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  1. 1. Quiz Meet 15/04/2011 Danish Sahni Amritha Rammohan
  2. 2. Happy Times!!!
  3. 3. <ul><li>The word ‘ X’ comes from the name given by the London based pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Co. to the compressed tablets they marketed as ‘ X’ pills in the late 1880s. Prior to compressed tablets, medicine was usually taken in bulkier powder form. </li></ul><ul><li>While Burroughs Wellcome & Co. were not the first to derive the technology to make compressed tablets, they were the most successful at marketing them </li></ul><ul><li>Today, the word X is used for products in a completely different category. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1 The modern X was designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation.  Its widespread use, often in situations for which it was not intended (for example, serious subjects) , has been criticized. In the autumn of 1999, two graphic designers, Dave and Holly Combs started a campaign against it with a website ‘ban ”X ”.com’, after an employer insisted that one of them use X in a children's museum exhibit. And in early 2009, the movement was &quot;stronger now than ever“. Dave and Holly argue that its misuse is &quot;analogous to showing up for a black tie event in a clown costume“. X has seen several public uses. In a notable example, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert used it in a public letter criticizing LeBron James’s decision to leave the team. iiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
  5. 5. <ul><li>There was a sense of irony in the way John Denver died. How? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts (now known as Hanover Insurance) purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. The merger resulted in low employee morale. In an attempt to solve this, Harvey Ball was employed in 1963 as a freelance artist to create something to boost the employee morale. In less than ten minutes the design was complete. What did he design? </li></ul>
  7. 7. ANSWER
  8. 8. <ul><li>UK’s former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook proclaimed it as &quot;Britain's true national dish&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>A survey in the United Kingdom claimed that it is that country's most popular restaurant dish. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 48 different ways of making this dish as of now. </li></ul>
  9. 9. ANSWER <ul><li>UK’s former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook proclaimed it as &quot;Britain's true national dish&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>A survey in the United Kingdom claimed that it is that country's most popular restaurant dish. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 48 different ways of making this dish as of now </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>In the year 1812, a large quantity of provisions for the army was purchased at Troy, N.Y., by Elbert Anderson, a government contractor. The goods were inspected by two brothers, Ebenezer and Samuel Wilson. The last named was invariably known among the workmen as “ X &quot; The packages were marked E.A.-U.S. On being asked the meaning of these initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn't know unless they meant Elbert Anderson and ‘ X’. The title became popular among the workmen, soldiers and people </li></ul>
  11. 11. ANSWER
  12. 12. <ul><li>Sir Charles Napier, General and Commander in Chief of the British Army supposedly sent a one word telegram to his Headquarters after victories in Meanee and Hyderabad in 1843. The contents were &quot; Peccavi &quot;. This communication is often cited for its brevity and conveying the whole meaning. Later proponents of British rule over the East Indians justified the conquest thus: &quot;If this was a piece of rascality, it was a noble piece of rascality!&quot; What did he want to convey? </li></ul>
  13. 13. ANSWER <ul><li>Peccavi is Latin for “I have sinned” which is a pun on “I have Sindh” </li></ul>
  14. 14. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Who is the Man of a Thousand Voices?
  15. 15. Mel Blanc voiced Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn,Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman, Heathcliff, and hundreds of others.  ANSWER
  16. 16. What is this a list of? <ul><li>1. General Sherman </li></ul><ul><li>2. General Grant </li></ul><ul><li>3. President </li></ul><ul><li>4. Lincoln </li></ul><ul><li>5. Stagg </li></ul><ul><li>6. Boole </li></ul><ul><li>7. Genesis </li></ul><ul><li>8. Franklin </li></ul><ul><li>9. King Arthur </li></ul><ul><li>10.Monroe </li></ul>
  17. 17. X was started by Michael Hart in 1971 with the digitization of the United States Declaration of Independence. Hart, a student at the University of Illinois, obtained access to a Xerox Sigma V Mainframe Computer in the university's Materials Research Lab. Through friendly operators, he received an account with a virtually unlimited amount of computer time; its value at that time has since been variously estimated at $100,000 or $100,000,000. Hart has said he wanted to &quot;give back&quot; this gift by doing something that could be considered to be of great value.  What did Hart start?
  18. 18. Skopje Macedonia Shantiniketan Calcutta Chidambaram Thiruchirapalli Mumbai Almora Khanewal Lahore What do the red stars represent?
