a common name for the plant. What?
  • 146. And the answer is...
  • 147. Joshua Tree
  • 148. 4. “In the Skin of a Lion” was a 1987 novel that dealt with the lives of immigrants who contributed to building Toronto in the early 1900s. Some of the characters in the novel like Caravaggio and Hana reappeared in the next novel written by the same author in 1992. The next novel, in part a sequel, turned out to be more famous. ID the author and his subsequent novel.
  • 149. And the answer is...
  • 150. Michael Ondaatje, “The English Patient”
  • 151. 5. This TV series, consisting of ten one-hour films, deals with the Ten Commandments and how modern characters deal with one or more ethical issues. It is widely acclaimed to be one of the best works in TV yet. Stanley Kubrick wrote an admiring foreword to the published screen-play in 1991. Identify the TV series and its director.
  • 152. And the answer is...
  • 153. “The Decalogue” by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
  • 154. 6. A modern theory attributes this to the "Little Ice Age” (1645 -1715) associated with unusually low solar activity of the Maunder Minimum, when Europe suffered long winters and cool summers which caused trees to grow slowly and uniformly. Research into wood density is also used to explain this. A Swiss researcher has discovered that two species of fungi (Physisporinus vitreus and Xylaria longipes) could have caused this. Some research points to wood preservatives used in those days. Theories trying to explain what?
  • 155. And the answer is...
  • 156. The sound of the Stradivarius violins.
  • 157. 7. The “Wicked Bible” was printed in 1631, by Robert Barker and Martin Lucas. It was meant to be a reprint of the King James Bible. About a year later, the printers were summoned by King Charles I and fined £300 and had their printing license revoked. Most of the copies were collected and burnt, and very few copies are left today. In 2010, a copy of the “Wicked Bible” was put up on sale for $90,000. Why did this Bible gain such a reputation?
  • 158. And the answer is...
  • 159. It has a misprint and missed the word “not”.
  • 160. 8. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were close friends as they worked together in the early years of free America, but became bitter enemies during John Adams’ presidency. Jefferson won a hard-fought campaign and succeeded Adams as the President of the United States. They finally reconciled after Jefferson retired from Presidency, in 1811. It continued till their last days. Adams and Jefferson contributed to an interesting nugget in American history, as recalled by “President Josiah Bartlett” (Martin Sheen in The West Wing). Bartlett obsesses and reflects over this trivia as a White House Fourth of July ceremony nears. What?
  • 161. And the answer is...
  • 162. On July 4 1826, Jefferson and Adams died within five hours of each other. At the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were Thomas Jefferson still survives. He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello, Virginia, at the age of 82.
  • 163. 9. The Doolough Tragedy took place during the Great Irish Potato Famine, in 1849. Two officials who were supposed to inspect people and provide relief in Louisbergh, didn’t do their job and asked people to show up at another place 12 km from there the next day morning. The fatiguing journey in extreme weather took its toll. Several people, including women and children, died on the way. A monument now stands in Doolough Valley that has this inscription: “How can men feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?” Whose quote is this?
  • 164. And the answer is...
  • 165. Mahatma Gandhi
  • 166. 10. This British writer wrote “The Atrocity Exhibition”, a collection of stories, in 1970. The novel proved to be controversial and was the subject of an obscenity trial. The publisher was forced to destroy the entire print run before it was distributed. This is probably not surprising, considering some of the chapter titles in the novel: “The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race”, “Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan” and “Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy”. The novel however brought him reputation as a literary writer. Identify this author, whose works have been adapted in films by David Cronenberg and Steven Spielberg.
  • 167. And the answer is...
  • 168. 11. In Philippines, a political debate has centered around the “wang-wang” privilege or “wang-wang” mindset. The current President, Benigno Aquino, created a no wang-wang policy in his inaugural address itself. The original policy was created by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1973. “Wang-wang lifestyle” and mindset have become common terms in Philippines. What does “wang-wang” mean?
  • 169. And the answer is...
