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It was noticed that the ‘Bible Belt’ counties that voted Democrat in the recently concluded US Presidential elections were those that were major cotton producers a century and half ago. What was the reason for this correlation?
A protective or decorative cloth over the back of a chair is called an antimacassar
It was very fashionable in the early 19 th century for men and women to oil their hair with the spicy ‘Macassar Oil’, purportedly originating from the Indonesian port.
The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread that in desperation housewives began to cover the backs of their chairs and sofas with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being spoilt. Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars .
Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be; ______________________, ______________________.
Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s epitaph
RTML is a proprietary programming language used exclusively by Yahoo!'s Yahoo! Store and Yahoo! Site web hosting services. It was created by Paul Graham, better known as the man behind creating the language LISP. RTML was named after a close friend of Paul Graham along with whom he even started a company named ViaWeb which was bought by Yahoo! in 1998. Who?
Gumnaam was based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (originally titled Ten Little Niggers )
It is a cross between croquet and golf, using a mallet and a boxwood ball a foot (30 cms) in diameter. The players drove the ball along the course by taking immense swings at it with the mallet. To end the game they then had to shoot the ball through a suspended hoop at one end. The person who required the fewest shots won. The name literally means “ball and mallet” Identify this historical game.
His career ended in unfortunate circumstances in 1961/2. The Indian team was staying at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi during the Test against England. A.G. Kripal Singh, his roommate, called up the receptionist and tried to fix a date for him with her. She complained to the Indian manager and both players were sacked. Sensing that he had little chance for playing for India again, he migrated to the country of his wife, and stayed there till his death in 2002. Who?
Matron literature is a literary genre which focuses on older female characters as protagonists. The genre has increased in popularity as the baby boomers have aged and female readers have sought characters to identify with. Subjects are often romantic in nature, and heroines are usually between the ages of 45 and 65. Matron lit characters were often married at one point, but are no longer with their spouses or living with their children. There are usually feminist themes in matron literature, though some works are more overtly feminist than others. What popular alternative term is matron literature known by?
Born as Vijayalakshmi into a poor family in Eluru (in Andhra Pradesh), she left school after the fourth standard, determined to become a film star. Moving in with her aunt in Madras (then the centre of the South Indian film industry), she soon found a sponsor who renamed her to avoid confusion with the then reigning ‘cabaret dancer’ of the same name. After garnering much notice and acclaim with her first major role, in the Tamil movie Vandi Chakkaram (The Wheel), in 1979, she added a prefix after her character's name in the movie. She died in 1996, in what many believe to be a suicide caused by her financial difficulties. Who?
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the ____ ____.
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the ____ ____.
Which TV series used to begin with one of these quotes (depending on which season you were watching)
French for ‘goods sold by weight’, it is the name of the system of mass based on pounds and ounces which is the everyday system in the US, and widely used in Canada and UK as well. What’s the good word?
‘ Firang’ heroines in Bollywood cinema (Kisna, Out of Control, Lagaan, Salaam-e-Ishq)
The Takahashi Method, the Lessig Method, and the Hardt Style are the three most popular variants. Interestingly, one idea that’s common across all three is the preference to small single word ‘sentences’ to complete ones. What am I talking about?
It originally meant "provider of shelter, innkeeper" and later "one sent ahead to arrange lodgings" (for a monarch, an army, etc.) It is this usage which has led to today’s sense of the word – an omen, or a forerunner. What word?
In toxicology (the study of poisons), every substance has an LD50 value defined for it. For example, the LD50 value of cocaine is 95.1 mg/kg, value for Vitamin A is 2570 mg/kg and for nerve gas it is 0.0154 mg/kg. So, what exactly is this LD50 value?