K-Circle Quiz Of The Month - July 2013

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K-Circle Quiz Of The Month - July 2013

  1. 1. K-Circle. Quiz Of The Month – July 2013. Sameer Dharur, Hungry, foolish and Job(s)-less.
  2. 2. Special shout-out to : Mustafa, for being the ideal Nazi as well as heil-ing, in equal measure. Raghotham, for being a willing guinea-pig disregarding my jibes at the role.
  3. 3. Each question in this quiz has been compiled as a result of much toil. Any resemblances to any question(s) in past quizzes can be put down to the very pragmatic phenomenon called coincidence.
  4. 4. Format 2 Written Rounds. 2 Infinite Pounce Rounds. 2 Special Rounds.
  5. 5. Written Round.  10 questions.  +10/0 on each of them.  +20 for getting them all right.
  6. 6. 1. From June 22-24 this year, Hyderabad witnessed a first-of-its-kind initiative in the form of a three day exhibition held at the iconic 300 year old Goshamal Baradari building. The intention of the exhibition was to dispel any incorrect notions about the movement and offer a slice into its history with putting on display the literature, regalia, photos, jewels, collars, art, crockery, cutlery etc. Hyderabad is said to have been home to this for over 120 years, with The Nizam of Hyderabad, himself being an active participant. What ‗movement‘ is being referred to ?
  7. 7. 2. The eastern gate of the Charminar was called the _______ Kaman, owing to the symbiotic relationship between the state capital and the nearest sea port. Fill In The Blank.
  8. 8. 3. In what is known to be one of the most secretive pogroms in Indian history, this massacre in 1948 ‗under Nehru‘ is believed to have resulted in about 20,000 deaths, according to most estimates while certain other unconfirmed accounts put the toll at close to 50,000. Maulana Azad‘s insistence on an inquiry resulted in the Sunderlal Report on the massacre which to this date remains under the wraps and was never made public. Noted columnist Swaminathan Aiyar recently wrote about it and labelled it as the greatest communal slaughter to have taken place on Indian soil. Where did this massacre happen ?
  9. 9. 4. The City University of New York in April this year announced a new inductee into their faculty – a visiting adjunct professor in the field of public policy who would be paid a whopping $2,250 per hour. The university later justified the exorbitant fee pointing to the person‘s track record and stature in the concerned field, and the value he could add to the curriculum as a result of his work in the highest echelons of the field. Which in-the-news American is being talked about ?
  10. 10. 5. The first known use of this popular acronym was in a letter to Sir Winston Churchill by British Navy Admiral John Fisher in 1917, who wrote this sentence in a letter to Churchill, ―I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis —________ — Shower it on the Admiralty!‖ Little did they know then that a century later, it would become one of the most used words in contemporary lexicon. What‘s the acronym ?
  11. 11. 6. Identify the actress in the video.
  12. 12. 7. Unusual traffic sign seen in the US, signifying what?
  13. 13. 8. A plaque outside a restored synagogue in 1945. What‘s been blanked out ?
  14. 14. 9. Who‘s being referred to ?
  15. 15. 10. This flower is the Ramonda serbica, known for its ability to miraculously come to life when watered, even if it is completely dried. What moniker has it earned as a result of this interesting feature ?
  16. 16. Answers
  17. 17. 1. From June 22-24 this year, Hyderabad witnessed a first-of-its-kind initiative in the form of a three day exhibition held at the iconic 300 year old Goshamal Baradari building. The intention of the exhibition was to dispel any incorrect notions about the movement and offer a slice into its history with putting on display the literature, regalia, photos, jewels, collars, art, crockery, cutlery etc. Hyderabad is said to have been home to this for over 120 years, with The Nizam of Hyderabad, himself being an active participant. What ‗movement‘ is being referred to ?
  18. 18. Answer
  19. 19. Freemasonry.
  20. 20. 2. The eastern gate of the Charminar was called the _______ Kaman, owing to the symbiotic relationship between the state capital and the nearest sea port. Fill In The Blank.
  21. 21. Answer
  22. 22. Machili Kaman (in a reference to Machilipatnam).
