Robert Louis Stevenson met a patient X at an Edinburgh infirmary. Soon they
became friends. Stevenson wrote later, "I will now make a confession: It was the
sight of your maimed strength and masterfulness that begot Long John Silver ...
the idea of the maimed man, ruling and dreaded by the sound, was entirely
taken from you."
X is supposed to have written his most famous work following his amputation
due to a tubercular infection. In the 1942 film Casablanca, Captain Renault, an
official played by Claude Rains recites part of the work when talking to Rick
Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, referring to his power in Casablanca.
William Ernest Henley of ‗Invictus‘ fame.
Illusory Superiority or the X effect, is a cognitive bias that causes people to
overestimate their positive qualities and abilities and to underestimate their
negative qualities, relative to others. The characterization of X, where "all the
women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above
average," has been used to describe this real and pervasive human tendency.
Lake Wobegon, of the Prarie Home Companion fame.
X is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is supposed to have been
named after a Sikh holy man who gave water and shelter to weary travellers who
passed by a pond.
X is also the title of a famous short story written by Y about Bishan Singh, a Sikh
inmate of an insane asylum in Lahore who refuses to leave for India after
partition since his hometown X is in Pakistan.
Name X & Y.
Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto
Which word connects these pictures?
First color photograph by
James Clerk Maxwell in
X is the shortened form of the term YHWH (which is often pronounced as
Yahweh or Jehovah)
It is most commonly used by Rastafarians. Rastas believe that they can come to
know the true meanings of biblical scriptures by cultivating a mystical
consciousness of oneself with X, called ―I-and-I‖.
Explain why more women and children survived the Titanic disaster.
Passengers and crew: 2,207
Sunk: April 14, 1912, collided with an
Survival rate: 31.3%
Passengers and crew: 1,949
Sunk: May 7, 1915, torpedoed by a
Survival rate: 38.5%
Survivor profile: Women aged 16-35,
children & people with children
Survivor profile: Men and Women aged
Lusitania sank in 20 minutes while the Titanic took two hours. The longer
duration allowed men to act in a chivalrous manner in the Titanic while the men
had a reflexive ‗flight‘ response in the Lusitania.
At the George Washington Hospital X said to Tim McCarthy, ―So, McCarthy, X,
Brady, and Delahanty. What did this guy have against the Irish?‖
Who was X and what was he referring to?
Reagan, recovering from a gunshot wound, and discovering that others had
been shot by Hinckley.
Who is this gent and
how is he connected
to these three
Rene Goscinny. All of them are titles of Lucky Luke comics. (Calamity Jane,
Dalton Brothers, Jesse James)
The term for this area originates from Latin and refers to a ―district separated
from the surrounding country by defined boundaries or distinguished by a
different administrative and legal system.‖
This term was used during Imperial Russia for the area in which the Jews were
allowed to settle and were forbidden from traveling/settling outside this area.
Which phrase originates from this practice?
During the late 1960s, X tried to start a musical career by playing guitar for many
bands and releasing cover songs in an album titled, ―Little Joe sure can sing.‖
In 1998, X released his second LP (his first album in 30 years) called Vincent
LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, which spawned the single "Wise Guy," a
Mafia gangsta rap tune.
Who is X?
X is an infection disease caused by bacteria. It is named after a town in
Connecticut. A rash occurs in 70-80% of the infected persons. The rash has a
distinctive bulls-eye shape. The disease, if left untreated can affect the joints,
heart and central nervous system. What is X?
These ten species were chosen by X to be shown on TV as a list of what?
1. The black lion tamarin
2. The Sumatran Rhino
3. The Solenodon
4. The Olm salamander
5. The Marvellous Spatuletail humming bird
6. Darwin‘s frog
7. Sunda pangolin
8. Priam‘s birding butterfly
9. Northern Quoll
10. Venus‘s flower basket
This is a city referred to by a professor from Harvard‘s Graduate School of
Design as a ‗mega pop-up city‘ since it is built and dismantled once every dozen
years. It consists of a grid of 14 designated sectors. To allow the grid to continue
over two rivers, 18 pontoon bridges are built. It takes a few weeks to build the
city which accommodates, depending on the day, between 2 and 20 million
What am I referring to?
While announcing the Word of the Year in 2007, M-W stated, ―popular in
competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or
"elite") speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and
symbols are put together to look like letters.‖
The meaning of the word is given as , ―expressing joy (it could be after a
triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay" ―.