  19. 19. <ul><li>British-Raj Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Ronald Ross – Almora, Uttarakhand </li></ul><ul><li>Rudyard Kipling – Mumbai, Maharashtra </li></ul><ul><li>Rabindranath Tagore – Calcutta, WB </li></ul><ul><li>Sir CV Raman – Tiruchirapalli, TN </li></ul><ul><li>American Citizens of Indian Origin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hargobind Khorana – Khanewal, Pakistan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S Chandrasekhar – Lahore, Pakistan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venki Ramakrishnan – Chidambaram, TN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indian Citizens of foreign origin </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Teresa – Skopje, Macedonia </li></ul><ul><li>People of Indian Descent </li></ul><ul><li>VS Naipaul- Port of Spain, Trinidad </li></ul><ul><li>Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Amartya Sen – Shantiniketan, WB </li></ul>Birth Places of Nobel Laureates from India/Indian origin/Indian born…..
  20. 21. <ul><li>They’re all nicknamed Sparky. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Hughes </li></ul><ul><li>Charles M Schulz </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The Ol’ Sparky’ (electric chairs) </li></ul>
  21. 22. In which city did Pizza Hut, in 1999, open its first all-vegetarian outlet in the world?
  22. 23. <ul><li>Life magazine estimated in 1936 that 10 million Americans, or approximately 6% of the population had at least one. A Harris Poll, done in 2003, nearly triples those numbers and estimates that 16% of Americans now have one or more . </li></ul><ul><li>An article ranked __________ as the sixth fastest growing retail venture of the 1990s, right behind Internet, paging services, bagels, computer and cellular phone service. On the average, an establishment is being added in the country every day. </li></ul><ul><li>__________ in the Western world today has its origins in Polynesia (a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean). </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Examples of _________ award winners: </li></ul><ul><li>Juggling active hand grenades (Croatia, 2001), </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving a lit cigarette in a warehouse full of explosives (Philippines, 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003), </li></ul><ul><li>Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically loads the next round into the chamber, </li></ul><ul><li>Crashing through a window to demonstrate that the window is unbreakable. </li></ul>
  24. 25. ANSWER <ul><li>Darwin Awards </li></ul><ul><li>The Awards honor people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Sparked by a $25 bet, Australian stockbroker Michael O'Brien created history during a rugby match at England's Twickenham Stadium. O'Brien's seemingly innocent act launched a phenomenon that remains with us today. What phenomenon ? </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>The logo for X was designed by Paul Stansifer in 2003, who called it 'the global jigsaw'. </li></ul><ul><li>Errors were later discovered in the logo.These included an incomplete Japanese character, an incorrect Kannada and Devanagiri character each. </li></ul><ul><li>The incorrect logo is still in use. </li></ul><ul><li>A founder of X said the symbolism may not be so unfortunate, given the nature of X. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify X </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>X  is a commemoration observed annually on June 16th in Dublin primarily and New York City, Trieste, Syracuse, Szombathely and Genoa among other places. </li></ul><ul><li>The day involves a range of cultural activities including readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and general merriment </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costumes to celebrate X, and walk around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne's pub. </li></ul>
  28. 29. ANSWER <ul><li>Bloomsday  </li></ul><ul><li>It celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relives the events in his novel Ulysses( the protagonist of which is Leopold Bloom), all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. </li></ul><ul><li>Funnily enough, I was in Dublin on June 16 th last year </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>“ His reign for eight-and-twenty years was one of the brightest interludes in the troubled history of mankind…Such was X, greatest of kings. He was far in advance of his age.” </li></ul><ul><li>- A Short History of the World (1922) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of X shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.” </li></ul><ul><li>– The Outline of History(1919) </li></ul><ul><li>Who was H.G.Wells referring to in his two immensely popular books? </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>In 1909 a famous author and humorist predicted his own death thus, </li></ul><ul><li>“ I came in with X in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with X. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.‘ ” </li></ul><ul><li>And he died of heart attack the very next year. Name him? </li></ul>
  31. 32. This photo ran in the May 12, 1947 edition of LIFE Magazine. What happened here or how is this picture famous?
