St. Stephen's College QC Inter-Dept 2013 (Final Quiz)
Inter-Departmental Quiz 2013
St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
Roadside Picnic is a work of fiction based on the aftermath of an
extraterrestrial event (called the Visitation) which simultaneously
took place in half a dozen separate locations around Earth for a
two-day period. Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous
phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with
inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties. The name of the
novel derives from an analogy proposed by the character Dr.
Valentine Pilman who compares the extraterrestrial event to a
It is a short science fiction novel written by Arkady and Boris
Strugatsky in 1971. As of 1998, 38 editions of the novel were
published in 20 countries. The film X is loosely based on the novel,
with a screenplay written by the Strugatskys. In the film an X is a
professional guide to the zone, someone who crosses the border
into the forbidden zone with a specific goal.
X is a song by Y.
It won the RIAA Gold Disc award in December 1970. Pitchfork
Media placed it at number 17 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs
of the 1960s". Rolling Stone placed it at #99 on its "500 Greatest
Songs of All Time" list.
The song is an anti-war anthem, criticizing militant patriotic
behavior and those who support the use of military force without
having to pay the costs themselves (either financially or by enlisting
in the war). The song, released during the Vietnam War, is not
explicit in its criticism of that war in particular, but the clear
attacks on the elite classes (the families associated with X) of
America and their withdrawal from the costs of nationalistic
imperialism are easy to contextualize to that conflict. The song was
inspired by the wedding of David Eisenhower, the grandson of
President Dwight David Eisenhower, to Julie Nixon, the daughter
of President Richard Nixon, in 1968.
X and Y, please.
X is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange creature".
However, the word X has been translated and defined in English as
"monster". Specifically, it is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu
entertainment. X films usually showcase monsters of any form
attacking a major Japanese city or engaging another (or multiple)
monsters in battle.
The most famous X is Godzilla. Other notable X include Gamera,
Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Rodan.
The term gained popularity again this year after the release of a
certain movie in June. Xs are heavily involved.
We want X. We’ll give you brownie points if you can tell us the
movie in question, too.
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CAN HAS STDIO?
PLZ OPEN FILE "LOLCATS.TXT"?
CAN HAS STDIO?
IM IN YR LOOP UPPIN YR VAR TIL BOTH SAEM VAR AN 10
VISIBLE SUM OF VAR AN 1
IM OUTTA YR LOOP
So, something is going on here, evidently. Where
might I have taken this from?
Team of Marvel antagonists here. Third one’s Zzzax. However, in
the field of things, all four of these are supposed to represent a
part of the whole, thus giving the team a sort of unification.
Funda/identification for points.
The Unified Field Theory
(Supervillians in the Avengers
Graviton, Quantum, Zzax, Halflife
The story of how X became Y began in 2005. ScanSoft, a software
company, was looking for a voice for a new project. It reached out
to GM Voices, a suburban Atlanta company that had established a
niche recording voices for automated voice technologies. X, a
trusted talent who had done lots of work with GM Voices, was one
of the options presented. ScanSoft liked what it heard, and in June
2005 X signed a contract for the same.
For four hours a day, every day, in July 2005, X holed up in her
home recording booth.
What was the result of all those hours in July 2005? In other
words, give Y.
The album – Y’s title is said to encapsulate X’s interest in the past,
referencing both ____________ technology and the human
experience. Bangalter explained the reasoning behind the name:
"We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive
– the _________that ______ are stored."
X felt that while current technology allows for an unlimited
capacity to store recorded material, the content produced by
contemporary artists has diminished in quality. Their goal was
therefore to maximize the potential of infinite storage by recording
a sprawling amount of elements. X pointed to the process as being
further inspiration for the album's title, as they sought to make
connections out of the series of ideas.
X, and/or Y. Please determine your answer.
Taken from a paper from the Journal of General Virology. I’ve
edited certain parts to make it more like a question and less like a
paper. This is not a science question, per se.
The John Cunnigham virus (JCV) is a polyomavirus co-evolving
with some things (X) since something (Y). JCV seems to provide
new insights into the history of X, as it suggests an expansion of X
connected to Y via two paths, each supporting a different variety of
Now, the point is, something we know about Xs, who happen to be
really close to us, is an inference due to the virus. This is not that
hard to work out, and you almost certainly know this fact (this
It’d be nice if you know what X and Y are, but really, give us that
fact, which is basically Y.
