Quriozity 1.1 - Prelims - The Engineers' Day Quiz, NIT Silchar
– The Engineers’ Day Quiz
Aveek Baruah & Sandipan Goswami
(Organized by Research Promotion Cell, in association with ISTE
Students’ Chapter, NIT Silchar)
1. In the US, older colleges were often revered
by students, which were signified by creepers
growing over their hallowed walls. Moreover,
"Planting the ___" was a customary class day
ceremony at many colleges in the 1800s. At
University of Pennsylvania, graduating seniors
started the custom of planting ___ at a university
building each spring in 1873 and that practice
was formally designated as “___ Day" in 1874.
What word, common in the US, arises from this
(used as an all encompassing term to refer to Harvard,
Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia,
Brown University, Dartmouth and Cornell)
2. This very famous person X is said to be
Canadian, since Canada claims to own the place
he is associated with. Since 1982, “H0H 0H0” in
Canada has been X's very own postal code.
Approximately 1 million pieces of mail bearing that
code are received by Canada Post each year,
and all are answered, each in the language or
form in which it was written — be it Japanese,
Esperanto or Braille.
By the standard method of working out Canadian
postal code, one could erroneously conclude X’s
location somewhere in the wilds of metropolitan
Montreal. However, Canada Post in all its wisdom
reserved "H0H 0H0" for X’s personal use.
Who is the person X?
(Canadians claims he is based in the Canadian Arctic)
3. In 1882, Mr. W L Lake a Canadian engineer
saw elephants emerging out of dense forests
with oil stains on their feet. So the story goes, that
his shouts urging his men to drill the area for
crude oil gave this Indian town its name.
4. Although it is often assigned to people who have
achieved significant military, political or scientific
accomplishments we would consider an overall benefit
to mankind, the designation is not technically an “honor”
or “award”, nor is it something bestowed as praise for
good works. It is and always has been, in their own words,
a recognition of the single person who, for better or
worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year.
Hence, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Ayatollah Khomeini
have been in this list. Also Osama bin Laden was
considered in 2001, but rejected later as a garden-variety
What designation is being talked about?
5. Why was this infamous Intel Core 2 Duo ad recalled in the
Allegations of racism, due
to black people bowing
down to a White guy
6.** Founded in 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, who was a
doctor in the city of Nagpur, as an educational group to train
Hindu men by character building,counter British colonialism in
India, and suppress Muslim separatism. It was banned during
the British rule, and then thrice by the post-independence Indian
government — the first being in 1948 when Nathuram Godse, a
former member, assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, the second Supreme Leader of the
organization, celebrated Nazi Germany and “her purging the
country of the Semitic races — the Jews.” For Golwalkar, the
“purging” of an entire people was entirely justifiable as it was an
expression of “national pride at its highest…”
As an organization, it maintains no membership records; it has
resisted being registered with the Government of India as a
public/charitable trust; it has no bank accounts and pays no
7. The name of place X is an anglicized version
Mahishūru, which means the abode
of Mahishasur in the local language. According
to Hindu mythology, specifically the Devipurana,
the area was ruled by the demon Mahishasura. The
demon was killed by the
Goddess Chamundeshwari, an avatar of Goddess
Durga, whose temple is situated atop
the Chamundi Hills near the place.
When Mahisasura started ruling the city, people
called it Mahishana Ooru (Place of Mahisha), then
Mahisha Ooru which later became Mahishūru.
10.** The flag consists of a dark blue field charged with a
white compass rose emblem, with four white lines
radiating from the four cardinal directions. The dark blue
field represents the Atlantic Ocean, while the circle stands for
unity; The compass rose symbolizes the direction towards the
path of peace. Flag of which entity formed on April 4, 1949?
11.** The term was coined in 1688 by Johannes
Hofer. Hofer introduced X for the condition also
known "Swiss illness" or "Swiss homesickness,"
because of its frequent occurrence in Swiss
mercenaries who in the plains of lowlands of
France or Italy were pining for their native
mountain landscapes. Symptoms were also
thought to include fainting, high fever,
indigestion, stomach pain, and death. Military
physicians hypothesized that the malady was
due to damage to the victims' brain cells and
ear drums by the constant clanging of cowbells
in the pastures of Switzerland.
Which modern English term?
Aug 15, 2014 - Green, white and orange in honor of India Day
Jul 29, 2014 - Green in honor of Eid al-Fitr
Jul 13, 2014 - Gold, red and black in celebration of Germany's
World Cup victory
May 01, 2014 - White sparkles In celebration of X's 83rd birthday
Apr 19, 2014 - Pastel fades on occasion of Easter
Apr 3, 2014 – Blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Feb 8, 2014 – Rotation of counties’ flag colors competing at
What is being described here? (something to do with X)
13. X Limited is an Indian manufacturer, distributor and exporter.
The company was founded on March 8, 1919 by Mahashay
Chuni Lal as a small shop in Sialkot (now in Pakistan). After
the partition of India, Mahashay Dharam Pal, the son of the
founder, shifted to Delhi and opened up his shop at Ajmal Khan
Road, Karol Bagh under the banner “X of Sialkot”. The name X
means "the Shop of the Magnanimous" in Punjabi.
It has since grown in popularity all over India, and exports its
products to several countries including UK,
other European countries, Canada, United States, Switzerland
Give the name X, or its shortened version
15. Which music video, described by NBC host Al
Rocker as “vile” and “desperate”, holds the 24-
hour streaming record on Vevo, accumulating
19.6 million views in its first day of release?
16.** _______ ____, 2nd ____ ____
Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and
Ireland from 1830 to 1834, also
known as Viscount Howick between
1806 and 1807, backed significant
reform of the British government
and was among the primary
architects of the Reform Act 1832.
His administration also saw the
abolition of slavery in the British
Empire. In addition to his political
achievements, his name has come
to be associated with something
that was gifted to him when it was
Name him/the product.
17.** What is the common name?
An 1854 novel by Leo Tolstoy, the second novel in his
A fictionalised autobiographical work by J. M. Coetzee,
and focuses on his years spent growing up in South Africa.
A 2014 film that had the working title 12 Years.
19. The Matrimandir is an edifice of
spiritual significance for
practitioners of Integral yoga. It is
called soul of the city and is
situated in a large open space
called Peace. Matrimandir does
not belong to any particular
religion or sect. The Matrimandir
took 37 years to build, from the
laying of the foundation stone at
sunrise on 21 February 1971 - to
completion in May 2008. It is in the
form of a huge sphere surrounded
by twelve pedestals.
The Geodesic dome is covered by golden discs and reflects sunlight,
which gives the structure its characteristic radiance. Inside this central
dome is a meditation hall known as the inner chamber - this contains the
largest optically-perfect glass globe in the world.
Where is it situated?