Mostly HarmlessPart of the ASQ Marathon<br />Presented by Me ^_^<br />
About the QM..<br />The less said, the better.<br />
The absolutely pointless 0th question<br />Michael Bréal was a French phililogist who was largely responsible for the inclusion of something to an event held in Athens, 1896. What was included?<br />
2<br />X made his first appearance within the game Dig, released in the 1930’s. <br />He did not receive a name until 1946, when he was named X. In 1999, he was renamed Y. <br />He has a niece and nephew, Sandy and Andy. He also has a second nephew named Randy, and a wife named Madge. <br />Identify.<br />
3<br /><ul><li>This is a disparaging term, used predominantly in the United States, to describe a holiday that is perceived to exist primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally significant event.
Examples include Grandparents' Day, Boss' Day, Secretary's Day and Father's Day. Some people also consider Valentine's Day such a day.
5<br />Originating in 2000, this sport usually consists of four categories:<br />Original: an over-the-shoulder throw with the farthest distance winning<br />Freestyle: contestants get points for aesthetics and creative choreography<br />Team original: up to three competitors have one throw each with their scores added together<br />Junior: for children aged 12 or younger.<br />The current world records are:<br />Men - 95.83 meters (Chris Hughff - 2007)<br />Women - 53.52 meters (Jan Singleton - Aug 2006)<br />What sport?<br />
6<br />Originally, they wanted famous horror actor Vincent Price, who was well known for his distinctive voice,to do it. But he charged an exorbitant fee of £25,000, which was quite a lot for even them back in 1982. So they hired a guy who had no interest in them, theatre actor and children’s storyteller Barry Clayton, and he did it for a nominal fee. <br />What am I talking about?<br />
“Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and sixty six.”<br />[Revelations Ch. XIII v.18]<br />
7. Whose response to what? Specific.<br /><ul><li>It's funny. It's cute. But here's what I really think about the theory of evolution: it's not real. It is not the way we got here. We are not creations of random chance. We are not accidents. There is a God, a Creator, who made you and me. We were made in His image, which separates us from all other creatures. By the way, without Him, I don't have any power. But with Him, the Bible tells me, I really can do all things — and so can you.</li></li></ul><li>
Synchronicity<br />Echoes 2001: A Space Odyssey (segment: Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite)<br />Comparable to The Dark Side of the Moon The Wizard of Oz (fans have compiled more than 100 minutes of footage of perfect matching, it is referred to as the Dark Side of the Rainbow)<br />
9<br />1 laid the foundations, 2 popularized it, 3 further refined it and 4 is the most famous exponent. What am I talking about?<br />I’ll identify, if necessary.<br />
Total Football<br />The tactic in which any outfield player can assume the role of any other player in the team, pioneered by Ajax from 1969 to 1973, and further used by the Netherlands team in the 1974 World Cup.<br />
13<br />Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion is a 1944 triptych painted by the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. The concept and look of X was based on this painting.<br />Identify.<br />
Lee Strasberg<br />“The Father of Method Acting”<br />
15<br />This man has been regarded as one of the most celebrated rulers of Indian states when India was still under British rule. <br />At the time of his death in 1940, he was one of the world’s wealthiest men, with an estimated net worth of $400 million, equivalent to $56 billion in 2010 prices. <br />In 1911, the IISc in Bangalore was started during his reign, with the land being donated by him. <br />In 1916, he established something in Bangalore primarily due to excessive reserves of a particular commodity which could not be exported to Europe because of WWI, on advice of his Diwan. <br />
4 questions. <br />Who am I talking about, <br />what did he establish, <br />what is its primary product <br />and who was his diwan?<br />
Krishna Raja Wodeyar IV<br />Government Soap Factory<br />Mysore Sandal Soap<br />Sir M. Vishweswaraiah<br />
16<br /><ul><li>It was the eerie transformation of Guy Fawkes' signature after he was tortured that inspired British designer Bob Andertonto design this typeface.
