DD . The Doordarshan mascot for high-definition broadcast of the Commonwealth Games.
The currency note of the Free India Govt set up by the Indian National Army.
<ul><li>The device shown here was first devised by Captain McClintock as a means of exploding booby traps and barricades. It has a special name derived from the city of its origin. The device is still used today, though in a more sophisticated form. The device and its usage have been depicted in many war movies, most recently Saving Private Ryan. What is the name of the device? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Blood in the Water. The infamously violent USSR-Hungary water polo match in the 1956 Olympics. The player shown is Ervin Zador of Hungary. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Weta Digital, a Wellington, NZ-based company, was involved in the production of a well-known movie late last year. The movie was particularly noted for its pathbreaking special effects. What was Weta Digital’s specific role in the movie? </li></ul>
Answer : Conveying human expressions to animated figures. The movie is of course Avatar. <ul><li>Weta Digital used an integrated 3-D camera with sensors embedded at different points on the actors’ faces to enable the actors’ expressions and gestures to be directly conveyed onto the animated figures’ faces. Thus, for the first time ever, animated figures had actual human-like expressions, rather than the usual lines and curves used to denote smiles and other expressions. </li></ul>
<ul><li>This band, founded in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne and three others under the name of Earth, are today considered one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They were voted the greatest metal band of all time by MTV, and are considered second only to Led Zeppelin among all rock bands. What is their name today? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Though the WW-II victory parade was planned to be the first colour telecast, something else turned out to be the first colour telecast. What? </li></ul><ul><li>[ Hint : Irony] </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : The funeral of John Logie Baird, the man who invented TV. </li></ul>
<ul><li>X’s father lost to Hannibal of Carthage during the war between Rome and Carthage. Swearing revenge, X set out to defeat Hannibal. Through a combination of intelligence and trickery, he ultimately succeeded, and expelled Carthage from Rome for good. Who is X? </li></ul>
<ul><li>At a tennis match in Hamburg in 1993, what did Gunter Parche do that changed tennis definitively at the time? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : He stabbed Monica Seles, the world no. 1 at the time. Seles was irreparably traumatised by the incident, and was never the same again. </li></ul>
X is an ancient Greek word that is used to denote places where musical competitions, plays etc were held. It became the name of the first recreational outlet opened by Y in Brierley Hills in 1928. Later, it expanded into a chain of outlets all over the UK, in time becoming the largest of its kind in Europe. It is today owned by Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. At the time, Y’s publicists claimed that the word X as used by them had a different meaning, and was an acronym for the theme of the chain. Give X and the new full form of the term.
<ul><li>Answer : Odeon, founded by Oscar Deutsch. It was claimed that Odeon now stood for ‘Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation’. </li></ul>
<ul><li>X was the king of Epirus, a small state in modern-day Greece. He led his armies into battle against the Romans during the siege of Tarentum (280 BC). At the battles of Heraclea and Asculum, his armies managed to beat the invaders back, but at a terrible cost in terms of men, elephants and resources that would totally cripple Epirus’ economy. When the Romans finally retreated, an aide congratulated X on his victory. X’s reply has inspired a commonly-used phrase. Name X. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Pyrrhus, who has inspired the phrase Pyrrhic victory. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Oracle released Oracle Version 2.0, its famous database management software, in 1983. The software would later go on to become their flagship product. What was unusual about the product? </li></ul><ul><li>[Hint : Think different!] </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : There was no Version 1. Oracle named its very first release version 2, as they felt customers might hesitate to buy a company’s initial offering. </li></ul>
<ul><li>X, a famous fictional character, was first described in the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. According to the author, X’s evil and sadistic psychology was the result of trauma he suffered as a ten-year old when he witnessed the murder of his younger sister by Nazi thugs in Lithuania in 1944. </li></ul><ul><li>Who is X? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Hannibal Lecter, immortalised in The Silence Of The Lambs . </li></ul>
<ul><li>In 1676, a patient popularized the Thermal Baths of this place as it cured the paralysis in her hands. Today this place is famous for its hydrotherapy facilities. During WWII, this town was the headquarters of a puppet French government set up by the occupying Germans. A famous brand takes its name from this town in central France. Which place? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Siyaram’s in 2008 launched a clothing line called MSD with Dhoni as the brand ambassador. What does MSD stand for? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Monday to Sunday Dressing </li></ul>
<ul><li>On 1 June 2006, X was posthumously awarded the Light Of Truth Award by the group International Campaign for Tibet. The award is given to people for helping foster globally a better understanding of Tibet’s people and its culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dalai Lama presented the award to X’s widow, Fanny Rodwell. In her acceptance speech on behalf of X, she stated : “We never thought that this story of friendship would have a resonance more than 40 years later.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Name X. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Herge, for the comic book Tintin In Tibet </li></ul>
<ul><li>An account given by Thomas Edison of one of his famous discoveries. Fill in the blank. </li></ul><ul><li>"From my experiments on the telephone I knew of how to work a pawl connected to the diaphragm; and this….served to give continuous rotation to a pulley. This pulley was connected by a cord to a little paper toy representing a man sawing wood. Hence, if one shouted : _____________ etc, the paper man would start sawing wood. I reached the conclusion that….I could cause such records to reproduce the original movements, and thus succeed in recording and reproducing the human voice." </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : Mary had a little lamb </li></ul>