One of Japan’s most followed pop singers is Hatsune Miku,a 16year old girl, who at 5.2 ft and 42kg, produces pop, rock, dance,
house, techno, cross over music. Her tempo range has been
identified under 70-150bpm.
The music agency Crypton and artist Kei Garo have been influential
to her success. Here, listen to one of her songs. On the next slide,
you can even see how she looks in her very own anime series.
No weird Japanese porno references. Just what is it that makes us
want to include Hatsune Miku in a quiz where barely anyone is
Stuff we kind of think we know about X
1.Would begin roughly 20 (or perhaps 30-40) years after the end of _________.
2.Only two things: ______ and _______, would make it through the end.
3.Would deal with the rebuilding of __________.
4.___________ would find a romantic interest.
5.The main theme would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for
moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice,
confrontation, and passing on what you have learned.
Okay, I think that’s about it. Trek through these clues and maybe you’ll reach the
summit and tell us what it is we’re looking for.
The solar system, no? Then what are all those red numbers doing
there? Explain, please.
If you followed this list in the old times, you’re great. But in times more new than
old, there’s a particular element which falls into this category (though not
necessarily this list), which, without a doubt, you’ve heard of.
In fact, if I told you what this list was, that‘s pretty much the only element you’d
think about. Which modern element fits into the funda of this list?
This was a particular actor’s reflection when asked to about _______’s death:
“I thought everything was managed in excellent taste. I feel proud. When it was
first suggested to me that _______ would die, I was hesitant. It seemed
exploitative. But now that I've seen how it was accomplished, I think it was a
very good idea.”
The movie had its first public screening, almost a month before general release,
where the producers were concerned that ______'s death would set fans
against the movie, the audience actually applauded after the scene.
"It was sensational. I hate to be given to superlatives but it absolutely reached
everything we wanted it to. I couldn't ask for anything better," said coproducer Robert Sallin of the advance audience's reaction.
Insanely famous character. Name and movie, for full points. (Psst: Ask me for
more tidbits of trivia.)
X included a reference to Y in the original radio version of Z, in which he
describes the main characters surveying the landscape of an alien planet, while
their companion hums a song by Y. This was cut out of the CD version. X also
compared the various noises that the kakapo makes to Y studio out-takes in his
nonfiction book on endangered species, W.
X’s official biography shares its name with a song by Y. X was friends with Y
guitarist A. In fact once, on X's birthday, he was invited to make a guest
appearance at Y's 28 October 1994 concert at Earls Court in London, playing
guitar on two songs. X chose the name for Y's 1994 album, B, by picking the
words from the lyrics to one of its tracks. A also performed at X's memorial
service, and what would have been X's 60th birthday party.
Give us as many as you can identify. There are X, Y, W, A, and B.
X: Douglas Adams
Y: Pink Floyd
Z: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
W: Last Chance to See
A: David Gilmour
B: The Division Bell
The text was clearly written from left to right, with a slightly ragged right
margin. Longer sections are broken into paragraphs, sometimes with star or
flower-like "bullets" in the left margin. There is no obvious punctuation, and no
indications of any errors or corrections made at any place in the document. The
ductus flows smoothly, giving the impression that the symbols were not
enciphered, as there is no delay between characters as would normally be
expected in written encoded text.
The text consists of over 170,000 glyphs, usually separated from each other by
narrow gaps. Wider gaps divide the text into about 35,000 "words" of varying
length. These seem to follow phonological or orthographic laws of some sort,
e.g., certain characters must appear in each word (like English vowels), some
characters never follow others, some may be doubled or tripled but others may
Statistical analysis of the text reveals patterns similar to those of natural
languages. For instance, the word entropy (about 10 bits per word) is similar to
that of English or Latin texts. Some words occur only in certain sections, or in
only a few pages; others occur throughout the text. There are very few
repetitions among the thousand or so "labels" attached to the illustrations.
On the other hand, the "language" is quite unlike European languages in several
aspects. There are practically no words comprising more than ten glyphs, yet
there are also few one- or two-letter words. The distribution of letters within
words is also rather peculiar: some characters occur only at the beginning of a
word, some only at the end, and some always in the middle section.
The text seems to be more repetitive than typical European languages, causing
single-substitution alphabet decipherings to yield babble-like text.
