Saturday, July 31, 2010

Question 753

Explain all you can. Identify A,B,C and D.

Answer: The various hairstyles of the Beatles in the 1960s


Friday, July 30, 2010

Question 752

'X' is a traditional Central Asian team sport played on horseback in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The steppes' people were skilled riders who could grab a goat or calf from the ground while riding a horse at full gallop. The goal of a player is to grab the carcass of a headless goat or calf and then get it clear of the other players and pitch it across a goal line or into a target circle or vat.
It is portrayed in several books, both fiction and nonfiction. It is shown in Steve Berry's new book, The Venetian Betrayal, and is briefly mentioned in the Khaled Hosseini book The Kite Runner. 'X' was the subject of a book called Horsemen of Afghanistan by French photojournalists Roland and Sabrina Michaud. The game was a prominent part of the film 'Les Cavaliers' featuring Omar Sharif. Also in Rambo III Directed by Peter MacDonald, released in 1988, John Rambo played by Sylvester Stallone was shown in a sequence playing 'X' with his mujahideen friends when suddenly they were attacked by Russians. X?

Answer: Buzkashi


Queston 751

Identify the theme park(artist's impression and logo) which is opening on 28th October 2010. What is so unique about this theme park?

Answer: It's the Ferrari Theme Park called "Ferrari World" which is set to open in October in Abu Dhabi. It's the largest indoor amusement park in the world.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Question 750

X compared Y to Internet search engine Google in his June 2005 Stanford University commencement speech.

"When I was young, there was an amazing publication called Y, which was one of the bibles of my generation...It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions...Stewart(publisher) and his team put out several issues of Y, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Z". It was their farewell message as they signed off...And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Z.

The back cover of the final issue of Y on which the four-word phrase "Z" was written(blanked out part):

Identify X and Y, and the very famous four-word phrase "Z".

Answer: X: Steve Jobs Y: The Whole Earth Catalog Z:"Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish."


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Question 749

Put fundae.

Answer: The Bubba Gumop Shrimp Company, is a chain of seafood restaurants inspired by the movie "Forrest Gump"


Question 748

Connect this group of prominent personalities to our hometown. They are the most famous ones from a very long list.

Answer: Well known alumni of the Film and Television Institute of India(FTII) which is located in Pune.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Question 747: X's Kiwi, Y's Aussie, XY are Brit

Connect the names of X and Y (taken in order) with Z.


Answer: Kyle Mills(X) and David Boon(Y). Mills and Boon, the romantic series of novels have announced a tie-up with Dharma Productions as they found the plot to I Hate Love Stories similar to their books and have decided to make Imran Khan(Z) their hero. Read the full article here.


Question 746

Identify the company, its chief and why its in the news recently.

Answer: Tony Howard, chief of British Petroleum which is in the news for the oil spill and Howard is expected to quit.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Question 745


Answer: Films which were banned in India: Nine Hours to Rama, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and City of Joy. To see the complete list of films and why they were banned click here. Went uncracked!


Question 744

X first synthesized Y on November 16, 1938 while researching lysergic acid derivatives, . The main intention of the synthesis was to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant. It was set aside for five years, until April 16, 1943, when X decided to take another look at it. While re-synthesizing Y, he accidentally absorbed a small quantity through his fingertips and serendipitously discovered its powerful effects. He described what he felt as being:

... affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away.

Three days later, April 19, 1943, X performed a self-experiment to determine the true effects of Y, intentionally ingesting 250 micrograms of the substance, an amount he predicted to be a threshold dose(an actual threshold dose is 20 micrograms). Less than an hour later, X experienced sudden and intense changes in perception. He asked his laboratory assistant to escort him home and, as use of motor vehicles was prohibited because of wartime restrictions, they had to make the journey on a bicycle. On the way, X’s condition rapidly deteriorated as he struggled with feelings of anxiety, alternatingly believing the next-door neighbor was a malevolent witch, that he was going insane, and the Y had poisoned him. When the house doctor arrived, however, he could detect no physical abnormalities, save for a pair of incredibly dilated pupils.

Identify X and Y.