The etymology is unclear in M-W and in Wikipedia.
A Popular Science investigative report found the following answers;
Because ―it‘s widespread, enormously successful and adaptive, found
worldwide, in all sorts of climates, in forests, on mountains, in suburbs and
sometimes even cities.‖
What was the question?
What does the fox say?
―He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers,
dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors. Taped to the door was a note
scrawled on a page torn from a novel by Nikolai Gogol.‖
Excerpt taken from a New Yorker article in which the author re-investigated the
cause of death of McCandless and came up with a different conclusion. Name
Asteroid (4942) 1987 DU6 was subsequently renamed 4942 X.
Name X whose work inspired the scene below. (Thanks to Hari P for this q)
In 1908, a leading artist called Tom Browne created one of the world‘s most
striking icons for a brand. A historian noted, "The Striding Man looked English,
not Scottish. He carries a monocle, so he is literate. He carries a walking stick
and wears a top hat. He is a dandy.‖
Name the brand.
Vince Gilligan on NPR, ―But there's a wonderful Kurosawa movie from the 50s in
which a man, a mid-level, very much a Walter White type or rather Walter White,
I suppose, inspired by this man. This man is very much a mid-level corporate
guy who finds out he's dying of cancer. And in the last months of his life what he
chooses to do is a very good thing, it's to build a playground, a small playground
in Tokyo for the children in his neighborhood.‖ ….
Name the movie.
Hayashi vs Popov was a fundamental ‗Property Rights‘ case in 2002. Judge
McCarthy consulted with four law professors to track down legal precedents. The
judge was stumped in trying to define ‗possession‘ and he rejected comparisons
to hunting whales or foxes.
―Consistent with this principle, the court adopted the following rule. ―Where an
actor undertakes significant but incomplete steps to achieve possession of a
piece of abandoned personal property and the effort is interrupted by the
unlawful acts of others, the actor has a legally cognizable pre-possessory
interest in the property.
So Judge McCarthy split the proceeds of the sale of this property, basing his
decision on the ancient Roman concept of equitable division, perhaps best
remembered from the biblical tale of Solomon and the baby. ‖
What was the property in this unprecedented and peculiar case?
Barry Bonds‘ 73rd home run ball
A couple of decades ago, over-fishing led to depleted populations of popular fish
such as cod. Soon thereafter, ‗trash fish‘ such as;
became very popular. What did the fish industry do to make them popular?
Same fish, different name. Rebranded
Slimehead – Orange Roughy
Patagonian Toothfish – Chilean Seabass
Goosefish – Monkfish
Dolphin Fish – Mahi Mahi
Whore’s eggs – Uni
Snakehead - Channa
These paintings by Caravaggio & Rubens depict John 20:29 ―Jesus saith unto
him, X, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that
have not seen, and yet have believed.‖
Which commonly used English phrase is often used as the titles of the
This painting by Rembrandt
depicts a repentant Judas.
His original act of betrayal
was referenced in BBT by
Sheldon Cooper when he
gave cutlery to Leonard
Hofstadter for deciding to
take Penny to CERN.
Which commonly used
English phrase was
referenced in both?
In Oct 2013, person X sued hometown Monroe County Heritage Museum in
Alabama for trademark infringement, saying it is illegally using X‘s fame for its
Ironic, considering this - ―If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along
with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise
each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm
beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this
time. It's because he wants to stay inside.‖
The Status Quo ladder at this holy
site cannot be moved without the
agreement of six ecumenical
Christian orders. Apart from
temporary shifts, it has stayed
there since the 18th century.
In fact, as a compromise, the keys
to this site are held by two Muslim
families that are the oldest Arab
inhabitants of the city.
Name the site, one of the most
important in Christianity.
The term was coined by O. Henry who fled to Honduras after the
authorities began to chase him for embezzlement. He wrote a short story
called ‗The Admiral‘ which was set in a fictional country called ‗Anchuria‘.
He wrote of the corruption there, ―The wine had been a thoughtful
compliment tendered by the agent of the <name deleted> Company as a
token of amicable relations--and certain consummated deals--between
that company and the republic of Anchuria.‖
Banana Republic. The name of the company was Vesuvius Fruit Company,
modeled after United Fruit.
When he was 18, this author answered a questionnaire titled ‗An Album to
record thoughts, feelings, etc‘. Versions of this questionnaire, which now
bears the author‘s name have been used by many including James Lipton
in ‗Inside the Actor‘s Studio‘.
