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Quriozity 1.1 - Prelims - The Engineers' Day Quiz, NIT Silchar

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A general quiz held on the occasion on Engineers' Day, 2014 at NIT Silchar

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Quriozity 1.1 - Prelims - The Engineers' Day Quiz, NIT Silchar

  1. 1. QURIOZITY 1.1 – The Engineers’ Day Quiz PRELIMS Quizmasters: Aveek Baruah & Sandipan Goswami (Organized by Research Promotion Cell, in association with ISTE Students’ Chapter, NIT Silchar)
  2. 2. 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 practice?
  3. 3. Ivy League (used as an all encompassing term to refer to Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia, Brown University, Dartmouth and Cornell)
  4. 4. 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?
  5. 5. Santa Claus (Canadians claims he is based in the Canadian Arctic)
  6. 6. 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. Which town?
  7. 7. Digboi (from ‘dig boy, dig’)
  8. 8. 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 terrorist. What designation is being talked about?
  9. 9. TIME ‘Person of the Year’
  10. 10. 5. Why was this infamous Intel Core 2 Duo ad recalled in the year 2007?
  11. 11. Allegations of racism, due to black people bowing down to a White guy
  12. 12. 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 income tax.
  13. 13. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Mysore
  16. 16. 8. ID this Nobel Laureate, who graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in 1964
  17. 17. Aung San Suu Kyi
  18. 18. 9. What was banned for 10 years on All India Radio from 1947, for supposed obscene repute and Muslim origin?
  19. 19. Film songs
  20. 20. 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?
  21. 21. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
  22. 22. 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?
  23. 23. Nostalgia
  24. 24. 12. 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 Sochi Olympics What is being described here? (something to do with X)
  25. 25. Empire State Building Lights
  26. 26. 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 and Japan. Give the name X, or its shortened version
  27. 27. Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH)
  28. 28. 14. Why and when do we take the names of these gentlemen together?
  29. 29. William S. Harvey & Arthur Davidson
  30. 30. 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?
  31. 31. 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 first blended. Name him/the product.
  32. 32. Charles Grey/ Earl grey tea
  33. 33. 17.** What is the common name? An 1854 novel by Leo Tolstoy, the second novel in his autobiographical trilogy. 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.
  34. 34. Boyhood
  35. 35. 18. This painting is a parody of a famous painting by American artist Edward Hopper, with characters from The Big Lebowski. Name the original painting.
  36. 36. Nighthawks
  37. 37. 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?
  38. 38. Auroville, Pondicherry

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