  23. 23. 3. In what is known to be one of the most secretive pogroms in Indian history, this massacre in 1948 ‗under Nehru‘ is believed to have resulted in about 20,000 deaths, according to most estimates while certain other unconfirmed accounts put the toll at close to 50,000. Maulana Azad‘s insistence on an inquiry resulted in the Sunderlal Report on the massacre which to this date remains under the wraps and was never made public. Noted columnist Swaminathan Aiyar recently wrote about it and labelled it as the greatest communal slaughter to have taken place on Indian soil. Where did this massacre happen ?
  24. 24. Answer
  25. 25. Hyderabad.
  26. 26. 4. The City University of New York in April this year announced a new inductee into their faculty – a visiting adjunct professor in the field of public policy who would be paid a whopping $2,250 per hour. The university later justified the exorbitant fee pointing to the person‘s track record and stature in the concerned field, and the value he could add to the curriculum as a result of his work in the highest echelons of the field. Which in-the-news American is being talked about ?
  27. 27. Answer
  28. 28. David Petraeus.
  29. 29. 5. The first known use of this popular acronym was in a letter to Sir Winston Churchill by British Navy Admiral John Fisher in 1917, who wrote this sentence in a letter to Churchill, ―I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis —________ — Shower it on the Admiralty!‖ Little did they know then that a century later, it would become one of the most used words in contemporary lexicon. What‘s the acronym ?
  30. 30. Answer
  31. 31. OMG.
  32. 32. 6. Identify the actress in the video.
  33. 33. Answer
  34. 34. Carla Bruni.
  35. 35. 7. Unusual traffic sign seen in the US, signifying what?
  36. 36. Answer
  37. 37. No Hitchhiking.
  38. 38. 8. A plaque outside a restored synagogue in 1945. What‘s been blanked out ?
  39. 39. Answer
  40. 40. Kristallnacht.
  41. 41. 9. Who‘s being referred to ?
  42. 42. Answer
  43. 43. Roger Ebert. Two thumbs up to teams that got it right.
  44. 44. 10. This flower is the Ramonda serbica, known for its ability to miraculously come to life when watered, even if it is completely dried. What moniker has it earned as a result of this interesting feature ?
  45. 45. Answer
  46. 46. The Serbian Phoenix Flower.
  47. 47. Infinite Pounce.  +10, -5.  You know the rest.
  48. 48. 1. Where and why ?
  49. 49. Answer
  50. 50. Danda Nata or the festival of self-punishment, at Kulagarh in Ganjam district, Odisha. Devotees perform rituals of penance to appease Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.
  51. 51. 2. This is a video released by NASA, which was put together by a series of panoramic shots taken on November 4th and 5th, 2010. The ‗blue‘ coloration generated particular interest among astronomy enthusiasts. What is this representing ?
  52. 52. Answer
  53. 53. Sunset on Mars, as captured by Opportunity.
  54. 54. 3. How do we better know the extension of the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles of the calf, thanks to a popular mythological incident which is believed to have been caused by an injury to the posterior tibial artery behind the medial malleolus, in between the tendons of the flexor digitorum longus and the posterior tibial vein ?
  55. 55. Answer
  56. 56. The Achilles Tendon.
  57. 57. 4. This process is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure involving the reinjection of a gellike substance—platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM)—derived from a patient‘s own blood back into multiple areas of the skin of their face in an effort to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the face. Kim Kardashian recently made news for undergoing this process. The skincare treatment involved drawing blood from her arm. The plasma was then extracted from the blood and was injected back into her face using nine tiny little acupuncture-style needles. What is this process appropriately trademarked as ?
  58. 58. Answer
  59. 59. Vampire Facelift.
  60. 60. 5. Maura Horton, CEO of a now famous clothing company, and who is also the wife of former NC State Football Coach Don Horton, said it was his desire for independence while suffering from Parkinson's disease that inspired her to come up with this unique solution. The disease had affected Don's hand's mobility so much that after one of the games he had to ask one of his players to button up his shirt. She realized she could create a line of high-end shirts that would allow others with disabling conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or arthritis to dress independently. What innovative style of shirts is she responsible for inventing ?
  61. 61. Answer
  62. 62. Magnetic shirts, as opposed to buttoned ones.
  63. 63. 6. In the story of what the director described as one of his most iconic shots ever, this movie was initially previewed with a different opening throughout the country, for which audiences inappropriately found the morgue scene hilarious. The film's release was delayed six months so that a new beginning could be shot in which police find a corpse floating in a pool while his voice narrates the events leading to his death. Distortion caused by water meant that this scene had to be filmed via a mirror placed on the bottom of the pool. Which film‘s much famed opening sequence is this ?