There are only a few words written in a seemingly Latin script. The lettering
resembles European alphabets of the late 14th and 15th centuries, but the words
do not seem to make sense in any language. Also, a series of diagrams in the
"astronomical" section has the names of ten of the months (from March to
December) written in Latin script, with spelling suggestive of the medieval
languages of France, northwest Italy or the Iberian Peninsula. However, it is not
known whether these bits of Latin script were part of the original text or were
Simply, what the hell is this thing?
Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4, 2008 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati.
He was 89.
Yeah, yeah, we’re super sad and everything, but what’s really interesting about
this guy’s funeral is the way he was buried. It’s certainly cool that he requested
for it himself, because he was really proud of his “designs”. Obviously, this
makes sense, since Fredric J. Baur is known for his “designs”.
Oh, more info: Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician who
specialized in research and development and quality control at Cincinnati.
Please try and explain how Fredric J. Baur was buried.
After several years with the Royal Military Police, X was attached to the SIB
(Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the
military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security
industry. The idea for _______ _______ grew directly out of his own
experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world.
You know X. Probably, but if you don’t, the truth is only a Google search away,
waiting to be exposed. Name X, please.
Taken from Snopes:
“Here is a true story someone found regarding exams at Cambridge University. It seems
that during an examination one day a bright young student popped up and asked the
proctor to bring him ________ and ________. The following dialog ensued:
Proctor: I beg your pardon?
Student: Sir, I request that you bring me ________ and _________.
Proctor: Sorry, no.
Student: Sir, I really must insist. I request and require that you bring me ________ and
At this point, the student produced a copy of the four hundred year old Laws of
Cambridge, written in Latin and still nominally in effect, and pointed to the section which
read (rough translation from the Latin):
"Gentlemen sitting examinations may request and require ________ and ________."
Pepsi and hamburgers were judged the modern equivalent, and the student sat there,
writing his examination and happily slurping away. Three weeks later the student was
fined five pounds for not wearing a sword to the examination.”
Just fill in the blanks, which lend their name to the myth itself.
Carol Ann Susi (Born in February 2, 1952) is an American actress.
Her screen credits include Just Go with It, Becker, CSI: NY - The Game, Grey's
Anatomy, That '70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me,
Married... with Children, Death Becomes Her, Seinfeld, The Secret of My
Success, My Blue Heaven (Filomena), Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Kolchak:
The Night Stalker, her first screen appearance which has a cult following. Susi
also has extensive experience in live theater.
You know Carol, however, for another role in another show, whose name we’ve
obviously removed from this list. Her “performance” is kind of weird there, but
you still know her because of this show.
Which role in which show?
X is an extinct genus of fly “named for television, film,
and magazine personality, ____. Both namesakes
exemplify splendid somal structure for their respective
The first specimen of X was discovered preserved in
amber, and such species often contain the prefix
electro-. X’s name is an interesting variation on this
X studied theoretical physics at Moscow State University, with
future Nobel Prize winner Vitaly Ginzburg. In 1990, X became
the first non-émigré from the Soviet Union to go to the United
States to receive an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
The press quoted him as saying that he made this decision
after "being disappointed in myself as a physicist".
X is famous for being a major internet investor, and for
funding very generous prizes for advanced physics and life
science research. He envisages the development of the
internet into a “global brain”, and eventually the development
of an “internet of things.”
Who is X?
What inexhaustive list are the following headlines members of?
“98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal"
"Sean Penn Demands To Know What Asshole Took
“Study: 58 Percent Of U.S. Exercise Televised"
"New Anti-Smoking Ad Warns Teens 'It's Gay to Smoke'"
"Kim Jong-Un Named Sexiest Man Alive For 2012.“
"Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve
For Another Term“
"Denmark Introduces Harrowing New Tourism Ads Directed By Lars
The lighthearted “Treaty of Park Avenue” between X and Y
stipulated that X was the best science fiction writer in the world
(reserving second best for Y), while X was required to insist that Y
was the best science writer in the world (reserving second best for
Who (in order) are X and Y?
Both the following individuals had the same name, X.
- A Scottish engineer who developed a popular method of roadlaying involving layers of equally sized stones held together
with a binder. These roads are known as Y roads or as tarmac
when the binder is tar.
- A Scottish-born Australian chemist, an important figure in the
invention of Australian-rules Football, who had a genus of nutbearing plant, Z, named after him.
