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• Richard Daly, a proprietor of a Dublin theatre, in 1782,
made a bet that he could, within forty-eight hours,
introduce a nonsense word into language that the whole
city would know about, and the people themselves would
supply a meaning for it.
• The original meaning, supposedly supplied by the public,
referred to a yo-yo like toy, which was popular in those
But by the 19th century, the meaning of this word
changed completely to what we know today.
• The initial days of Delhi Sultanate witnessed water shortage as
the population of Mehrauli was mushrooming. Sultan Shams-ud-
din Iltutmish of the Slave Dynasty wanted to build a water
reservoir for the city. Legend has it, in 1230 AD, Iltutmish dreamt
of the Islamic Prophet, ridding a winged-horse, instructing the
Sultan to dig a water tank at the spot he had appeared in.
• Next morning, Iltutmish went to inspect the area and found hoof
prints of the Prophet's horse engraved at that same location.
Around that, he constructed a domed platform and excavated the
tank and it appeared as a God send answer to the water problems
that was surviving in that region for years.
• Name the tank.
• It is a game popular in India and Pakistan. Sachin
Tendulkar loved playing it and its governing body
is headquartered in Gorakhpur. This game has a
league called the 'Tennis Cricket League' in the
• Which game?
• Hint: Read the question properly.
• X is a Hindu sub-caste found in Gujarat. The people
belonging to X migrated from Rajasthan to Gujarat,
settling down at Dhaneti before spreading to other parts
• Also called Kadias, they were artisans employed in
architecture and building of forts, before they diversified
into other fields like carpentry, and bridge-building.
• Another community that immigrated to India, got into
similar vocations and adopted X as their surname, with a
slightly different spelling. Identify X
• Dan Povenmire was an artistic prodigy who grew up in
Alabama, and was often found doing nothing. Once, his
mother told him to "never waste a day of summer". To
occupy himself, he started taking up projects like movie-
making and digging.
Jeff Marsh, another student in his college, contacted
Povenmire after seeing his comic strip, and soon the two
started working together.
• Once, while having dinner in Pasadena, California,
Povenmire drew a sketch of a "triangle boy" on tissue
paper. What did this sketch lead to?
• Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. is the only
manufacturer of inedible ink in India which is used
in the elections.
• During 2014 General Elections if they sent the
maximum ink bottles to Uttar Pradesh then where
did they send the minimum number of bottles?
• Shown here is a customs
form filled by three people
in March 1969, because
they were temporarily
leaving the borders of the
United States for a
duration of twelve days
that year, with equipment
worth billions of dollars.
Identify any one of them.
• Neil Armstrong / Edwin Aldrin / Michael Collins
• During the time of the British Raj, the children of
British officers studied in Indian schools build by
the Englishmen. With the lack of quality books
available by Indian authors on the subject, X and Y
wrote this book and published it in 1935.
• This book was widely adapted by Indian and
Pakistani schools in the post-British era, and by
missionary schools in Burma, and still is the gold-
standard for that subject.
Give me X and Y or name the book
• Justice League
• Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman
• Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern
• This man was the chief structural engineer of the
Eiffel Tower, and was the managing director of
“Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel”, Gustave
Eiffel’s company. He was a civil engineer by
practice, and he revolutionised the French railway
system before working on the Eiffel Tower.
• One of his descendants, his great-great-grand
daughter has recently found fame in a completely
unrelated field. Name the descendant.
• Kalki Koechlin.
The man was Maurice Koechlin
• Thomas Adams was an American who was
experimenting with the sap from a South
American tree, as an alternative to rubber. While
extracting it, some of it fell into his mouth, which
He went back to New York in 1870, and made a
significant (although sometimes incredibly
irritating) contribution to the world. What did he
• X is an Indian cricketer and was primarily a right-handed batsman.
He holds the world record for the highest-ever score by a player
on his first-class debut.
• He also holds the record for the most runs scored in the Ranji
Trophy, India's premier domestic first-class cricketcompetition,
breaking the record held by Amarjit Kaypee. However, despite his
success at domestic level, he was never selected for the Indian
• Another known fact about him is that he was the one next to bat
when Tendulkar and Kambli were batting in a record partnership.