Basing his design on hand written letterforms typical of the 16th century, Anderton captured the flurried scrolls and curlicues of the era. This elegant, yet menacing display face is perfect for theatrical uses and scare tactics. What the font? </li></li></ul><li>
17<br />Slavek and Slavko are the twin mascots for the Euro 2012 Championships, to be held in Poland and Ukraine. The twins represent the two host nations. One twin wears Poland's national colours of red and white, the other the yellow and blue of Ukraine.<br />
My question – Who designed the look of the mascots?<br />Clue if necessary.<br />
Clue <br />The same company provided the design for the Euro 2008 mascots as well (FlixandTrix).<br />
<ul><li>The paradox explains the dilemma of what would happen if Pinocchio says “My nose will grow now”.
If he is lying, his nose should grow, but if his nose grows, then he is actually telling the truth. On the other hand, if he is telling the truth and his nose starts growing, then it will violate the condition that his nose grows when he is lying.</li></li></ul><li>20 <br />Released by Ireland on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2006, commemorative coin issued for whom? <br />
21<br />In the spring of 1955, after a long party in Las Vegas with X,Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, her husband Sid Luft, Mike Romanoff and wife Gloria, David Niven, Angie Dickinson and others, Z surveyed the wreckage of the party and declared, “You look like a goddamn Y.” X was a founding member of the Y. <br />X, Y and Z?<br />
24<br /><ul><li>Sir KariamanickamSrinivasa Krishnan was born in 1898 in Watrap, Tamil Nadu, near Srivilliputhur.
What is remarkable about Krishnan </li></ul> is not that he is a great scientist <br /> but something much more. He is <br /> a perfect citizen, a whole man <br /> with an integrated personality. <br /> - Jawaharlal Nehru<br /><ul><li>What is he most famous for?
There may be various answers, </li></ul> give me the most obvious one.<br />
The characters were created by Michael Bentine, for a 1954 children’s programme on the BBC. These were three small creatures from outer space who slept on 'Professor' Bentine's ceiling and who had come to our planet to learn the ways of Earthling children. <br />They inspired the nickname of a former English cricketer, due to the similarities of facial profiles.<br />Identify.<br />
26. Words spoken by whom for whom?<br /><ul><li>______, is no more. He has ceased to be. Bereft of life, he rests in peace. He's kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed his last, and gone to meet the great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky. And I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, of such capability for kindness, of such unusual intelligence, should now so suddenly be spirited away at the age of only forty-eight, before he'd achieved many of the things of which he was capable, and before he'd had enough fun.
Well, I feel that I should say: nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard, I hope he fries.</li></li></ul><li>
Yes, him only.<br />Quoting The Guardian:<br /> Osama on a visit to Falun, Sweden. <br /> That year 23 members of the Bin <br /> Laden family visited Falun while <br /> one of the elder brothers <br /> conducted business with Volvo. <br /> Osama is remembered from the <br /> occasion as a quiet and reserved <br /> boy who at 16 didn't really stand <br /> out from the crowd.<br />
28<br /><ul><li>Since the early 1990s, X has seen a significant transformation in its American consumer base, from a predominantly older, affluent white demographic to a younger, urban, and black consumer.
X has become ingrained in hip hop culture, celebrated in songs by artists ranging from TupacShakur to Busta Rhymes to Ludacris.
It is estimated that African Americans now comprise 60-80% of the American market. A majority of African Americans have indicated in studies that the endorsement of popular musical artists is a key factor in their preference for X. Moreover, it has been acknowledged that “the USA is the biggest market for X, and African-Americans are a priority target.” </li></li></ul><li>After poor sales in 1998 due to an economic crisis in Asia — X’s main export market at the time — sales increased to approximately US $1 billion in America in 2003. This was a growth that coincided with hip-hop’s entry into the mainstream of American music. <br />Hip-hop is often regarded as the saviour of X. <br />What am I talking about?<br />
31<br /><ul><li>The earliest surviving one dates to 500 BC and was made using terra cotta skin disks, terra cotta symbolizing the coming of age of young boys. Philippine records dating back to the 16th century indicate that it was used as a weapon.