X were a political faction in Revolutionary France, who opposed the
monarchy, but were uncomfortable with the tremendous momentum
of the revolution. They were responsible for the killing of Jean-Paul
Marat, and counted American Founding Father Thomas Paine among
Here and now, the word X is probably best known for being part of
the name of a Ligue 1 football club in southwest France. The club has
won 6 league titles since being founded in 1881. Jean Tigana,
Zinedine Zidane, Alain Giresse, Bixente Lizarazu, and Sylvain Wiltord
have played for it.
In February 1995, one of the most bizarre stoppages in a
cricket match took place between Boland and Border in a
Castle Cup match at Paarl. Daryll Cullinan hit Roger
Telemachus into the stands for six, and this was followed
by a ten-minute delay.
The ball had to be cooled, wiped and eventually replaced
because it was still too slippery for Telemachus to hold.
What happened/What did the event come to be known as?
Quote number 42 from the AFI’s list of the top movie quotes of all time is
“Plastics” from The Graduate.
Number 17 is the only other single-word quote on the list.
What is it?
The chorus of a song by G. H. MacDermott (singer) and G. W. Hunt
(songwriter) commonly sung in British pubs and music halls
around the time of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) gave birth
to a term used to describe extreme nationalism.
The lyrics were:
“We don't want to fight but by X if we do
We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too
We've fought the Bear before, and while we're Britons true
The Russians shall not have Constantinople.”
The phrase "by X" was a long-established minced oath, used to
avoid saying "by Jesus". What is the term?
The city X is the site of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, and is
considered sacred by Shi’a Muslims.
Owing to the great distance between India and X, Indian Shi’i
couldn’t make pilgrimages to the tomb or be buried near it. So, soil
from X was brought and sprinkled on plots of land designated as
future cemeteries. These plots are also known as X.
Among several etymologies for X, one suggests that X comes from
the Aramaic for “near God.”
Andrew Johnson played for Birmingham City from 1998 to 2002, and
his home ground was St. Andrews Stadium. Similarly, Paolo Di Canio
played at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo and Nicola Legrottaglie at Bari’s
Stadio San Nicola.
This pattern is continued in Danny Cannon’s 2005 movie ‘Goal!’
starring Kuno Becker.
What is the common Spanish name for the apostle St. James?
X and Y travelled to Spain in 1936 to document the civil war. During her coverage
of the Republican army retreat at the Battle of Brunete, X hopped onto the
footboard of a car that was carrying wounded soldiers when a Republican tank
collided into its side. X suffered critical wounds and died the next day, July 26,
1937. In the early 1950s, Y travelled to Japan for an exhibition associated with
Magnum Photos. While there, Life magazine asked him to go on assignment to
Southeast Asia, where the French had been fighting for eight years in the First
The Alt-J song, X, covers the following incident - “On May 25, 1954 at 2:55 p.m.,
the regiment was passing through a dangerous area under fire when Y decided to
leave his Jeep and go up the road to photograph the advance. About five minutes
later, Mecklin and Lucas heard an explosion; Y had stepped on a landmine. When
they arrived on the scene, he was alive but his left leg had been blown to pieces,
and he had a serious wound in his chest. Mecklin called for a medic and Y was
taken to a small field hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”
The song is ‘Taro’
X is Gerda Taro, and Y is Robert
The Americans think X is from X. The Scots and Greeks think it’s
French. The Turkish and Italians think it’s from India. Russians
relate it to another kind of Indian. Bulgarians think it’s from
Egypt. The Dutch are certain it’s from Calicut. The Portuguese
think it’s from Peru, and the Indians seem to agree. The Peruvians
don’t seem to care all that much. They call it Pavo, which is
actually something quite different, but still points back to India.
Just give us X.
X is Turkey.
The turkey, Meleagris sp. is called cearc frangach in Scottish
Gaelic; gallopoúla in Greek (both allusions to France).
In Italian it is known as pollo d'India, and as Hindi in Turkish.
The Dutch word is "kalkoen", derived from the city of Calicut.
Bulgarian – misirka.
Portuguese – Peru.
Hindi - Piru (पीर), a borrowing from Portuguese.
This iconic 1998 crime-comedy-thriller was responsible for the
rise of Jason Statham, gave former Chelsea and Wales
international footballer Vinnie Jones a shot at cinema stardom,
and cast Gordon Sumner as a bartender. It also made a cult
hero out of its director.
The final phase of Chadian-Libyan conflict, in 1987, ended in a
comprehensive Chadian victory. Chad received support from the
French Air Force, with the result that Libyan aircraft did not take off.