Answer: Albert Hoffman(X) who invented LSD the psychedelic drug(Y)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Question 743

Identify the bear which gets its name from the archipelago.

Answer: The Kodiak Bear a.k.a. The Alaskan Grizzly Bear named after the Kodiak Archipelago near Alaska.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Question 742

X was the first while Y and Z are the latest ______. Fill in the blank and identify all. Take Question 740 as a vague hint...


Answer: Women Prime Ministers.
X-SIRIMAVO BANDARANAIKE [Ceylon/Sri Lanka-July 21, 1960)
Y-JULIA GILLARD (Australia-June 24, 2010)
Z-IVETA RADICOVA (Slovakia-July 8, 2010)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Question 741

X best known as a co-founder of id Software and was a designer for many of their personal computer games (all subsequently ported to consoles) including Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave and Quake. His game designs and development tools, along with new programming techniques created and implemented by id Software's lead programmer John Carmack, led to a mass-popularization of the first person shooter, or FPS, in the 1990s. He is also credited with coining the FPS multiplayer term "deathmatch".
Id X.

Answer: John Romero


Question 740

The cover art of one of the songs of the band X shows Y being murdered. This image, though intended as a lighthearted play on Y's nickname as the "X", managed to cause a minor stir in local newspapers. When Derek Riggs was asked about the artwork, he said that he'd originally drawn the cover featuring another woman being murdered, inspired by the line in the song "I never killed a woman before but I know how it feels", but when he took the art to the band they asked him to change it to include Y. Of the incident, he said, "they wanted me to make it look like Y, because she was called the X, but I didn't even have a photograph of the woman!" He wound up having to contact Y's Public Relations people, who then sent him a photo of her.

Identify X and Y.

Answer: X: Iron Maiden who had this album cover for their single Sanctuary which showed Y: Margaret Thatcher being murdered.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Question 739: Nothing But Silly

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'X (blanked out part)' is a sports festival taking place in the Mardyke Arena, Cork, Ireland on August 14th 2010. The slogan of the games is 'taking silly very seriously'. 'X' was originally dreamt up by Colin Carroll who was Ireland's first entrant at the World Sumo Championships, has a gold medal in Elephant Polo and holds the record for the fastest 3-legged marathon with John Meade. X?

Answer: The Paddy Games


Question 738

The tradition of selecting X began in 1927, with Y editors contemplating newsworthy stories possible during a slow news week. The idea was also an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year for not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year, it was decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the X would serve both purposes.

Since the list began, every serving President of the United States has been a X at least once with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person to have received the title 3 times - in 1932, 1934 and 1941.

Identify X and Y.

Answer: Y: Time Magazine X: Man of the Year or Person of the Year.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Question 737

Identify. Her unique hair style is said to resemble the logo of one of the products her organisation makes.

Answer: Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation. Her unique hairstyle resembles the Mozilla Firefox logo


Monday, July 19, 2010

Question 735

Connect to someone "footy" and someone "spicy".

Answer: Brooklyn Bridge, Roadside Romeo and Penelope Cruz. The connect was sons of Victoria and David Beckham who are named Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.


Question 734

This phrase originated from early radio commentaries of football matches by the BBC in the United Kingdom. The first live radio commentary featured a Division One match between Arsenal and Sheffield United, broadcast on January 22, 1927. A grid of a football pitch divided into eight numbered squares had been printed in the previous week's Radio Times so the commentator could describe the ball's location. The theory postulates that whenever a game was restarted from a goal kick, it would be in square one.









Answer: Back to square one


Friday, July 16, 2010

Question 733

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade, it contains a Concert Hall which seats about 1,600 and a Theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts.

What is it more commonly referred to as? Why?

Answer: The Esplanade is also called the Durian, due to its resemblance to the South Asian tropical fruit.


Question 732

During the rule of the government of X, his son, Uday, was in charge of the Y Olympic Committee and, by extension, the national football team. Under Uday's leadership, motivational lectures to the team included threats to cut off players' legs, while missed practices resulted in prison time and losses resulted in flogging with electric cable or baths in raw sewage, if penalties or an open goal was missed or own goals were scored then that person would have their feet whipped with thorns.
Identify the maniac X and Y.
Answer: X: Saddam Hussein Y: Iraq


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Question 731

Identify the symbol.