  64. 64. Answer
  65. 65. Sunset Boulevard.
  66. 66. 7. Listed in Livescience.com‘s recent report on ‗12 Words We Really Need In English‘ was the Japanese ‗art‘ of Tsundoku, a practice that is believed to be very common among educated households world over. To many, it is a struggle about trying to re-kindle a quickly dying habit. What is this all about ?
  67. 67. Answer
  68. 68. 8. Quoting from Wimbledon‘s official website – ―Neither Jerzy Janowicz nor Agnieszka Radwanska made it to their respective singles‘ finals, but there was a sigh of relief when their compatriot, Roman Zoltowski, pulled up at The All England Club in his vintage red open-topped MG in time for the title deciders.‖ Zoltowski has held this position since 1979. Each year it is Zoltowski‘s tradition to drive to Wimbledon from his home near Poznan, in Poland, with every square inch of his vehicle packed with his required machinery. He can‘t fly, because the tools of his trade are considered offensive weapons by airlines and he laughs as he describes the sight he creates for passing traffic on his 14-hour journey. ―Sunday is stressful. You learn to switch off. You don‘t talk. But this weekend is the highlight of my year. I'm not ready to retire and wear slippers yet. My year divides between before and after Wimbledons.‖ What does this man do ?
  69. 69. Answer
  70. 70. Engraves the champions‘ names on trophies every year.
  71. 71. 9. In November 2009, it was announced that The Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) train would cease to chug as the good old steam engine was set to give way to diesel locomotives to meet the increasing flow of tourists to the hill resort town of Ooty. The news elicited many nostalgic reactions from-the-heart, not just from travel enthusiasts. What has any of this got to do with attraction, infatuation, love, reverence, worship, obsession, and death – the seven shades of love that are defined in ancient Arabic literature ?
  72. 72. Answer
  73. 73. The Chaiyya Chaiyya song. Dil Se was based on the story of the aforementioned seven shades of love.
  74. 74. 10. According to the legend surrounding this place, the Saint once saw a poor woman crying on the road, holding an empty vessel. He asked her what the problem was, she sobbed that her husband would thrash her since she had stumbled and accidentally spilled the oil she was carrying. He asked her to take him to the spot where she lost the oil. There, he jabbed a finger into the soil and the oil gushed out. The overjoyed woman filled up the vessel and went home. Later, the Saint had a recurring - and disturbing - dream that he had injured Earth by his act. Full of remorse, he soon fell ill and directed his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body into the Sea, once he died. He left this world during his journey to Mecca and miraculously the casket carrying his body, floated back to these shores, getting stuck in the string of rocky islets just off the shore of this city. Thus, the eponymous shrine was constructed there, thronged to this date by atleast 40,000 pilgrims on Thursdays and Fridays making it one of the city‘s most popular sites. What, and where ?
  75. 75. Answer
  76. 76. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai.
  77. 77. 11. In April this year, the foundation stone of a park to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi was laid in Motihari, Bihar. However, the park would have encroached on the land and the dilapidated house where a certain iconic writer was born 110 years ago. The construction on the park was subsequently stopped, owing to protests from the fans of the writer. It is interesting to note that the only creatures to inhabit it in recent years have been stray animals, and it was damaged in an earthquake in 1934. There is a statue of the writer in front of the building but it was recently vandalised, with authorities clearly not watching. Whose birthplace is being talked about ? < image to follow >
  78. 78. Answer
  79. 79. George Orwell.
  80. 80. 12. Paraphrasing from a research journal published at Columbia University by Avery Li-Chun Wang, chief scientist of co-founder of this entity ―We have developed and commercially deployed this flexible service, which works on an audio fingerprint based on a time-frequency graph called a Spectogram. The algorithm is noise and distortion resistant, computationally efficient, and massively scalable, and achieves the task through voice codec compression. The algorithm uses a combinatorially hashed time-frequency constellation analysis of the piece, yielding unusual properties such as transparency, in which multiple pieces mixed together may each be scrutinized. Furthermore, for applications such as radio monitoring, search times on the order of a few milliseconds per query are attained. Some guiding principles for the attributes to use as fingerprints are that they should be temporally localized, translation-invariant, robust, and sufficiently entropic.‖ Scientific jargon aside, how do we better know this ?
