Brain of BITS 2009


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Brain of BITS 2009

  1. 1. Four rounds   1. Written round  2. Infinite Bounce: Clockwise  3. Connect Round  4. Infinite Bounce: Anti-Clockwise  5. Final Round
  2. 2. Identify the 6 hand gestures.  Written round  +5 for every correct answer.  Flipping unnecessary hand gestures at  quizmaster will attract a penalty of -10
  3. 3. Catholicism WOW! 
  4. 4. Crip Killer.
  5. 5. A Created by A, adopted by Z. A sued Z. Identify.
  6. 6. ________ Foreva!
  7. 7. A congratulatory hand-gesture created by former ATP  touring pro Nicolas Kroon. The word is a bad pronunciation of the Swedish word that means “for sure”. Popularized by Mats Wilander. Lleyton Hewitt is the current owner of the trademark.
  8. 8. Two in the pink, one in the stink. 
  9. 9. The Buddy Christ 1. Bloods 2. The Diamond Cutter 3. The Dub (Westside) 4. The Vicht 5. The Shocker 6.
  10. 10. The red bar, which lies closest to the mast, symbolizes the place as  it is today. The green and blue symbolize possible stages in the future, should humanity ever have the will and the ability to undertake such a task.  Flag of?
  11. 11. The proposed flag of Mars 
  12. 12. Located 2°S 90°E , off the coast of Sumatra, this island’s was rediscovered by Carl Denham in 1933. There is a distinctive rocky knoll in the center of the island, which provides its foreboding name. It is home to several species that were once believed extinct. The villagers are thought to be of West African Descent, although more recent sources suggest they’re of Melanesian descent. Identify this island, which has featured in several movies, games and books since.
  13. 13. Skull Island, home of King Kong 
  14. 14. The America’s Cup is the most prestigious  regatta in the world, and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years. Normally, the country that holds the cup hosts the next edition of the event. Alinghi, the winners of the thirty- first edition held in 2003, put the hosting rights out to a competitive bid process and announced on November 27, 2003 that the venue would be Valencia, Spain. Why didn’t Alinghi host it in their own country?
  15. 15. Alinghi is based in Switzerland, a landlocked  country.
  16. 16. Heads of State of Indian Origin. 1. Mahendrapal Chaudary- Fiji 2. Bharat Jagdeo- Guyana 3. SR Nathan- Singapore 4. Navin Ramgoolam- Mauritius
  17. 17. Jim Carrey presenting the lifetime achievement award to a legend. Identify.
  18. 18. Blake Edwards
  19. 19. This phrase is used pejoratively to refer to describe  prose and speeches that are abstract and wordy, yet are meant to convey a very simple idea. It is also a form of language disorder. An example, quoted by Richard Feynman:  “The individual member of the social community often receives his information via visual, symbolic channels.” essentially means “People read.” What phrase are we talking about?
  20. 20. Verbal Diarrhoea 
  21. 21. In October 2008, John Bohannon of Science magazine  assembled a team to review the portrayal of evolution and other scientific concepts in _____. Evolutionary biologists T. Ryan Gregory of the University of Guelph and Niles Elredge of the American Museum of Natural History reviewed the Cell and Creature stages. William Sims Bainbridge, a sociologist from the U.S. National Science Foundation, reviewed the Tribe and Civilization stages. NASA's Miles Smith reviewed the Space stage. A total of 22 subjects were evaluated. The grade card:
  22. 22. Cultural anthropology: C- Organismic biology: D- Cell biology: D Sociology: B+ Genetics: F Astrophysics overall grade: B Development and reproduction: D Laws of physics: C Evolutionary processes: F Cosmology: B Evolution as fact: B Galactic structure: A Mutation and variation: F Natural selection: F Stellar evolution: B Sexual selection: F Planetary science: C Genetic drift: F Astrobiology overall grade: C Historical contingency: D Origin of life: D Constraints: D Planet habitability: B Evolutionary history: D Distribution of life in the universe: C Extra terrestrial intelligence: C
  23. 23. Contd.
  24. 24. In spite of their self imposed and gratifying morality, the respectable dwell in confusion, misery and conflict. Fear which is the desire to be secure makes us conform, imitate and submit to domination. Therefore it prevents beautiful or creative living. To live in freedom is to be without fear. When I see men and women spontaneously pick up a kitten or a child to caress it and love it, I wonder if they would do the same to a grown up person at a party or another gathering. Streak with me and learn the language of sex and liberation for sex means love and love is liberation. I shed my clothes, my inhibitions, my conditionings by outdated social norms so that you too can discover yourselves. I direct this not to the younger generation but to the adults, the parents who have not understood their own sexuality. When they take shelter behind these conventions, they are living in a world of their own delusions. Who?
  25. 25. Protima Bedi 
  26. 26. X was given her cameo role in Y’s film 2 as a result of  her being a great fan of 1. 1,2 form part of a tasty trilogy which ends when The World Ends.
  27. 27. X- Cate Blanchet  Y- Simon Pegg  1- Shaun of the Dead  2. Hot fuzz  Along with The World Ends, these three films  form what is known as the blood-and- icecream trilogy.