English historical names for this include bandalore (from French) and quiz. French historical terms include incroyable, de Coblenz, emigrette, and joujou de Normandie. The current name is derived from the Philippine word for “return”.
32<br />_______ is the stage name of the American actor and singer Leigh Crow, whose rise to international exposure was performing as a female X impersonator. According to Crow, X occupies an important place among lesbian icons. <br />She says, “Straight men are very intimidated by a woman impersonating X. It is one of the last bastions of masculinity - the right to "do" X. I personally think he was very queeny, he wore make-up and pink on stage when that was unheard of behaviour for a straight man. .... X had a definite feminine side.”<br />Identify.<br />
Evets Kainzow<br />Steve Wozniak’s favourite video game is Tetris.<br />In the 1990s he submitted so many high scores for the game to Nintendo Power that they would no longer print his scores, so he started sending them in under the alphabetically reversed "Evets Kainzow".<br />
36<br />Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.<br />Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.<br />Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.<br />Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.<br />Start as close to the end as possible.<br />
Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.<br />Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.<br />Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.<br /><ul><li>Whose 8 rules for writing short fiction?</li></li></ul><li>
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.<br />from his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction<br />
37<br />This organization was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, former student of James Naismith, and coach in the University of Kansas. It still exists.<br />It was formed as a result of a nationwide protest organized by Allen to oppose a sudden move by the Joint Basketball Rules Committee, the then central governing authority of the game.<br />Since the protest, it has become one of the most influential groups in the history of the game.<br />What was the protest against?<br />
The JBRC made a move to eliminate dribbling from the sport. <br />
38<br />By means of reverse engineering, the behaviours of these four characters can be determined. One is the shadow, the other is speedy, the other is bashful, and the other pokes. <br />Each of the characters have specific nicknames associated with them. <br />The characters are a part of a franchise that can be recognized by 94% of American consumers.<br />What am I talking about?<br />
43<br /><ul><li>The worst defeat in the US Presidential elections was sustained by John Quincy Adams in the 1820 elections (against James Monroe, who won his second term in office), who later went on to become the President from 1825-1829. He won only one electoral vote in a straight election, which came from a New Hampshire elector named William Plumer. There was a widely circulated rumour going around that he voted for Adams for a specific reason, however Plumer has gone on record to say that the reason was not true.
Thanks to OmitheHomie for the funda, again. </li></li></ul><li>
The reason was that George Washington remains the only President to be elected unanimously. There was a faction in the party which strongly believed that distinction to remain only with George Washington.<br />Plumer actually voted for Adams because he thought Monroe was a mediocre president and that Adams would be a better one.<br />
44<br />What word means “watering place” in Portuguese?<br />Clue if necessary.<br />
45<br />Silver Blaze is a Sherlock Holmes short story. <br />The tale is distinguished by its Dartmoor setting. It also features a plot based on the famed __________:<br />Gregory (a Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”<br />Holmes: “To the ___________.”<br />This inspired a certain British writer to name his award-winning novel _________.<br />Identify the novel. All blanks are the same.<br />
Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”<br />Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”<br />Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”<br />Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”<br />
46<br /><ul><li>A _____ is an extrasolar planet with a mass higher than Earth's, but substantially below the mass of the Solar System's gas giants.
The term refers only to the mass of the planet, and does not imply anything about habitability.
The first were discovered by AleksanderWolszczan and Dale Frail in 1992. The two outer planets of the system have masses approximately 4 times Earth, too small to be gas giants.
After this, quite a few were discovered, up until February 2nd, 2011.
Super-Earths<br />Kepler-10b on the right<br />
47<br /><ul><li>X was born in 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Kashmiri immigrants.
In 2005, X formed an electro-rock band along with guitarist Randolph Correia. In 2007, they released their first album New Day: The Love Album, followed by Light Tribe in 2008 and Mantis in 2010.