  81. 81. An example of a simplified spectrogram for this. Working model.
  82. 82. Answer
  83. 83. Shazam.
  84. 84. 13. This term in music is the word originally applied to the instrumental introduction to an opera. During the early Romantic era, composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn began to use the term to refer to independent, self-existing instrumental, programmatic works that presaged genres such as the symphonic poem. These were "at first undoubtedly intended to be played at the head of a programme‖. It has evolved into a generic word in the English language commonly used to refer to an initiative towards agreement and action, or quite simply – a proposal. What‘s the word ?
  85. 85. Answer
  86. 86. Overture.
  87. 87. 14. The following is a video clip of a fictional story that‘s supposed to be set sometime in the late 90s. i) Point out the anachronism in the video. ii) When would it have stopped being an anachronism and why ?
  88. 88. Answer
  89. 89. The red emergency exit bars on the windows of the train. They were put in place only after the 2002 Godhra Train Burning, and the subsequent riots.
  90. 90. 15. In what is known to be one of history‘s most intriguing epidemics, the city of Strasbourg, France in July 1518 witnessed a bizarre streak of events that eventually culminated in close to about 400 deaths by the end of August. Historical documents, including "physician notes, cathedral sermons, local and regional chronicles, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council" are clear about the reason of death, though the exact details and what led to the epidemic remains a mystery to this date. As the plague worsened, astrological and supernatural causes were ruled out and interestingly enough – more of the same was recommended as a possible cure, which further spiralled the situation totally out of control and led to a windfall of deaths in a matter of weeks. What was the epidemic all about ?
  91. 91. Answer
  92. 92. The Dancing Epidemic.
  93. 93. Written Round.  10 questions.  +10/0 on each of them.  +20 for getting them all right.
  94. 94. 1. This word was coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard and was derived from the Greek word for dull. Prefix the Greek the word for sharp to it and you get a contradiction. In psychology it is used to describe a person with a mental age in adulthood of between 8 and 12 on the Binet scale and earlier was used for people with an IQ of 51-70. If you crack this, you definitely aren't one. So what are you possibly not?
  95. 95. 2. Reclining head of which goddess, at a famous site in Auroville ?
  96. 96. The same goddess is seen being worshipped here in the form of an idol at a temple in Uddapu, Sri Lanka.
  97. 97. 3. Irrefutably a Tarantino trademark, what has such a shot now been trademarked as, with a name that could possibly mislead animal enthusiasts of the order Proboscidea ?
  98. 98. 4. During the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars (1796-1815), the French dominated Italy and introduced many new reforms to the Italian states. After the wars, the states were restored to their former rulers, the Austrians, and took on a conservative character. In response, a number of secret societies arose as part of an ideological and literary movement in support of a united Italy free of foreign domination. This movement was given the name _________ which literally translates from Italian as "rising again." Although most modern use of the term still refers to this movement, the word also has another broader meaning in English; it acquired its second sense ("revival") in the mid-20th century. What‘s the word ?
  99. 99. 5. Which book is being referred to in this scene ?
  100. 100. Mashed Up Historical Figures. The following are five historical figures whose classic portraits were updated digitally to try and sense how they‘d look in today‘s times. Identify all of them.
  101. 101. 6. Much mantel to take on.
  102. 102. 7. ―I see, and I say nothing.‖
  103. 103. 8. Pardon my bardolatry.
  104. 104. 9. ―Don‘t look at my Diamond Necklace.‖
  105. 105. 10. Succumbed to an Arabic Cape of the West.
  106. 106. Answers
  107. 107. 1. This word was coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard and was derived from the Greek word for dull. Prefix the Greek the word for sharp to it and you get a contradiction. In psychology it is used to describe a person with a mental age in adulthood of between 8 and 12 on the Binet scale and earlier was used for people with an IQ of 51-70. If you crack this, you definitely aren't one. So what are you possibly not?
  108. 108. Answer
  109. 109. Moron.
  110. 110. 2. Reclining head of which goddess, at a famous site in Auroville ?
  111. 111. The same goddess is seen being worshipped here in the form of an idol at a temple in Uddapu, Sri Lanka.