  • 170. • Wang-wang is Tagalog slang for the sirens on the roof of government cars used by top officials of the land. • Wang-wang privilege regulates the use of sirens to only the top-ranking officials in the government. • Despite having the privilege of using wangwang, President Aquino vowed not to use wang-wang, even if it means being stuck in traffic and being late every now and then.
  • 171. 12. One of Google Ocean's features is the Marie Tharp Historical Map. Marie Tharp's research had led to a revolutionary discovery: there was a rift valley running down the center of the Atlantic Ocean. The existence of such a rift was incontrovertible proof of continental drift -- a hypothesis that was so unpopular in the United States at the time that belief in it was considered a form of scientific heresy. Many scientists remained unconvinced of the rift's existence until the 1959 International Oceanographic Congress in New York, where X screened a film of the rift valley he collected while crossing the Atlantic to attend the conference. ID X, a famous naval officer, explorer, researcher, film maker and conservationist.
  • 172. And the answer is...
  • 173. Jacques Cousteau
  • 174. 13. ID the hidden faces. 5 points per person. There is a common theme in all these photos.
  • 175. And the answer is...
  • 176. Don Cheadle Russell Crowe Al Pacino Sandra Bullock Michael Sheen Will Smith Morgan Freeman Ben Affleck Tom Hanks Jesse Eisenberg
  • 177. 14. When Niners Quarterback Alex Smith got replaced by Colin Kaepernick this season, Mike Florio of NBC said that Smith could be the next Wally Pipp. The comparison gained credence as the season went on. What was the Wally Pipp reference about?
  • 178. And the answer is...
  • 179. Wally Pipp, a first baseman, played for the Yankees. One day he had a headache and was asked to take the day off. His replacement, Lou Gehrig, played 2130 consecutive games, and Pipp never played for Yankees again.
  • 180. 15. Video from the show “I’ve Got A Secret”: ID the secret. The show is from around 1950-51.
  • 181. And the answer is...
  • 182. 16. This clip, from Woody Allen's film "Love and Death", is noted for what?
  • 183. And the answer is...
  • 184. The dialogues refer to several Novels/Short stories by Dostoevsky. Father: Remember that nice boy next door, Raskolnikov? Boris: Yeah. Father: He killed two ladies. Boris: What a nasty story. Father: Bobok told it to me. He heard it from one of the Karamazov brothers. Boris: He must have been possessed. Father: Well, he was a raw youth. Boris: Raw youth, he was an idiot! Father: He acted assaulted and injured. Boris: I heard he was a gambler. Father: You know, he could be your double! Boris: Really, how “novel”.
  • 185. Round 4
  • 186. 1. Id (each 5 points) and connect. It is a non-exhaustive list
  • 187. And the answer is...
  • 188. Pithecanthropus, cro-magnon, abominable snowman, pickled herring, baboon, sea gherkin, anthracite
  • 189. 2. Id the cars (each 5 points. Need the model name) and connect
  • 190. And the answer is...
  • 191. All automobiles whose names meant something unsavory in the markets that they were selling. They had to change the name and reintroduce or remove it totally because of bad sales. 1. Chevy Nova in Latin America, the automotive giant was perplexed. Until, that is, someone pointed out that ‘Nova’ means ‘It doesn’t go’ in Spanish. 2. Mitsubishi Pajero sport utility that caused embarrassment in Spain, where ‘pajero’ is slang for ‘masturbator’. 3. Toyota’s Fiera car proved controversial in Puerto Rico, where ‘fiera’ translates to ‘ugly old woman’. 4. Rolls-Royce’s ‘Silver Animal Droppings’ car, when sold in Germany. To the English speaking world it bears the more romantic name ‘Silver Mist’. Renamed RR – Shadow 5. Ford ‘Pinto’ car flopped. Then they discovered that in Brazilian Portuguese slang, ‘pinto’ means ‘small penis’.