Answer: The new symbol of the Indian National Rupee


Question 730

Relate the following
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Answer: Teams/players that lost the opening game of a tournament and went on to win the tournament.


Question 729

"When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow Park, we saw a few Xs close to the water side. We fancied that the lake had floated the seed ashore and that the little colony had so sprung up. But as we went along there were more and more and at last under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road.

I never saw Xs so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness and the rest tossed and reeled and danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing.

This wind blew directly over the lake to them. There was here and there a little knot and a few stragglers a few yards higher up but they were so few as not to disturb the simplicity and unity and life of that one busy highway. We rested again and again. The Bays were stormy, and we heard the waves at different distances and in the middle of the water like the sea."

This above quoted text which describes an event involving Y and his sister, inspired Y to write down his experience of the same which is based on Xs. X is the more common name of something which is also known by a scientific name Z taken from the mythological character. Put funda and identify X, Y and Z.


Answer: Quoting Chandramohan "X-DAFFODILS Y-WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
A youth(in Greek mythology)called Narcissus, became so obsessed with his own reflection as he kneeled and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned. In another variation, he died of starvation and thirst from just sitting by the edge of the pool until he gave out, gazing at his reflection until he died. In both versions, the Narcissus plant first sprang from where he died.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Question 728

On 4 December 1971 X had set up camp in Y, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio at the entertainment complex that was part of the Y casino. On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. The place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers' equipment. What did this inspire? Identify X and Y.
Answer: Deep Purple(X) were inspired to write the song Smoke On The Water which starts with the line "We all came out to Montreux(Y)".


Monday, July 12, 2010

Question 727

The arithmetic class was in progress. The teacher was solving questions on division. On the backboard were drawn three bananas.

“We have three bananas,” the teacher said, “and we have three boys. Can you tell me how many each will get?”

A smart boy in the front row replied, “Each will get one.”

“Right,” the teacher said. “Now, similarly, if 1,000 bananas are distributed among 1,000 boys, each will get one, isn’t that so?”

While the teacher was explaining, a boy sitting in one corner raised his hand and stood up. The teacher stopped and waiting for the boy to speak.

“Sir,” the boy asked, “if no bananas is distributed among no one, will everyone still get one banana?” There was roar of laughter in the class. What a silly question to ask!

“Quite,” the teacher said loudly and thumped the desk. “There is nothing to laugh at. I will just explain what he means to say. For the division of bananas, we divided three by three, saying that each boy will get one banana. Similarly, we divided 1,000 by 1,000 to get one. What he is asking is that if zero banana is divided among zero, will each one get one? The answer is ‘no’. Mathematically, each will get an infinite number of bananas!”

Everyone laughed again. The boys understood the trick arithmetic had played upon them. What they could not understand was why the teacher later complimented the boy who had asked that absurd question.

The boy had asked a question that had taken mathematicians several centuries to answer.
Id this famous son of India who asked this weird question.

Srinivasa Ramanujan


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Question 726

X is a brilliant astrophysicist in the Physics Department at Caltech, being known for a noted publication on Kuiper Belt object size distribution.For his discovery of a planetary object beyond the Kuiper Belt, 2008 NQ17, which he named "PlanetBollywood", X was included in People magazine's "30 (Visionaries) Under 30 (Years of Age) to Watch", received a larger office, and became a celebrity of sorts.
After six months of failed research on the composition of trans-Neptunian objects, X feared the prospect of being deported back to India.To stay in the country, X sought out a research position in stellar evolution with another professor; the job proposition failed & X ended up "exploring the string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter annihilations". Ironically, X had once expressed a desire to be the "Indira Gandhi of particle astrophysics".