  112. 112. Answer
  113. 113. Draupati.
  114. 114. 3. Irrefutably a Tarantino trademark, what has such a shot now been trademarked as, with a name that could possibly mislead animal enthusiasts of the order Proboscidea ?
  115. 115. Answer
  116. 116. The Trunk Shot.
  117. 117. 4. During the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars (1796-1815), the French dominated Italy and introduced many new reforms to the Italian states. After the wars, the states were restored to their former rulers, the Austrians, and took on a conservative character. In response, a number of secret societies arose as part of an ideological and literary movement in support of a united Italy free of foreign domination. This movement was given the name _________ which literally translates from Italian as "rising again." Although most modern use of the term still refers to this movement, the word also has another broader meaning in English; it acquired its second sense ("revival") in the mid-20th century. What‘s the word ?
  118. 118. Answer
  119. 119. Risorgimento.
  120. 120. 5. Which book is being referred to in this scene ?
  121. 121. Answer
  122. 122. A Farewell To Arms.
  123. 123. Mashed Up Historical Figures. The following are five historical figures whose classic portraits were updated digitally to try and sense how they‘d look in today‘s times. Identify all of them.
  124. 124. 6. Much mantel to take on.
  125. 125. Answer
  126. 126. Henry VIII.
  127. 127. 7. ―I see, and I say nothing.‖
  128. 128. Answer
  129. 129. Queen Elizabeth I.
  130. 130. 8. Pardon my bardolatry.
  131. 131. Answer
  132. 132. William Shakespeare.
  133. 133. 9. ―Don‘t look at my Diamond Necklace.‖
  134. 134. Answer
  135. 135. Marie Antoinette.
  136. 136. 10. Succumbed to an Arabic Cape of the West.
  137. 137. Answer
  138. 138. Horatio Nelson.
  139. 139. Infinite Pounce.  +10, -5.  You know the rest.
  140. 140. 1. The TP-82 pistol (Russian: ТП-82) was a triple-barreled Soviet firearm that was carried by a specific set of people for close to two decades. Essentially intended as a survival aid, the upper two smoothbore barrels used 12.5×70 mm ammunition (32 gauge), and the lower rifled barrel used 5.45×39mm ammunition. The pistol could normally be used for hunting and for visible and audible distress signals. The detachable buttstock was also a machete that came with a canvas sheath. TP-82s were carried regularly by this set of people from 1986 to 2006. In 2007, it was reported that the remaining ammunition for the TP-82 had become unusable and that a regular semi-automatic pistol would instead be used for the same purpose. Who used these, and why ? < image to follow >
  141. 141. Answer
  142. 142. Carried by cosmonauts on Russian space missions. To safeguard against bears after landings and before recovery in the Siberian wilderness.
  143. 143. 2. Noted American law professor Ken Gormley in his 2010 book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr made a startling revelation about a 1996 incident involving an assassination attempt on President Clinton. The President was saved shortly before his car was due to drive over a bridge in Manila where a bomb had been planted. The foiled attack came during Mr Clinton's visit to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the city in 1996. At one point during his stay, he was scheduled to visit a local politician, his route taking him across a bridge in central Manila. But as the presidential motorcade was about to set off, secret service officers received a "crackly message in one earpiece" saying intelligence agents had picked up a message suggesting an attack was imminent. The transmission used the words "bridge" and "wedding" – a terrorists code word for assassination. The motorcade was quickly re-routed and American agents later discovered a bomb had been planted under the bridge. How would you connect this incident with a certain Waziristan Haveli ?
  144. 144. Answer
  145. 145. The attack was masterminded by Osama Bin Laden, as per subsequent official US investigations.
  146. 146. 3. A recent literary revelation brought to light a prominent 1895 letter, which bears the signature of one of literature‘s most celebrated authors in which he/she candidly confessed to the possibility of plagiarizing one of his/her most popular works. "I have been absent from home for some days. Hence the delay in answering yours of no date, in regard to my account of the Law of the _______," the letter, addressed to an unknown woman, reads. "I am afraid that all that code in its outlines has been manufactured to meet 'the necessities of the case': though a little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Esquimaux rules for the division of spoils", it says. "In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen. Very sincerely, ___________ ____________," it adds. The letter had been listed for auction with a 2,500 pound price tag. Who was the author and what was the book ?