  • 192. 3. Connect: Exhaustive list. 5 pts for each name. Name Domain Emblem Epic Poetry Writing Tablet History or Heroic Poetry Scrolls Love Poetry Cithara Music Aulos Tragedy Tragic Mask Hymns or sacred poetry Veil Songs and dance Lyre Comedy Comic Mask Astronomy Globe and Compass
  • 193. And the answer is...
  • 194. Connect - 9 Muses – Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne Name of the Muse Domain Emblem Calliope Epic poetry Writing tablet Clio History Scrolls Love poetry Cithara (an ancient Greek musical instrument in the lyre family) Euterpe Song and Elegiac poetry Aulos (an ancient Greek musical instrument like a flute) Melpomene Tragedy Tragic mask Polyhymnia Hymns Veil Terpsichore Dance Lyre Thalia Comedy Comic mask Urania Astronomy Globe and compass Erato
  • 195. 4. Pakistan allocated an area in Balochistan to the Saudi Emirati, where they could go X hunting every year. The foreign office of Pakistan, due to the dwindling X population, fixed a quota of maximum number of X that could be hunted every year. This was unacceptable to the Saudis who then imposed the oil embargo to force Pakistan to remove this quota. The embargo was lifted due to a compromise offered by the Pakistanis. Id X and connect this compromise to the 2nd picture.
  • 196. And the answer is...
  • 197. X- Houbara Bustard. The compromise was that Pakistan allocated land where the Bustard’s could be reared for hunting. The Saudis also built an airstrip on this allocated land to bring the Emirati to Balochistan. This is the Shamsi airbase from where the US launches drone attacks into Pakistan. Source: Rachel Maddow’s discussion on CSPAN about her book.
  • 198. 5. SVC-1 20/-15: This Rose Bowl was played between the Oregon State Beavers and the Duke Daredevils. OSU won 20 – 16 over the highly favored Daredevils. What was different about this particular Rose Bowl?
  • 199. SVC-2 +15/-10: A group of young men gained national media attention when, brandishing hunting rifles for dramatic effect, they stopped traffic on U.S. Route 99, and handed out copies of a Proclamation of Independence, stating that the state of Jefferson was in "patriotic rebellion against the states of X and Y" and would continue to "secede every Thursday until further notice”. Id X and Y.
  • 200. SVC-3 +10/-5 Two parts to this question. What is the name of the aircraft? Which company made this aircraft (their current logo is supposed to reflect their heritage as an aircraft maker).
  • 201. And the connect is.....
  • 202. “The Attack on the US at Pear Harbor”
  • 203. 5. SVC-1 20/-15: This Rose Bowl was played between the Oregon State Beavers and the Duke Daredevils. OSU won 20 – 16 over the highly favored Daredevils. What was different about this particular Rose Bowl?
  • 204. And the answer is...
  • 205. Only Rose Bowl played outside CA. Played in Durham, NC. Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec 7, 1941. The government did not want to take the risk of another attack on a highly visible target such as the Rose Bowl (which was to take place on Jan 1, 1942). Hence the event was moved to Durham.
  • 206. SVC-2 +15/-10: A group of young men gained national media attention when, brandishing hunting rifles for dramatic effect, they stopped traffic on U.S. Route 99, and handed out copies of a Proclamation of Independence, stating that the state of Jefferson was in "patriotic rebellion against the states of X and Y" and would continue to "secede every Thursday until further notice”. Id X and Y.
  • 207. And the answer is...
  • 208. X – California, Y- Oregon. Pearl Harbor happened and the country focused on the war effort. So they gave up their effort to secede from California and Oregon at that time.
  • 209. SVC-3 +10/-5 Two parts to this question. What is the name of the aircraft? Which company made this aircraft (their current logo is supposed to reflect their heritage as an aircraft maker).
  • 210. And the answer is...
  • 211. Zero made by Mitsubishi (translated as 3 Diamonds). The diamonds are positioned to reflect the shape of a propeller.
  • 212. 6. SVC-1 +20/-15 The first documented ancestors of these were imported from Khorasan, Persia into Italy in 1620 by Pietro della Valle, and from Angora (now Ankara), Turkey into France by Nicholas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc at around the same time. The Khorasan ones were grey while those from Angora were white. What are talking about?