Name the author whose most famous work was published exactly 100
The need to be loved; more precisely, the need to be caressed
Your favorite virtue
and spoiled much more than the need to be admired
Your favorite qualities in a man.
Your favorite qualities in a woman.
Manly virtues, and frankness in friendship.
To have tenderness for me, if their personage is exquisite enough
What you appreciate the most in your friends to render quite high the price of their tenderness
Your main fault
Not knowing, not being able to "want".
Your favourite occupation.
I am afraid it be not great enough, I dare not speak it, I am afraid
Your idea of happiness
of destroying it by speaking it.
Your idea of misery.
Not to have known my mother or my grandmother.
This is now called the Proust Questionnaire.
This 16th century illustration depicts a
famous work by Persian writer Nizami
Ganjavi (1149-1209 AD).
This Persian story was narrated by a
friend to a musician. It resonated with
him since it mirrored his own life at that
He went on to write & record which
iconic rock song?
Laila Majnun (or Layla Majnoon) inspired Clapton to write Layla about his (then)
unrequited love for Pattie Boyd.
The term for ―To perform a very simple
task through a complicated machine‖ is
named for cartoonist X in the US and the
term for ―make do with whatever is at
hand‖ is named after cartoonist Y in the
Name X and Y.
The word for a food item originates from the Chinese (Amoy dialect) word
for the brine of pickled fish and spices. The English settlers who carried it
from Malaysia to the American colonies popularized it here during the
One hundred years later, New Englanders created the definitive version
when Maine seamen returned from Mexico and the Spanish West Indies
with the seeds of an exotic New World fruit.
Name the commonly used food product.
OED: Etymology: apparently < Chinese (Amoy dialect) kôechiap or kê-tsiap
brine of pickled fish or shell-fish (Douglas Chinese Dict. 46/1, 242/1). Malay
kēchap (in Dutch spelling ketjap), which has been claimed as the original source
(Scott Malayan Wds. in English 64–67), may be from Chinese.
This term originates from a Latin term meaning ‗of the country, rustic‘
employed to describe those people who brought their old religious
practices to towns where Christianity had taken a foothold.
It was also used as ‗civilian, non-militant‘ to describe those outside the
church since Christians considered themselves to be enrolled soldiers.
Later, the word was used as a pejorative.
What word are we talking about?.
The novel depicted on the left inspired a film. A main character of the film,
has two books on his table seen on the right. The three books inspired a
famous poet. Name the film and the poet. Incidentally, the poetry of the
poet is referenced freely in the film.
From Ritual to Romance by Jessie Weston
The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer
Apocalypse now, inspired by Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness.
From Ritual to Romance by Jessie Weston and The Golden Bough by Sir James
Frazer inspired T. S. Eliot‘s ‗The Waste Land‘. Heart of Darkness inspired Eliot‘s
‗The Hollow Men‘.
The SMS Novara became the first ship of this country to circumnavigate
the globe (1857-59). The country‘s navy also participated with honors in
the Italian war of independence, the Boxer rebellion, the First Balkan war,
and the First World War
In 1918, the country gave away its entire navy, merchant fleet, with all
harbours, arsenals and shore fortifications to the new State of Slovenes,
Croats and Serbs.
The Siddi tribe of India was brought as slaves by Arab & Portuguese
traders. The community of less than 60,000 are found in Karnataka.
Gujarat, Hyderabad and Sind (Makran near Karachi).
They are also known as Sheedi, Makrani or Habshi. The term Habshi is
derived from the Arabic term Habesha whose root comes from the term
for the name of the country, Al-Habashah from which they originated.
X, Brittany, Ireland, Isle of Man,
Scotland and Wales are
considered to be the six Celtic
nations. i.e. places where Celtic
languages are still spoken in the
modern era. The English region
X is famous for an eponymous
savory baked dish.
A film was inspired by a novel as well as a real life incident (1961) in
Capitola, CA. Masses of Sooty Shearwater came to the shore, north of
Monterey and were spotted regurgitating anchovies, crashing into
objects and dying on the streets. It turned out that they had eaten toxic
Name the director and the film.
Operation Market Garden was a
coordinated airborne and land assault of
the Netherlands during World War II. The
Airborne assault at Arnhem was led by the
British 1st Airborne division. The
commander of the 1st Airborne Corps was
this Lt. General, who was portrayed by
Dirk Bogarde in ‗A Bridge too far‘.