  147. 147. Answer
  148. 148. Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.
  149. 149. 4. In the image are a set of specially designed straws that possess the ability to change colour based on the detection of certain specific substances. An Israel professor of Tel Aviv University, Fernando Patolsky, and his partner Michael Loffe, conceptualized and came up with these straws which can detect the two most common drugs used in a certain practice : ketamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid of GHB. The inventors say that the rising incidents of this practice compelled them to come up with something like this. What is the purpose of this invention ? What makes it quiz worthy ?
  150. 150. Answer
  151. 151. It‘s called the Anti-Date Rape Straw, which essentially changes colours to alert the intended victim upon the detection of the two aforementioned commonly used date rape drugs.
  152. 152. 5. This is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, which is also popularly known as the Blue Mosque. The minarets of this mosque are recognized to be an inspiration for which two cynosures in Florida and Tokyo ?
  153. 153. Answer
  154. 154. The Cinderella Castle.
  155. 155. 6. Why did this song make news world over in a first-of-its-kind on February 4th 2008 ? Follow the North Star for direction.
  156. 156. Answer
  157. 157. NASA‘s interstellar radio message, which consisted of the song ―Across The Universe‖ by The Beatles, transmitted in the direction of Polaris.
  158. 158. 7. In 1989, Neena Gupta, a stage and film actress of no celebrity standing in either field, suddenly catapulted to national fame. Elite newspapers and mediapersons stood aghast as she gave birth to a baby girl — boldly and unrepentantly — without marriage and without even announcing the name of the child‘s father. Mumbai, her karmabhoomi, was in a tizzy over this event as was the national media at large. What is all this brouhaha about ?
  159. 159. Answer
  160. 160. Vivian Richards‘ much talked about off-field success on Indian soil.
  161. 161. 8. This tree in Bahrain is an approximately 400 year-old, 32 ft high Prosopis cineraria that stands on top of a 25 ft high sandy tell that formed around a 500-year-old fortress. The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. The tree is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year and the tree often is damaged by graffiti carvings. It is also believed to be the site for cults practising ancient rites. Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artefacts in the vicinity of the tree, some of which may date back to the Dilmun civilisation. Through the years, this has earned a diverse motif which serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. What is it popularly known as ?
  162. 162. Answer
  163. 163. The Tree Of Life.
  164. 164. 9. They were feasts of sublime asparagus - laced with fear. And for more than half a century, Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden from the world, even from her husband. Then, earlier this year, a few months after her 95th birthday, she revealed the truth about her wartime role. Only now in the sunset of her life has she been willing to relate her experiences, which she had buried because of shame and the fear of prosecution for having worked with a certain group, though she firmly denies ever being a party member. "The food was made delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers, everything you can imagine. And always with a side of rice or pasta. But every day came shrouded in constant fear," she recalled. She largely dealt only with vegetarian food throughout her role. Woelk says her association with this group began after she fled Berlin to escape Allied air attacks. With her husband gone and serving in the German army, she moved in to Rastenburg where she was subsequently drafted into civilian service and assigned this role for the next two and a half years. Now at the end of her life, she feels the need to purge the memories by talking about her story. "For decades, I tried to shake off those memories," she said. "But they always came back to haunt me at night.‖ What exactly was the role of Margot Woelk in this rather poignant bit of history ?
  165. 165. Answer
  166. 166. Adolf Hitler‘s food taster.
  167. 167. 10. On 10 February 2003, the morning of host nation Zimbabwe‘s first match of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga of the Zimbabwean Cricket Team took to the field with black armbands which subsequently earned them praises of being the most bold and defiant figures in the history of their sport. Speaking about it almost a decade later, Flower said – "We can't all change the world, but if we all do little things along the way and make the most powerful decisions we can then I think we can bring about change. Would I do it again? Given the same circumstances, without a doubt, yes.― What was the incident about ?
  168. 168. Answer
  169. 169. The (in)famous ―death of democracy‖ protest against incumbent President Robert Mugabe‘s misrule. The two have been absconding from their country ever since.