• Identify X.
• A person who is too big for his suffering-"big
shotism" is called X.
• X was Akbar's brother-in-law and was constantly
trying to upstage Birbal in his court but always
falling on his face, thus, the term.
• The current market value of this immensely popular
product is only due to an incredible marketing campaign
by De Beers, an American company, in 1938.
It has only been able to keep the price high by carefully
controlling the supply and demand, but the product is
otherwise fairly abundant.
• It's price prior to the De Beers campaign used to be a
hundredth of the current price, despite the fact that the
only known source of this product till 1870s was India.
• HINT: The marketing campaign was "A X is forever"
X is a replica of Y of Sarnath, near Varanasi, Uttar
Pradesh. It is symbolic of contemporary India's
reaffirmation of its ancient commitment to world
peace and goodwill. The motto inscribed below X in
Devanagri script means, 'Truth alone Triumphs'.
• X is a term used to refer to South Asian Americans
born in the United States, in contrast to those who were
born overseas and later settled in the USA.
• X has become a polarizing factor in the South Asian
diaspora in the US, with first-generation immigrant
parents and young South Asians of second or latter
generations. Though the term was originally coined in
reference to Indian-Americans, it has been adopted by
the South Asian community at large
• Identify X
• Sunil X Mittal founded the X Group. In 1983, Mittal was in an
agreement with Germany's Siemens to manufacture push-
button telephone models for the Indian market. In 1986,
Mittal incorporated X Telecom Limited, and his company
became the first in India to offer push-button telephones,
establishing the basis of X Enterprises
• By the early 1990s, Sunil Mittal had also launched the
country's first fax machines and its first cordless telephones.
X entered into a joint-venture with SoftBank Inc. of Japan to
become one of the largest cellular operators in India, in the
Identify X or name the cellular operator
• Neeraj Arora is the vice
president of business and
development at X, and almost
entirely responsible for the
explosive growth of X around
His career started off with
Google, but he left after some
time to join X, which was a
startup at that time.
• The ship was built under the name Hercules for the British Royal Navy
during World War II, but construction was put on hold after the war's end,
and she never entered British service. India purchased the incomplete
carrier from the United Kingdom in 1957, and construction was completed
in 1961. After years of distinguished service, she was decommissioned in
• From 1997 to 2012, she was preserved as a museum ship in Cuffe Parade,
Mumbai, until it was closed in 2012 due to safety concerns. At the end of
January 2014, she was sold through an online auction to a Darukhana ship-
breaker, where she underwent preparations to be broken up. Although a
PIL was filed and heard by the Supreme Court of India challenging its sale
and scrapping, on 14 August 2014, the Supreme Court rejected the PIL and
cleared the way for the warship to be scrapped.
• Which ship?
• INS Vikrant, India's first Aircraft Carrier.
• This song, and a couple of others irritated quite a
lot of people around the world in 2014.
• Either identify the band, or give the reason for the
sudden hatred for the immensely popular band.
They released an album in collaboration with
Apple called "Songs of Innocence" which was
delivered to all Apple devices automatically,
making users feel that their privacy was
• This is an electric guitar cover version of the
theme of an extremely popular TV show. The
theme was composed by David Arnold and
Identify the TV show.
• This song shot to top of the iTunes chart, the
Rolling Stones magazine, and practically every
other music billboard within a week of release.
Identify the singer. Name the album for brownie
• Asteroid 2004 BL86 was discovered in 2004 by
the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research
(LINEAR) survey in White Sands, New Mexico. In
2015, the asteroid missed Earth quite closely as it
passed within 3.1 times the distance between the
Earth and the moon.
• What was the unusual characteristic about this
asteroid, that only 16% of asteroids larger than
655 ft possess?
• Fairlife is a new milk brand advertises itself as "cold-
filtered" milk with less sugar and fat and more protein
and calcium than its competitors. It is also ‘lactose-
free’, and claim to be an ultra-healthy variety of milk.
• Fairlife has honed its pitch as a healthy, natural dairy
product. Its marketing sheet contains phrases like
"We grow our own crops," "We fill our own trucks,"
and it describes its cows as “spoiled."
• Fairlife is a brand by which company?