In Scandinavia it was the sign for Thor’s hammer. It was known to the Byzantines as the crux gammata . It has been used in the Buddhist religion to symbolize the feet or footprints of the Buddha. It was also used by the Mayans and the Navajo, and in ancient Mesopotamia, Scandinavia and India. It became common in China and Japan with the spread of Buddhism. In Dec ’03 Microsoft inadvertently included it in Office, and later said it would offer tools to remove the offending portions from the program. What?
"A fascist rhapsody!" — David Denby, The New Yorker "Morally repugnant! Socially irresponsible!" — Anita M. Busch, The Hollywood Reporter "Deeply misogynistic!" — Susan Stark, The Detroit News "Macho porn!" — Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times In one of the film's most inspired metaphors (and there are lots of them), the main character is also the consummate soap salesman, the personification of untamed capitalism. His special deluxe soap is made from the fat of liposuction patients. The by-products of these people's own gluttony and vanity (their fat) are sold back to them as a luxury cleansing item. Which brutally funny 1999 movie?
If William Henry Harrison was the ninth, John Tyler was the tenth, James K Polk was the eleventh, Zachary Taylor was the twelfth, Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth, Franklin Pierce was the fourteenth, Rutherford B Hayes was the Nineteenth, Chester A Arthur was the twenty first, Grover Cleveland was the twenty second (and twenty fourth), Benjamin Harrison was the twenty third and William Howard Taft was the twenty seventh, who is the forty third?
It was published as the platform of a working men's association that was at first exclusively German, and later on turned international (and under the political conditions of the Continent before 1848, unavoidably a secret society). At a meeting of the society in Nov 1847, the authors were commisioned to prepare a complete theoritical and practical program. Drawn up in German, in Jan 1848, the manuscript was sent to the printer in London a few weks before the French Revolution of Feb 24. The first English translation was produced by Helen MacFarlane in 1850. It went through a number of editions from 1872 to 1890, and the last one translated by Samuel Moore has been the most commonly used English text since. What work?
On August 7, 1974, two days before Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency, Philippe Petit pulled off a daring act. James Marsh aims to capture this in a recently released documentary. The place where he carried out the drama is now no longer available. So the way he has pieced together the events is interesting. Petit’s account of the events are penned in “To reach the clouds”. His promise to do it again is inspiring, though whether Daniel Libeskind's design will afford him this opportunity remains to be seen.
Tight rope walk across the twin towers of the World Trade Center
Armed with a map and a box of drawing pins Christian Prudhomme and his team try to strike a balance. Last year 252 towns applied. With so many candidates, there are almost countless permutations possible. Their bids are subject to an extensive scrutiny of their geographical position, the width of the roads, the possibility of setting up parking areas, space for a press rooms for 450+ journalists, connectivity between the towns etc. For eg the maximum distance between towns should not exceed 225 km. In 2009, Monaco, France, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland and Italy are the countries to be involved. Eight new towns have been chosen - Gérone in Spain, Brignoles, Issoudun, Saint-Fargeau, Tonnerre and Vatan in France, and Martigny and Verbier in Switzerland. The only region never to have made it till date is the island of Corsica. What are we talking about?
Directed by Tarsem Singh in 1991, it is laden with religious imagery, and notably features images of Saint Sebastian and Hindu deities. Soviet poster art imagery is also prominently featured, and the overall dark tone and lighting was heavily inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio. It tells the story of an angel who fell from Heaven, and people making money by putting him on display. The concept is supposed to be from this Marquez book.
Sunday, October 23, 1966 – name the singer and the venue. May the Lord forgive our sins and gather all the nations Here under this Uniting Roof. To give up hate and fear and learn to understand Here under this Uniting Roof. They took the risks of war and dying, wished us take the better risks of peace here under this Uniting Roof. The God in everyman is an atom too of measureless potential. Let us learn to find it and explode it into lasting peace Here under this Uniting Roof. May the Lord forgive our sins inspiring us to peace on Earth Here under this Uniting Roof.