  170. 170. 11. In 1722 a series of letters appeared in the New-England Courant written by a middle-aged widow named Silence Dogood. A total of 14 letters were written in 1722. The letters poked fun at various aspects of life in colonial America, such as the drunkenness of locals, religious hypocrisy, and the persecution of women. Silence Dogood even had views about the fashion for hoop petticoats. Silence was particularly fond of ridiculing Harvard. She complained that it had been ruined by corruption and elitism, and that most of its students learned nothing there except how to be conceited. Silence also wrote that she had once been married to a minister with whom she had lived for seven years before he had died, leaving her with three children. She coyly admitted that she didn‘t enjoy the life of a widow and could be easily persuaded to marry again. The readers of the Courant thought she was a charming woman. So charming, in fact, that a few of the male readers wrote in, upon learning that she was single, and offered to marry her. Why couldn‘t they ? Explain.
  171. 171. Answer
  172. 172. Silence Dogood was a false persona used by Benjamin Franklin to get his work published, after being denied several times to send a letter to the paper publication.
  173. 173. 12. For the last five years, the Men‘s Singles final of the US Open has been pushed to the third Monday of the tournament, as opposed to being played on a Sunday. Inclement weather has played spoilsport to the tournament‗s finale plenty of times in the past, more pronounced in the last five years consecutively. Following this bit of misfortune, the organizers of the tournament chose to adopt a bizarre new policy with regard to scheduling of the final that drew sharp criticism from the ATP as well as tennis fans world over. ―"It is unfortunate the US Open response did not reflect our views on this issue and the ATP and its players will continue to pursue this matter in its discussions with the USTA." So what was the decision taken by the organizers, which was met with much dismay from the various parties?
  174. 174. Answer
  175. 175. The Men‘s Singles Final was moved to Monday for good, with the view that a fixed schedule would be better than a stretched one.
  176. 176. 13. In what is a little known anecdote about this famous site, sculptor Gutzon Borglum had an incredibly elaborate vision for the monument which included carving descriptions of the most significant events in the country‘s history. Subsequently, he created a new plan for a Hall of Records, with the goal of creating a repository for the story of the country for future civilizations. Documents in this repository would include the nation's charter documents. Borglum had even started blasting and drilling out the cavity for this chamber. Funding for the project was coming from the government, and they had asked that Borglum focus his efforts towards completing the actual monument before any more work was done on the Hall of Records. In 1941, Borglum died, and work on the project effectively came to a halt.
  177. 177. Answer
  178. 178. Mount Rushmore.
  179. 179. 14. The longest catwalk ever in fashion history was staged by designer Karl Lagerfield in a show for Italian high fashion house Fendi in October, 2007. The show-stopping event was held with spotlights lighting up the models and casting the surrounding countryside into gloom, in what was a first-ofits-kind at the place. Contrary to a rave incident at the site in 2005 which sparked much national outrage, this event was fairly well received across the country and turned out to be successful in its reach. Where did this event happen ? < images to follow, obviously  >
  180. 180. Answer
  181. 181. The Great Wall Of China.
  182. 182. 15. Connect the two videos.
  183. 183. Answer
  184. 184. Vertigo.
  185. 185. Connect The Pattern.  Series of 10 photographs, preceded by a question.  Scoring pattern indicated on each slide.
  186. 186. The _________ City is an ongoing photography project by Brooklyn-based renowned photographer John Pack and independent film-maker Gary Hustwit that seeks to examine and capture the essence of the aftermath (of something) and the transformation brought about to certain cities across the world, as a result of this. Quoting the photographers and the synopsis of this much acclaimed project ―In The _______ City, we‘re documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts. Some places are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of benefits. We‘re interested in these disparate ideas — decay and rebirth — and how each place seems to have gone one way or the other, either by choice or circumstance. We‘re equally interested in the lives of the people whose neighborhoods have been transformed by this.‖ What is this project all about ?
  187. 187. +30, -15.
  188. 188. +30, -15.
  189. 189. +30, -15.
  190. 190. +20, -10.
  191. 191. +20, -10.
  192. 192. +20, -10.
  193. 193. +10, -5.
  194. 194. +10, -5.
  195. 195. +10, -5.
  196. 196. +5, 0.
  197. 197. Answer
  198. 198. Venues of the Olympic games. In order of the images shown – Athens 2004 Mexico 1968 Mexico 1968 Rome 1960 Rome 1960 Helsinki 1940 Sarajevo 1984 Berlin 1936 Berlin 1936 Beijing 2008
  199. 199. Grid-lock To The Finish.  A grid of 10 topics to choose from.  Each team picks one topic. Teams can choose to either make it a 10-pointer with a minus 5, or a 20-pointer with a minus 10.  Questions on the pass will fetch 10 points with no negatives.