  • 213. SVC-2 +15/-10 In 1964, this attire was featured in the Vogue magazine, and immediately began gaining worldwide popularity. Celebrities from talk show host Johnny Carson to football star Joe Namath wore them and performer Sammy Davis Jr. was reported to own two hundred of them. It was made out of a wide variety of materials besides plain cotton and wool, including brocade, vinyl, and sharkskin. What?
  • 214. SVC -3 +10/-5 What is the contribution of this hotel to popular culture?
  • 215. The answers are:
  • 216. 6. SVC-1 +20/-15 The first documented ancestors of these were imported from Khorasan, Persia into Italy in 1620 by Pietro della Valle, and from Angora (now Ankara), Turkey into France by Nicholas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc at around the same time. The Khorasan ones were grey while those from Angora were white. What are talking about?
  • 217. And the answer is...
  • 218. The Persian Cat
  • 219. SVC-2 +15/-10 In 1964, this attire was featured in the Vogue magazine, and immediately began gaining worldwide popularity. Celebrities from talk show host Johnny Carson to football star Joe Namath wore them and performer Sammy Davis Jr. was reported to own two hundred of them. It was made out of a wide variety of materials besides plain cotton and wool, including brocade, vinyl, and sharkskin. What?
  • 220. And the answer is...
  • 221. The Nehru Suit
  • 222. SVC -3 +10/-5 What is the contribution of this hotel to popular culture
  • 223. And the answer is...
  • 224. SVC -3 +10/-5 What is the contribution of this hotel to popular culture. Answer: The bar in this hotel was popular with James Bond author Ian Fleming and is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, 'shaken, not stirred'.
  • 225. The connect is.......
  • 226. The connect is Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • 227. 6. LVC -1 +25/-20 : He described/discovered “something” in 1944. Though he was pretty much unappreciated for his work during his lifetime, interest in his work surged in the 1980s. He was a medical officer in WW2 and served the Axis.
  • 228. LVC -1 +20/-15: In 1866 he wrote "Observations on the Ethnic Classification of Idiots“. People were very surprised that he chose to work in the field that he did as the field was despised. Who?
  • 229. LVC -1 +15/-10 He first described/discovered “something” in 1906. was born in Marktbreit, Bavaria on 14 June 1864. He died of heart failure at the age of 51 in Breslau, Poland.
  • 230. LVC -1 +10/-5 Id: was born to a Quaker family in Pentonville, St. James Parish, Middlesex in 1798. Like many other Quakers was concerned both with the abolition of slavery and the reduction of the impact of western colonization on indigenous peoples around the world. He stood aside from the Anti-Slavery Society of the 1820s and 1830s, however; the Society took a different line on emancipation and colonization in Africa. It refused in the early 1830s to publish his views. He discovered/described “something” in 1832.
  • 231. LVC -1 +5/-2: A former first baseman, he died in 1941 just two years after retirement.
  • 232. The connect is......
  • 233. Eponymous Diseases Hans Asperger John Langdon Down Alois Alzheimer Thomas Hodgkin Lou Gehrig
  • 234. LVC +25/-20 (NOT EXHAUSTIVE) (On the left) He was born in Brignoles, Provence, (or in Italy, at Nocera, where he spent a part of his early life), the second son of Charles of Anjou "the Lame" and Maria Arpad of Hungary, daughter of the King Stephen V of Hungary. His father was appointed King of Naples, by Pope Clement IV, the former secretary to Louis IX of France. (On the right): He was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus according to the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions. His story first appears in the apocryphal Gospel of James.
  • 235. LVC +20/-15 Accounts place her in the 3rd century. There is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings, nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome's martyrology. Her name can be traced to the 7th century, and veneration of her was common, especially in the East, from the 9th century. Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the liturgical calendar of the Roman rite in 1969 in Pope Paul VI's motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis.