Name the General.
The General leased a house called Menabilly which was featured in a
novel as ‗Manderley‘. The novel begins with the line, ―Last night I dreamt I
went to Manderley again‖
Name the novel.
Connection: Daphne Du Maurier, author of Rebecca and Birds, wife of Gen.
Browning and originally from Cornwall. Cornwall is where her novel Birds is set.
Budhi Kunderan, Vivek Razdan and Parthiv Patel have a unique distinction
with regard to their test cricket debut. What was it?
They were a group of West Slavic tribes who lived along the shore of the
Baltic Sea between the mouths of the Oder and Vistula River. Their
language, which belongs to the West Slavic language family is known by
the same name. The word for the language comes from the Slavic for
‗Land of the Sea‘. They were pagans who were subdued by Polish Dukes
and converted to Christianity Who?
New research shows that individual faces appear more attractive when
presented in a group than when presented alone known as the X effect .
X is named after a profession in which the perceived beauty of the
individuals is in part a visual illusion, created by the fact that they always
appear as a group. Any one member of the group seems far more
attractive when with others than when alone.
What is X?
Obama said, "We can never know how much of this sense was innate in
him, or how much was shaped in a dark and solitary cell. But we
remember the gestures, large and small -- introducing his jailers as
honored guests at his inauguration; taking a pitch in a Springbok uniform;
turning his family's heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS -- that
revealed the depth of his empathy and his understanding. He not only
embodied ______, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.‖
The X agreement was
signed by 24 stockbrokers
outside of 68 Wall Street
New York. The
organization drafted its
constitution on March 8,
1817, and named itself the
"New York Stock &
Exchange Board". In 1863,
this name was shortened
to its modern form, "New
York Stock Exchange".
What is X?
The English got the term (17th century) through the Portuguese for the
location in which Gujarati merchants would conduct their business. The
term was a corruption of the word that the traders used to refer to
What is the term?
Banyan from Bania. The Portugese referred to the tree by using the term for
< Portuguese banian, probably < Arabic banyān (16th cent.), < Gujarati vāṇiyo
man of the trading caste, < Sanskrit vaṇij merchant. ‗The terminal nasal may be taken from the
plural form vāṇiyān‘ (Col. Yule).
Banian Tree, Banians' Tree, Tree of the Banians, was originally a local appellation given by
Europeans to an individual tree of this species growing near Gombroon on the Persian Gulf, under
which the Banians, or Hindu traders settled in that port, had built a little pagoda; thence it was
extended to others, and finally taken as the English name of the species. It is not so called in any
It originates from Persia and gets its name from the Latin for ―apple
seeded‖. In fact, the French name for it is the root for a small hand thrown
It is sacred (or symbolizes fertility) in many cultures/religions, including
Judaism because it symbolizes the 613 commandments of the Torah.
Pomegranate. (a.k.a. Grenade in French)
Adansonia grandidieri, sometimes known as Grandidier's X, is the biggest and
most famous of Madagascar's six species of a type of tree (X).
It is named after the French botanist and explorer Alfred Grandidier (1836–
1921). Name the tree (X).
In 1943, due to the rapid expansion of orchards in the county, the Santa Clara
Valley Water District identified that the well water in the Santa Clara Valley
was being diminished at a rapid rate and a dam was needed on the Los Gatos
The dam submerged the ghost towns of X and Alma. X was named after a
town in Kentucky, which in turn was named after a famous battle in the
Theme – Columns in the Economist magazine.
A was a military commander, politician, and rancher. He was born a subject of
Spain, performed his military duties as an officer of Mexico, and shaped the
transition of California from a Mexican district to an American state. A‘s wife B
hailed from a wealthy family of San Diego.
C sent 60 armed men to A‘s house. In the early morning of June 14, 1846. A
was taken prisoner by a ragtag band of Americans. Instead of fighting back, he
let the rebels inside his quarters for a meal and He soon signed a letter of
surrender. The Americans proceeded to get drunk and raise an improvised flag
featuring a grizzly bear that some viewers mistook for a pig.
Identify A, B and C.
Identify the two Academy Award Winning* sisters D & E
who were raised in Saratoga and went to Los Gatos High.
* Not for these movies
Identify the two rock legends F and G
- They met at Menlo-Atherton High when they were seniors
- Later, they went to San Jose State from which they dropped out to
make a music career in LA.