  32. 33. ANSWER <ul><li>“ The most beautiful suicide” </li></ul><ul><li>On May 1, 1947, Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation deck (86th floor) of the Empire State Building, then the tallest Skyscraper in the world. She had landed supine on a parked (and vacant) limousine and came to rest in an attitude that suggested peaceful sleep. Photographer Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale's oddly intact corpse a few minutes after her death. </li></ul><ul><li>The impact stove in the metal roof and shattered the car's </li></ul><ul><li>windows. The driver was in a near-by drug store, thereby escaping death or serious injury. </li></ul>
  33. 34. <ul><li>In 1535, Henry VIII, King of England, taxed -------, in spite of having it himself. </li></ul><ul><li>His daughter, Elizabeth I, continued his father’s policy probably seeing it as a handy way of raising extra revenue. The tax imposed by Elizabeth I varied according to age and status. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1705 Tsar Peter I of Russia issued a decree in 1705 which prohibited ------- for everybody except a member of the Orthodox clergy unless a tax was paid. And those who paid the tax were forced to carry a sign with them which stated that “------ are ridiculous”. </li></ul><ul><li>Which is this taxed item? </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>In 1967, Sylvester Dacunha, Managing Director of ‘daCunha Advertising’ started an advertising campaign that runs till date. It is one of the longest running ads based on a theme, and also the longest running ad campaign ever. It is usually based on the latest news or current events. It still has many admirers, but controversies too. </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>This film, released on 1999, is based on an autobiography, &quot;Rocket Boys&quot;, by Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist. The title was changed from that of the book because in research done by Universal Pictures, the film’s distributors; it was found that women over 30 would not go to see a movie titled &quot;Rocket Boys&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>So they changed the title to be more inviting to a wider audience. The book was later re-released with the film’s title to capitalize on interest in the movie. </li></ul><ul><li>Name the movie </li></ul>
  36. 37. ANSWER <ul><li>OCTOBER SKY, </li></ul><ul><li>which is an anagram of ROCKET BOYS. </li></ul>
  37. 38. &quot; I'm a painter first, and a musician second...&quot; &quot;I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance.&quot;    She often even painted her own album covers. Identify this lady.
  38. 39. <ul><li>Marvel Comics has trademarked two words of their own invention which are considered to be examples for onomatopoeia – </li></ul><ul><li>thwip! and snikt! </li></ul><ul><li>What do these words signify? </li></ul>
  39. 40. <ul><li>Thwip! : the sound of Spider-Man's web shooter. </li></ul><ul><li>Snikt! : the switchblade-sound of Wolverine's claws locking into place </li></ul>
  40. 42. <ul><li>The area of South America known as the The Triple Frontier . The tri-border region is along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, where the Iguazú and the Paraná rivers converge </li></ul>
  41. 43. <ul><li>X is a name for a class of inorganical compounds. The name is derived from YX (another class of compounds) where Y means Iron and X is the remaining part of the compound. YX in turn means “ a blue compound with iron in it” because YX’s were first discovered as components of the intensely colored dye Z blue where Z also gives its name to HX as ________ acid. </li></ul>
  42. 44. <ul><li>Easy to identify the movie. But also identify the game. </li></ul>
  43. 45. <ul><li>While the X according to its author has an almost unlimited amount of power, able to enter any place unnoticed and steal anything with impunity and fight armies of men. However a fatal error in the author’s hypothesis is that were it indeed possible X would be blind!. </li></ul><ul><li>Who is X and why would he be blind? </li></ul>
  44. 46. <ul><li>You have all heard of the snake that bit the actress/model and died of silicone poisoning. Name the Israeli actress and model </li></ul>
  45. 47. <ul><li>No quiz is complete without a google doodle. So here is an easy one. Today’s </li></ul>
  46. 48. Connect
  47. 49. Round Who said about what?
  48. 50. Who said about what? <ul><li>“ I may be a sorry case but I don’t write jokes in base 13” </li></ul>
  49. 51. Tall tales <ul><li>Who said “Ah, now I can wear heels” and when? </li></ul>
  50. 52. Identify X and Y <ul><li>X died suddenly in late 1985, of cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia. </li></ul><ul><li>When asked about X, Y said “A nasty man, I’m glad he is dead.” </li></ul>
  51. 53. Who is talking about what? <ul><li>Yes. Well, I-I don't know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out... and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, ____, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful. </li></ul>
  52. 54. <ul><li>In the episode “The marine biologist” of Seinfeld, Jerry tells Elaine that the original name of War and Peace was “_______________”. </li></ul>
  53. 56. <ul><li>That’s all Folks!!! </li></ul>