  • 236. 7. LVC +15/-10 Born in Galilee, he collected taxes from the “Hebrews” for Herod Antipas.
  • 237. LVC +10/-5 She founded the Order of Poor Ladies. She is shown saving a child from a wolf.
  • 238. LVC +5/-2 He founded the Order of St. Clare for women and though he was never ordained to priesthood, he is one the most venerated.
  • 239. And the answer is...
  • 240. Connect: Names of CA counties named after Saints St. Mathew (Mateo) San Mateo County St. Claire Santa Clara County St. Francis of Assisi San Francisco County St. Barbara Santa Barbara County Saint Louis the Bishop St. Louis Obispo County Saint Joachim San Joaquin County
  • 241. 8. SAC -1 +20/-15 ID the movie whose, John Barry composed, theme will play now.
  • 242. SAC +15/-10. ID the album
  • 243. 7. SAC+10/-5. Id the composer
  • 244. The connect is.....
  • 245. Connect: Unfinished works of the artists, which were posthumously completed
  • 246. 9. CR11532: the State of California vs. Janice Barton. The jury found Ms. Burton guilty of murdering her invalid Aunt Amanda and sentenced her to death. What was special about this case (one of three)?
  • 247. And the answer is...
  • 248. The one of 3 cases that Perry Mason lost (at least temporarily). During her confirmation, Sonia Sotomayor said that Perry Mason was her inspiration to become a public prosecutor. Al Franken while interviewing her, said something to the effect that in that series that the prosecutor lost all cases against Mason except one (this one.. The case of the deadly verdict). However there were 2 more cases where Mason lost, temporarily, The Case of the Witless Witness and The Case of the Terrified Typist.
  • 249. 10. When the Italians were digging among the ruins of ancient Rome, they found strange paintings on the walls of some of the rooms. These paintings were of human and animal forms mixed with those of strange fruits and flowers. Examples of such art are shown below. What are these types of paintings called?
  • 250. And the answer is...
  • 251. Grotesque - from the same Latin root as "Grotto", meaning a small cave or hollow.
  • 252. 11. What is being described below? This is a rule that was initiated for the 2nd quarter in 2012 in this particular establishment.
  • 253. And the answer is...
  • 254. Rules to prevent market crashes at the NYSE
  • 255. 12. The first light switch was invented in 1884. The dominant design since then continues to be the "up" or "down" toggle switch. In North America, the "up" position switches the appliance to "on," whereas in other countries such as the UK, the reverse is true. However in country X, most of the switches are positioned sideways. Id X and why?
  • 256. And the answer is...
  • 257. X- Japan. To prevent the switch from inadvertently being turned on or off by falling objects during an earthquake.
  • 258. 13. Wilberforce, known only by his first name, was the name of this civil servant and the one with longest tenure, served Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. Who are we talking about? Under what title?
  • 259. And the answer is...
  • 260. Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. They are resident cats of 10 Downing St. The incumbent now is Larry.
  • 261. 14. The song shown below is from a 1971 film adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and screenplay by Joseph Stein. Which movie?
  • 262. And the answer is...
  • 263. Fiddler on the Roof. Song: To life To Life L’chaim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvr8AjT0aD0&feature=player_detailpage
  • 264. 15. X’s roots are in Greek and literally translated would mean “covered writing”. It is a field of embedding messages to images and other data so that messages are completely covered up in the data. The first such usage was in 440 BC, where slaves were used to transfer such messages. Id X and what was the mechanism used on the most trusted slaves?
  • 265. And the answer is...
  • 266. Steganography. The heads of the most trusted slaves were shaven and tattooed. When the hair grew back the message disappeared. Why they just didn’t tell these trusted slaves to keep a secret is not known 
  • 267. 16. Listen to this song. The artist featured this song, from a 1946 movie, plays a very important role in another movie. ID the movie and the other movie/story where this movie plays an important role.
  • 268. The music is from the movie Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth, that Andy Dufresne and Red are watching when Andy asks for the Rita Hayworth poster.

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