  28. 28. On April 9, 1919, Miss Marcella Sherwood, who supervised the Mission  Day School for Girls was bicycling round the city to close her schools when she was assaulted by the mob in a narrow street, was beaten and left wounded. She was rescued by locals who hid her from the mob and moved her to the fort. This attack on a lady incensed X. Later, X designated the spot where Miss Marcella Sherwood was  assaulted sacred and daytime pickets were placed at either end of the street. Anyone wishing to proceed in the street between 6am and 8pm was made to crawl the 150 yards (140 m) on all fours, lying flat on their bellies. The order was not required at night due to a curfew. The humiliation of the order struck the locals deeply. Most importantly, the order effectively closed the street. The houses had no back doors and the inhabitants could not go out without climbing down from their roofs. This order was in effect from April 19 until April 25, 1919. No doctor or supplier was allowed in, resulting in the sick being untended. Who is X? 
  29. 29. Gen. Reginald Dyer 
  30. 30. Identify both places and their individual claims to fame.
  31. 31. (A) was one of the judges in the Denshawai  incident, in which British soldiers were controversially acquited after firing on the villagers of Denshawai in 1906. He went on to become Egypt's PM before being assassinated in 1910 by Ibrahim Nassif al- Wardani. (B), his grandson who was named after  him, achieved greater fame on the world stage in the 1990s.
  32. 32. Boutros-Boutros Ghali 
  33. 33. Map showing the activities of someone noted  for this. Who?
  34. 34. Pope John Paul II’s travels 
  35. 35. They are a community in India spread in Andhra Pradesh,  Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states of India.  They originally belong to Rajasthan and they were Rajputs who migrated to southern parts of India for trade and agriculture. Although their accurate history is unclear, they themselves believe that their ancestors fought for Prithvi Raj against Muhammad of Ghor.  50% of their numbers speak in a Rajasthani dialects of Hindustani, while others are native speakers of Hindi, Telugu and other languages dominant in their respective areas of settlement. borrows words from Rajasthani, Gujarathi, Marathi and the local language of the area they belong to.
  36. 36. Lambada 
  37. 37. In actions films, one gets to witness what is popularly known as the ‘Stormtrooper Effect’, which can also be described as a form of the ‘Inverse Ninja Theorem’. What are we talking about?
  38. 38. In an action movie, the bad guys are always lousy shots.
  39. 39. It is the foremost and the largest movie production company of Hong Kong. Founded in 1924. Along with Golden Harvest, they were responsible for the success of martial arts films in the West in the 60s and 70s. Major films produced include Five Deadly Venoms and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. QT paid tribute by opening Kill Bill with this frame. Identify.
  40. 40. Shaw Brothers 
  41. 41. X was born in Mississippi to a policeman father  and a hippie mother. She lived a hard, fast and unsettled life full of travel. She also reportedly had an unwanted pregnancy at a very young age. Y has referred to her as the embodiment of every woman he has had a relation with. In her only picture, X is portrayed by Y’s girlfriend Heather Christie. Poverty and crime took their toll, and X died an early death in North Dakota, while headed for Minnesota. Y has written atleast 4 songs about X.  Identify X and Y 
  42. 42. The tournament lasted two months, with up to  100 matches being played on some of the days. According to a spokesperson, the tournament involved 30,000 players, 212 umpires, 131 scorers and 140 grounds. The organizers provided 3,714 bats (two per team) and 11,000 balls to the teams. In the final, Sangrampur thrashed Taloi by 64 runs after smashing 126, winning Rs. 3 lakhs, while their opponents took home Rs. 1.5 lakhs. Which tournament?
  43. 43. “Bharat Premier League” — otherwise known  as the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Cricket Tournament.
  44. 44. This terms means to keep something all for  oneself, thus depriving anyone else of having any. Often used with weed or joints but can be applied to anything. It comes from the last name of famous actor X, because he often kept a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, seemingly never actually drawing on it or smoking it.
  45. 45. Humphrey Bogart
  46. 46. What has been  taken out?
  47. 47. The most severe form of congenital ichthyosis is  characterized by a thickening of the keratin layer in fetal human skin. In sufferers of the disease, the skin contains massive, diamond-shaped scales, and tends to have a reddish color. In addition, the eyes, ears, mouth, and other appendages may be abnormally contracted. The scaly keratin greatly limits the child's movement. Because the skin is cracked where normal skin would fold, it is easily pregnable by bacteria and other contaminants. This disease is almost nearly fatal and only rare cases tend to live upto adulthood. What is this type of ichthyosis commonly known as?  Contd.
  48. 48. Harlequin’s Disease 
  49. 49. To: Kellogg's Corporation  Whereas... 1) Kellogg's is a major manufacturer of cereal and junk food products including but not limited to Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, Cheez-Its, Froot Loops, Keebler's Cookies, Rice Krispies, Eggo Frozen Waffles, Famous Amos Cookies and many other products known to be a part of the diet of many marijuana using Americans 2) The Kellogg's has profited for decades on the food tastes of marijuana using Americans with the munchies. In fact, we believe that most people over the age of twelve would not eat Kellogg's products were they not wicked high. 3) That this action by Kellogg's, while legal, is totally bogus.