- In 1974, they joined a Brit band. The five band members were inducted
in the Rock ‗n‘ Roll Hall of fame in 1998. They‘ve sold over 120 million
- One of their older songs gained popularity in 1992. It is still played as a
theme song during specific events.
H was born in Oakland, went to Skyline High School Oakland, studied theater
at Chabot College, Hayward for two years and then transferred to Cal State
Univ at Sacramento.
After H won the best actor Oscar, he revealed that his high school drama
teacher Rawley Farnsworth and former classmate John Gilkerson, two people
with whom he was close, were gay.
―I‖ grew up in Moraga (Contra
Costa County), went to
Campolindo High School and U.
He competed in the Summer
Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and
1992, winning a total of eleven
medals (eight gold, two silver and
one bronze). During his career, he
set seven individual world records
(three in the 50-meter freestyle
and four in the 100-meter
J also went to Campolindo High
School in Moraga and then to
He is the national editor of the
Washington Post. His first book
was Imperial Life in the Emerald
City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
published in 2006, which won the
2007 Samuel Johnson Prize and
was a finalist for the 2006 National
Book Awards for non-fiction.
This legendary musician K, acquired his name in a unique manner. He told a
―Obliged to find an apartment of their own, my parents searched the
neighbourhood and chose one within walking distance of the park. Showing
them out after they had viewed it, the landlady said: "And you'll be glad to
know I don't take Jews." Her mistake made clear to her, the antisemitic
landlady was renounced, and another apartment found. But her blunder left its
mark. Back on the street my mother made a vow. Her unborn baby would have
a label proclaiming his race to the world. He would be called "The Jew‖‖.
Identify K, who was raised in Los Gatos, performed his first concert with the
SF Symphony at the age of seven and lived his last years as the Baron of
Stoke d'Abernon in the County of Surrey.
L went to Saratoga High during the mid ‘60s. He wrote a sports column for the
He hated Saratoga. ―He recalled classmates tossing pennies at him, as though
he'd feel compelled to pick them up. They'd cough "Jew!" as he walked by
them in the halls. He was angry and humiliated. As he later put it, "I haven't
gotten over it nor have I forgiven any of them.‖‖
Identify L, pictured on the right.
M was born in Santa Clara, attended Archbishop Mitty school in San Jose and
She plays professionally on the U.S. AVP Tour and internationally on the FIVB
World Tour. Along with her team-mate, she won the Gold at the Beijing, Athens
and London Olympics. At London, they defeated fellow Americans Jen Kessy
and April Ross, 21–16, 21–16.
Peter George Norman was an Australian track athlete who won the silver medal
in the 200m at the Olympics.
Norman wore a badge from the ‗Olympic Project for Human Rights‘ on the
podium while standing next to the Gold and Bronze medal winners from San
Jose State University, N & O. He was ostracized by his country. Consequently,
he never ran for Australia in the Olympics again even though he qualified for the
next one. It was only in 2012 that the Australian government apologized to him.
Name N & O.
P (1869-1933) was an American
admiral and Medal of Honor
recipient known as the architect of
naval aviation in the United States
Navy and an advocate of the
development of dirigibles (airships).
He lost his life on the USS Akron
when that airship, which was then
the largest dirigible in the world,
went down in a storm off the coast of
New Jersey on April 4, 1933.
St. Joseph of Q (1603-1663) was
Italian Francisan Friar. He was
known for his levitation and ecstatic
visions. Q is a town near Naples.
Originally, Steven‘s Creek was
named Arroyo San José de Q by
Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de
A - Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
B – Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo
C - John C. Fremont
Sisters who were raised in Saratoga and went to Los Gatos High.
D – Olivia D Havilland
E – Joan Fontaine (de Beauvoir de Havilland)
Fleetwood Mac stars who went to Menlo Atherton High and San Jose State
F – Stevie Nicks
G – Lindsay Buckingham
H - Tom Hanks
I – Matt Biondi
J – Rajiv Chandrasekaran
K – Yehudi Menuhin, who was raised in Los Gatos. His parents continued to
live there. His mother died in 1996. Menuhin donated more than 100 acres of
land to be preserved as open space.
L – Steven Spielberg
M – Kerri Walsh Jennings
N & O - Tommie Smith and
John Carlos doing the power
salute in 1968. This is their
statue at San Jose State. The
third spot is left empty as a
symbol for others to ‗take a
P - Admiral William A. Moffett, after whom the fairfield in Mountain View has