The audio clip is from their album Mantis.</li></li></ul><li>X recently acted as one of the leads in a movie. The director of the movie approached her, an offer which she had initially turned down, but eventually accepted.<br />Who am I talking about and what movie?<br />Clue if necessary.<br />
48<br /><ul><li>_______ is a massively multiplayer online video game based on an American band.
The game stages a plot in which players aim to defeat PixxelKorp, an "evil HD empire that has taken over the world". Players take on missions that lead them through several levels called "districts", each one based on one of the band's members.
The band’s songs as well as promo art (designed by one of the members) are available throughout the game, and once a player beats the game, a new song called “Blackbirds” is unlocked.
50<br /><ul><li>Richard Frank Oznowiczwas born on May 25, 1944 in Hereford, England. His parents were refugees from the Holocaust who moved to England after fighting the Nazis. He moved to Oakland, California, when he was five years old.
He became extremely famous in the </li></ul> film world for his portrayal of a particular <br /> character in a movie released in 1980, for which <br /> he provided a great deal of creative input as well. <br /><ul><li>The executive producer of the movie was so </li></ul> impressed by his performance that he tried to <br /> get him nominated for an Oscar for Best <br /> Supporting Actor which the Academy objected <br /> to, for obvious reasons. <br /><ul><li>Which character in which film?</li></li></ul><li>
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW<br />Written round, to make it quick<br />10 questions<br />All answers pertain to a specific theme<br />Exact answer required<br />Part of a non-exhaustive list<br />10 points for every correct answer<br />Theme scores will be mentioned on each slide<br />No negatives, 2 guesses a team<br />
1 (+50)<br /><ul><li>Just as China is a common name for Chinese ceramic, Japan is an old name for Japanese Xware (made from the sap of the X Tree) and its European imitations. As Asian and Indian Xwork became popular in England, France, the Netherlands, and Spain in the 17th century the Europeans developed imitations that were effectively a different technique.
The European technique, which is used on furniture and other objects, uses varnishes that have a resin base similar to shellac. The technique, which became known as japanning, involves applying several coats of varnish which are each heat-dried and polished. </li></li></ul><li>2 (+45)<br />He advocates radical Islamism in his book Revolutionary Islam, which expresses support for the terrorist attacks of Osama bin Laden as well as Saddam Hussein for resisting the United States.<br />Who?<br />
3 (+40)<br />The tune of this song originally appeared in a Telugu film, the music of which was also composed by Harris Jeyaraj. <br />What is the name of the Telugu film?<br />
4 (+35)<br />A _____, was a large embroidered badge sewn onto the surcoat of an official in Imperial China. It was embroidered with detailed, colourful animal or bird insignia indicating the rank of the official wearing it.<br />FITB.<br />
7 (+20)<br />A part of the US Marine Corps (the seventh enlisted rank), Gunnery Sergeants are commonly referred to by the informal abbreviation “X”. This nickname, which is usually regarded as a title of both esteem and camaraderie, is generally acceptable for use in all but formal and ceremonial situations. Use of the term by lower-ranking personnel, however, remains at the Sergeant's discretion.<br />
8 (+15)<br />Poetic Ammo was a Malaysian rap/hip-hop group. The group was founded by X in 1990, and comprises him and dudes stage named Landslyde, Point Blanc and C.Loco. Most of their songs are in English but they have also released tracks in Malay, Tamil, and Cantonese.<br />Who eez X?<br />
10 (+5)<br /><ul><li>X’s first single was Love Buzz released in 1988.
During its initial months, the band went through a series of names, starting with Skid Row and including Pen Cap Chew, Bliss, and Ted Ed Fred. The group finally settled on X, which the frontman said was chosen because "I wanted a name that was kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk rock name like the Angry Samoans".
English words of Sanskrit origin<br />Much obliged to OED.<br />
The vetti scene extra question <br /><ul><li>Established in 1946 and based in Milwaukee, Xtraces its beginnings to the end of World War II, as quality experts and manufacturers sought ways to sustain the many quality-improvement techniques used during wartime. Xhas played an important role in upholding these standards from the past while championing continued innovation in the field of quality.