Id X.
Answer: Rajesh Kothrapally


Question 725

Put funda:

Answer: A German lady burning paper currency during the hyperinflation of the 1920s. Apparently, the paper provided better fuel than the firewood which could be bought with it!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Question 724


Answer: The connect was sandwich. Hawaii islands(1) were known as the Sandwich islands earlier.(2) represents the Squeeze theorem also known as the Sandwich theorem and (3) is the 4th Earl of Sandwich who gives his name to the dish.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Question 723

He was born on July 6, 1947 in Bowie, Arizona to a Native American (Navajo) father and an Italian American mother. He graduated from Rangeford High School, and then was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 17 on June 8, 1964. He was deployed to South Vietnam in September 1966. He returned to the U.S. in 1967 and began training in the Special Forces (Green Berets) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In late 1969, he was re-deployed to Vietnam. In November 1971, he was captured by North Vietnamese forces near the Chinese-Vietnamese border and held at a POW camp, where he and other American POWs were repeatedly tortured. He escaped captivity in May 1972, but was then re-deployed. At some point in his military career he also apparently received training in flying helicopters.

Upon his return to the U.S., he discovered that many American civilians hated the returning soldiers, and he himself was subject to humiliation and embarrassment by having anti-war "hippies" throw garbage at him, call him "baby killer", and exclude him from society. His experiences in Vietnam and back home resulted in an extreme case of post-traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, inner questions of self identity and reflectiveness cause him to lash out at society rather than handling difficult situations in a "civilized" manner. Who?

Answer: John Rambo


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Question 722

Identify the groom.

Answer: Stephen Hawking


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Question 721

An easy one...Just put funda.

Answer: Paul The German Octopus aka Oracle Paul, need I say more?


Question 720

Who is being thanked? And why? ( The pic is from the 1950's)

Answer: Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of polio vaccine.


Question 719

The title ___________ alludes to two letters that Gandhi wrote to 'X' begging his "dear friend" to prevent a war that "may reduce humanity to a savage state".
It will also touch on the debt India apparently owes 'X' for its independence, one of _________'s producers told the Times. Financially exhausted by the war effort, Britain turned inwards and began to loosen its grip on the Empire. "If we should thank anybody for Indian freedom, it should be 'X'. But just because you delve into the mind of 'X' does not mean that you condone his barbarism."
"As a leader, he was successful," adds Kumar. "Why did he lose as a human being, what were the problems, what were the issues, what were his intentions, this is what we want to show."
These are excerpts from a newapaper article about ___________ (an Indian venture). What's X (pretty obvious, isn't it)? Also FIB and put fundae.

Answer: My Dear Friend Hitler, an upcoming movie.


Question 718

Just put funda and whatever you know about this.

This is the famous 'wow!' signal which was received in 1977 at the Ohio State University. It is strongly believed this signal has extra-terrestrial origins. Many believe it may have come from aliens, seeing its stark distinction from the other radiations received.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Question 717: We The People

Connect: (Click to enlarge)

Answer: The connect was indeed Quizlexic, here are all the elements(i.e. the authors):
B:Rohan (kingdom in LOTR series)
C:Adi (Aditya Chopra)
D:Siddharth (Gautam Buddha's real name)
E:Alok (Aloknath)
F:Sanket (Hindi for Signs)
G: Mihir (The soap character)


Question 716

A sitter connect: Be specific.

Answer: This had many connects like all playing for Bayern Munich and all playing for Germany(which is obvious) but I already had mentioned to be specific. The connect I was looking was for Polish born German internationals: Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose and Piotr Trochowski.


Question 715

Give me a 2-word brand name:

Answer: White Castle


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Question 714

Okay, identifying this man isn't that big a deal. Tell me why is he hopping, and when does he hop.
Answer: David Shepherd hops when the score reads 111,222 and so on. It is called his "jig".


Question 713

Where would you be studying if you encounter X in your final year and Y 2 years before? Identify X and Y too.


Answer: Hogwarts it is, where you give your NEWTs(X) in the 7th year and OWLs(Y) in your 5th year. For non-Harry Potter readers,OWLs and NEWTs are exams.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Question 712

Connect the movies to a person: (Hint: I haven't included a prominent movie which would make the connect obvious.)

Answer: The connect was William Shakespeare whose plays have been adapted into the following movies. She's The Man-Twelfth Night, Ten Things I Hate About You-The Taming Of The Shrew, Angoor-Comedy of Errors, Maqbool-Macbeth. I didn't include Omkara which is adapted from Othello.