The French also provided the Chadian troops with 400 X for
mobility, equipped with anti-tank missiles. The war finally came to be
known as the X war.
In 1802, Madras got one. Later, Bombay and Calcutta got their own,
with the one in Madras as an intermediate. The thing these were all
replaced with came into existence in 1906. On gaining independence,
it was decided that the country needed only one, so the 1906 one was
made National. Bombay and Calcutta kept theirs (in their own small
way) until 1955 and 1948 respectively.
What are we talking about? Points for Funda.
The history of time zones in India,
and the creation of IST.
X was a composer, music arranger and teacher from Majorda
who, during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the
symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani
melodies and rhythms in films of the day.
He taught Indian music greats such as R.D. Burman and
Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma the violin, and has been
associated with B.R. Chopra, Naushad, Lata Mangeshkar and
He is probably best known to us by a tribute that Pyarelal
paid him in a 1977 film.
Who is X?
Vivian Mary Hartley was born in the campus of St. Paul's School,
Darjeeling in the then Bengal Presidency of British India, on 5 th
November 1913. At the age of three, young Vivian made her first stage
appearance for her mother's amateur theatre group, reciting "Little Bo
Peep". At the age of six, Vivian Hartley was sent by her mother to the
Convent of the Sacred Heart (now Woldingham School) in Roehampton,
southwest London, from Loreto Convent, Darjeeling. One of her friends
there was future actress Maureen O'Sullivan, two years her senior, to
whom Vivian expressed her desire to become "a great actress".
She married H. Leigh Holman on the 20th of December 1932. She
pursued a career in acting and engaged an agent, John Gliddon, who
believed that "Vivian Holman" was not a suitable name for an actress.
After rejecting his suggestion, "April Morn", she took X as her
What is X?
The name of X is derived from the Latin for “island”,
presumably because of the structure of the cells that
These cells take their name from German pathological
anatomist Paul Langerhans, who discovered them in 1869,
The tune of the ‘Major-General’s song’ (Gilbert and Sullivan)
from The Pirates of Penzance has been re-used a number of
The most notable of these was by a Harvard mathematics lecturer
to deliver a certain kind of list, a rendition which gained immense
pop-cultural currency through channels such as The Big Bang
Theory. The singer recites 102 members of the list, although
there are more.
Web-comic xkcd uses the same tune for their song ‘Every Major’s
Which song / listing what?
The dimensions of the city of Dholavira are 771m x 617m.
This is early evidence of how important the idea of X was.
The Persians also gave this idea some importance, since the
Iron Pillar of Delhi has a total length of 7.67m, while 6.12m
are above ground.
The concept of X was so important that the Mughals
bestowed the title of ‘X’ on someone, whose flag also
illustrates our concept.
Give the title/X.
“Mother cow is in many ways better than the mother who gave
us birth. Our mother gives us milk for a couple of years and
then expects us to serve her when we grow up. Mother cow
expects from us nothing but grass and grain. Our mother often
falls ill and expects service from us. Mother cow rarely falls ill.
Here is an unbroken record of service which does not end with
her death. Our mother, when she dies, means expenses of
burial or cremation. Mother cow is as useful dead as when she
is alive. We can make use of every part of her body-her flesh,
her bones, her intestines, her horns and her skin. Well, I say
this not to disparage the mother who gives us birth, but in
order to show you the substantial reasons for my worshipping
X invented the first vacuum-tube diode, then called the kenotron,
in 1904. This marked the beginning of electronics, and the first
solid-state electronics came some 50 years later.
Still, chances are you don’t know this. What you know of X came
from a hand-gesture he made while explaining the way motors
“Follow! Nay, I’ll go with thee, _______.” This is one of the
earliest instances of the phrase, from A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. The phrase is used to refer to unsatisfactory living
conditions, and essentially consists of two words for the same
part of the human anatomy.
The flag of Gran Colombia was based on a design by the
revolutionary Francisco de Miranda and served as the
model for the current flags of Ecuador, Colombia, and
Venezuela after the breakup of Gran Colombia in 1830.
The inspiration for this design came to him from a late
night conversation he had during a party in Weimar in
The ‘Triangle Below Canal Street’ is a neighbourhood in Lower
Manhattan, New York City. It is known by a slightly different
The name of the neighbourhood is mentioned in Jay-Z’s Empire
State of Mind, and the locality has an eponymous film festival. It
is considered the most expensive part of New York City.
What is it called?