2. After UNESCO expressed concern over the building of modern structures immediately around this, the 'government' of this area responded by introducing a law that prohibited building any structure taller than 21 metres around it. Divided into two parts - Red & White – it held the world record for the tallest occupied building from 1653 till 1889. Whatizit?
3. In ancient Greece schoolboys were considered fair game for “drrrtty old men”. So to protect them, a servant would accompany them to school and back. The word by which the servant was known is the root of a modern English word in the field of education/instruction/teaching. What word?
5. Young listeners from this town would compete among themselves to send requests to Vividh Bharti. One requester Rameswar Burnwall managed to have his name repeated on the show on a daily basis for years. Arvind Seth, Nandlal Sinha, Ramji Prasad, Triloki prasad were other frequent requesters from the town. Till the late 60s Mercs and Porsches were common here due to the prospering mica mines nearby which used to export it to the erstwhile USSR.
7. Used to treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and altitude sickness amongst others, the Generic Name for this drug is Sildenafil Citrate. But if you tend to believe email forwards, the FDA actually considered such generic names for this as Mycoxafloppin, Ibepokin and Mydixadrupin. By what Trade Name do we know this (the most famous one)?
8. With Jensen Button moving to McLaren, the 2010 season of F1 will be only the second time that two winners of the WDC will be racing together for the same team. Name the first set, and the team they drove for.
10. Mount Doom is what we popularly know it as. Another name - in Sindarin – is Orodruin (meaning ‘mountain of fire'). Another is a name that means ‘Mountain of Fate’ which in Sindarin would be _____________ ______________?
11. It's 1964. An undefeated Germany holds sway over most of Europe. France & Britain have puppet governments, while USSR is ravaged by guerilla wars. And as the Führer's seventy-fifth birthday approaches, and preparations are in full swing for the celebration, the United States starts to make overtures to Berlin, under the leadership of President Kennedy. Which book.
12. The ‘keyhole’ has been all over the papers and hoardings in recent time. What are we talking about. Clue? Blue!
13. Great balls of string! While this Old English word may have been spelt differently from its modern counterpart, they are homonyms. The olde word meant a Ball of Twine/String and its present meaning stems from the most famous use of a ball of string, mythologically speaking of course. Name the word.
14. The most violent and bloodiest inquisition in history after the Spanish Inquisition, it lasted for over 250 years coming to an end only in 1812. Originally established to deter/punish Rice Christians it was established by a charter from John III of Portugal. Name it maadi.
Goa / The Goan Inquisition. Started at the behest of Francis Xavier
15. Originated circa 1300s according to some records, but not later, it was called Moksha Patam or Parama Padam or simply Mokshapat and created to instill values in children. The main features of the game represented Virtues and Vices respectively and the aim was to attain Mokska (to win) while the gameplay was designed to show the advantages (of virtues) and the pitfalls (of wrongs) using the two representations. Which game.
16. Ninjato, Chokuto, Dotanuki, Odachi, Kodachi, Wakizashi, Shin gunto are all types of Japanese ___________________
17. Peter Hitchens, a conservative British columnist, published an article about him under the title “This Is the Most Dangerous Author in Britain,” in which he called him "the writer atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed.” Also the subject of a popular New Yorker article 'Far From Narina' because of his quite public stand against CS Lewis. Who.
18. Written in 1993 by physicist & Nobel laureate Leon M. Lederman and science writer Dick Teresi ______ _________: If the Universe Is the Answer, What is the Question? is a book about particle physics. Today it is more popular for having coined a term looking for which would in turn lead you to a jinxed search. Fill blank.
19. It is half man, half bear, half pig and roams the earth killing people for no reason. Before you think Greek, no, it was created by Al Gore in southpark, and this word has now come to be synonymous almost with a bogeyman, a disaster that threatens the earth and which is used to scare people. What.
20. In his own words, “I'm just this guy, you know? I'm a CNU graduate with a degree in physics. Before starting ___, I worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. As of June 2007 I live in Massachusetts. In my spare time I climb things, open strange doors, and go to goth clubs dressed as a frat guy so I can stand around and look terribly uncomfortable. At frat parties I do the same thing, but the other way around. Occasionally produce a few extra comics such as a pair of comics for IBM's A Smarter Planet initiative.” Either name the person or his ‘creation’ which in his words deals with “ romance, sarcasm, math and language ”.
22. Most famously recounted in the book Beasts, Men, and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski, this kingdom is supposed to be inside the earth – because it is hollow of course - and inhabited by millions of people, including survivors of Lemuria and Atlantis, who live in this underground realm of caverns, tunnels and cities without crime and using a highly developed science. The King of the World who is the rules of this Kingdom understands the people on Earth and influences them secretly. He is to appear before the people of Earth in a final cosmic struggle of good against evil. Name the Kingdom.
23. Their initial identification/definition happened only because their distinct artifacts were being traded in the pre-Columbian art black market in the late 19th century. Today we know they existed from roughly 1400BC to 400 BC thus predating both the Incas and the Mayas as a Mesoamerican civilization. Who.
24. According to the website of its most famous and popular variant, Albert Einstein is the Scientific Advisor to these awards which are given out for people who have been of great service to humanity "by removing themselves from the collective gene pool". In other words, honouring those who improve our species by removing themselves from it! The five requirements to win this Award are Inability to reproduce, Excellence in Stupidity, Self Selection, Maturity and Veracity. Name the Awards.
29. The image below shows two Shakespearean characters, albeit in a Victorian setting. Though the scene depicted does not occur in the play, the boy in the image reminisces about this as an adult. Id both characters