<ul><li>The company was listed on the Calcutta stock exchange till 1953, even after partition. It was the leading company in its category. It was one of the favorite beverages of the allied troops stationed in Calcutta. The company / beverage is named after a hill resort near a famous town of one of our neighbouring countries. Name the product or company. </li></ul>
<ul><li>This online media company was founded in 2006 by Shawn Colo and Richard Rosenblatt. It tracks topics on the internet that have high advertising potential, usually in the how-to and advice field, and then creates corresponding text or video content. This company has emerged as one of the largest suppliers of videos to YouTube. It is the owner of many self-help sites such as eHow, Livestrong.com and Cracked.com. Currently owned by Rupert Murdoch. Name the company. </li></ul>
Answer : Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. These are all books authored by them. <ul><li>Freedom At Midnight (Map of India) </li></ul><ul><li>O Jerusalem! (Temple Mount) </li></ul><ul><li>Is Paris Burning? (Eiffel Tower) </li></ul><ul><li>City Of Joy (Victoria Memorial) </li></ul>
Answer : Rodgers and Hammerstein, the music composers <ul><li>They were the composers for the music of The Sound Of Music. </li></ul><ul><li>They composed the song You’ll Never Walk Alone , which is the anthem for both Liverpool FC and Celtic FC. </li></ul>
Answer : The Crimean War <ul><li>Florence Nightingale, who became famous as a nurse during the Crimean War. </li></ul><ul><li>The Charge Of The Light Brigade. </li></ul><ul><li>A map of the Crimean Peninsula. </li></ul>
Answer : Rufus Porter, inventor and painter <ul><li>Invented the mechanism of the revolving gun (revolver), which he later sold to Colonel Colt </li></ul><ul><li>Established the Scientific American magazine in 1845. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a booklet on airship experiments written by Rufus Porter. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Answer : When Icarus flew over the Icarian Sea (since renamed after him) by means of the wings made for him by his father, the sun caused the wax in the feathers to melt, and he fell into the sea and drowned. The other is Jatayu’s wings being cut by Ravana. </li></ul>
Answer : The connect is Cecil Rhodes <ul><li>Founded De Beers mining company. </li></ul><ul><li>Rhodesia was named after him. The country was later divided into Northern and Southern Rhodesia, today known as Zambia and Zimbabwe. These are the flags of these countries. </li></ul><ul><li>During the Boer War, he allowed the British Army to use his factories to produce weapons for the war effort. This gun was named Long Cecil in his honour. </li></ul><ul><li>All the personalities shown - Edwin Hubble, Girish Karnad, Bill Clinton, George Ingnatieff – are Rhodes Scholars. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Business 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Literary 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Tech 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Mythology 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Sports 1 </li></ul><ul><li>(Arranged randomly in this ppt. In the actual quiz, they were all in separate ppts) </li></ul>
This company was started in 1947 in an old mill in Amalner, Maharashtra. It was originally a consumer goods company, but has since diversified into other products as well. Today, they own brands such as Santoor Talc, Sanjivani Honey and Sunflower Vanaspati. Name the company.
X is a stock character of mime and commedia dell'arte. X is physically nimble but has little or no intelligence. He is typically cast as the servant of a young man in love, who acts to the detriment of his master’s plans. X’s love interest is Columbine, for whose attentions he must compete with Pierrot. He is shown wearing a motley costume of clothes of different colours. In some versions though, he is shown as a servant of the devil as well.
X in his lifetime wrote only two science fiction short stories, With The Night Mail and As Easy As ABC. In both he envisages the setting up of a fictitious organisation called the Aerial Board of Control to regulate air travel globally, and also the setting up of a world govt to control this traffic. X is a famous author, though not for this genre. Who is X?
<ul><li>Answer : Ferranti Mark I, also known as Manchester Ferranti. The world’s first commercially available general purpose computer. </li></ul>
She was of the Titans. The first great spouse of Zeus, and the mother of Athena. Known as the goddess of wisdom and deep thought, she was predicted to bear two children, one of whom was a son who would eventually overthrow Zeus himself. To prevent this eventuality, Zeus turned her into a fly and swallowed her. Who?
This company believes in 'Celebrating Life'. In 1989 it launched a product X that captures the imagination of children and established a large market share. Today the company's website describes it as something zingy that's fun to have, any time of the day.
In 1980, the band Eagles broke up. At that time, Don Henley commented that the band would play together again "when __________” (3 words). When the band reunited in 1994, their comeback album was titled with the same words. What were they?
This 1974 thriller novel, written by Frederick Forsyth, draws its title from a phrase mentioned in a famous play by Shakespeare. The book chronicles a group of mercenary soldiers planning and carrying out an attack on a fictitious West African country. The plot of the book is said to have inspired actual coup attempts in African countries – most recently one in Equatorial Guinea in 2004! The title of the book was also later the title of a Pink Floyd song in their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason , where they mocked politicians and secret armies destabilizing small countries for personal profit, much the same way Forsyth did in his book. Name the book.
<ul><li>Answer : The first is Google’s tribute to Pac-Man on its 30 th anniversary. The second is the Pac-Man split-screen problem that occurred whenever anyone reached level 256 (a perfect score). The game wasn’t designed for anyone to reach that level, and it triggered a bug. </li></ul>
The tale of Krishna and Sudama is well known. In which guru’s ashram did they study in their childhood?