  50. 50. (a little later…) Given all these facts and the total disregard for  your customer base and that thing with the yogurt, we the undersigned plan to BOYCOTT your products. And we're serious. Even though the Pop Tarts thing will be HARD. Sincerely, The Undersigned What unspeakable thing did Kellogs do, and why?
  51. 51. Christmas, 1896 10th Anniversary, 1904 First Issue, 1894  How do we know it in its current form?
  52. 52. The first set of British India notes  were the 'Victoria Portrait' Series issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000. These were unifaced, carried two language panels and were printed on hand- moulded paper manufactured at the Laverstock Paper Mills (Portals).  The main advantage of the British India Notes was that they facilitated inter-spatial transfer of funds.  How did this series accomplish this?
  53. 53. This word was an 18-th century term referring  to priests. Because the sermons given by the priests then seemed to be completely useless and rubbish, the term transformed to one of its modern usages. This was the justification given by linguistics  expert Prof James Kingsley in 1977 for what?
  54. 54. In 1985, ethnobiologist Wade Davis presented a rather unusual  pharmacological case: “In 1962, a young Haitian named Clairvius Narcisse, was killed by his brother over a land dispute. The poison apparently used was derived from the puffer fish, which produces a well known and highly documented neurotoxin (tetrodotoxin) that produces paralysis and in modified form can mimic death through reduced metabolism and heart rate. The secretions of the poisonous cane toad Bufo marinus were apparently used as an anaesthetic companion drug.” However, the use of the mind-altering, hallucinogenic drug from the datura plant is what adds the touch of extraordinariness to the case. What was Wade Davis trying to demonstrate through this?
  55. 55. The display shows a figure which was once  given as the amount of money required to raise a baby for one month in the United States. Another version states that the display shows  NRA4EVER, one of many right wing showing the creator’s political bias. What are we talking about?
  56. 56. Between 1942 and 1945, Auschwitz and nine  other Nazi concentration camps contained brothels mainly used to reward cooperative non-Jewish inmates. Not only prostitutes were forced to work there. Women were forced into sexual slavery for the use of guards and favored prisoners. As the women died they were replaced by women from other concentration camps. What were these prostitution camps called? 
  57. 57. Joy Division 
  58. 58. 2 1 3
  59. 59. 1. Luiz and Walter Alvarez, standing next to  the K-T boundary 2. Logo of Iridium Satellite, LLC  3. The Chicxulub Crater  Connect: The Asteroid theory of dinosaur  evolution
  60. 60. Who is credited as the lyricist? 
  61. 61. Salman Rushdie 
  62. 62. What happens next?
  63. 63. The Mindscape of Alan Moore   Borrowed from Moore’s works.  Identify.
  64. 64. I have a problem with _______ per se.  because ________, the very word comes from the same root word as ligature and ligament, which means to be bound together, which I find a bit creepy, and a bit unnatural. What is He talking about? 
  65. 65. Religion 
  66. 66. In Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary  Gentlemen: Black Dossier, he appears in a Sal Paradyse story, which suggests that he is the great-grandson of Sherlock Holmes' arch- nemesis Professor James Moriarty. The story has Sal and him teaming up with Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain against Doctor Sachs. Identify. 
  67. 67. Dean Moriarty, from On the Road. 
  68. 68. Ancient Phrygia once found itself suddenly without a king. The  Oracle decreed that the next man to enter the city driving an ox- cart should become their king. This man was a poor peasant, ______, who drove into town on his ox-cart. Much later, his son Midas dedicated the ox-cart to the Phrygian god Sabazios and either tied it to a post or tied its shaft with an intricate knot of cornel bark.  In 333 BC, while wintering at ______, Alexander attempted to untie the knot. When he could find no end to the knot, to unbind it, he sliced it in half with a stroke of his sword, producing the required ends (the so-called quot;Alexandrian solution”, an ancient example demonstrating the use of lateral thinking to solve a problemthe knot would become the king of Asia). Once Alexander had sliced the knot with a sword-stroke, his biographers claimed in retrospect that an oracle further prophesied that the one to untie Contd.
  69. 69. This is a depiction of the Alexandrine solution taken from Alan Moore’s Watchmen. The book also has a rather tongue-in- cheek reference to the phrase, being the name of a lock company in the book. This phrase is used as a metaphor for an intractable problem that can be solved by a bold stroke. Identify the phrase.
  70. 70. Gordian Knot 
  71. 71. What is the name that has been blanked out? 
  72. 72. Marcel Marceau 
  73. 73. From Top 10, where a murder scene in the  Godz Bar is being investigated. Identify the various gods.(pic)
  74. 74. 1. Jehovah  2. Krishna  3. Shou Xing, the God of Longevity  4. Oedipus  5. Hephaesteus  6. Charybdis 
  75. 75. Each of the covers of the complex  experimental comic Promethea, was designed as a tribute to a specific artist. Identify the artist/subject in the following covers
  76. 76. 1. M C Escher  2. Salvador Dali  3. Andy Warhol  4. Vincent Vangogh (Starry Nights)  5. Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-man  6. Terry Gilliam 