  200. 200. All The World‘s A Stage South Indian Theology ? Mediocre By Rule? Look Before You Leap Blissed Burial Live Life Through Serendipity Wildcard Question Abandon All Hope Chameleon Harmful Lotuses Exit
  201. 201. All The World‘s A Stage The first modern usage of this word is believed to have occurred during the psychedelic 1960-70s following a charismatic smile from John Perry Barlow, the Grateful Dead lyricist who defined this word as – ―the sneaking suspicion that the universe is conspiring to help you‖. It was revived in public mediasphere in early Spring 1994 when several members of a British and European bohemian subculture loosely known as zippies empathized with the concept and took it as a banner. An antonym to a very commonly used word in global media circles today, what is the word being referred to ?
  202. 202. Answer
  203. 203. Pronoia, opposite of paranoia.
  204. 204. Look Before You Leap This two word legal concept has its origins in Latin, and comes from a phrase that literally translates to "may you have the body". The complete means "may you have the person to be subjected to (examination)". These are the opening words of writs in 14th century Anglo-French documents requiring a person to be brought before a court or judge, especially to determine if that person is being legally detained. What‘s this term, which finds a mention in Article 226 of the Indian Constitution ?
  205. 205. Answer
  206. 206. Habeas Corpus.
  207. 207. Abandon All Hope Quoting from Pg 45 of Dan Brown‘s Inferno – "'I am death'?" Sienna asked, looking troubled. "That's what it said, yes." "Okay... I guess that beats 'I am Vishnu, destroyer of worlds.‘‖ Reference to whom, and on what occasion ?
  208. 208. Answer
  209. 209. Robert Oppenheimer, when he tested the first atomic bomb.
  210. 210. South Indian Theology ? This refers to the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of God accompanied with the rejection of organized religion and its texts. They use logic and reason to derive their religious knowledge. It gained prominence in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Age of Enlightenment among intellectuals raised as Christians who believed in one god, but found fault with organized religion and could not believe in supernatural events such as miracles, the inerrancy of scriptures, or the Trinity. Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte , Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and Voltaire are some famous examples. What's this belief system called, which has seen a decline since then and could today be confused with South Indian connections ?
  211. 211. Answer
  212. 212. Deism.
  213. 213. Blissed Burial According to widely believed accounts, this man was buried at Nine Mile village in a temporary mausoleum painted in the colours of red, green and gold. His embalmed corpse, the casket contained his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a Bible opened at Psalm 23, and a stalk of marijuana. Who ?
  214. 214. Answer
  215. 215. Bob Marley.
  216. 216. Chameleon Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain are the two only albums in the discography of which English musician ?
  217. 217. Answer
  218. 218. Hugh Laurie.
  219. 219. Mediocre By Rule? As invoked in everyday life, this rule usually reflects bad statistics or wishful thinking rather than any mathematical principle. While there is a real theorem that a random variable will reflect its underlying probability over a very large sample, this typically assumes that unnatural short-term "balance" must occur. Typical applications of the rule also generally assume no bias in the underlying probability distribution, which is frequently at odds with the empirical evidence. How do we better know this rule ?
  220. 220. Answer
  221. 221. Law of averages.
  222. 222. Live Life Through Serendipity Upon visiting Mexico in 2007 touring for his band's erstwhile album, this artist happened to also stop by at a local museum where he found this painting which apparently inspired him to come up with the name for his band‘s next album that released a couple of years later. "She went through a lot, of course, and then began to paint a picture in his house that said '_____'," I loved the boldness of it.― Artist ? Album ?
  223. 223. Answer
  224. 224. Viva La Vida, Coldplay.
  225. 225. Harmful Lotuses One of the many intricate rock carvings in Halebid. What does it depict ?
  226. 226. Answer
  227. 227. Abhimanyu‘s Chakravyuh in the Mahabharata.
  228. 228. Wildcard Question On November 11, 1995, a section of Michigan Avenue, one of the most prominent streets in Chicago was formally renamed in whose honour ?
  229. 229. Answer
  230. 230. Swami Vivekananda.
  231. 231. Thank You!

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