MS Subbulakshmi sang this at the UN General Assembly. The hymn was written by Rajaji.
An irregular soldier of the Ottoman army noted for lack of discipline, and one of Captain Haddock’s famous cuss words…
They have been around for 80 years. Today they travel more than 100,000 miles across the US per year as "Aerial Ambassadors." It all began in 1925 when the “Pilgrim” was built. Over the years more than 300 were built. Akron, Ohio, the company's world headquarters, was the manufacturing center for several decades. During World War II many of these provided the U.S. Navy with a unique aerial surveillance capability. Often used as convoy escorts, they were able to look down on the ocean surface and spot a rising submarine and radio its position to the convoy's surface ships. Today though the company does not mass produce them it still uses three of them including the “Spirit of America”, based in Carson, California; and the “Spirit of Innovation”, in Pompano Beach, Florida.
It started on Monday, 07 May 2007 with 12 aircraft 90 miles south west of Reno, Nevada. By 08 Sep last year more than 50,000 people had joined the effort in one of the best known examples of crowdsourcing. It still continues, though the effort is dwindling and experts say they have got what they are looking for. If the experts are correct, Lloyd's of London are now liable to make a payout of $50 million. What?
He lost out on the Nobel in 1905 and 06 because it was thought his contributions were old and well-known! Others won for discovering stuff just where he had predicted they would find them. He didn't live long enough for his due. He died in 1907.
They are sold in perits, a small weight less than a grain. In olden days an Admiral Liejken, weighing 400 perits, was worth 4400 florins; a Childer of 106 perits was worth 1615 florins; and, a Viceroy of 400 perits, 3000 florins; The most sought after ones were the so-called ‘broken’ kinds known as Bizarres and Bybloemens. The most precious of all, a Semper Augustus, weighing 200 perits, was 5500 florins. The Turks even used to brew love potions from them. What?
He spent time in the music business with Elektra and CBS and was the first to write about Elton John, and predict his success. He also predicted the successes of such bands as Santana, Roxy Music, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, and The Who, among others. As a fiction writer he is the author of more than 25 bestsellers including The Ninja. He is now recreating one of the most compelling fictional characters. Of the new series, the first, The ______ Legacy, was published in 2005. It garnered rave reviews and was an instant international bestseller. He has also written The ______ Betrayal and The ______ Sanction. Name him and fill in the blanks.
One was established as a 'Hindu Permanent Fund' in 1906, by the philanthropist Sri Ammembal Subba Rao Pai, in Mangalore. In terms of assets it is today in the top five businesses in its category in the country. The other was established in 1925 in Udupi, the abode of Lord Krishna in coastal Karnataka by three visionaries - Sri Upendra Ananth Pai, a businessman, Sri Vaman Kudva, an engineer and Dr.T M A Pai, a physician – to assist local weavers who were crippled by a crisis in the handloom industry. Name both.
Its origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts believed that the night before their new year the dead would come to earth again and would damage crops and cause sickness. But the spirits would also help the Celtic priests to tell the future, and to make predictions about the coming year. The druids built huge bonfires, and regular people put out their own fires in their homes and crowded together around these fires. They would make sacrifices for the gods, wear animal skins and heads as costumes and tell each other's fortunes. How does this exist in present day?
“ I wanted the effect to look like a spoon going into hot fudge; it dimples down, then flows up over and closes. That's the look I wanted. You have to work with the viscosity in order to get that look just right.” What famous early 90s movie character?
Nearly two decades after being the centerpiece of something iconic 17-year-old Los Angeles teenager Spencer Elden admitted in an interview last year with MTV.com that his small role has given him mixed feelings. "It's kind of creepy that that many people have seen me naked," Elden said. "I feel like I'm the world's biggest porn star." What Elden was part of went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone. While Elden has never seen a penny from his role, he continues to make money from media requests. He also attends school and is working part-time in a juice bar. He hopes to one day become an airline pilot.